Santa Rosa Junior College’s Jen Tsurumoto shoots for three during the game held at Santa Rosa Junior College, Jan. 29, 2011. (Photo by CRISTA JEREMIASON / PD)
By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Leading the Santa Rosa Junior College women’s bid to repeat as state champions is a trio of players named to the all-conference basketball team.
Former Analy standout Jen Tsurumoto was named Most Valuable Player of the Big Eight Conference in a vote of league coaches. The point guard was fifth in the conference in scoring with 14 points per game and averaged four assists to lead Santa Rosa after moving over from shooting guard for her sophomore season.
Another returner from last year’s California championship team named all-conference was Ashley Morgan. The forward from
Maria Carrillo topped Santa Rosa in rebounds with eight per game and free throw shooting (72.7 percent), while scoring seven points per contest.
In a breakout freshman season, Anandi Jimenez was second on the Bear Cubs in scoring with 10 points per contest, which was fifth among conference first-year players. The forward from Montgomery also was second on the team in rebounds with six per game and led the team in blocks.
Guiding the Bear Cubs to another conference title, coach Lacey Campbell was named Big Eight Coach of the Year. Campbell has received the honor in four consecutive seasons.
Santa Rosa finished the regular season 22-6 overall and 13-1 in league play.
The state playoffs begin for Santa Rosa on Saturday with the Bear Cubs hosting Chabot at 5:30 p.m. at Haehl Pavilion. Santa Rosa is the fifth seed in the Northern California Regional of the California Community College Athletic Association tournament.