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Women's Basketball

Mission Conference Champions 1978-79

PCC/PCAC Champions 1984-85, 2000-2001, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2012-13, 2014-15, 2015-16

Undefeated Conference Seasons 1984-85, 2007-08, 2008-09


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2016-17 Comet Team

2016-17 Season

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.

TOP PHOTO: Palomar's women's basketball team celebrates its Comet Classic championship. MIDDLE PHOTO: The Comets' Ariana Hernandez, intercepts a Riverside City College in-bounds pass in front of the Tigers' coach, Alicia Berber. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Tournament MVP Roshell Lamug begins her drive to the basket that ended with a layup with 18 seconds remaining in the first quarter which gave Palomar a 19-10 lead entering the second period. -- Photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW: All-tournament selection Monica Todd

PC hands RCC 1st loss, wins tournament

SAN MARCOS (11-20-2016) -- Facing a previously unbeaten Riverside City College team in the finals of the Comet Classic on Sunday night in The Dome, Palomar rose to the occasion when it had to, overcoming a slow start to beat the Tigers handily 75-54 to win the tournament.

The Comets, who were led by all-tournament selection Monica Todd's 20 points, led only 31-27 at the half but came out and outscored the visitors 27-11 in the third quarter, when Ariana Hernandez scored 11 of her 14 points, including three of her four 3-pointers. Roshell Lamug also canned a 3-pointer in the quarter, went on to finish with 12 points and won tournament MVP honors.

Regina Sheffield scored 14 points on the night to join Todd, Lamug and Hernandez in double figures, pulled down 15 rebounds and dished off four assists. Quinesha Vanhook added seven rebounds, Todd contributed six, Hernandez had five and Christine Ellis came off the bench to grab four rebounds. Kaylee Puckett also came off the bench to score seven points.

Todd hit three baskets to begin the fourth quarter and scored nine of Palomar's first 10 points in the period as the Comets slowly continued to draw away from the Tigers.

Palomar advanced to 6-1 on the season. With its first loss, RCC is now 7-1.

Mission College of Santa Clara outscored Santa Monica 112-105 in the third-place game as Alyssa Springs hit for 48 points for the winning Saints. Fullerton captured the consolation title over Grossmont 69-57.

Comets shoot way into title game 107-63

SAN MARCOS (11-19-2016) -- Palomar buried 16-of-31 three-point attempts and put six players in double figures Saturday night at The Dome as the Comets shot past Santa Monica 107-63 in the championship semifinal round of their own tournament.

The Comets (5-1 on the season) will face Riverside City College, a 96-84 winner over Mission College of Santa Clara, for the championship of the Comet Classic on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Santa Monica and Mission will play for third place at 1 p.m. The opening game will feature Grossmont, a 63-58 winner over West Los Angeles on Saturday, vs. Fullerton, a 79-74 winner over West Los Angeles, in the consolation championship game at 11 a.m.

Monika Todd (16 points), Roshell Lamug (14 points), Nia De La Pena Thompson (14 points), Christina Ellis (13 points), Ariana Hernandez (12 points) and Regina Sheffield (10 points) all scored in double figures for the Comets, who again played its patented up-tempo, pressing game wire-to-wire as coach Leigh Marshall again constantly ran players in and out of the game.

Palomar shot 53.6 percent from the floor (37-for-69) and 51.6 percent from behind the 3-point arc, 8-for-16 in the first half and 8-for-15 in the second half.

Hernandez went 4-for-8 from 3-point land. Todd was 3-for-3, Allie Israel 3-for-7, Lamug 2-for-4, Kendall Crosby 2-for-5, and Sheffield and Kaylee Pucket each 1-for-1.

 De La Pena-Thompson (7-for-7) and Todd (5-for-5) were both perfect on field goals.

Quinesha Vanhook pulled down a game-high 8 rebounds. Todd, Ellis and La Pena-Thompson had 7 rebounds each. Erika Weitzel added 5. The Comets outrebounded the Corsairs 53-32. Ellis led in assists with 8, and Vanhook and Sheffield contributed 4 assists apiece.

Palomar put 11 players in the scoring column. Israel (9 points) and Vanhook (7) just missed double figures.

Kendal Crosby drives through Reedley's defense during the Comets' 106-53 victory in The Dome on Friday night. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. Crosby and Ariana Hernandez (left) combined for 42 points and 10 three-pointers.

Palomar rocks Reedley's world by 106-53

SAN MARCOS (11-18-2016) -- Ariana Hernandez and Kendall Crosby combined for 42 points and 10 long-range buckets from behind the 3-point arc on Friday night at The Dome to lead Palomar past Reedley College from Northern California 106-53 in the opening round of the Comet Classic.

Hernandez, the Comets' starting guard from Murrieta Valley High School, pumped in 20 points, went 8-for-11 from the floor and buried 5-of-8 long-range buckets from in back of the arc. She added one free throw.

Hernandez got Palomar untracked in both halfs with 3-pointers to open the scoring.

Crosby, a freshman guard out of Rancho Buena Vista High, added 20 points on 6-of-8 shooting including 5-for-7 on 3-pointers, also adding 3 free throws.

Torrey Pines High product Christina Ellis, a sophomore guard who transferred from Eastern Arizona Community College where she played for the Gila Monsters as a freshman, scored 11 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

Sophomore guard Cheyenne Ertz also scored 11 points, exiting the game at halftime after playing part of the first half with a broken nose suffered when she caught an elbow in the face.

Returning starting guard Roshell Lamug (Mission Hills High) also scored in double figures with 10 points.

Sophomore guard Nia De La Pena-Thompson (Our Lady of Peace High), a sophomore transfer who previously played at Cal Lutheran University, contributed 7 rebounds.

And sohomore guard Allie Israel (San Marcos High) added 9 points and a game-high 4 assists.

The Comets put 12 players in the scoring colum, leading 22-9 after one quarter, 53-18 at the half following a 31-9 second quarter and 84-35 after three quarters. Nyla Curtis led Reedley with 12 points.

Palomar (4-1) will play Santa Monica, a 70-53 winner over Fullerton, in the semifinals on Saturday at 7 p.m., following the other semifinal matching Riverside City College and Mission College from Santa Clara which beings at 5. RCC ran past West Los Angeles 74-47, while Mission defeated Grossmont 96-85.

The consolation semifinals will match West Los Angeles and Grossmont at 1 p.m., followed by Reedley vs. Fullerton at 3.

Mt. San Jac cools off PC, wins tourney

SAN JACINTO (11-13-2016) -- The Mt. San Jacinto College cooled off Palomar after the Comets' hot women's basketball start on Sunday, winning 93-66 in the championship game of the San Jacinto Lions Club Lady Eagle Tip-Off Tournament.

The Comets had started the season 3-0 and blew past Chaffey 89-28 in a semifinal game on Saturday. But they never really got untracked in Sunday's championship game between the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference North Division rivals.

The Eagles opened up a 48-29 halftime lead and the Comets were unable to answer back in the second half. The big difference in the game was Mt. San Jacinto's advantage inside. The Eagles outrebounded the Comets 71-38.

"We played the worst I've seen us play," Palomar coach Leigh Marshall said. "No heart, no energy, no toughness."

Palomar put three players in double figures -- Quinesha Vanhook with 11 points, Roshell Lamug and Kaylee Pucket with 10 each. Regina Sheffield led the Comets in rebounds with 8. Kendall Crosby scored 8 points off the bench and added 6 rebounds.

Lamug and Sheffield were named to the all-tournament team.

Palomar put three players in double figures -- Quinesha Vanhook with 11 points, Roshell Lamug and Kaylee Pucket with 10 each. Regina Sheffield led the Comets in rebounds with 8. Kendall Crosby scored 8 points off the bench and added 6 rebounds.

Britney Thomas scored 30 points to lead the Eagles (3-0).

Comets roll 89-28, advance to title game

SAN JACINTO (11-12-2016) -- Palomar finds itself 3-0 to begin the 2016-17 women's basketball season after destroying Chaffey 89-28 Friday night in the semifinals of the San Jacinto Lions Club Lady Eagle Tip-Off Tournament.

And, for the third straight season, coach Leigh Marshall's club will face Mt. San Jacinto in the championship game of its tournament. The Eagles won their semifinal game over Antelope Valley 85-50.

Tipoff will be Sunday at 3 p.m.

Palomar put all 13 players in double figures vs. Chaffey in what Marshall described as "a great team effort."

Roshell Lamug (left) led the Comets' balanced scoring with 12 points. Cheyenne Ertz and Regina Sheffield had 11 points each. Allie Israel sparked Palomar defensively and also scored nine points.

PC rolls to win over Orange Coast 70-46

SAN JACINTO (11-11-2016) -- Palomar's women's basketball squad put 10 players in the scoring column and defeated Orange Coast 70-46 to begin play in the San Jacinto Lions Club Lady Eagle Tip-Off Tournament hosted by Mt. San Jacinto College.

Nia De La Pena-Thompson (left) led the Comets (2-0) with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Ariana Hernandez tallied 13 points and dished off 4 assists. Cheyene Ertz (right)  also scored in double figures with 10 points.

Quinesha Vanhook and Monica Todd had 8 rebounds each.

The Comets will play either Chaffey, a 75-50 winner over Citrus, in a semifinal game on Saturday at 4 p.m. The championship game will be played on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Hernandez (five 3-pointers, 20 pts) lifts PC

SANTA  ANA (11-03-2016) -- Sophomore guard Ariana Hernandez came out firing from long-range, hitting on 5-of-9 attempts from behind the 3-point arc, as Palomar tipped off its women's basketball season with a 76-61 victory over Santa Ana on Thursday night at Cook Gym.

Hernandez finished with 20 points, high for both teams, and was joined in double figures by Regina Sheffield (13 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals) and Cheyenne Ertz (13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists).

Quinesha Vanhook led the Comets in rebounds with 7. Nia De La Pena-Thompson contributed 9 points and 5 rebounds.

Palomar was only 10-for-20 from the free throw line and Santa Ana was 22-for-31, which enabled the Dons to keep to score as close as it was.

"We played hard but very sloppy and careless with the ball," Palomar coach Leigh Marshall said. "We have a lot of room to grow and we need to get better before our next game."

That would be a week from Friday, on Nov. 11, when the Comets play Orange Coast at 1 p.m. to open the San Jacinto Lions Club Lady Eagle Tip-Off Tournament at Mt. San Jacinto College.


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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