First Three Women's Basketball Players From Class of '18 Sign Scholarships
Kaila Gower, Britney Thomas, and Delacy Brown became the first three players from MSJC's 2018 CCCAA State Championship women's basketball team to sign scholarships to continue their
careers next season.
Gower, who was a two time All Pacific Coast Athletic Conference North Division selection, signed with Cal State San Marcos an NCAA Division II school that plays in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. Gower, who graduated from Heritage High School in Menifee, finished her sophomore season averaging 12 points per game and 6.5 rebounds. Kaila had a huge impact in the 2018 State Championship game where she scored 27 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to help the Lady Eagles to the school's first ever team State title. Gower along with Brown and teammates Geneza Rose Manlulu, Tyra Fai'malo, Marissa Williams, and Carla Johnson posted a two year record of 58-7 while representing MSJC.
Brown and Thomas both signed with California Baptist University. Cal Baptist will be playing their first season at the NCAA Division I level next season and will be members of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).
Brown earned both First Team All PCAC North and Second Team All-State honors in both her freshman and sophomore seasons. Delacy helped the team to a 26-5 record her freshman season and an impressive 32-2 mark this year. Brown started all 65 games in her career for the Lady Eagles and scored in double figures 61 times, including a career high 41 points in MSJC's 2018 State semi-final win over Sierra. Delacy will leave MSJC as the third leading scorer in program history with 1,242 points scored in her career. Brown came to MSJC from Riverside Poly High School.
Thomas will leave the MSJC as the most decorated player in program history. Thomas played her freshman year during the 2015-16 season helping MSJC to a
30-2 record and an appearance in the 2016 CCCAA State Elite Eight. At the conclusion of that season Thomas was named both the PCAC North and CCCAA Southern California State Player of the Year. Britney played in three games during the 2016-17 season before a leg injury ended her season early. She returned this past season to once again win both the Conference and State Player of the Year awards. The Lady Eagles were 65-4 in games that Britney played in during her career. Thomas will leave the Lady Eagles not only as the winningest player in program history, but also as the all time leader in points and rebounds. Britney concluded her career with 1,392 points scored and 901 total rebounds.
Top photo (L to R) Delacy Brown, Kaila Gower, and Britney Thomas became the first three players from MSJC's 2018 Women's Basketball State Champions to sign scholarships. Gower will attend Cal State San Marcos in the Fall while Brown and Thomas will continue their careers at Cal Baptist University.