’Swords Earn All-PacWest Honors
Chaminade University men’s basketball players Austin Pope, Grant Dressler and Erik Scheive on Wednesday were named to the All-Pacific West Conference Teams in votes taken by the conference coaches.
(Chaminade Athletics) - Chaminade University men’s basketball players Austin Pope, Grant Dressler and Erik Scheive on Wednesday were named to the All-Pacific West Conference Teams in votes taken by the conference coaches. Pope was named to the first team while Dressler and Scheive were on honorable mention.
The trio helped guide the 16-11 Silverswords to their second straight berth in this week’s PacWest Tournament in Riverside, Calif., where they are the sixth seed.
Pope posted 15.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.5 assists with a 45.2 percent shooting percentage this season. The 6-6 senior guard from Burbank, Calif. finished the regular season tied for ninth in scoring and tied for fourth in assists. He was also seventh in shooting percentage (45.2) and led the PacWest in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.7) and minutes per game (35.0).
The transfer from North Idaho College was twice named the PacWest Player of the Week and is one of the top well-rounded players in program history. In addition to hitting double-digit scoring in all but two of his 27 games this season, he’s been within four combined rebounds and assists of triple-doubles six times.
It’s Pope’s second all-conference honor after earning PacWest Third Team and Newcomer of the Year kudos last season.
Scheive, a transfer from Yuba College in California, finished at 13.0 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. The 6-10 forward was third in the conference in field goal percentage at 54.2 percent while he was also a threat from distance, making 43.8 percent of his 3-point tries (36-of-83). The native of Marysville, Calif. was also a near 85 percent shooter from the free throw line (44-of-52).
Dressler, a transfer from Sacramento State, finished fourth on the team in scoring at 10.5 points per game. The Las Vegas native was second on the team in 3-pointers made with 41.
Dixie State’s Trevor Hill won both conference Player and Defender of the Year. Newcomer of the Year went to Niksha Federico of Hawai‘i Pacific with Isaiah Jones of Biola winning Freshman of the Year. Jon Judkins of Dixie State was named Coach of the Year.
The ’Swords open the PacWest Tournament Thursday against Azusa Pacific. It’s the third time in the past 17 days the two teams will meet. The Silverswords and Cougars split the season series, each winning on their own home court.
For the women, Chaminade University guard Destiny Castro was named to the All-Pacific West Conference Second Team which was announced Wednesday after votes among conference coaches.
The sophomore from Talofofo, Guam had one of the finest seasons by a Silversword in setting three single-game and season-season records. She averaged 17.3 points, 8.4 rebounds and a conference-leading 3.1 steals per game and ranked fourth in the PacWest in scoring, seventh in rebounding and was eighth in field goal percentage (42.6). Her scoring and rebounding averages are the third-highest for a single-season in Chaminade history.
Castro set two single-game records this past season, most notable being the 11-year-old single-game record with 38 points against Hawai'i Pacific on Dec. 9. She also set the steals mark with seven in a game against Dixie State on Feb. 1 where she also posted 27 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.
Castro set the single-season steals record with 69, obliterating the old mark of 57 set by Kristle Henry in 2014-15.
Castro, who was named All-PacWest honorable mention and PacWest Freshman of the Year last season, is the first Silversword to be named to either the all-conference first, second or third team since Simrin Herrington was named the second team in 2007-08.
PacWest Player of the Year was shared by Point Loma's Roya Rustamzada and Dominican's Natalie Diaz with Rustamzada earning Defender of the Year. Azusa Pacific's Savanna Hanson, the daughter of former Silvesword men's player Scott Hanson, was the Newcomer of the Year and Michaela Vanderklugt of Concordia Irvine was Freshman of the Year. Hawai'i Pacific's Reid Takatsuka was named Coach of the Year.