November 26, 2008

Matador Women's Basketball Signs Four to National Letters of Intent for 2009-10 Season

Nov. 26, 2008

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's basketball program announced the signing of four high school seniors to National Letters of Intent. Violet Alama, Janelle Nomura, Amanda Thomson and Felicia Walker will all play their college basketball at Northridge starting in the 2009-10 season.

Alama and Nomura join the Matadors after successful careers in Hawai'i. Alama is a 6-1 forward/center who prepped at Kalani High School in Honolulu. She is starting her fourth season on the varsity team and helped the squad to a Divison II state title in her freshman season. She also earned all-conference honors and played on several Hawai'i all-star teams. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and holds a 4.0 GPA.

Nomura, a 5-4 point guard who has played three seasons of varsity basketball for Punahou and head coach Mike Taylor, helped lead the team to state championships in 2006 and 2008 and a second-place finish in 2007. She earned all-state second-team honors after the 2007 season and was named to numerous all-tournament teams. She averaged 10 points and 2.4 steals-per-game and is an 82 percent free throw shooter.

Both Alama and Nomura participated as members of Team Aloha, a squad that brings together the best women's basketball players on the islands and is coached by the governor of Honolulu.

Thomson arrives to Northridge after playing at Auburn Riverside High School in Washington. A 5-9 guard, Thomson earned all-league honors at Kentwood High School and will play her senior season at Auburn Riverside. She earned all-league honors following her freshman and junior seasons. She played her AAU ball with the Auburn Riverside AAU team and head coach Adam Barrett.

Walker joins the Matadors after spending her prep career at McClymonds High School in Oakland, Calif. A 6-3 post player, Walker played her AAU basketball with the Cal Ballerz. She has already helped lead McClymonds to a 3-0 record so far in the 2008-09 season and is averaging 20.1 points and 13.3 rebounds per game while shooting 67.4 percent from the field in the young season.

Northridge assistant coach Abby Vaughan, the team's recruiting coordinator, is excited about the incoming class.

"I am ecstatic about our incoming class for the 2009-10 season," Vaughan said. "The group brings height, athleticism and a savvy point guard in Janelle Nomura. We are also adding a very good outside shooting guard in Amanda Thomson. "

"In addition to be outstanding high school athletes, all four are outstanding students and citizens. We cannot wait to see them in red and black."