May 7, 2009

Catching Up with the Incoming Freshmen on the Matador Women's Basketball Team

May 7, 2009

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The four incoming freshmen the Cal State Northridge women's basketball program has signed to National Letters of Intent concluded their prep careers with an assortment of team and individual honors. Based upon that success, Amanda Thompson, Violet Alama, Felicia Walker and Janelle Nomura bring tremendous potential and ability to the Matadors beginning in the 2009-10 season.

Having lost their top three guards to graduation, Head Coach Staci Schulz and the Matadors have to be impressed with the performance that Nomura has produced for Punahou High School in Honolulu.

In her final season, Nomura, a 5-5 point guard, helped lead Punahou to Interscholastic League of Honolulu Division Championship and a second place finish in the Hawaii High School Athletic Association Division I state championships. A team captain, she was the ILH Player of the year Honors and averaged 21 points per game at the Iolani Classic.

Finally, her performance during her senior season garnered Honolulu Advertiser All-State Girls Basketball First Team honors and made her a Hawaiian semi-finalist for McDonald's All-American honors. She also received Star Bulletin Defensive Player of the Year accolades.

Alama, another Hawaiian and a 6-1 power forward, also wrapped up her high school career with an impressive performance. As a senior at Kalani High School, Alama averaged a double-double in her final season, posting 12.9 points and 11.4 rebounds. She also finished with 26 blocked shots and had 14 steals. For those efforts, she earned All-ILH Division I Honorable Mentions.

In addition to her work on the hardwood, Alama was a member of the National Honor Society and will graduate with a 3.9 GPA. She also is a member of Project Hope, an organization the helps end the longest running war in Africa.

A native of Washington and a 5-7 shooting guard, Thomson finished her prep career with Auburn Riverside High School after spending her first three years at Kentwood HS. With Auburn Riverside, Thomson led the team in field-goal percentage at 52 percent and finished second on the team in points (11.0) and rebounds (5.2) per game.

Thomson also helped her team capture fourth place in the 4A Washington state tournament and knocked down the winning basket against her former school with five seconds remaining to help Auburn Riverside take the West Central District Championship. She will graduate this spring with a 3.3 GPA.

Finally, Felicia Walker, a 6-4 center, will arrive at Northridge following an outstanding senior season at McClymonds High School in Northern California. She averaged 11.4 points and 9.9 rebounds per game while earning All-Oakland Athletic League First Team honors. A team captain in 2009, Walker also led the OAL in blocked shots and rebounds.

In her senior season, Walker had a season-high 22 points against Windsor High School on Nov. 22. She pulled down a season-high 17 rebounds against Oakland Tech on Feb. 22 and blocked a season-high 12 shots against Castlemont on Feb. 3. In all, Walker blocked 123 shots during the 2008-09 season for an average of 4.7 per game.

The four incoming freshmen will join a Matador squad that returns All-Big West Freshman honoree Jasmine Erving and the team's leading rebounder, Katrina Thompson. Schulz and the Matadors are in the process of finalizing their 2009-10 schedule and will release it shortly.