On the weekend of March 27-28, the California School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM) Women's Basketball team once again finished up with a successful playoff in the Annual Podiatric Student Basketball Tournament. The championship match ended when the women had a tough loss in a close game to Temple University, who eventually went on to win the tournament.
This is the first time Samuel Merritt University (SMU) hosted the tournament since it began in 1985 as an annual event organized by the American Podiatric Medical Students Association (APMSA) Corporate Advisory Board. About 40 SMU students in the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) program at SMU competed against basketball players from the other seven podiatry schools around the country.
According to Ninveh Hiskail, second-year podiatry student, the tournament was an opportunity to promote athletic competition, recognition to CSPM, and build student camaraderie. "Regardless of how fierce we were on the court, after the games were over, all the teams started talking as if there was no competition," said Hiskail. "As cliché as it sounds, we already felt like winners when we found out we made it to the last game. I love playing on the team and representing our school."