By Tom Saxe
The Pacific Coast Athletic Conference has awarded Women’s Athlete of the Week honors to Mt. San Jacinto College basketball player Tamara Herring and San Diego City softball player Brianna Leigh-Pink.
Herring, a 5-foot-9 freshman guard from Citrus Hills High School in Perris, scored 30 points and also had five rebounds and three blocks as the Eagles downed Grossmont 83-73. Mt. San Jacinto, which is tied for first place with Southwestern, also defeated MiraCosta 82-42 and is 10-2 in conference and 21-6 overall. The Eagles, who reached last season’s state championship game, are ranked No. 8 in Southern California and No. 15 in the state.
Leigh-Pink, the Knights’ freshman third baseman from Clairemont High School, went 9-for-12 during the week, including a 7-for-7 performance at the Mt. San Jacinto tournament where she made the all-tournament team. She hit safely in all five of City’s games and was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs in a 14-2 rout of Barstow.
Honorable mention went to Palomar softball player Dani Cowan, Southwestern softball player Chelsea Aguilar and San Diego City basketball player Melanie San Nicolas.
Cowan, a sophomore right-handed pitcher from Carlsbad High School and a transfer from Division I University at Buffalo, threw a complete-game four hitter as the defending state champion Comets opened PCAC play with an 11-3 win over San Diego City and was the winning pitcher in a 7-4 victory over San Diego Mesa. She’s 5-0 on the season.
Aguilar, a freshman pitcher from Serra High School, beat PCAC rival Grossmont 4-2 with a complete game last Wednesday. Aguilar allowed two runs over eight innings and pitched the Jaguars out of multiple jams, stranding eight runners.
San Nicolas, a sophomore shooting guard from Olympian High School, scored 23 points with five 3’s and four steals in City’s 86-55 win over Imperial Valley. She also had eight assists and three steals earlier in the week in a 75-56 loss to Palomar.