Cal State women finally make poll

Pos. Institution (1st Place)
1. Delta State (24)
2. Seattle Pacific
3. North Dakota
4. South Dakota (1)
5. Concordia (Minn.)
6. Drury
tie Holy Family
8. Fort Lewis
9. Indiana (Pa.)
10. West Georgia
11. Alaska-Anchorage
12. Arkansas Tech
13. Stonehill
14. Valdosta State
15. Anderson
16. West Texas A&M
17. Washburn
18. Emporia State
19. Hillsdale
20. Franklin Pierce
21. Chico State
22. Tusculum
23. Francis Marion
24. Cal State-San Bernardino
25. Fairmont State

Dropped Out: Augustana, Michigan Tech

Others Receiving Votes: Augustana 33; Missouri Science & Technology 25; Assumption 18; Augusta State 17; Michigan Tech 14; West Liberty State 13; Clayton State 12; St. Mary’s 12; South Carolina-Aiken 10; California (Pa.) 4; Shepherd 3; Indianapolis 3; American International 2; Bowie State 1; Lander 1; Nebraska-Kearney 1; Tampa 1.<

Cal State men fall to No. 20

The Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball team dropped to No. 20 in this’s week’s NABC national ranking.

The Coyotes, who have been as high  as No. 4, were No. 18 last week but fell two places after last Friday’s 63-60 loss to lowly Chico State.

The poll is released every Tuesday.

ABC Poll (2/19/08)

February 19, 2008

Rank Institution (1st Place) W-L Pts Previous
1 Bentley (6) 24-0 198 1
2 Grand Valley State (2) 28-0 194 2
3 Winona State 27-1 184 3
4 Northern State 24-2 176 5
5 South Carolna-Aiken 20-2 166 6
6 Findlay 22-3 159 7
7 Drury 20-3 147 9
8 Augusta State 19-4 142 12
9 Alaska-Anchorage 20-4 135 4
10 C.W. Post 21-2 128 14
11 Mount Olive 20-4 118 16
12 Tarleton State 20-3 113 17
13 Gannon 22-3 110 8
14 Southwestern Oklahoma State 20-4 94 19
15 Lenoir-Rhyne 19-3 85 20
16 South Dakota 19-4 76 10
17 Fort Lewis 20-4 65 25
18 Southwest Baptist 18-5 61 15
19 Minnesota State-Mankato 20-5 39 NR
20 Cal State-San Bernardino 19-5 35 18
21 California (Pa.) 18-4 29 NR
22 Kentucky Wesleyan 22-4 23 22
23 North Alabama 20-7 20 NR
24 Benedict 19-4 18 NR
25 Florida Southern 19-7 13 2

Others Receiving Votes: West Liberty State 11, Chaminade 8, Pittsburgh-Johnstown 8, St. Rose 7, Central Oklahoma 6, Rollins 6, Wingate 6, Seattle Pacific 6, Northwest Missouri State 4, Tampa 4, Edinboro 3, Elizabeth City State 2, Nebraska-Omaha 1.

Broncos, Coyotes get set for basketball battle

By Michelle Gardner

Staff Writer

Cal State San Bernardino senior guards Marlon Pierce and Lance Ortiz stood outside the Coyotes lockerroom Saturday after their team dismantled Cal State Stanislaus. The conversation quickly turned to their next opponent – Cal Poly Pomona.

We cant leave here without beating them, Pierce said, looking over at his backcourt mate. And this is our last chance.

The duo has one more shot. That will come tonight when the Coyotes (19-5, 12-4) entertain the Broncos (10-11, 9-7) in a 7:30 p.m. CCAA showdown at Coussoulis Arena.

Cal Poly has won four straight meetings with the Coyotes, including a 65-62 overtime game at Kellogg Gymnasium earlier this season. The Broncos swept both in 2006-07 and won the final meeting the previous season.

Even in a down year Cal Poly has had the upper hand.

Weird things happen in rivalries, Pierce said. It goes in cycles. Right now theyre getting the best of us. We need to change that.

The Coyotes are ranked No. 20 nationally and remained No. 2 in the West Region poll released Wednesday despite their inexplicable loss to last-place Chico State Friday.

The Broncos are looking to advance to the postseason for the fifth time in six years but will need to win the conference tournament to have a chance. First they have to qualify. Coach Greg Kamansky doesnt think that is a given even though they need just one win in their last four games to do so.

Obviously this will be a tough one, he said. Then we get San Diego who we have already lost to. Then were on the road at Humboldt State and Sonoma. So no it isnt a given.

But first the Broncos must deal with their neighborhood rival. The Coyotes rank first in the conference in scoring defense (62.2) while the Broncos are last in scoring offense (64.2).

The Coyotes are fifth in scoring offense (71.8) while the Broncos are second in defense (63.3).
Coyotes coach Jeff Oliver thinks they key will be pressure, both offensively and defensively. His team needs to create offense by forcing turnovers. When the teams first played his team forced 21 but they had 17 themselves.

We have to do pressure the ball and force turnovers but we also have to do a better job handling their press which is underrated. It is very good, he said.

The Broncos rely on one player – junior Larry Gordon (17.8 ppg, 10 rpg) with senior guard Angelo Tsagarakis (14.9 ppg) a formidable threat from long distance.

Cal State is more balanced although Pierce (13 ppg, 4 apg, 2 spg) has been carrying the Coyotes lately. Senior center Michael Earl (13 ppg) and Ortiz (12.3 ppg, 4.5 apg) are the otyhers averaging double figures.

The womens game will tip off at 5:30 p.m. The Coyotes (19-4, 13-3) are tied with Chico State atop the CCAA standings after a stunning win over the then-No. 13 Wildcats. That win propeled the Coyotes into the national rankings at No. 24.

The Broncos (10-12, 7-9) are also playing for a CCAA tournament berth and are seventh, just one game ahead of eighth-place Dominguez Hills. Eight of the 11 will qualify.

The Coyotes are led by senior Vanessa Wilt who leads the conference in scoring (20.9), rebounding (13.7), blocks (2.35) and field goal percentage (.584).

But the teams success depends on its perimeter shooting. The Broncos kept Wilt in check in a 78-64 loss earlier this season but junior Rachel Johnson lit them up for a career-high 24 that included five 3-pointers.

Senior reserve guard Leslie Pickron has emerged as a threat in the last week, draining a total of 10 3-pointers in the Coyotes two games last weekend. That showing earned her conference player of the week honors.

When theyre shooting well from the outside theyre capable of beating anybody, Broncos coach Scott Davis said of the Coyotes. And they have a lot of players who can shoot it from out there.Iit definitely presents a problem for us.

La Verne’s Jones reaches 1,000 point milestone

It was a grand and historic evening for junior forward Trenecca Jones as she became the sixth Leopard in women’s basketball history to reach 1,000 career points in ULV’s 72-40 triumph over Caltech Saturday in Pasadena.

Jones tallied game highs of 32 points and 14 rebounds, finishing 11-of-17 from the field and 10-of-14 from the free throw line. In the process, she recorded her 11th double-double of the season as the Leopards snapped a two-game losing streak.

Teammate Marissa Raya, who reached the 1,000-point milestone in December, also tallied a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Leslie Elrod also reached double figures in scoring with 10 points.

La Verne (16-7, 9-3 SCIAC) enjoyed a solid defensive effort in limiting the Beavers to a 30.2% field goal shooting clip while also forcing 18 turnovers. The Leopards also held a decisive 53-35 rebounding edge over the Beavers.

A product of Ontario’s Chaffey High School, Jones (1,018 pts.) joins Wendy Gibbs (1,745), Sydni Myrick (1,408), Tricia Wright (1,357), Leslee Rogers (1,312) and Raya (1,228) in ULV’s 1,000-point club. She becomes the fourth SCIAC player – and only junior – to reach 1,000 points for a career this season. The other three players include Raya, Cal Lutheran’s Mary Placido and Caltech’s Lindsey King.

King led the Beavers in scoring with 14 points while also collecting 5 rebounds in the loss.

La Verne continues league action on Thursday with a matchup against SCIAC co-leader Redlands at Frantz Athletic Court. Tip-off is 7:30 pm.

Student-athlete profile – Kevin Neveu, Cal Poly Pomona


Cal Poly Pomona


The lowdown: The 6-foot-7 senior forward is averaging 5.1 points and 3 rebounds and has started 10 of 19 games. Has appeared in 105 games in his career, ranking him ninth in school history. Had 10 points in Cal Polys win this season over defending conference champion Humdbolt State. Recorded a career-high of 20 points against Northwest Nazarene his sophomore season. Was a 2003 McDonalds All-American nominee in high school. Earned all-league honors twice in basketball and once in volleyball.

Age: 23

Hometown: San Leandro

High school: St. Josephs Notre Dame

Major: Business management and human resources

Favorite athlete: Shaquille ONeal

Favorite team: Oakland Raiders

Role model: My parents (Kevin and Pam Neveu) and both sets of grandparents.

Cant miss TV show: Entourage

Most embarrassing moment: It has to be when I airballed a free throw last year at Cal State Los Angeles. I still get reminded about it.

Most memorable sports moment: Making the Elite Eight in 2005.

Person most influential in your athletic success: My dad. He coached me in all sports while I was growing up.

Celebrity you most want to meet: Jessica Beal

Favorite food: My grandparents seafood gumbo

Favorite movie: Anything with action and comedy.

Last good book you read: DaVinci Code

Other hobbies: Video games (X-box 360s Call of Duty).

Whats in your CD player/iPOD: E-40

Best advice anyone has given you: Dont sweat the small stuff!

Pre-game ritual or superstition: If Jello is on the menu or available, I have to have it.

What do you want to be doing in five years: Earning my MBA and working in the entertainment industry or sports franchise.

Student-athlete profile – Shanae Blake, Cal State San Bernardino


Cal State San Bernardino


The lowdown: The 5-foot-5 junior point guard is averaging 10.7 points and helped the Coyotes (19-4, 13-3) to a share of first place in the CCAA. Recorded a season-high of 20 points against Chico State earlier this season on the road. Totaled 17 with fie rebounds in Cal States most recent win. Redshirted last season at Cal State after coming over from Chaffey College where she played for two seasons and earned all-conference and all-state honors. Competed in basketball and track in high school, earning all-league honors in both.

Age: 22

Hometown: Pomona

High school: Chino High School, 2003

Major: Psychology

Favorite athlete: Michael Jordan

Favorite team: Cal State San Bernardino

Role model: My parents (Alvin and Tawana Blake)

Cant miss TV show: Maury

Most embarrassing moment: Airballed two free throws in a row my freshman year in high school.

Most memorable sports moment: Being named MVP at the Orange Coast Tournament (while at Chaffey).

Person most influential in your athletic success: My parents

Celebrity you most want to meet: Michael Jordan/Cynthia Cooper

Favorite food: Shrimp

Favorite movie: Love and Basketball

Other hobbies: sleeping

Whats in your CD player/iPOD: Destinys Child

Best advice anyone has given you: Do what makes you happy. Dont let other people make decisions for you.

What do you want to be doing in five years: Working withg disabled and disadvantaged youths.

- Compiled by Michelle Gardner

Student-athlete profile – Lewis Leonard, SBVC basketball


San Bernardino Valley College


The lowdown: The 6-foot-4 sophomore shooting guard is the second-leading scorer in the state (25.5 ppg). Is also averaging 5.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.2 steals. Has a high game of 41 points against Desert. Has reached double figures in every game, scoring more than 20 points 19 times and more than 30 seven times. Averaged 12 points and 4.1 rebounds as a freshman, helping the Wolverines to a Foothill Conference championship. High game that season was 28 aainst Antelope Valley.

Age: 20

Hometown: Philadelphia

High school: Frankford High School, 2006

Major: Business

Favorite athlete: Keith Myers (San Bernardino Valley College football player)

Favorite team: Philadelphia 76ers

Role model: Gerry Wright (San Bernardino Valley College head coach)

Cant miss TV show: Rob and Big (on MTV)

Most memorable sports moment: Winning the Foothill Conference championship last season.

Most embarrassing sports moment: I missed a dunk against Chaffey.

Person most influential in your athletic success: My cousin Maurice Bibbs

Celebrity you most want to meet: Kobe Bryant and LeBron James

Favorite food: Chicken and baked mac

Favorite movie: Friday

Last good book you read: The Carolina Way (The Dean Smith book on leadership).

Whats in your CD player/iPod: Meek Millz/Lil Wayne

Other hobbies: Video games, working out

Favorite vacation spot: Los Angeles/Rodeo Drive

Best advice anyone has given you: Play defense and dont leave any money on the table (Coach Wright)

Pre-game ritual or superstition: Listen to my Ipod and joke around with my teammates.

What would you like to be doing in five years? Playing in the NBA. No question about it!



Cal State women build on big win

By Michelle Gardner

Staff Writer

Cal State San Bernardino senior Leslie Pickron picked up where she left off Friday night, tossing in 20 points and leading the Coyotes to a 74-60 win over Cal State Stanislaus Saturday at Coussoulis Arena.

The Riverside native went 7-for-9 from the field, including a stellar 6-for-8 from 3-point range. Her career-high point total was six points more than her previous best which came 24 hours earlier in the Coyotes upset of No. 13 Chico State. Her six 3-pointers tied a school record set by Christina Day in 2006.

I had a good night last night but I rushed a few and missed some I should have made, Pickron said. So I came out today and worked a little on that and it paid off.

The Coyotes (19-4, 13-3), who share first place with Chico State, trailed early 7-5 four minutes into the game but dominated after that. A putback by Shanae Blake tied the score and the host team went ahead for good on a free throw by Vanessa Wilt, making it 10-7.

Wilt scored inside and Pickron drained her first 3-pointer after that to make it 15-7 and Cal State never looked back.
 The Coyotes led 36-24 at the half and stretch that in the early stages of the second half with Pickrons presence paying off for the other Coyotes.

Her fifth bomb made it 51-37 with 12:12 left. Her success helped spread the Warriors defense and paved the way for two easy inside buckets by Wilt that gave the Coyotes an insurmountable 55-37 lead and the rout was on.
Pickron was followed closely in the scoring column by Wilt with 18 and Blake with 17. Blake hit a variety of shots but many came on dribble drives. Rachel Johnson also hit double figures with 10.

Wilt had a team-high 11 rebounds and three blocks with Krystal Urzua paving the way in assists with six.

All were glad to a solid performance following the upset the previous night that could help the Coyotes earn a spot in this weeks national rankings.

We talked about not letting up after a game where we were on such an emotional high, Pickron said. To conme out tonight and lose would have made last nights win pointless.

The Warriors (6-16, 4-12) got 14 from Katie Busi and 12 points and eight boards by Christin Gowan.

Next up for the Coyotes is a Thursday home game against Cal Poly Pomona.

Cal State men crush Stanislaus

By Michelle Gardner

Staff Writer

Pity the Cal State Stanislaus mens basketball team.
It was the Warriors with the misfortune of squaring off against an angry Cal State San Bernardino team that was embarrassed by lowly Chico State 24 hours earlier.

The Coyotes looked more like their normal selves, walloping the visiting Warriors 89-68 Saturday at Coussoulis Arena. The win put  the Coyotes (19-5, 12-4) back in first place by a game over UC San Diego and Humboldt State.

Cal State coach Jeff Oliver admitted Fridays 63-60 loss was the most disappointing in his six-year tenure. The Wildcats were last in the 11-team conference, on an 11-game losing streak, winless on the road and had beaten only two Division II teams this season.

It was a definite blow to the storied program which is less than a year removed from an appearance in the national semifinal.

My mind still isnt quite right, Oliver said. I still cant stop playing that one through my mind. It will sit with me for quite some time. But it wasn ice to come back the way we did.

Players were thinking about it too.

It was real quite in the shootaround today, senior point guard Marlon Pierce said. It was like everyone saw a ghost. We couldnt believe that happened.

The host team sent a message from the opening tip, starting the game with an 8-0 run. The Coyotes also led 24-4 nine minutes into the contest after a 3-pointer by David Reichel.

The Warriors (5-18, 4-12) made a run to cut it to 10 at 27-17 but the Coyotes finished the half with a 19-4 and held a commanding 46-21 cushion at the intermission.

The energy was key, senior Lance Ortiz added. We came out quickly and sent a message. Getting off to a good start helped us settle down.

Several statistics told the story as the No. 18 Coyotes vaunted defense forced 16 turnovers and held the Warriors to 32 percent (8-for-25) shooting from the field. The visitors ended up with 25 turnovers, with the Coyotes ceasing the full-court pressure in the last 15 minutes.

The Coyotes shot 47.2 percent (17-for-36) and had 14 assists with six just turnovers. The ended up 47.1 percent (32-for-68) for the game with Ortiz tallying 17 with eight assists, Pierce 15 and seldom-used reserve Ryan Kinney chipping in with a carfeer high 12.

The Coyotes led by as many as 34 at 65-31 afer a shot by Renardo Bass with 12 minutes left. The game got a little ragged after that with both teams substituting freely. Oliver used 15 players, 11 of whom figured in the scoring.

Today it didnt matter who it was, Pierce added. It could have been San Diego, Humboldt, whoever. We were on a mission.

The Coyotes remain at home to face local rival Cal Poly Pomona Thursday. Cal State lost to their nemesis 66-6 in overtime earlier this season.