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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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2015-16 PCAC Champions

Off-Season ...

WWE women's wrestler Nia Jax, who played baskeball 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. Fannene/Jax is pictured below when she played women's basketball for Palomar in 2002-03 under then-coach Sherry Titus. 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).

PC basketball alum Fanene feels draft in WWE

SAN MARCOS (7-20-2016) -- 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 early in 2014, when she was signed by the WWE and assigned to its developmental brand, NXT, based at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.

She made her in-ring debut on May 7, 2015 at an NXT house show under the ring name Zada. Fanane has been on the fast-track to becoming an expected huge WWE "Super Star" since.

Rushed up the ladder in NXT, she earned a title match barely six months later, on Dec. 16, when she wrestled for the NXT Women's Championship at NXT TakeOver: London, and again on June 8 at NXT TakeOver: The End at Winter Park, Florida. Both times, she fell short of winning the championship, but from that point on there has been no stopping this former Comet.

Now fast forward again to Tuesday night, when 6-foot-2, 272-pound ex-model Fanene, who since the early days of her career has been wrestling as Nia Jax, was the fourth female selected in the WWE's joint Monday Night Raw-Smack-Down Live brand-split draft on world-wide TV (round No. 5 in the joint male-female draft, No. 25 of 59 wrestlers taken overall, just one spot behind Dolph Ziggler and two spots behind The Big Show). Fanene/Jax was selected by Monday Night Raw.

The only females selected ahead of Fanene/Jax were WWE Women's Champion Charlotte (daughter of the legendary Ric Flair, in Round 1, No. 3 overall, also taken by Raw), Sasha Banks (Round 3, 13th overall, also by Raw) and Becky Lynch (Round 3, 14th overall, by SmackDown Live). Among female wrestlers selected after Fanene/Jax were WWE Universe household names Paige (Round 7, No. 35 overall), Summer Rae (Round 9, No. 44 overall), Eva Marie (Round 10, 51st overall), Alicia Fox (Round 11, 54th overall) and Dana Brooke (Round 11, 56th overall).

It's being rumored on social media that Fanene/Jax will make her WWE main-roster debut as Sasha Banks' "Mystery Partner" in a tag-team match vs. Dana Brooke and WWE Women's Champion Charlotte this Sunday night in the WWE Battleground 2016 pay-for-view at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

It has already been announced that Nia Jax will make 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.)

2015-16 Season ...

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 at 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

Chelsea Ayala scores for Palomar in the third quarter of Wednesday's regional semifinal game against Mt. SAC. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comets can't overcome No. 1 Mounties' start

WALNUT (3-02-2016) -- Palomar will remember the 24-5 season, the 12-game winning streak from Jan. 6 through Feb. 26, the 59-48 upset OF Mt. San Jacinto that ended the Eagles' 24-0 run one month ago this upcoming Saturday and the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference co-championship.

Wednesday's 74-56 Southern California Regional Semifinal loss to No. 1 seed and 31-1 Mt. SAC on the Mounties floor? That's one night the Comets would just as soon forget.

The Mounties started fast, the Comets started slowly and the result was fatal as Palomar came back from a 21-2 deficit after one quarter to outscore Mt. SAC the rest of the way 54-43, which left coach Leigh Marshall's club 18 points short.

Chelse Ayala took game scoring honors with 15 points, one point more than the Mounties' leading scorer, Jonnae Vermillion. Allie Israel (left, 13 points) also scored in double figures for the Comets, and Vinessa Peryman added eight points.

But Mt. SAC built a 60-23 advantage on the boards Ayala was the Comets' leading rebounder with six. For the South Coast North Division champion Mounties, eight players had at least six rebounds.

On this night, the usual success of Palomar's full-court pressure defense wasn't enough.

"We turned them over 30 times, but couldn't overcome (the) massive rebounding deficit," Marshall said.

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Roshell Lamug scores two of her 13 points midway through the first quarter Friday night at The Dome, putting the Comets up 11-7. Palomar turned back College of the Canyons 77-54.-- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comets run away from Cougars in Regionals

SAN MARCOS (2-26-2016 / 2027-2016) -- Palomar broke open its round 2 game in the Southern California Community College Women's Basketball Regionals with a 27-13 second quarter and went on to eliminate College of the Canyons 77-54 on Friday night in The Dome.

The eighth-seeded Comets (24-4) move on to the third round  at No. 1 seed Mt. SAC (30-1) in Walnut. The Mounties defeated one of the play-in survivors, Orange Coast, on Saturday night 78-49.

Canyons (23-6), the No. 9 seed, goes home. Both teams received first-round byes.

The Comets put 11 players in the scoring column, led by Roshell Lamug (left,13 points, 3 assists, 4 steals), Regina Sheffield (left, 12 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists) and Chelse Ayala (right, 10 points). Mikaela Shannon added 8 points and 7 rebounds, Lynnzy Troxell had 9 points and Vinessa Perryman had 6 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals.

Leading by 17-13 after one quarter, Palomar opened up a 10-point lead for the first time on Perryman's bucket with 6:46 left in the half and drew away from there. Troxell scored 7 of her 9 points in the second period.

PC lands 3 on first team, home to Canyons Fri.

SAN DIEGO / SAN MARCOS (2-20-2016) -- After landing three players on the All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference first team, the Palomar women's basketball squad will open the Southern California Community Playoffs at home in The Dome on Friday at 7 p.m.

The Comets (23-4), the No. 8 seed, received a bye in Wednesday's round 1 and will be home to the ninth seed, College of the Canyons (23-5), which also received a bye, in Friday's second-round game.

Palomar sophomore forward Lynnzy Troxell (left), sophomore guard Chelse Ayala (right) and freshman guard Roshell Lamug were named to the All-PCAC first team selected by conference coaches. Freshman guard Regina Sheffield and freshman forward Mikaela Shannon were named to the second team. Mt. San Jacinto forward Britney Thomas received Player of the Year honors and the Eagles' Chris Mozga was named Coach of the Year.

If Palomar beats Canyons, the Comets will play in the third round next Wednesday, March 2, against either No. 1 seed Mt. SAC (29-1) or the winner of a play-in round 1 game between No. 16 Orange Coast (15-13) or No. 17 Los Angeles Valley (14-13) at the home of the higher seed.

The eventual winner of the bracket, along with the winner of the other SoCal bracket will advance to the CCCAA State Final Four on March 12-13 at Las Positas College in Livermoore.

Palomar’s Alexus Barnes scores on a put-back in Friday night’s 87-23 blowout of rival MiraCosta on the road. – Photo by Hugh Cox

PC blitzes MiraCosta 87-32, ties for PCAC title

OCEANSIDE (2-19-2016) -- Palomar's fourth-ranked women's basketball team finished the regular season at 23-4 and tied for the Pacific Coast Athletic Association championship with Mt. San Jacinto at 13-1 on Friday, flattening MiraCosta 87-32 on the road.

Victoria Stewart, playing her final regular-season game for Palomar, sparked the Comets to their 11th win in a row entering the Southern California Regional Playoffs.

"(Stewart) played one of the best games of her college career tonight," coach Leigh Marshall said.

"She flew around defensively and was a force on offense. She played incredibly hard."

The Spartans finished a winless season at 0-23 (0-14 for last place in the conference).

The Southern California seeding meeting will be Monday.

Allie Israel shoots over Grossmont's Christina Barrameda during Palomar's 73-38 victory on Wednesday night. -- Photo by Philip Farry.

PC wins big again to go 22-4, 12-1 in conference

SAN MARCOS (2-17-20160) -- The Palomar women's basketball team continued to clobber its Pacific Coast Athletic Conference opposition on Wednesday evening, defeating visiting Grossmont 73-38 in the second game of the college's annual Coaches vs. Cancer doubleheader.

The Comets upped their record to 22-4 (12-1 in the PCAC) with only a short road trip to MiraCosta on Friday at 5 p.m. remaining in the regular season. They remain tied for first place with Mt. San Jacinto, which handed MiraCosta its 22nd loss without a win on Wednesday 72-32.

Coach Leigh Marshall again ran players in and out of the game at a furious pace all night and 13 Comets scored, led by Chelse Ayala (left) with 12 points, Roshell Lamug (right, 11 points), Allie Israel (8 points), Alexus Barnes (6 points) and Vinessa Perryman (6 points).

Palomar led 23-8 after one quarter and 47-18 at the half.

Shannon is PCAC Women’s Athlete of the Week

SAN DIEGO (12-17-2015) -- Palomar's Mikaela Shannon has been selected as Women's Athlete of the Week for all sports by the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference for Feb. 8-14. 

Shannon, a 5-foot-10 sophomore forward out of Rancho Buena Vista High School, scored 26 points and hauled in 10 rebounds last week as coach Leigh Marshall's Comets continued to rotate their entire roster and win big.

Marshall's squad defeated two PCAC foes by a total of 120 points.

The Comets (21-4, 11-1), ranked No. 4 in Southern California and tied for the PCAC lead with second-ranked Mt. San Jacinto, started the week with an 87-23 rout of Imperial Valley as Shannon contributed 14 points, five rebounds and three steals. She went 6-for-9 from the field.

Shannon came back two nights later with 12 points, five rebounds and two steals, going 6-for-6 from the line, as Palomar outscored San Diego City College 34-1 in the second quarter to break the game open in a 92-36 blowout win over the Knights.



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