Cal Poly Pomona’s Jada Blackwell has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 13-19.
The junior post player earned her second athlete of the week nod after lifting the nationally-ranked Broncos to two road wins, at Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills.
The Etiwanda High graduate recorded weekend-high totals of 17 points, 16 rebounds, and four blocks in Friday’s 86-70 victory against the Golden Eagles. The following night Blackwell scored 13 points on 54.5 percent (6-for-11) from the floor, while making one-of-two attempts from the free throw line. In addition she snagged 12 rebounds and had two blocked shots in the Broncos 64-53 win over the Toros.
With eight wins in its first 10 games, the Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball team has moved into the NCAA Division II Top 25 poll for the first time since February 2012.
The Broncos are featured at No. 24 in the latest USA Today national rankings released today. The only other West Region squad included in the top 25 is No. 18 Northwest Nazarene (10-2 overall) of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC).
This week, CPP will play at Kellogg Gym for the first time in nearly a month. The Broncos host San Francisco State Thursday before taking on Sonoma State Saturday. Both games are set for 5:30 p.m. tipoff times.
Three teams are tied atop the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) standings as the Broncos are even with Cal State Stanislaus and Cal State East Bay at 5-1 in conference play.
Thursday’s opponent, SFSU, is just one win behind CPP in the standings. The Gators are the best three-point shooting team in the league so far, knocking down 35.2 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc. Reserve player Leticia Galarza has been efficient at that range, posting a 12-for-17 effort through the first 12 games.
Former Montclair High School and Cal Poly Pomona basketball standout Lary Gordon has been selected to the German BBL all-Star team.
The All-Star game will be held on Jan. 18 in Bonn, Germany. Gordon will be busy at the event as he’ll be a participant in the Slam Dunk and Three-Point Competitions before competing in the actual game.
Gordon has been playing professionally for five years. He is in his second season with Phoenix Hagen, the highest level team in Germany. He leads the league in rebounding (7.6 pg) and ranks sixth in scoring.
Gordon was one of the most decorated student-athletes, having played for the Broncos from 2005 through 2009. During that time, he tallied more than 1,500 points, 900 rebounds, 125 steals and 45 blocks. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) and was a four-time All-CCAA performer.
To top things off, Gordon was named a 2009 All-American after leading the Broncos to the NCAA Division II National Championship game. A West Covina native, Gordon trains at CPP’s Kellogg Gym during the summer months.