CMS athlete earns SCIAC honor

Senior Dan Winterbottom (Tempe, AZ) was selected SCIAC Athlete of the Week for the week of November 19-

 He led the Stags to two wins at the David Wells Classic.  He scored nearly half the team’s points in a 64-59 win over Macalester College as he exploded for a career-high 31 points on 11-15 shooting.  He shared the scoring lead at 14 in the team’s 52-48 home win over St. Olaf College. 

 In the second game, he hit a three-pointer as the shot clock expired to give the team a four-point lead (which they would not give up) with 90 seconds remaining.  In the two games, he scored 45 points, had six rebounds, three assists and two steals.  He shot 69.6% from the field (16-23), 60.0% from three (6-10) and 87.5% from the line (7-8). 

 On the season he is averaging 15.3 points and has 15 rebounds, eight assists and four steals.  CMS is 3-1 overall.

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Redlands’ Katayama named top athlete

It was announced today that senior guard Valerie Katayama (Huntington Beach, CA) was named the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Female Athlete of the Week for November 20-26. This marks the University of Redlands’ second honoree of the 2007-08 academic year.

In last week’s only women’s basketball game, Katayama played a huge role in bringing the Bulldogs back from a 13-point deficit to defeat San Diego Christian College by a score of 81-77. In the final 25 seconds of regulation, she scored Redlands’ final 10 points to send the game to overtime. Overall, she tallied a double-double with 24 points, including four three-pointers, and 11 assists. She also added five rebounds.

So far this season, Katayama leads the team with 13.3 points per game and 21 assists.

The Male SCIAC Athlete of the Week was senior basketball player Dan Winterbottom from Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges.

The conference sports information directors nominate and vote on the athletes of the week.

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Cal State women survive, 47-45

It wasn’t pretty but the Cal State San Bernardino women’s basketball team improved to 4-0, beating visiting Monterey Bay 47-45 Friday in a CCAA opener at Coussoulis Arena.

The Coyotes blew an 18-point lead in the last 10 minutes of the contest. They were up comfortably 40-22 with 12:25 left but only managed seven points the rest of the game.

A bucket by the Otters Dana Andrews cut the deficit to 45-43 with 1:37 to go. The visitors had the ball back with a chance to tie, thanks to a steal by Alma Lopez with 48 seconds remaining. Monterey (0-3, 0-1)  got closer on a free throw by Andrews, inching to within one 45-44.

The Coyotes (4-0, 1-0) got some breathing room on two free throws by Stephanie Barnes, making it 47-44. Andrews was fouled on a 3-point try with 11 seconds left but missed two of the three. The Coyotes Ashlee Ford then came up with the loose ball to end the game.

The Coyotes shot just 32.2 percent (19-for-59) from the field with senior Vanessa Wilt leading the way as usual. She had 16 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks before fouling out with 4:51 left. The only other Coyote player in double figures was junior forward Rachel Johnson, who had 12 points, all in the first half. He points came on four 3-pointers.

Ford, a sophomore point guard, also had a solid game with five rebounds, four assists and four steals.

The Otters got 18 points, 10 rebounds and a steal from Dana Andrews. The game also marked the return of 6-foot-1 junior Ja’Nae Westmoreland, who spent the last two years at San Bernardino Valley College. She tallied seven points,, five rebounds, three steals and a block.

Monterey has two other local players on its roster – Zulema Barajas, out of Alta Loma High and SBVC, and Mikeshaya Edwards, out of Eisnhower and Riverside Community College. Both are struggling with injuries and did not play.

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