March 7, 2011
Irvine, Calif. - Five Cal State Fullerton basketball players -- two women and three men -- earned All-Big West Conference recognition from the head coaches today as the 2010-11 teams were announced.
Junior guard Megan Richardson made the women's first team for the second year in a row with senior guard Lyndsey Grove earning honorable mention. Junior forward Andre Hardy earned the men's Newcomer of the Year Award while senior forward Jer'Vaughn Johnson earned honorable mention for the second time. Freshman guard Isiah Umipig was voted Sixth Man of the Year.
Richardson and Grove are the top two scorers on the women's team, averaging 14.8 ppg and 12.9 ppg, respectively. Each went over 1,000 career points this season.
Johnson is the men's No. 2 scorer (14.5 ppg) and rebounder (7.0 rpg) while Hardy is the No. 1 rebounder (8.8 rpg) and No. 4 scorer at 11.1 ppg. Umipig has come on strong late in the season. He scored 39 points in the last two games to raise his season's average to 7.6 ppg.
The conference's regular season champions captured the top individual awards. On the women's side, Cal Poly got player of the year in Rachel Clancy and coach of the year in Faith Mimnaugh. For the men, Long Beach saw Casper Ware tabbed player of the year and Dan Monson coach of the year.
The Big West post-season tournament starts Tuesday with four women's first-round games at campus sites of the top four seeds. The tourney moves to Anaheim's Honda Center for the first time this year with four men's first-round games on Thursday, women's and men's semifinals on Friday and the finals on Saturday.