A legacy among the greats

By Tiffany Roesler

Reyana Colson: A name that has made its way into Cal Poly Pomona
women’s basketball history. It’s a name that’s hard to forget.

After helping lead the Broncos to a spot in the NCAA Div. II
Elite Eight Tournament, the 5-foot-6-inch senior guard finished her
career at Cal Poly Pomona with 1,931 points and stands fourth on
the all-time Cal Poly Pomona leaderboards.

“I’m glad to have been able to leave a small mark in the books,”
Colson said in an email. “It is a total honor to be mentioned
amongst that class of women.”

In the 2010-11, season Colson was named Div. II All-American,
Daktronics West Region Player of the Year, Most Outstanding Player
in the West Region Tournament, and the CCAA’s Most Valuable
Player.

She also earned Capital One Academic All-American honors,
Women’s Basketball Coaches Association honors, and the Daktronics
All-West Region First Team (2008-11).

In her final season, Colson averaged 21.3 points, 6.5 rebounds a
game, and was 27-74 (.365) from behind the arc. She was also the
nation’s second-highest scorer and the only Div. II player to rank
within the top 50 nationally for points, steals, and assists.

“It is sort of a bittersweet feeling, [and] I am content with
the way things ended for me,” Colson said. “I couldn’t have asked
for a better experience. I am going to miss my teammates and
coaches and will cherish the last few months I have with them.”

With a pretty impressive statistical record, not to mention her
level of play on the court, it’s no wonder she’s earned the
superstar reputation. But her achievements don’t just involve a
ball and a hoop.

The accounting student excels academically as well, earning a
4.0 last quarter, and academic awards as a student-athlete.

“Nothing that she does surprises me,” said head coach Danelle
Bishop. “She has a strong work ethic on the court and also off the
court. I’m definitely proud of her and all her teammates are proud
of her.”

Drive for the sport and her quiet leadership on and off the
court have left a huge impact on her teammates and the coaching
staff.

“To have a superstar on your team that her teammates are excited
for [is something] you don’t see that very often,” said Bishop. “I
think that goes to show how much respect for her they have on and
off the court. They love her.

“She treats them equally, she doesn’t boast, she’s not prideful.
She’s just humble and I think that’s why they’re so happy for her
and want her to be so successful.”

So what’s next for the women’s basketball team star? More
basketball of course.

With the season over and graduation around the corner, Colson is
getting her name out there and is trying to take her basketball
career to the next level: overseas.

“I am in the process of developing some contacts and networking
to get my name out there,” Colson said.

“A lot of people like professor [Renford] Reese and my coaches
have been helping me put the pieces together and giving me advice
on my next move as far as basketball goes. It’s a waiting game from
here on out.”

Even if basketball isn’t involved in Colson’s near future, she
has a few backups in mind such as graduate school, and/or the CPA
exam.

It’s going to be next to impossible to replace Colson’s talent,
leadership, and the strong relationships between her and her
teammates which have made them victorious in the 2010-11 season.

“No one will ever fill Reyana’s shoes,” said junior guard Sarah
Semenero. “She is a unique and amazing individual basketball player
that brought a lot to our team.”

In fact, it’s not so much the points, boards, or assists she
contributed that will be sincerely missed on the court. It’s the
attitude, the effort, the togetherness, and her leadership that
Colson contributed throughout her career that will be remembered at
Cal Poly Pomona.

“I don’t think you can ever replace a Reyana Colson,” Bishop
said.

A legacy among the greats

Trevor Wills / The Poly Post

A legacy among the greats

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