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Women's Basketball

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2016-17 Season

PC tunes up for MSJ with 107-25 blowout

IMPERIAL (1-13-2017) -- Palomar's women's basketball team obliterated winless Pacific Coast Athletic Conference cross-division opponent Imperial Valley 107-25 on the road Friday night.

Kendall Crosby (19 points) and Allie Israel (left, 17 points) each knocked down five 3-pointers as the Comets advanced to 16-2 on the season going into next Wednesday's 5 p.m. PCAC North opener against Mt. San Jacinto at The Dome.

The Eagles are 18-2 after running away from Southwestern on Friday 103-45.

Monica Todd (right,14 points), Christina Ellis (14) and Ariana Hernandez (13) also scored in double figures for the Comets against the Arabs.

 "Monica Todd had a great game on both ends and dominated the glass," Palomar coach Leigh Marshall said.

Wednesday's game will be the first of a double-header. The Palomar men's team will host Mt. San Jacinto at 7 p.m.

Kendall Crosby takes the ball to the hoop to score two of her game-high 20 points in the Comets' 94-75 victory over San Diego City College on Wednesday night at The Dome. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

PC starts fast, holds on to beat City 94-75

SAN MARCOS (1-11-2017) -- Palomar raced to a 63-35 lead at halftime, then held on in a sloppy second half to beat visiting San Diego City College 94-75 in a PCAC cross-division women's basketball game on Wednesday night.

Kendall Crosby led the Comets (15-2) with 20 points, including four 3-pointers. Regina Sheffield and Cheyenne Ertz scored 12 points each, and Monica Todd also was in double figures with 10 points. Roshell Lamug added 9 points.

Samera Henry and Evangeline Morga each had 14 points for the Knights (7-9).

The Comets will visit Imperial Valley on Friday at 5 p.m., before returning home to The Dome to open PCAC North play against rival Mt. San Jacinto in a battle of two of the state's top community college teams next Wednesday.

The Eagles advanced to 17-2 on Wednesday with a 105-53 victory over Grossmont.

Palomar's Roshell Lamug drives past Southwestern's Maya Lyda during the Comets' 103-40 victory Friday night in Chula Vista. The Comets (14-2) led 71-22 at halftime. -- Photo by Russell Scoffin, Southwestern College. BELOW: Kendall Crosby, who led the way with 22 points

Crosby (22 pts, 6 threes), Comets roll by 63

CHULA VISTA (1-06-2017) -- Freshman Kendall Crosby from Rancho Buena Vista High School scored 22 points, knocking down 6 shots from behind the 3-point arc, and visiting Palomar raced past Southwestern 103-40 Friday night in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference cross-division play.

The state No. 6-ranked Comets (14-2) led 71-22 at halftime in running their win streak to 6 games and winning for the 11th time in their last 12 games.

Palomar put 10 of 11 players in the scoring column and 5 players in double figures. Joining Crosby in double figures for coach Leigh Marshall's squad were Roshell Lamug with 17 points, Cheyenne Ertz (14), Ariana Hernandez (14) and Regina Sheffield (10 points).

"We moved the ball extremely well in the first half and played incredibly unselfish basketball overall," Marshall said.

Palomar will return to The Dome to play San Diego City College next Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Allie Israel (top photo) connects on a jumper to put Palomar ahead of Grossmont 83-48 as the fourth quarter winds down at The Dome on Wednesday night. Roshell Lamug (directly above) drains a 3-pointer for the Comets late in the first half. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

PC puts 5 in double figures, toys with Griffs

SAN MARCOS (1-04-2017) -- Palomar put five players in double figures, led by Allie Israel's 18 points, and had its way with visiting Grossmont 87-55 in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference cross-division women's basketball match-up Wednesday evening in The Dome.

It was the first home game since Nov. 20 for coach Leigh Marshall's squad. The Comets have won their last five games and 10 of their last 11 games.

Israel and Kendall Crosby (12 points) each knocked down 4 of the Comets' 13 baskets from behind the 3-point arc. Ariana Hernandez drained a pair of 3-pointers on the way to a 14-point performance. Monica Todd had a 3 on the way to her 12 points. Regina Sheffield contributed 10 points, and Roshell Lamug had the other two 3-point baskets.

Along the way, the Comets, who are ranked No. 6 in the state, advanced to 13-2 on the season.

Palomar started slowly, going 5 minutes, 12 seconds without a point late in the first quarter, which allowed Grossmont to battle the Comets to a 15-15 tie entering the second period. Palomar then went on a 52-24 run in the second and third quarters to lead 67-39 entering the fourth period and twice led by 35 points before Grossmont closed the gap to the final 32-point margin.

Palomar's Crosby is PCAC Athlete of Week

SAN DIEGO (12-26-2016) -- Palomar's Kendall Crosby has been honored as Pacific Coast Athlete Conference Women's Athlete of the Week.

Crosby, a 5-foot-4 freshman from Rancho Buena Vista High School, pumped in 28 points as the Comets ran their record to 10-2 by defeating tournament host Orange Coast 98-53 in the championship game of the 24th Erin Tomlinson Coast Christmas Classic.

Crosby, the Coast Classic MVP, went 10-for-18 against the Pirates from the field while breaking the tournament record for 3-pointers in a game by knocking down 8 shots from behind the arc. Earlier in the tournament, she scored 19 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and had 3 assists and 3 steals in an 85-53 first-round victory over Irvine Valley.

The No. 8-ranked Comets have lost only to state No. 1-ranked East Los Angeles and No. 6-ranked Mt. San Jacinto. Crosby and her Palomar teammates have handed Orange Coast 3 of its losses in its 10-5 season by a combined margin of 102 points.

Tourney MVP Crosby, PC roll to title 98-53

COSTA MESA (12-21-2016) -- Tournament Most Valuable Player Kendall Crosby scored 28 points as Palomar rolled to the championship of the 24th Erin Tomlinson Coast Christmas Classic with a 98-53 victory over host Orange Coast on Wednesday night.

Crosby (left), a freshman from Rancho Buena Vista High School, went 10-for-18 from the field and set a tournament record with by knocking down 8-of-13 shots from behind the 3-point arc. She led the way as the Comets, who became the first team to win the tournament in back-to-back seasons a year ago, won it for the third year in a row.

Crosby was joined on the all-tournament team by Palomar teammates Ariana Hernandez (right), who scored 22 points in the Comets' opening-round win over Irvine Valley on Monday, and Christina Ellis.

"Such a great team win," coach Leigh Marshall said. "Every single player contributed and they really played together."

All 11 players scored for the Comets, with no one playing more than 24 of the game's 40 minutes. It was the third time that Palomar (12-2) has defeated Orange Coast (10-5) in three meetings this season.

Ellis went 6-for-7 on field goals to join Crosby in double figures with 13 points. She also had a game-high 7 rebounds, dished off 4 assists and had 2 steals. Megan Scott scored 9 points. Roshell Lamug had 8 points and 5 assists.

Allie Israel, Hernandez, Monica Todd and Cheynne Ertz each contributed 6 points. Regina Sheffield added 5 points and Erika Weitzel had 2 points.

Ertz also had 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Sheffield led the Comets with 4 steals.

Palomar outshot Orange Coast 50.6 percent to 32.8 percent. The Comets broke open a 28-25 game by outscoring the Pirates 30-8 in the second quarter to lead 58-33 at halftime. The score was 78-43 after three quarters.

The Comets will be off until after the holidays, returning to action on Jan. 4 when they return to The Dome to host Grossmont in a 6 p.m. PCAC cross-division game.

73-57 win vs. S'back puts PC in finals

COSTA MESA (12-20-2016) -- With everyone who suited up playing between 10 and 27 minutes, Palomar ran players on and off the court in waves and drew away from Saddleback's women's basketball team 73-57 on Tuesday night.

Along the way, the Comets reached the finals of the  24th Erin Thompson Coast Christmas Classic.

The Comets (11-2) will play the host team, Orange Coast, for the tournament championship on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Pirates downed Chaffey 64-60 in the other semifinal game at Peterson Gym.

Christina Ellis (left, 16 points on 5-for-5 shooting, 6-for-6 from the free throw line) and Kaylee Puckett (right, 15 points and 8 rebounds) led the Comets. Roshell Lamug (10 points and 3 assists) also scored in double figures.

Ariana Hernandez scored 8 points, Kendall Crosby and Cheyenne Ertz 6 each and Megan Scott and Regina Sheffield 5 apiece. Scott had 6 rebounds. Sheffield and Ertz each had 5.

Palomar had 37 bench points to only 6 for Saddleback.

The Comets' defense played a big role, forcing the Gauchos to shoot from out of their range. Saddleback went 1-for-20 from behind the 3-point arc.

Orange Coast will come into Wednesday's championship game with a 10-4 record. Two of those losses came at the hands of the Comets.

Balanced Comets rock Lasers in tourney

COSTA MESA (12-19-2016) -- Coach Leigh Marshall gave Kendall Crosby (left) and Megan Scott (right) starts on Monday and they responded by helping Palomar's women's basketball team past Irvine Valley 85-53 in the first round ofthe 24th Erin Thompson Coast Christmas Classic.

The Comets will face Saddleback, a 72-57 winner over El Camino, in the championship semifinals of the tournament hosted by Orange Coast College on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

"(Crosby) and (Scott) earned starts today and both of them had big days for us," Marshall said. "It was great to see those two step up."

Ariana Hernandez led the Comets (10-2) with 22 points, including a 6-for-13 performance from behind the 3-point arc.

Crosby (19 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals), Christina Ellis (13 points, 5 steals) and Kaylee Puckett (11 points) joined her in double figures.

Monica Todd scored 9 points. Scott contributed 8 rebounds, and Cheyanne Ertz and Regina Sheffield had 6 and 5 rebounds, respectivlely as the Comets pounded the Lasers 49-38 on the boards.

State No. 6-ranked PC draws away to win

LONG BEACH (12-14-2016) -- State No. 6-ranked Palomar drew away in the fourth quarter to win a non-conference women's basketball game on the road over Long Beach City College 61-52 on Wednesday night.

The Comets (9-2) led 25-23 at halftime, fell behind 46-42 entering the fourth quarter, then dominated the game the rest of the way, outscoring the Vikings 19-7 the rest of the way.

 Monica Todd (left) led Palomar with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Roshell Lamug also tallied 14 points. Allie Israel joined Todd and Lamug in double figures with 11 points while burying 4 three-point shots.

Regina Sheffield pulled down 8 rebounds. Christina Ellis had 7 points. Ariana Hernandez scored 6.

"That was a big win on the road over a very good team," Palomar coach Leigh Marshall said.

 "Israel hit some huge threes for us. Todd gave us some big minutes, and our point guard (Lamug) got it done. Ellis agave us great minutes as well. Without those guys coming up big, we don't win the game."

Comets are ranked sixth in state poll

SACRAMENTO (12-14-2016) -- Coach Leigh Marshall's Palomar team is ranked No. 6 in the state by the California Community College Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

No. 1 Sierra, No. 2 East Los Angeles, No. 3 Mt. SAC, No. 4 College of the Sequoias and No. 5 College of the Siskiyous are ranking ahead of the Comets.

No. 7 Mt. San Jacinto, No. 8 Diablo Valley, No. 9 Pasadena City College and No. 10 City College of San Francisco round out the top 10.

ELA comes from 10 down to win tourney

CYPRESS (12-04-2016) -- Unbeaten East Los Angeles, trailing by 10 points at the half, came back to edge Palomar 72-70 on a Gloria Ortiz buzzer-beater in Sunday's championship game of the 34th Lady Charger Classic.

ELA advanced to 9-0 on the season, while the Comets fall to 8-2.

"We fall behind, tie the game and their ball with 4 seconds left," Palomar coach Leigh Marshall said. "We get them to take a tough shot, we don't rebound and they recover and shoot with .04 seconds left on the clock and win the game.

"Championship teams make championship plays and we didn't make them at the end of this game."

Roshell Lamug scored 16 points, Kaylee Puckett 12 and Christina Ellis 11 for the Comets. Cheyenne Ertz had 9 points and 8 rebounds. Ariana Hernandez contributed 8 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals.

PC gets defensive to win 77-44, reaches finals

SAN MARCOS (12-03-2016) -- Palomar outscored Orange Coast 32-9 in the second quarter to blow the game open and went on to crush the Pirates 77-44 on Saturday to reach Sunday's championship game of the 34th Lady Charger Classic at Cypress College.

The Comets (8-1) will face East Los Angeles (8-0), a 94-66 winner over Cypress, for the title at 3 p.m. Orange Coast fell to 8-2.

"We didn't shoot the ball very well, but really got the job done defensively, especially in the first half," Palomar coach Leigh Marshall said.

Regina Sheffield (above left) again led the Comets statistically with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 7 steals. Christina Ellis (13 points, 6 rebounds), Monica Todd (13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals) and Allie Israel (12 points, 5 rebounds) also scored in double figures for the Comets.

Roshell Lamug added 7 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

The Comets led 16-9 after one quarter.

Short-handed Comets still roll to 90-45 win

CYPRESS (12-02-2016) -- Palomar's women's basketball team played without two starters on Friday but still opened play in the 34th Lady Charger Classic with a 45-point victory over Santa Monica.

The Comets rocked the Corsairs 90-45 behind Regina Sheffield (left, 19 points, 11 rebounds), Cristina Ellis (14 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals) and Cheyenne Ertz (right, 10 points, 5 rebounds).

Ariana Hernandez and Monica Todd each added 9 points as Palomar advanced to 7-1 on the season. Roshell Lamug tallied 8 points and Kaylee Puckett added 7 points and 7 rebounds.

The Comets (7-1) will play Orange Coast, an 88-74 winner over Grossmont, in a championship semifinal game on Saturday at 5 p.m. The Pirates have gone 6-0 since Palomar beat Coast 70-46 in the Pirates' season opener back on Nov. 11.

Off-Season

WWE women's wrestler Nia Jax, who played basketball for Palomar in the early 2000's under her actual name of Savalina Fanene, mugs for the camera with her cousin, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, during a workout session in Florida. -- Instagram photo. The Rock's mother, Ata Mavia-Johnson, is Fanene's aunt. Fanene/Jax is pictured below when she played basketball for Palomar in 2002-03 under then-coach Sherry Titus, and wrestling on Raw on Monday night in Hartford, Connecticut. Fanene/Jax, who is of mixed Samoan-German ancestory, and Dwayne Johnson are members of pro wrestling's famous Anoa'i family (Roman Reigns, whose actual name is Leati Anoa'i, Afa and Sika Anoa'i, Jimmy and Jey Uso, many others, both past and present). Fanene, who originally came to Palomar from Carlsbad High School, is now one of the WWE women's division's most dominating Superstars.

PC basketball alum Fanene dominant in WWE

HARTFORD, Connecticut (11-01-2016) -- Savalina "Lina" Fanene, who helped lead Palomar's 2002-03 women's basketball team to a Pacific Coast Conference championship, has aspired to a career in pro wrestling since watching her cousin, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, in WrestleMania XXVIII.

Fanene already had been glued to the TV watching professional wrestling since childhood. That's hardly a big surprise. She is a member (as is Dwayne Johnson) of wrestling's famous Anoa'i family (Roman Reigns, whose actual name Leati Anoa'i, Afa and Sika Anoa'i, Jimmy and Jey Uso, many others both past and present).

Fast forward to today, when under the ring name "Nia Jax" Fanene is a dominant, overwhelming figure billed at 6-foot-2, 270 pounds (well above her playing weight at Palomar) in the World Wrestling Entertainment's "Monday Night Raw" Brand. Nia Jax battered, injured and pinned "Bailey", one of the premier and most popular women's division wrestlers, Monday night on national and international live TV at Hartford, Conn. The mis-match (above right) was one of the highlights of the weekly "Raw" show.

Nia Jax will represent the Monday Night Raw brand, along with Women's World Champion Charlotte Flair and a handful of other "WWE Superstars" against the Tuesday Night Smackdown brand in the WWE's Survivor Series pay-for-view on Sunday, Nov. 22.

Fanene / Nia Jax made her in-ring debut on May 7, 2015 at an NXT (World Wrestling Entertainment's developmental brand) house show under the ring name Zada. Since eventually debuting on the main roster two months ago, she has been unbeaten.

Nia Jax already mader her WWE Video Game debut on WWE 2K17 as a pre-order playable character.

(Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's mother, Ata Mavia-Johnson, is Lina Fanene's aunt. Fanene's parents are Joseph and Renate Fanene. Her brother is former Palomar and Fresno State linebacker Ben Fanene. Lina and Ben Fanene both came to Palomar from Carlsbad High School.)

CLICK HERE to watch Savalina Fanene (Nia Jax) dominate and injure fellow WWE Superstar "Bailey" on the Raw telecast on Monday.

Palomar's five women's basketball signees, with their coaches, left to right: Mikaela Shannon, (Texas A&M International), Victoria Stewart (Presentation College), Assistant Coach Damian Cephas, Chelse Ayala (Texas A&M International), Head Coach Leigh Marshall, Tatiana Navarro (Presentation College), Lynnzy Troxell (Texas A&M International) and Assistant Coach Chris Kroesch. -- Courtesy Photo

Five Comets accept scholarships to play women's basketball at the four-year college level

SAN MARCOS (5-12-2016) -- With another Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship under her belt, Palomar women's basketball coach Leigh Marshall (left) is sending five more scholarship players on to the four-year college level:

Chelsea Ayala -- Ayala, a 5-foot, 2-inch sophomore guard from Oceanside High School, has landed a scholarship to NCAA Division II Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas. The Dustdevils are coming off a 15-12 season and were 12-6 in the Heartland Conference. The conference produced the 2016 Division II national champions, Lubbock Christian University. Ayala, an All-PCAC first-team selection, was the leading scorer for the Comets, averaging 12.2 points in conference (9.1 points overall), 3.5 rebounds overall, 3.1 assists on the season (3.9 in conference) and 2.0 steals (2.5 in conference).

Lynnzy Troxell -- Troxell, a 6-foot-0 forward from Escondido High School, also signed with Texas A&M International. She also was named to the All-PCAC first team and was a big force inside for the Comets. Troxell averaged 7.5 points and a team-leading 7.0 rebounds as Palomar went 24-5 on the season, 13-1 in the PCAC. She averaged 7.6 points and 6.6 rebounds in conference games.

Mikaela Shannon -- Shannon, a 5-foot-10 forward out of Rancho Buena Vista High School, is the third Comet to accept a scholarship to Texas A&M International. Shannon averaged 5.8 points and 4.3 rebounds and was an all-conference second-team selection. In PCC games, Shannon averaged 6.6 points and 4.4 rebounds.

Victoria Stewart, a 5-foot-4 sophomore guard out of Oceanside High School, sparked the Comets off the bench to earn a scholarship to Presentation College, an NAIA school in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Stewart overcame a serious knee injury she suffered in her first season at Palomar. Presentation is rebuilding after going 6-19 last season but returns an NAIA All-American honorable mention selection in guard Haley Froelich.

Tatiana Navarro, who also sparked the Comets off the bench, also received a scholarship to Presentation College, a member of the North Star Athletic Conference. The power team in the North Star is the University of Jamestown, which swept unbeaten through the conference during the 2015-16 season before losing to Oregon Tech in the NAIA National Tournament. The 5-foot-7 guard came to Palomar from Vista Murrieta High School.

Chelse Ayala

Lynnzy Troxell

Mikaela Shannon

Victoria Stewart

Tatiana Navarro
 

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