Two weeks into conference play for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, the remaining schedule is a battle for the championship title.
With recent standout victories for both the men’s and women’s teams, the nearing of next month’s swimming and diving championships and the rise of 197-pound junior wrestler J.T. Goodwin, the Mustangs are at a promising spot for the remainder of their seasons with a busy week ahead of them.
The men’s basketball team returns to the road this week after spending last week at home, while the women’s basketball team currently rides a five-game home winning streak. Both teams are at vital spots in determining their success in Big West Conference play.
The men’s basketball team (7-9, 1-2 Big West) travels to Cal State Northridge (6-12, 1-3) on Thursday. The Mustangs had a 1-1 record against the Matadors last season.
The Mustangs will continue their Southern California play as they face Cal State Fullerton (8-8, 1-2 Big West) in the Titan Gym on Saturday, hoping to continue a strong showing against the Titans after defeating them twice last season.
Both of the men’s basketball games will be televised on ESPN3.
The women’s basketball team (9-7, 2-1 Big West) made a strong start to their home conference play, beating Cal State Fullerton 51-46 in the Mott Athletics Center last Saturday in the Mustangs’ first home Big West game.
The Mustangs are currently in fourth place in Big West Conference standings and are on a five-game home winning streak, including a two-game overall winning streak. They hope to continue their success in conference play, when they host Cal State Northridge and UC Davis this week at the Mott Athletics Center.
Thursday’s game against CSUN (2-15, 0-3 Big West) will start at 7 p.m. The Mustangs had a 1-1 record against the Matadors last season.
The women’s basketball team faces UC Davis (10-6, 3-0 Big West) on Saturday at 4 p.m. The Mustangs defeated the Aggies in both of their games last season.
Saturday’s game will honor Adopt a Classroom participants, the Special Olympics and Girl Scouts, with all spectators in 8th grade or younger and all Girl Scouts receiving free admission.
The wrestling team (1-5) also travels this weekend for two non-conference matches. The team travels to Northern Colorado on Friday followed by a trip to Wyoming on Saturday.
The men’s tennis team will travel to Wake Forest this weekend to compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kick-Off on Saturday and Sunday. The Mustangs are currently ranked 52nd, with only the top 60 teams invited to the ITA tournament. Their first matchup will be against Tennessee, followed by group-play matchups against Wake Forest and Auburn.
This week’s action will continue to play a large role in dictating seasons’ outcomes for Mustangs athletics.