Lady Eagles Basketball Trio Signs With Northern New Mexico
Three MSJC women's basketball players signed scholarships on Friday to continue their education and basketball careers at Northern New Mexico College.
Cora Lopez (Hemet High), Sarai Ware (Hemet West Valley), and Bree Madory (Riverside Notre Dame) all three signed with the NAIA Division I school located in Espanola, New Mexico. These three helped lead MSJC to their second straight conference championship this past season and the school's eighth straight play-off appearance. Lopez and Ware were part of the 2012-13 team that set a school record for victories with 30 and advanced to the CCCAA State Championship game. Ware and Lopez leave MSJC tied with 2013 Lady Eagle grads Tina and Faith Fantroy as the winningest players in school history.
This season Lopez was named the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year after averaging 12.8 points and 12.9 rebounds a game. Lopez was also named second team All State. During the season Lopez recorded 16 double doubles and led the Lady Eagles to a 23-7 record. In late November Lopez scored 26 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the title game of the High Desert Classic in Barstow on her way to being named MVP of that tournament. In March she had 18 points and 19 rebounds in the PCAC title game against Southwestern.
Ware was this year's defensive stopper for the Lady Eagles as she usually drew the assignment of guarding the other team's best player. Ware, who came to MSJC after an explosive career at Hemet West Valley, also led the Lady Eagles in assists this season at just shy of 4 a game. Madory, a 6'1 post player, had huge contributions down the stretch this season for MSJC as she recorded a pair of double doubles in conference play to help the Lady Eagles secure the league title. In her senior season in high school Madory was named the MVP of the Mountain Valley League while leading Riverside Notre Dame to a conference championship.
Top-MSJC sophomore basketball players from left to right; Cora Lopez, Sarai Ware, and Bree Madory signed scholarships on Friday to Northern New Mexico College to continue their educational and basketball careers. Bottom-Sarai Ware with Northern New Mexico assistant coach Chell McBride on Friday after signing.