Like we always do at this time It seems the seasons come quicker each year. As I write this, we are about a week away from our first official practice and a little over a month away from our first exhibition game. Our players have done a great job during the summer, and this fall, preparing to have a successful season. The returners have done a good job of modeling, for our newcomers, the behavior it takes to compete at this level. Each day we are moving closer to becoming a team, and hope that you will be there with us as we experience the journey of the 2012-2013 season.
Always Family, Jason Flowers, Head Coach
The Matadome is N! it has been a patient decade wait but the Matadome has gotten a stunning makeover! Much of the improvements started last year with new baskets, shot clocks, press row table VIDEO BOARDS, new center court game clock and wall graphics. This season will have even more changes, with brand new air conditioning and full replacement of the Matadomeâ€™s floor. In addition, there will be a new PA system as well as expanded live video for all home competitions. These new renovations will give professional video capabilities and allow real time and play back footage on the video boards. Future upgrades include seating replacement and renovations to the front lobby. We can truly say, our games will be as enjoyable to watch as ever!!!
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Freshman Invasion youthful exuberance can bring a lot of excitement
entertainment for us. Bernadette Fong
and energy to a team. Five new bouncing
Beach, CA), Johnece Miller (Valencia, CA)
baby freshmen are on campus, in the gym,
and Marta Masoni (Taranto, Italy) are 5
lifting weights, conditioning, and getting
smiling, energetic, boisterous young ladies
in their tutor hours. From as far away as
who have us laughing and shaking our
Italy, to as close as Valencia, they are
heads daily. (Though you won’t see her on
all adjusting to life on their “own” while
the floor this season, due to NCAA transfer
making an impact, in various ways, on the
rules, Cinnamon Lister (Riverside, CA) has
program. Putting together budgets, cooking,
been an amazing addition to our program,
cleaning (ha ha), and doing laundry has
as well, as we count the months down until
been a growing experience for them and
she can play official minutes!)
(Brentwood, CA), Jasmine Johnson (Moreno Valley, CA), Breeyon Alexander (Long
Jasmine is a Pro! it is amazing the things you miss when you leave the country. “I miss laundry dryers, for some reason everyone here in Greece wash their clothes in a normal washer but air dry everything”, says our program’s most recent professional basketball product, Jasmine Erving. Jasmine is the newest member of IKAPOS of the Greek Women’s Basketball League. Having left an impressive career behind here at CSUN, she took little time adjusting to her new surroundings, exploding for 29 points in her first game.
also added “I was less nervous to start playing with this team than when I started at CSUN”. Erving did an amazing job being the team captain of a squad that engineered one of the best singleseason turnarounds in Division I history. Jasmine ended up the second leading scorer in school history, was an All-Big West Conference First Teamer and has the ability to make that kind of impact as a pro. Head Coach Jason Flowers sums it best by saying “…her (Jasmine’s) maturation and development in terms of conditioning, leadership and play has been outstanding. She is certainly a role model for any young woman considering college basketball and beyond”. We are all looking forward to watching her getting it done in Greece!
It is no surprise that the language barrier is her biggest struggle, being the only American on her team, with most of her teammates having very little experience with the English language. Regardless of what language is being spoken in the huddle, Erving knows hard work and production are universal languages. “A lot is expected of me on this team, so my goals are to become better every day and be consistent in my stats.” Erving
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Matador For a lIFETIME
analee viena-lota ‘11 recreation-tourism management
Analee is firmly engraved in our record books after four successful seasons in a Matador uniform. An iron woman of sorts, Analee is in the top 10 in Games Started, Minutes Played, and Games Played. A relentless fighter on the court, Viena-Lota is 6th in career rebounds despite being a guard. It is this relentless attitude and constant hustle that allows Analee to continue to get things done, well after graduation. Analee is currently a sales manager and radio personality for 102.7 “Tha Bomb” in her native Hawaii. In addition to her work at the radio, she still finds the energy to work full time as a Hawaiian Air Flight Attendant. You can currently catch her on the mic by tuning into her broadcast on www.1027dabomb.net on Sunday mornings from 10am to 3pm! Analee plans to broaden her resume by delving into the acting side of entertainment. She is also currently developing and cultivating her own
personal business. For some, all of this would be overwhelming but Viena-Lota was built for it, “the pressure of being an athlete, of having to complete a task at a set time and do it well has given me an advantage in the work force. I don’t quit, I push through!” After four years of blood, sweat and accomplishment she has a clear vision of what she got out of it, “playing for Coach Flowers taught me life is not fair and things will not always go my way, but I learned to push past obstacles and get it done…get it done with NO excuses.” Analee’s memories stretch well beyond her last minute played and her last class taken, “I see now that in the real world being part of a company that is like a family is certainly not guaranteed, it is something special and I am so lucky to have found that early in my career at CSUN and it built a strong foundation in my adult life. It gave me people I can count on in the future… for that I am most thankful!” We are thankful that ANALEE VIENA-LOTA is a MATADOR FOR A LIFETIME.