It has been a long, tumultuous season for the Boxer women’s basketball team. The coronavirus pandemic continues to rear its ugly head, upsetting schedules and canceling games. Still, the Boxers have broken through the other side, with an 18-7 record and a playoff berth in the Northwest Conference tournament. 

The stellar play of Camy Aguinaldo has led the Boxers this season. The senior guard from Honolulu is averaging 19.5 points per game this season while shooting 43% from the field. It has been clear that Aguinaldo’s play has helped slingshot the Boxers into a playoff spot, and her impact radiates throughout the team.

“Camy is a really important aspect of our team. She’s a leader for all of us and is super consistent. She sets the tone for our offense and facilitates our gameplan. She’s really just an amazing player and we are lucky to play with her and have her on our team,” said freshman forward Taya McCalum.

McCalum went down with an ankle injury early in the season, but she has seen her team flourish throughout the season.

“The focus has really been to just get better each and every practice and game. As we get closer to the end of conference and playoffs, it is so important that we play to our full potential each and every game,” said McCalum.

The last time the Boxers tasted the playoff limelight on the hardwood was in the 2019-2020 season when the George Fox Bruins bounced them out in their first game of the NWC tournament. 

But the team looks to brighter horizons as their sole focus is on what’s in front of them.

“I definitely feel like as a program we are more looking towards the future than lingering on the past. So much has changed since then, both on the team, in the conference, and in the rest of the world that this is truly a fresh start and we are looking forward to the opportunity,” said sophomore guard Madison Dunlop. 

The Boxers capped the regular season with a win and a loss against Willamette and Puget Sound over the weekend. They now look towards the NWC tournament where the Boxers will duke it out yet again with Puget Sound, this time in hostile territory, on Thursday, February 24th. — Patrick Muskat

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