MSJC Women Host Citrus Tonight in 2nd Round of Regional

The MSJC women's basketball team will take on Citrus College tonight at home in a second round CCCAA Southern California State play-off contest beginning at 7 pm.LaurenMorrison-citruspreview.jpg

The Lady Eagles received a bye in the first round while Citrus enters the game after a 71-63 win on Wednesday at Chaffey to begin their post season.  MSJC will come into the game with an overall record of 28-1 they are the #2 seed in the Region, the Owls are 18-10 they are seeded 18th.  The Lady Eagles were co-champions of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference and have won conference titles in three of the past four years.  Citrus tied for second place with LA Valley in the Western States South Conference behind #9 seed College of the Canyons who won the WSC-S title.

MSJC is led in scoring entering the play-offs by Southern California State player of the year Britney Thomas, a freshman from San Jacinto HS, who averages 19.3 points and 11.6 rebounds a game.  Second Team All State and first team all conference guard Sarina Johnson, a sophomore from Hemet HS, comes into the game averaging 14.6 points per game.  Freshman Crystal Malveaux from Elsinore Lakeside and Christina Grant a sophomore from Perris were both also named First Team All PCAC.  Malveaux is second in the state in assists per game at 6.2, while Grant averaged 8 points and 7.5 rebounds per contest.

The Owls are led in scoring by Janae Chamois, a First Team All WSC-S selection, she comes into the game averaging 15.2 points.  Fellow first team all league selections Natalie Gutierrez and Allison Zalin both average just shy of double figures for Citrus' balanced scoring attack.  In Wednesday's win over Chaffey all five Owl starters scored in double figures.

The winner of tonight's game will take on Cypress or San Bernardino Valley College on Wednesday March 2nd at the home gym of the highest remaining seed.

MSJC's Lauren Morrison and her Lady Eagle teammates will open play in the Southern California Regional play-offs Saturday night when they host the Citrus Owls at 7 pm.  MSJC comes into the game with an overall record of 28-1, they are the #2 seed in the Region.  (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC)