Rio Hondo College
A trio of sophomore standouts from Rio Hondo College will be in a University of La Verne women's basketball uniform this season. Maggie Lamas, Destinee Garr, and Emily Mercedes will continue their academic and athletic careers in the city of La Verne.
Maggie Lamas | 5'9" | Guard/Forward
Lamas was a first-team All-South Coast Conference North Division selection this past winter. She led Rio Hondo in scoring at 15.7 points per game. Her 5.7 rebounds per game average also ranked third on the squad.
She will major in business.
Destinee Garr | 5'10" | Guard/Forward
Garr earned second-team all-conference honors and led the Roadrunners with 8.8 rebounds per game to go along with 6.4 PPG.
She will pursue a degree in criminology.
Emily Mercedes | 5'8" | Guard/Forward
Mercedes also put up solid numbers this past season. She was a stat stuffer for the Roadrunners where he was the team's second-leading scorer and rebounder with 9.2 points per game and 6.4 boards per game. She also ranked second on the team in steals.
She will major in criminology.
Mary Dishoian | 5'9" | Guard/Forward | Irvine Valley College
Irvine Valley sophomore guard Mary Dishoian will continue her academic and athletic career at the University of La Verne. Dishoian was a two-year player and started a number of games for the Lasers.
A 5'9" guard, Dishoian helped IVC to a record of 26-5 this past season. IVC won a share of the Orange Empire Conference and made the program's second-ever appearance in the CCCAA State Championship tournament.
Dishoian started nine games and averaged 6.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game this past season. She shot 55.8 percent from the field on the year.
Dishoian will major in business.
Pruitt on Dioshoian: "Mary is a hard worker and a winner. She's tough, scrappy, and physical. At our level, Mary will be able to play and defend multiple positions. She knows what it takes to win and is a complete team player. Mary is a huge addition to our program. You need players like her in your program to move forward and change the cultur.e
Sophia Faupusa | 5'10" | Power Forward | Skyline College
Skyline College Women's Basketball player and Women's Mentoring and Leadership Academy (WMLA) participant, Sophia Faupusa will join the Leopards this season.
Sophia was tenacious both on and off the court during her junior college career. While at Skyline, Sophia was the consummate team player. Sophia is committed to her education and motivated to accomplish her goals.
Faupusa will major in Kinesiology.
Ronnesha Harvey | 5'4" | Point Guard | Los Angeles Southwest College
Ronnesha Harvey will join the Leopards after two successful seasons at Los Angeles Southwest College. Ronnesha will bring experience to the point guard position. She was First Team South Coast Conference and team captain. Harvey was also a member of the Dean's List during her time at Southwest.
Harvey will major in criminology.
Hannah Rogers | 6'2" | Forward/Center | Santa Barbara City College
Hannah Rogers joins the Leopards after playing the past two seasons at Santa Barbara City College. Rogers will bring instant post presence to the Leopards. She is a 2015 CIF Champion and all-league player. At Santa Barbara City College she picked up the Louise Lowry Davis Leadership Award. Rogers was also on the All-State Academic Team and a 2015 scholar-athlete.
Rogers will major in communications.
Gabby Jajeh | 5'6" | Guard | College of San Mateo
After taking a year off to focus on her studies at San Francisco State, sharpshooter Gabby Jajeh will be joining the Leopards this Fall. Jajeh had an outstanding career at the College of San Mateo where she started 43 out of 52 games. In her two years, she scored 500 points and connected on 130 three-point shots.
Jajeh will major in Psychology.
Alexis Smith | 5'8" | Guard | Santa Ana College
Alexis Smith will join the Leopards this upcoming season after a standout career at Santa Ana College. She is a scholar-athlete and won the Don team award in 2018. In 2016 Alexis won the best Offensive Player Award. During her Sophomore season at Santa Ana College, Smith shot 40% from the field and knocked down 59 three-point shots. She finished the year with 232 points, averaging 9 points per game.
Smith will major in business.
Jada Toland | 5'5" | Guard | College of the Desert
Jada Toland will join the Leopards for this upcoming academic and athletic year. Toland started all 24 games this past season and was a scoring machine. She collected 11 double-digit scoring games and six games of 12 points or more. She finished second on the team in points with 187 while, leading the team on visits to the free throw line. Toland also played two years of softball for the Roadrunners.
Toland will major in kinesiology.
Brittany McDaniel | 6'3" | Forward/Center | Long Beach City College
Brittany McDaniel, the second leading shot blocker in the state of California, is making the University of La Verne home for her final two years of her academic and athletic career. In two stellar seasons at Long Beach City College, McDaniel appeared in 45 games and started in 26 of those contests. McDaniel earned first-team accolades during her junior college career. She averaged 7.4 rebounds per game and was third in the conference with 195 total rebounds. She ranked second in the conference in shooting percentage with an average of a 44.5 percent per game and totaled 199 points in the season. McDaniel led the conference with an average of four blocks per game, while totaling 118 blocks overall.
McDaniel will major in computer science.
Monica Garcia | 5'11" | Guard/Forward | East Los Angeles College
East Los Angeles College Standout Monica Garcia will be in a University of La Verne uniform this winter. Garcia will join an already talented incoming class and will put the final stamp on the package. This past season at ELAC she averaged 18 points per game, 9 rebounds per game, and 4 assists per game. Garcia started 27 out of 29 games and earned first-team all-conference accolades. A consistent all-around player for the Huskies, Garcia totaled over 850 points, 475 rebounds, 163 assists, in addition to 119 steals.
Garcia will major in Biology.