SCIAC Women's Basketball All-Conference Honors Announced

SCIAC Women's Basketball All-Conference Honors Announced

The 2019 All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) women's basketball teams were announced Wednesday following a vote conducted by the league's member head coaches.

An All-SCIAC Second Team honoree last season, the 2019 SCIAC Athlete of the Year honors went to Jaryn Fajardo of Chapman. Fajardo helped guide the Panthers to a 16-9 overall mark, highlighted by an 11-5 record in conference play. 

Fajardo was second in the league in points per game (17.4) during the 2018-19 season, first in assists (72), first in steals (42), sixth in rebounding (117), second in free throws made (78), third in free throw percentage (79.6%), and third in three-point percentage (42.2%). She has scored over 10 points in every league game this year, including a season-high 30 points in a 90-83 loss to Pomona-Pitzer on Feb. 2. She has also recorded three double-doubles highlighted by a 12-rebound effort against Caltech in the regular season finale against La Verne on Feb. 16. She is the second Panther player in as many seasons to receive Athlete of the Year accolades. 

Pomona-Pitzer first-year Carly Leong was named the SCIAC Newcomer of the Year after helping the Sagehens post a 20-5 overall record, highlighted by a 14-2 mark in league action. Also voted First Team All-SCIAC, Leong averaged 16.7 points per game in conference play in her debut season, hitting on 43.4% of her field goals, 38.9% of her shots from long distance, and was a 72.7% free throw shooter during conference action. Leong also dished out 33 assists and notched 13 steals to go along with 58 rebounds. She is the second Pomona-Pitzer player in as many seasons to be named the Newcomer of the Year. 

The Ed Baldwin Sportsmanship Award winner is Caltech's Nika Haleftiras. Haleftiras is one of the Beavers' top defenders, guarding the opponent's best player during each game. A team captain and Caltech's leading charge-taker, the San Diego, Calif. nativef does whatever her team needs her to do at all times. She is respectful of all of the players on the other SCIAC teams and shows this through her actions on the court. 

In her third season at the helm of the Pomona-Pitzer women's basketball program, Jill Pace and the Sagehens' coaching staff earned SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year honors. Riding a six-game winning streak entering the 2019 SCIAC Postseason Tournament, Pomona-Pitzer is in the midst of a historic campaign, with a 20-5 overall record that was keyed by a 14-2 ledger in SCIAC play. As a result, the Sagehens are the second seed in their first-ever SCIAC postseason tourney. 

SCIAC Athlete
of the Year
SCIAC Newcomer
of the Year
Ed Baldwin
Sportsmanship Award
SCIAC Coaching
Staff of the Year
Jaryn Fajardo
Carly Leong
Nika Haleftiras
Jill Pace
First Team All-SCIAC
Name Institution Year Position Hometown
Lindsey Cleary CMS Jr. F/C Kirkland, Wash.
Elizabeth Eiden Caltech Sr. C White Plains, N.Y.
Jaryn Fajardo Chapman Sr. G Torrance, Calif.
Keilani Ikehara Pomona-Pitzer Sr. G Los Angeles, Calif.
Cassandra Lacey Redlands Jr. G Victorville, Calif.
Carly Leong Pomona-Pitzer Fy. G Palo Alto, Calif.
Maya Love CMS Jr. G Denver, Colo. 
Second Team All-SCIAC
Name Institution Year Position Hometown
Lucy Criswell Chapman Jr. G Portland, Ore. 
Cali Cubel Whittier Jr. G Oceanside, Calif.
Alyssa Downs Redlands Fy. G/F South San Francisco, Calif.
Grace Peng Caltech Jr. G San Ramon, Calif.
Alyssa Ramlochan Occidental So. G Los Angeles, Calif.
Monica Garcia Silva La Verne Jr. G Los Angeles, Calif.