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COC's KeKe Mathews honored twice

Posted: March 11, 2014 10:44 p.m.
Updated: March 11, 2014 10:44 p.m.

College of the Canyons sophomore Keke Mathews (32) was named Western State Conference, North Division MVP and she was named to the Southern California All-State Third Team.

On the heels of one of the most impressive basketball seasons in College of the Canyons history, sophomore Keke Mathews earned two major honors this week.

The COC forward was named Western State Conference, North Division MVP, and she was selected to the Southern California All-State Third Team for the California Community College Athletic Association.

Mathews was second in the state with 24.8 points per game and she led the conference by scoring an average of 31.1 points against WSC North opponents.

She also broke five school records along the way this season, including a single-game high of 47 points scored against Moorpark on Feb. 12.

She came within 28 points of COC’s all-time single-season scoring record of 722 points scored by Le Cresha Clark in 1996-97.

Mathews also averaged 10.2 rebounds per game, which ranked fourth in the conference.

“Mathews had one of the greatest seasons ever for a COC player,” said COC head women’s basketball coach Greg Herrick, according to a release. “Her scoring average and rebounding in WSC play validated her MVP status as the best player in the conference. Mathews was as consistent a performer as I have ever coached. Her contributions were almost taken for granted because they happened almost every night.”

Mathews, an Antelope Valley High graduate, becomes the ninth conference MVP in program history and the 25th COC athlete to earn All-State honors.

Also honored this week was Mathews’ teammate Shawn Kolani, who was named to the All-WSC North first team.

The sophomore point guard led the conference with 8.2 assist per game and her 16 points a game ranked sixth in the WSC North.

This was Kolani’s second straight All-Conference first-team nod.


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