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MC Women's Basketball Finishes Second in State
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VENTURA -- With just under two minutes to play in Sunday afternoon’s CCCAA Women’s Basketball Championship game, Trinity Washington jumped in front of a lazy inbounds pass under the Mt. San Jacinto basket, just missing a steal as she deflected the ball out of bounds.
The outcome of Merced College’s 81-52 defeat at the hands of Eagles had long been decided after a three-point third quarter all but brought the Blue Devils’ championship hopes to an end. It didn’t prevent Washington and company from hustling and grinding until the very end.
That unrelenting effort was Merced College’s defining characteristic as the Devils became the darlings of the state tournament, winning over Southern California fans and the SoCal College Sports announcers that streamed every game.
Merced wasn’t at its best against a very good Mt. San Jacinto team and ultimately fell short of its state-title goal, but the ugly loss in no way diminishes the greatest season in school history. Of the 114 California Community Colleges, 93 field women’s basketball teams. The Devils advanced further than 91 of them, making the first title game in program history.
Washington closed out her record-setting career (single-season steals and assist leader) with 15 points while fellow sophomore Tahajeray McMahan added a team-high 16. Both were named to the all-tournament team. Devils coach Allen Huddleston joined in on the accolades, getting named the CCCWBCA North Coach of the Year.
Merced College finished up the season 28-6 overall with a co-Central Valley Conference championship, the No. 1 ranking in Northern California and the No. 2 ranking in the state.
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•To participate all players must be 5 years old by July 1, 2018
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•League begins the week of June 11, 2018. There will be two weeks of practice ONLY (one practice per week). Then followed by six weeks of one game, one practice per week.
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Belvin Named Third Team All-American
Thu, Mar. 15, 2018
Sophomore guard Mia Belvin of the UC Merced women's basketball team has earned third team All-American honors, as announced by the NAIA Thursday afternoon.
Belvin is the seventh Bobcat in school history to earn All-American status and this accolade marks her third major award of her career. As a freshman, Belvin was named the California Pacific Conference Freshman of the Year and as a sophomore was named the Cal Pac Defensive Player of the Year.
The Long Beach, Calif., native broke the programs single-season scoring record (522) and finished 23rd in the country (NAIADII) with 17.4 points per game for the Bobcats. She also ranked 16th with 2.9 steals per game and hauled in 5.3 rebounds and delivered 2.7 assists in the Bobcats second straight 17+ win season. She is currently ranked in the programs top five in five different statistical categories (scoring, three-point field goals, free throws, free throw percentage and steals) and has notched 18 20-plus point scoring efforts in her career.
Belvin scored double figures in all but two games this season and recorded at least three steals in 15 games, including eight against Simpson (1/18) and Pacific Union (2/15). She also broke her own single-seasons steals record and registered a pair of double-doubles, including a 21 point, eleven rebound performance against Bethesda University on December 20.
The All-American has helped lead her team to back-to-back California Pacific Conference Championship games, including taking home the conference title in 2017 and taking the top overall seed to double overtime in the 2017 NAIA Women's Division II Women's Basketball National Championships.
The NAIA named 30 student athletes to an All-American team and 30 honorable mentions. Of the 30 on All-American team's, Belvin is one of just five underclassman.
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