Thomas, Johnson Honored by State Three Others by Conference
MSJC women's basketball player Britney Thomas was named both the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference and Southern California State Player of the Year on Monday, while teammate Sarina
Johnson was named Second Team All State.
As for the PCAC honors along with Thomas being named Player of the Year; Johnson, Crystal Malveaux, and Christina Grant were all named First Team All league and Genaya Wilkinson earned honorable mention status. These five players along with their teammates have led the Lady Eagles to a 28-1 overall record on the season and are the number two seed in the CCCAA Southern California play-offs which start this week.
Thomas, a freshman from San Jacinto High School, is the first player in Lady Eagle history to earn the honor of State Player of the Year. She is the 6th MSJC woman to earn conference player of the year status in basketball. Thomas was the MVP of four of the five tournaments the Lady Eagles played in back in November and December as MSJC swept through their non-conference schedule at 15-0. Thomas finished the regular season averaging 19.4 points per game and 11.6 rebounds. Johnson, a sophomore from Hemet HS, was named Second Team All State marking just the second time in MSJC women's basketball history that two players from the same team have earned All State honors in the same season. Johnson finished the regular season averaging 14.6 points, 5 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game as well as ranking second in the state in three point shooting percentage at 45.1% for the year.
Crystal Malveaux, a freshman from Elsinore Lakeside, and sophomore Christina Grant from Perris HS both earned First Team All PCAC honors. Malveaux ended the regular season with the second highest assists per game average in the state at 6.2 per contest. Grant averaged 8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game in the regular season and helped lead the Lady Eagles to a conference championship, the program's third in the past four years. Genaya Wilkinson a sophomore from San Jacinto High was named Honorable Mention All PCAC for her play this season. Wilkinson led the team in blocked shots at 2.5 per game and also scored 7 points a game and grabbed 8.5 rebounds a night. Chris Mozga was named PCAC Coach of the Year for his team's play in the regular season.
The Lady Eagles will begin their 2016 post season on Saturday when they host the winner of Wednesday's first round game between Citrus and Chaffey. Saturday night's game on the San Jacinto Campus will tip-off at 7 pm.
Britney Thomas (top right) was named the CCCAA Southern California State Player of the Year for her play this season while teammate Sarina Johnson (bottom left) was named 2nd Team All State. These two along with their teammates helped MSJC to a regular season record of 28-1 and a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship. MSJC will begin the play-offs at home Friday night at 7 pm. (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC).