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L.A. Valley College Scores Big off the Court PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Terry   
Thursday, 26 June 2014 20:17

Nine Women Basketball Players Earn Degrees And Transfer To 4-Year Universities

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A’Jaee Foster, Jecenia Trinidad, Ajai Ford and Lunden Junious-Reliford

More than half of the women’s basketball team at Los Angeles Valley College will not return next season — and it’s a good thing.

Nine sophomores from the squad that won the 2013-14 Western State Conference (South Division) championship have earned their A.A. degrees, and all nine will transfer to and continue playing basketball at four-year universities in the fall.

In alphabetical order: Ajai Ford signed with Western State College of Colorado; A’Jaee Foster signed with Humboldt State University; Myangel Johnson signed with the University of Texas-Permian Basin; Lunden Junious-Reliford signed with CSU Bakersfield; Chelsea Rhamdeow signed with the University of Texas-Permian Basin; Jecenia Trinidad signed with UC Merced; and Kaila Turner signed with CSU Monterey Bay.

Bryttne Nakamura (Whittier College) and Erika Rivera (University of LaVerne) both decided to continue their education and playing careers as academic qualifiers.

Foster, Johnson and Junious- Reliford received full athletic scholarships, while Ford, Rhamdeow, Trinidad and Turner were given partial scholarships.

Making the feat more impressive was the fact Ford, Foster, Johnson and Junious- Reliford only spent one year at Valley College after transferring from other schools.

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Kaila Turner, Chelsea Rhamdeowm Bryttne Nakamura, Erika Rivera and Myangel Johnson.

“It’s a huge accomplishment,” said Coach Monica Hang. “That’s what we take pride in. Before the season as head coach, I knew the challenge of trying to make sure all nine received their degrees and transfer, as well as pursue their dreams of playing at the next level. I’m just happy to know they achieved that and are going to continue their basketball careers as well as their education.

“Hard work speaks for itself.”

This caps one of the more successful seasons the LAVC women’s program has enjoyed of late.

The Lady Monarchs, who posted a 27-6 record overall, went undefeated in conference play (12-0) for the first time in school history, and won a second straight conference championship. They reached the Elite Eight in the state playoffs.

Junious-Reliford — who averaged 10 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists — was named the South Division’s Most Valuable Player and named to the CCCAA Southern All-State first team. Foster — who averaged a team best 12 points along with 7.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists — was a CCCAA All-State second team selection.

Along with Foster and Junious- Reliford were joined on the South Division All-Conference team by Johnson and Rhamdeow. Ford and Trinidad received honorable mention.

Hang was named conference Coach of the Year for a third consecutive season.