2007-08 ACCAC Women's
Basketball News & Notes

ACCAC Places Four on NJCAA Division I Women's Basketball All-American Squads — Tehani Goldsmith of Yavapai and Tenaya Watson of Central Arizona both earned NJCAA Division I First Team All-American honors. Arizona Western's Yohanna Morton and Central's Ashley Sours were both selected to the Third Team.

Ingraham, McDonald Named to NJCAA Division 2 Women's Basketball All-American Second Team — Pima's Jessie Ingraham and Phoenix' Jessica McDonald were both selected to the NJCAA Division 2 All-American Second Team.

Central Shocked in Finals — The last game of the 2007-08 season proved to be the first loss for Central Arizona (34-1) as it fell 62-61 in the NJCAA Division 1 National Championship Game to Gulf Coast Community College (36-1). Central was not challenged in the tourney until the final game, defeating Georgia Perimeter College 87-34, Midland College 72-59, and Barton County CC 78-56. Central Arizona's Ashley Sours, Tenaya Watson and Lonnie Sanchez were all selected to the All-Tournament squad.

Mesa Falls Out of NJCAA D2 Championships — Mesa's 2007-08 season came to an end with a 70-56 loss to Garrett College in the consolation bracket of the 2008 NJCAA Division 2 National Championship Tournament.

Illinois Central Tops Mesa in NJCAA D2 Women's Opener — Illinois Central (25-8), the #5 National seed, defeated Mesa 70-62 in the opening round of the 2008 NJCAA Division 2 Women's National Basketball Championships. Mesa, which trailed 31-17 at halftime, responded to the pour opening 20 minutes by outscoring Illinois Central 45-39 in the second half. Mesa will now play Garrett College in the consolation bracket on Thursday morning.

Central Arizona Smokes Georgia Perimeter in NJCAA Tourney — Central Arizona opened defense of its 2007 National Championship with an 87-34 drubbing of Georgia Perimeter College in the opening round of the 2008 NJCAA Division 1 National Championship Tournament. Ashley Sours paced Central with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Central will face the winner of the Trinity Valley CC and Midland College matchup on Thursday at 6 p.m. (CST).

Central Arizona Gives Laursen One Final Region Championship — Hall of Fame Coach Lin Laursen received another farewell present from her 2007-08 squad on Friday as Central Arizona defeated Yavapai 112-62 for the NJCAA Region I Division 1 Championship. Laursen's undefeated and top ranked Central squad will now travel to the NJCAA National Championships as the Vaqueras look to give the retiring Laursen her fourth National title. | More |

Mesa Rides Upsets to Region I Title — After defeating #2 seed Scottsdale 64-62 in the opening round, #3 seed Mesa defeated top-seed Chandler-Gilbert 72-57 to capture the 2008 NJCAA Region I Division 2 Championship. | More |

Yavapai Survives Over Cochise — #2 Yavapai defeated #3 Cochise 95-91 to advance to the title game of the 2008 NJCAA Region I Division 1 Tournament against top-seeded and undefeated Central Arizona. | More |

Mesa Upsets Scottsdale, Top-Seed CG Advances — #1 seed Chandler-Gilbert defeated #4 Phoenix while #3 Mesa upset #2 Scottsdale to advance to the Championship Game of the 2008 NJCAA Region I Division 2 Playoffs. | More |

Yavapai's Goldsmith, Central's Watson & Laursen Garner Top Honors — Yavapai's Tehani Goldsmith and Central Arizona's Tenaya Watson are the 2008 ACCAC Co-Players of the Year. Watson, who has helped Central to the nation's #1 ranking and undefeated season so far, was also selected the ACCAC Freshman of the Year while her coach Lin Laursen is the \ACCAC Coach of the Year. | ACCAC Honors | NJCAA Region I Honors |

Central Arizona, Chandler-Gilbert Earn Top Seeds — Undefeated Central Arizopna is the top seed entering the NJCAA Region I Division 1 Playoffs, while Chandler-Gilbert will be the top seed in the Division 2 tourney. | More |

Tenaya Watson Earns 5th ACCAC Player of the Week Award — Central Arizona's Tenaya Watson has been selected the ACCAC Division I Player of the Week for the fifth time this season. Watson heldped keep Central undefeated on the season by averaging 21.5 points in a pair of wins on the week. | More |

Scottsdale's Washington Named NJCAA Player of the Week — Shayla Washington of Scottsdale has been named the NJCAA Division II National Player of the Week for the week ending February 17th. Washington helped SCC to a pair of victories on the week with 13 points and 10 rebounds against Arizona Western and 15 points and 19 boards against Chandler-Gilbert.

Watson, Washington Earn ACCAC Awards — For the fourth time this season, Central Arizona's Tenaya Watson is the ACCAC Division I Player of the Week while Scottsdale's Shayla Washington captured the ACCAC's D2 Player of the Week honor for the first time this season. | More |

McDonald Selected NJCAA National Player of the Week — Phoenix College's Jessica McDonald earned the NJCAA Division II National Player of the Week for the week ending February 10th. McDonald posted 20 points, 21 rebounds and 12 assists in a win over South Mountain and then tallied 21 points and 12 boards ina victory over Chandler-Gilbert..

AWC's Morton, PC's McDonald Top ACCAC for the Week — Arizona Western's Yohanna Morton averaged 24 points in two games this past week to earn the ACCAC Division I Player of the Week award. Phoenix College's Jessica McDonald had a triple-double and a double-double to take the ACCAC's D2 Player of the Week honor. | More |

Miller & Moses Lead Teams to Undefeated Weeks — Janae Miller helped Central Arizona remain undefeated by averaging 16.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 10.5 steals to earn the ACCAC D1 Player of the Week award. Mesa's Vanna Moses led the T-Birds to a pair of conference wins to take the ACCAC's D2 Player of the Week honor. | More |

Central's Sours, SM's Johnson, SCC's Clark Earn ACCAC Awards — Ashley Sours averaged 22 points and 9.5 rebounds to earn the ACCAC Division 1 Player of the Week honor. South Mountain's Katie Johnson and Scottsdale's Kati Clark each posted a pair of outstanding performances to share the ACCAC Division 2 Player of the Week award. | More |

Central's Watson Earns NJCAA Award — Central Arizona's Tenaya Watson was selected the NJCAA Division I Women's Basketball National Player of te Week for the week ending January 20, 2008. Watson posted 27 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in a win over Scottsdale. She then had 22 points, 12 boards and nine assists in a victory over Phoenix.

Watson 3-Peats, SMC's Sparks Honored — For the third consecutive time, Central Arizona's Tenaya Watson has been named the ACCAC Division 1 Player of the Week. South Mountain's Ashley Sparks averaged 18.5 points and 15.5 rebounds to earn the ACCAC Division 2 Player of the Week award. | More |

Ingraham Tabbed NJCAA POW — Jessie Ingraham averaged 27 points and 7.4 rebounds for Pima during the week ending January 13th to earn the NJCAA Division II Women's Basketball National Player of the Week honor.

Mesa to Host First MLK Basketball Classic — Mesa will host Cochise, while South Mountain and Chandler-Gilbert will square off in the Inaugural JUCO/MLK Basketball Classic on Saturday, Janaury 19, at Mesa CC. | More |

Watson Repeats, Pima's Ingraham Receives ACCAC Award — Tenaya Watson again led Central Arizona to an undefeated week as she averaged 24.5 points, 9.0 assists and 6.5 rebounds to earn ACCAC Division 1 Player of he Week honors. Jessie Ingraham averaged 27 points and 7.4 rebounds for Pima to win the ACCAC Division 2 Player of the Week award. | More |

Central's Watson, PC's McDonald Garner ACCAC Honors — Tenaya Watson helped Central Arizona remain undefeated to earn ACCAC Division 1 Player of he Week honors, while Phoenix College's Jessica McDonald averaged 25 points and 22 rebounds in a pair of wins to take home the ACCAC's Division 2 Player of the Week award. | More |

Goldsmith Repeats, McDonald Earns First ACCAC Honor — Yavapai's Tehani Goldsmith continued her great start to the 2007-08 season to earn her second straight ACCAC Division 1 Player of he Week award, while Phoenix College's Jessica McDonald posted a pair of double doubles to earn the ACCAC's Division 2 Player of the Week award. | More |

Goldsmith Tabbed ACCAC DI Women's Basketball Player of the Week — Tehani Goldsmith averaged 26 points, 7.5 rebounds, five assists, and 4.5 steals inb a pair of Yavapai victories to earn the fisrt ACCAC Division I Player of the Week honor of the 2007-08 saeson. | More |

CAC's Laursen to Retire After 2007-08 Season — Record breaking Central Arizona Head Women's Basketball Coach Lin Laursen will hang up her clip board following the 2007-08 season. Her 33-year career at Central includes 937 career victories against just 144 losses, a winning percentage of .867. If that is not impressive enough, CAC has an ACCAC record of 606-32 for an amazing winning percentage of .950. | Read More Courtesy of TriValleyCentral.com |

NJCAA Honors Five ACCAC Women's Basketball Players as All-Americans — Central Arizona freshman Heather Oliver was one of two players in the nation selected First Team NJCAA Division I All-American. Also selected to the Division I All-American squads were Yavapai's Antoinette Reed and Arizona Western's Kim Etol. Chandler-Gilbert's Sarah Hays was selected to the NJCAA Division II First Team All-American Team , while Phoenix College's Linda Ubadigbo was a Second Team honoree.

Central Arizona Ends Season #2 in Nation — Central Arizona's bid for another National Championship fell one victory short as the Vaqueros fell to Odessa (TX) College 73-50 in the Championship Game of the NJCAA Division I Tournament. Central's Ashley Soursand Heather Oliverwere selected to the All-Tournament Team. | More |

 

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