Three Cuesta Cagers Named First Team
SAN LUIS OBISPO (February 27, 2019)— Women’s Basketball landed three players on the 2019 Western State Conference First Team after finishing 3rd in the loop behind #1 Moorpark and #13 Ventura. The Cougars' 16-13 overall record left them on the “bubble” for the playoffs, but despite being ranked early in the season they did received a post-season berth. The Western State Conference has released the 2019 All Western State Conference seasonal awards and three members of Cuesta’s starting line-up were honored. Sophomores Madison Collins (Melbourne, AUS) and Maya Armenta (Guadalupe: Righetti HS) were joined on the circuits first team by Freshman Claire Garcia (Chico). The 2018-19 campaign marks only the seventh time in program’s 39-year history that Cuesta has placed three players on the all-Conference first team.
Sophomore Power Forward Madison Collins (Melbourne, AUS) was accorded all-WSC First Team honors for the second time and ended her Cuesta career among the program’s all time best. Collins did the heavy work under the basket for the Cougars and put a cap on one of the program’s great careers. Collins was the Cougars’ Team MVP in 2017 and Redshirted last season, before returning without skipping a beat. She averaged 14.1 points, a team-high 8.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists on the season and her ability to excel in all facets of the game made her invaluable to the Cougars. Collins’ complete game and the team’s reliance on her skills landed her all over the Cougars' record book. Collins became the second Cuesta player to clear 800 points for a career and her career average of 14.5 points per game set a new Cuesta standard. She ended her career with 824 points, which was just 14 points short of Miriam Zabinsky’s record of 838 points set in 2013-14. Collins also scored efficiently and ranks 10th all time in career field goal percentage at 42.5%. On the boards, Collins ranks 4th in career rebounds with 482 and 5th for career rebounds per game at 8.6, while on defense, she ranks 8th all time with 139 steals. Collins is one of only 13 players to earn all-conference first team in two seasons for Cuesta.
Sophomore Point Guard Maya Armenta (Guadalupe: Righetti HS) was selected to the 2019 All Western State Conference First Team after earning all-WSC Honorable Mention in 2018. Armenta was the Cougars’ floor leader and drove the Cougars’ attack. Armenta averaged 9.6 points and dished out 3.9 assists (8th all time at Cuesta) a game to push the offense, while also leading the Cougars with 87 steals (6th all time) on defense and adding 4.1 rebounds per contest. Over her career at Cuesta, Armenta ranks 2nd all time with both 212 assists and an average of 4.1 per game. On defense, her 162 career steals rank 4th all time.
Freshman Off-Guard Claire Garcia (Chico) burst onto the scene this season as one of the State’s premier shooters and an obvious addition to the 2019 All Western State Conference First Team. A “shooter’s shooter” when Garcia was on she could carry the team. The Cougars were 8-2 when she scored 20 or more points, but only 6-9 when she was held to less than 15 points. Her 15.8 points per game average and 458 total points both rank 7th for season in Cuesta history, while also representing the best totals of any true freshman over the past two decades. Garcia’s ability to score efficiently also made it into the record books. Her team-best free throw percentage of 78.2% ranks 8th all time and her three-point marksmanship of 34.2% ranks 9th for a season at Cuesta.
2018-19 WSC Basketball Awards
Madison Collins- First Team
Maya Armenta- First Team
Claire Garcia- First Team