April 14, 2011
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -
Three members of the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team were named to the 2010-11 Big West Academic All-Conference - Winter Sports Team, the league office announced on April 13. Seniors Analee Viena-Lota, Bianca Davies and Anna Simmons all closed out their career with the distinction of not only excelling on the court, but also in the classroom.
Viena-Lota, originally from Honolulu, Hawai'i, is a Recreation and Tourism Management major. She ended her career sixth in school history with 552 rebounds and averaged 7.7 points and 5.5 rebounds in her final season.
Simmons, who spent two years at CSUN and is originally from Simi Valley, Calif., is a Kinesiology major. She appeared in over 50 games during her Northridge career and was a fierce competitor known for her toughness and outside shooting.
Davies, who completed her redshirt-junior season in 2010-11, is a deaf studies major. Originally from Oxnard, Calif., Davies overcame numerous injuries during her Matador career and served as a motivational source for her teammates.
All three will graduate in the spring of 2011. Their head coach, Jason Flowers, was proud to see the trio honored for their sustained excellence in the classroom.
"These young women have excelled in all facets of their collegiate careers and truly embody the concept of the student-athlete," Flowers said. "It was a pleasure to work with and coach these outstanding individuals and this honor is just a small taste of the success they are sure to experience in their futures."
In all, 22 basketball student-athletes from the nine member institutions were recognized by the league. To be eligible, the student-athlete needed to maintain a 3.2 cumulative GPA and appear in 50 percent of their team's games.