Women’s basketball bolstered its roster this season by adding four transfers to this year’s team. One of the four players is junior forward Rebecca Islas.

Islas played at Los Angeles Valley College before transferring to CPP this season. In her 30 games played last season, Islas averaged a double-double with 22.5 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. She earned first team all-conference honors in the California Community College Athletic Association while also being named Western State Conference Player of the Year.

With her 22.5 points a game last season, Islas ranked fifth in the state while shooting 43 percent from the field and close to 30 percent from three-point range.

“She’s just a competitor and she’s a great team player. Everything about her is all centered around the team and we had seen that when we recruited her,” head coach Danelle Bishop said. “She brings a lot of basketball skills, but more importantly really brings just character and integrity and she’s a great addition to our Bronco family.”

Rebecca Islas is averaging 16 points and 7.5 rebounds a game. (Courtesy of CPP Athletic Department)

Being from Boyle Heights and playing high school basketball for La Salle High School, Islas would be playing close to home at CPP. That’s what made it easy for her to make her decision to play here.

“It’s close to home and they have a good winning program and I love the coach and environment at Cal Poly,” Islas said. “I saw an opportunity to be a better person on and off the court.”

What makes Islas a dominant player from the offensive end is her versatility on the floor. Not only can she spot up and shoot from three, but she can also drive to the basket for easy layups. Islas isn’t just a shooter; she can also post up down low and show her presence down low on the block. Islas’ size not only helps her for gathering rebounds, but she can also make it difficult for opponents to get shots off.

“She can flat out score and has a knack at putting it in from any part of the floor,” Bishop said. “She’s hard to guard and is a hard matchup but another great quality that she has is that she rebounds well and she does the little things that have shown in her game.”

In her first four games of the season for the Broncos, Islas is averaging 16 points and seven rebounds per game. She had a game-high of 29 points in the second game of the season against Azusa Pacific.

In two of the four games, Islas recorded double-doubles.

The Broncos look to make a big impact in the CCAA conference and make a run in the NCAA tournament.

With the newcomers and Islas on the team, the Broncos have become one of the top teams to watch in the CCAA.

“Well, our goal is to win a championship and get far this season and we have the team to do that,” Islas said. “We are learning a lot about each other and we get along on and off the court and it helps in building our chemistry.”

The Broncos started the preseason 3-1 and will face San Francisco State on Thursday night for the first game of CCAA play.

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