Colson, Walton earn CCAA All-Conference honors


Colson, Walton earn CCAA All-Conference honors
Stephisha Walton
Reyana Colson

Sophomore Reyana Colson, who finished the CCAA regular season as its leading scorer and in the top 10 in nine separate categories, was named to the conference's first team and junior Stephisha Walton earned second-team honors, the conference office announced last week.

It marks the second straight year that Colson, a Compton native, has been honored by the CCAA. She was last season's Freshman of the Year and also was named to the second team.

“Reyana established herself as one of the top players in the conference by following up on an outstanding freshman season,'' Broncos coach Scott Davis said. “Not only did she lead in the majority of our statistical categories, but was our floor leader and our team leader as well.''

Colson finished the season scoring in double figures in each of her 25 games and averaged a league-leading 16.8 points (overall games) and 17.1 points in CCAA games. She had nine double-doubles including a conference-best 11 assists in a game played at Humboldt State. Off the court, she was named to the 2009 CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District 8 first team.

Walton, a Vallejo native, completed her first season with the Broncos after redshirting last season. The Portland State transfer finished her initial season with 13 games of nine or more rebounds and 11 in double digits. She finished the regular season as the 4th leading rebounder in the conference at 8.6 per game (overall) and 3rd in CCAA games (9.1).

“Stephisha made a huge impact the minute she stepped on to the court,'' Davis said. “And what's impressive is that she spent most of the season out of position. She really tailored her game to fit our needs and that shows in her large jump in her rebounding stats.

“Reyana and Stephisha will help lead our team next season and we feel we have two dominant players in those two.''

The Broncos (16-14 overall, 12-8 CCAA) were eliminated by Chico State on Tuesday night in the opening round of the CCAA Tournament in a game played at CPP. They finished fourth in the CCAA regular season and are ranked 10th in this week's NCAA West Regional poll, but it will be difficult to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament field that will be announced Sunday night.