Men’s and Women’s Basketball Defeat Fontbonne, ‘Coaches vs. Cancer’ Huge Success

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Kayla Reeg, ’17, and Meghan McWilliams, ’17, get ready to release balloons outside the gym. PHOTO BY BEN CAMPBELL.



The men’s and women’s basketball teams defeated Fontbonne University 75-61 and 90-72, respectively, on Feb. 3. But their successes extended well beyond the court that day. The games doubled as a fundraiser for cancer research and brought in more than $2,000 for the cause.

During halftime of each “Coaches vs. Cancer” game, cancer survivors, those who have died of cancer, and those battling it today were honored during a remembrance ceremony. Balloons were handed out, and attendants were invited to write the name of someone they knew who had been affected by cancer. People then gathered outside the gym to release the balloons into the sky.

Krista Armontrout, ’17, who recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 17 points and 13 rebounds in the women’s victory, noted a different feeling in the atmosphere on Wednesday night.

“I think playing for a cause like cancer brings everyone together and makes it feel like we’re playing for something bigger, she said. “It was a night to remember loved ones and to remind us to truly cherish the time we have playing the game we love.”

Tayisah Pohtos, a senior and president of Westminster’s Student Athletic Advisory Committee, which organized the event, admired the work of the Fulton community.

“It’s honestly unbelievable,” she said. “It’s amazing how a community can come together like that and support each other to go beyond our goal.”

Three days after their fundraising success and win against Fontbonne, the men’s basketball team defeated Eureka with a buzzer beater, leaving the score 91-90, and the women’s team won 63-43.

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