January 21, 2005
The Mesa Community College women’s basketball team pulled to 12th in the NJCAA Division II rankings this week after Saturday’s win over Scottsdale and also captured its first individual honor as guard Ashton LeSueur was named the NJCAA’s Division II Player of the Week.
LeSueur scored 16 points in a win over Phoenix College and had 14 against Scottsdale. For the week she was 4-for-4 from 3-point range and 6 of 10 from the foul line, with nine rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Coach Robin Schamber believes it’s the first time an MCC women’s basketball player has won the award.
"That’s a great honor for her and for Mesa," Schamber said.
The Thunderbirds, however, took a hit Wednesday, falling to Cochise College 74-69 to snap a six-game winning streak. The loss dropped them a game behind Phoenix College in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference’s Division II standings.
The Thunderbirds are struggling with injuries. Forward Ashley Prince missed Wednesday’s game with an ankle injury, and center Irene Bahe missed her third consecutive game with a hip injury.
The injuries might prove to be beneficial to the Thunderbirds in the future. Schamber discovered she had some firepower off the bench during the loss. Brooke Lynch came off the bench to lead MCC with 15 points, and Ashley Jasmine (Chandler High) had 14.
Mesa’s men’s basketball team has fallen on hard times, as guard Evan Cohn missed Wednesday’s game — a 91-87 overtime loss at Cochise — with the flu and guard Gabe Ingram (McClintock High) is academically ineligible. Another guard, Adam Quinter (Mountain Pointe), is out because of a financial aid issue.
The Thunderbirds, who have lost two of their last three, played Wednesday’s game with only eight players, but coach Alton Lister hopes to have all three players back by the weekend.
Mickey Wheeler (Desert Vista) of Scottsdale leads the ACCAC in assists with 6.5 per game, and Rayshaun Ames (Corona del Sol) of South Mountain leads the conference in scoring (22.1).
One of the top junior college soccer programs in the country just added another high-profile coach, as current Gilbert High boys coach Jeff Perry was named the MCC men’s soccer coach for the 2005 season. Perry, who guided Gilbert to the 2004 5A state title, will remain at Gilbert since the junior college and prep soccer seasons do not conflict.