Leaving Las Vegas With Four All-Tourney Honors

Leaving Las Vegas With Four All-Tourney Honors
Billy Hofman
Vanessa Dominguez
Kaelen Daniels

LAS VEGAS — Four members of Cal Poly Pomona's men's and women's basketball teams earned All-Tournament honors at the 2006 Great Western Shootout played at Valley High School.

Dion Cook, Billy Hofman and Kaelen Daniels earned all-tourney recognition for the men's team, while Vanessa Dominguez earned all-tourney honors for the women's team.

Cal Poly Pomona's men's team won games against Western Washington and Central Washington to improve to 7-1 on the season, its best start since an 8-1 opening to the 1998-99 season.

The Bronco women lost to two of the top women's programs in the West Region, Western Washington and Seattle Pacific to slip to 3-5 on the season.

Cook averaged 17.5 points per game in the tourney to lead the Broncos. That total included a miraculous shot from about six feet behind halfcourt to beat the halftime buzzer in the win over Western Washington on Tuesday. The 3-pointer gave the Broncos a 31-23 halftime lead and ended up being the margin of victory in a 67-64 win.

Hofman hit the game-winning free throws with 12 seconds left in the win over Western Washington and then poured in a career-high 16 points in an 83-66 victory over Central Washington on Wednesday. Hofman averaged 13.0 points and 4.0 assists per game in the tourney.

Daniels, meanwhile, averaged 14.5 points per game in the tourney and shot 57 percent from the floor. He also averaged a team-high 6.5 rebounds per game and knocked down 13 of 18 free-throw attempts. Daniels recorded his first career double-double with 15 points and a career-high 10 rebounds against Central Washington and he had 14 points in the win over Western Washington.

Dominguez, a newcomer for the Bronco women, averaged 15.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in two games for Cal Poly Pomona. She poured in a career-high 20 points in a loss to Western Washington on Tuesday and she added 10 points in the loss to Seattle Pacific on Wednesday. Dominguez shot 48 percent from the floor and also made 10 of 12 free-throw attempts.

Prentice Harris Cal State San Bernardino was the tourney Most Valuable Player on the men's side. Cook, Daniels, Hofman, Ivan Johnson of Cal State San Bernardino and Ira Graham of Western Washington rounded out the six-player team.

Leora Juster of UC San Diego was the tourney MVP on the women's side. Dominguez, Hillary Hansen of UC San Diego, Autumn Fielding and Kelsey Hill of Seattle Pacific and Liz McCarrell of Western Washington rounded out the six-player squad.

Cal Poly Pomona's women will host the University of Alberta on Saturday, Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. in Kellogg Gym. There will be free admission.

Both Bronco teams will resume conference play on Friday, Jan. 5 at San Francisco State. Cal Poly Pomona's men lead the conference with a 3-0 mark, while the Bronco women are in solid position with a 2-1 record.