In the evening of February 19, the senior Wolves played their final matches of the season against the Multnomah University Lions. The men’s team was up at the half but fell 77-86, while the women's team secured a win of 79-69. This season marks Walla Walla University history as the lady Wolves had the most wins in a season since joining the Cascade Collegiate Conference.
The final game of the season was used to honor the senior athletes on both teams. Senior health science major Jaliyah Casem led the Wolves with 26 points and reached 1,000 points in her overall career playing for WWU. “Determination, consistency, and joy was a big role within our team atmosphere. One thing I'll forever cherish about basketball here at WWU is the friendships I was gifted with,” said Casem.
Artur Borges Paraizo, business administration major, was one of the seniors recognized on the men’s team. “I played for WWU for four years and it was one of the biggest learning, challenging, and memorable experiences of my life. I chose to come to Walla Walla because I thought it would be the best opportunity to get a high-quality education while playing the sport I love,” said Paraizo.
Remaining athletes of the men’s team are on track to continue improving as they welcome new members. The women’s team has made history in multiple ways this season, including Casem being the top scorer in the conference by averaging 17.8 points a game! “A lesson I’d take away is to enjoy every moment, slow down, and thank God,” said Casem about her experience at WWU.
In addition to honoring the senior leaders of the basketball teams, the golf team’s seniors were recognized as they enter their final upcoming spring season. Keep up with their schedule on uwolves.com.
Posted on March 8, 2023.