The 25th-ranked Menlo College women's basketball qualified for the Golden State Athletic Conference playoffs for the first time and began receiving postseason accolades to go along. Celina Pagan was named to the All-GSAC team, becoming the first Oak to achieve the honor and the first all-conference player from Menlo since a trio of Oaks earned spots on the All-Cal Pac in 2015.
Pagan enjoyed a breakout year for the Oaks and was one of the biggest catalysts for a team that features one of the best offenses in the country. Pagan finished the regular season leading the Oaks with 15.8 points per game, 39.6 percent field goal percentage from three-point range, and 50 steals. She also ranks in the top-five in the GSAC in those three categories.
The senior from Honolulu, Hawaii has not missed a start in 57 games at Menlo. She ranks fifth in career points per game with 12.8, and is in the top ten in five other categories. On Dec. 1, 2017, she posted a career-best 29 points against Cal Maritime, starting a run of five 20-plus point games in December. Her efforts helped lead Menlo to a 21-7 record and the fourth-best shooting percentage and eight best scoring offense in the nation.
Westmont College swept the major awards, with Lauren McCoy taking home Player of the Year honors, Joy Krupa bringing in the Defensive Player of the Year award, and head coach Kirsten Moore being named the conference's Coach of the Year. Westmont won the regular season title in the conference with a 20-6 overall record, 12-2 in GSAC play.
Menlo meets The Master's University in the first round of the GSAC tournament on Friday at 11 a.m. at Arizona Christian in Phoenix. The teams split their regular-season meetings, each winning on the other's home court.
All-Golden State Athletic Conference
Courtney Christmas, Arizona Christian, JR, Guard
Makayla Enders, Arizona Christian, JR, Forward
Emma Forel, Hope International, FR, Center
Celina Pagan, Menlo, SR, Guard
Hannah Forrar, The Master's, SO, Guard
Amber Alexander, Vanguard, SR, Forward
Victoria Chea, Vanguard, SO, Guard
Morgan Haskin, Westmont, SR, Post
Joy Krupa, Westmont, SO, Guard
Lauren McCoy, Westmont, SR, Forward