Senior Briana Hall of Azusa Pacific University is this week’s Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Week for her performances in games the week of Feb. 19-25.
The 5-foot-5 guard from Fontana earned her first career 30-point game by scoring 31 points in No. 12 Azusa Pacific’s 76-64 upset of GSAC regular-season champion Westmont on Saturday in the last regular-season home game of her career.
She also had nine assists and three steals.
On the week she averaged 20.5 points and eight assists per game as the Cougars (22-6) also earned an 80-58 win over Masters. They secured the No. 2 seed in the GSAC postseason tournament which begins Friday.
For the season Hall, a Miller High School graduate, is averaging 15.6 points and 5.9 assists.
The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men’s basketball team now knows its postseason playoff destination.
The Stags No. 11 (25-2) will head to Wisconsin-Whitewater to face reigning NCAA Division III national champion St. Thomas (Minn.) in a 3:30 p.m. game on Friday. It will be the 11th playoff appearance in the last 13 years for CMS, which won both the SCIAC regular season title as well as the post-season tournament.
St. Thomas (21-6) captured the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title for the sixth time in the last seven years. The Tommies are not unfamiliar with SCIAC foes. They opened the season with games in Southern California against Occidental and Pomona-Pitzer, winning both 82-61 and 82-79 in double overtime.
The winner of the St. Thomas-CMS game advances to face the winner of No. 8 Whitewater (23-4)-Northwestern (Minn.) (17-10).
Three local JuCo teams are stil in the hunt for state championships.
San Bernardino Valley has both its men’s and women’s team alive while the Chaffey women are still in the hunt. Several other inland Empire teams are in the mix as well.
No. 19 Riverside pulled off the biggest surprise of the last round, upending No. 3 Mt. San Jacinto 79-76 in overtime on Saturday. Good for the still-homeless Tigers directed by John Smith.
No. 15 El Camino also pulled a stunner, beating No. 2 Mt. SAC.
So here’s what’s up in third round play on Wednesday . . .
No. 9 Cuesta (24-7) at No. 1 Citrus (26-1)
No. 12 Ventura (19-11) at No. 4 San Bernardino Valley (24-5)
No. 15. El Camino (18-9) at No. 7 Antelope Valley (22-7)
No. 19 Riverside (16-10) at No. 6 Saddleback (20-8)
No. 8 Chaffey (24-6) at No. 1 Mt. SAC (27-3)
No. 5 Cerritos (23-7) at No. 4 East Los Angeles (23-6)
No. 19 Cypress (21-9) at No. 2 Ventura (30-1)
No. 11 Mt. San Jacinto (23-7) at No. 3 San Bernardino Valley (27-3)