West Los Angeles College men’s and women’s basketball are Western State Conference – South champions once again.
Both teams recently competed against College of the Canyons at the WLAC Gym. In last season’s championship matchup, the two teams defeated Canyons. This time the women came away with a 53-49 win over the Cougars while the Wildcat men fell short 81-74.
With the win over Canyons, the women’s team finished the regular season 21-8 and 6-0 in conference play, making them the sole winners of the WSC- South, also for the second straight season under head coach Twan Herron. The women are ranked 13th in the south region.
The Wildcat men finished the regular season with an impressive 20-8 record. In conference play, the team is 6-2 and are the outright champions of WSC-South for the second straight season. In the Southern California Region, the men are ranked tenth and hold a 16th state ranking.
Head coaches Twan Herron and Anthony Jones were named Coach of the Year for the second year in a row. Sophomore forward Mark Carter was named MVP, and sophomore guard Audrina Villela was named MVP and WSC-South Player of the Year.
In addition to these accomplishments the men earned an overall team GPA of 3.02, and eight ladies were named to the WLAC Women’s Fall 2018 Gold Team. In order to be a member, a student must pass at least 12 units with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Fifty percent of the women’s team earned above a 3.0 GPA, with two students achieving a 4.0.
Both teams advanced to the second round of the SoCal Regional Playoffs. The women were defeated by Mt. San Jacinto 60-54 while the men edged out Cerritos College 66-61. The men will continue their playoff run on Saturday against Chaffey College in the Regional Final.
These lady WSC-S Champions also earned All Conference honors and were named to the WLAC Gold Team for earning 3.0 GPAs or better. #22 Audrina Villela, WSC-S Player of the Year; #1 Heyavin Johnson & Tricia Delph, 1st Team All Western State Conference.