Women’s basketball bolstered its roster by adding four junior college transfers.
Women’s basketball finished second in the California Collegiate Athletic Association this season, returning eight players and losing five.
“We wanted to bring in players who can come in and play right away to go along with our returners coming back,” coach Danelle Bishop said.
Four of the five players who are not returning next season played forward.
The transfers can play multiple positions and are expected to speed up the Broncos’ offense.
Kasey Smit, led her team with an average of 19 points a game and was named Most Valuable Player in the Orange Empire Conference.
Joining Smit is forward Rebecca Islas who averaged 10 points per game and earned first team all-state honors in the California Community College Athletic Association.
The Broncos picked up two teammates in Monica Todd and Quinesha Vanhook from Palomar College.
Todd averaged 15.9 points a game and was also CCCAA first team all-state.
Vanhook averaged 7.7 points a game while getting first team all-conference.
“When we went out recruiting, we were trying to speed things up a little and we felt like these were players that would fit in really well and we are excited about them,” Bishop said.
The Broncos finished first in the conference in defense and fourth in offense.
Although the Broncos ranked in the top five in offense, they ranked ninth in three point shooting.
The Broncos scored most of their points in the paint.
Those points came primarily from forwards Chelsea Waddy-Blow and Priscilla Brooks who lead the team in scoring and who are both graduating.
The team will also be losing forward Alyssa Benton who started all but one game this season while averaging 7.2 points per game.
Guard Kerianne Noonan started 18 straight conference games this season and will be graduating.
“We’ll still play the best defense we possibly can, and the players that we signed and the combination with our returners can help push the ball a little bit more,” Bishop said.
“Teams focus on us in the block, it’s going to be nice to mix it up a little more and they won’t be able to do that on us anymore.”
The Broncos return key players such as junior guard Jackie Ricketson who averaged 9.4 points a game while receiving second team all CCAA honors.
Sophomore guard Casey McWilliam who led the Broncos in three-point field goals a game will also be returning.
“Jackie has been a key player for us since her freshman year and she continues to get better every day. She has a work ethic like no other and we are excited for her senior year and to take it to everybody,” Bishop said.
Returning forward Crystal Malveaux is a player to watch next season.
Malveaux transferred last season from Mt. San Jacinto and did not start a game for the Broncos last season in 20 appearances.
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