Solano opens BVC conference tourney with convincing victory

February 17, 2012

The Solano women’s basketball team opened defense of its 2011 Bay Valley Conference tournament title with a 72-45 win over College of Marin on Tuesday night.

The Falcons advance to take on top-seeded Laney of Oakland on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the semifinals of the tournament.

Ruby Leon sparked Solano, scoring 19 points. She added seven steals and four rebounds in her final home game in a Solano uniform. Marissa Dunn and Kayla Campora each scored 13 points while Shannon Rankin and Presley Neufeld each had 11.

Marissa added 15 rebounds and three blocked shots while Kayla pulled down 9 boards and added seven assists.

Solano improved to 17-11 overall.


Falcons drop heartbreaker to Los Medanos

February 17, 2012

The Solano women’s basketball team fell in the regular season finale 59-55 to Los Medanos on Friday night.

The Falcons won the first matchup between the two teams early in the season, but the Mustangs bounced back when it counted. LMC won its first Bay Valley Conference Valley Division title with the victory.

Marissa Dunn led Solano in scoring with 16 points and also tallied nine rebounds. Ruby Leon added 15 points while Shannon Rankin had 10 points and nine rebounds.

The Falcons struggled with Los Medanos’ athleticism and allowed the Mustangs too many second chance opportunities.

“We really struggled to keep them off the offensive boards,” said Solano coach Matt Borchert. “They had 16 offensive rebounds and they probably scored every time off that.”

Solano finished the regular season 16-11 and 8-3 in conference. The loss denied the Falcons’ attempt to win a fifth straight BVC title. Solano takes on College of Marin in the first round of the Bay Valley Conference tournament on Tuesday.


Solano takes down Yuba on Sophomore Night

February 17, 2012

Solano's five sophomores were recognized before the game with their families and their favorite teacher.

Sophomores Ruby Leon, Presley Neufeld and Tara Cooley combined for 51 of Solano’s 77 points to lead the Solano women’s basketball team to a 77-41 win over Yuba on Sophomore Night.

Ruby scored 18 points and added three rebounds, three assists and six steals while Presley tallied 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting from the field. The point guard added three rebounds, four assists and three steals. Tara Cooley scored 17 points, while also pulling down 7 rebounds, dishing out two assists and picking up three steals.

Marissa Dunn had 14 points, nine rebounds, three blocked shots and three steals.

In addition to honoring Solano’s five sophomores in a pregame ceremony, the players and coaches from both teams took part in the Coaches vs. Cancer fundraiser. Head coaches from both programs wore sneakers instead of their regular dress shoes to support the cause.

A silent auction was held throughout the game featuring “My Favorite Things” baskets put together by Solano’s five sophomores. All proceeds from the game benefitted the American Cancer Society.

On the court, Solano controlled the game though the team didn’t shoot well from the floor. The Falcons shot just 30 percent from the field in the first half, taking a 37-18 lead into the halftime locke room.

The Falcons turned up the defensive effort in the second half, creating a lot of offensive opportunities. Solano shot 48 percent from the field in the second half.

“We were a lot more aggressive in the second half,” said Solano coach Matt Borchert. “I was pleased with the way we got after the ball on defense. It allowed us to put the game away.”

Solano improved to 16-10 overall and 8-2 in BVC.

Click here to see more photos from the game.


Strong second half propels Falcons past Napa Valley

February 5, 2012

Marissa Dunn goes up for two of her 16 points against NVC on Friday.

Marissa Dunn recorded her third straight double double to lead the Solano women’s basketball team to a 79-32 win over Napa Valley College on Friday.

Dunn, a freshman center, had 16 points and 13 rebounds. Shannon Rankin led the way with 20 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three blocked shots and five steals. Ruby Leon continued her strong play with a 17-point effort. The sophomore guard added seven rebounds, two assists, three blocked shots and two steals. Ruby has scored in double figures in eight of Solano’s last nine games.

Solano struggled early in the game, committing turnovers and missing easy shots. The Falcons led just 28-15 at half.

The second half was a completely different story as the team came out with a renewed energy. Solano shot 67 percent from the field in the second half, tightened up the defense and looked sharp on offense.

Tara Cooley helped the cause on both ends of the floor, finishing with 10 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals.

“We were much better in the second half,” said Solano coach Matt Borchert. “The first half left me scratching my head a bit, but we got some things worked out at halftime and the team responded.”

Solano (15-10, 7-2) has two games left in the regular season before the Bay Valley Conference tournament. The Falcons host Yuba College on Wednesday before traveling to Pittsburg to take on Los Medanos on Friday. Both games start at 5:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, the coaching staff will recognize the sophomores for Sophomore Night. It’s also Coaches vs. Cancer Night. All the proceeds from the gate will go to benefit the American Cancer Society. The team will also be hosting a silent auction throughout the game. Click here to read more about the auction.

Friday’s game against Los Medanos is a rematch of a game played earlier in the season in which Solano came out on top. The BVC Valley Division title will be on the line when the two teams collide. Come out and show your support!

Click here to see more photos from the Napa game.


Solano falls to Laney in first-place showdown

February 5, 2012

The Solano women’s basketball team simply ran out of steam when the Falcons traveled to Oakland to take on the Bay Division’s first-place team, Laney College on Wednesday. The Eagles topped the Falcons 64-48.

In a hard-fought game in front of a raucous crowd, Solano stayed close most of the first half. Laney pulled away and went into halftime with a 34-24 advantage though.

The Falcons came out strong in the second half, cutting the lead to four early. That was as close as they got though.

“Laney is a very athletic team and we just had matchup problems all over the court,” said Solano coach Matt Borchert. “I am very happy with the effort, it was a tough game and our team fought hard. They never gave up.”

Marissa Dunn led the Falcons with 16 points, 12 rebounds, four blocked shots and three steals. Ruby Leon added 11 points and five rebounds while Shannon Rankin had seven points and eight rebounds.

The Falcons take on Napa Valley College on Friday at 5:30 p.m.


Fundraiser to benefit American Cancer Society

February 2, 2012

These five "My Favorite Things" baskets will be available in a silent auction at the Feb. 8 game against Yuba College.

The Solano Community College women’s basketball team will be participating in the nationwide Coaches vs. Cancer initiative in the fight against cancer on February 8. Coaches from Solano and Yuba will be wearing sneakers instead of the traditional dress shoes to show their support for the cause.

All of the gate proceeds will go to benefit the American Cancer Society. Tip-off for the game is at 5:30 p.m.

The game against Yuba College also is the final regular season home game for the Falcons. The coaching staff will recognize Solano’s five sophomores – Tara Cooley, Shannon Rankin, Ruby Leon, Presley Neufeld and Kayla Campora – in a pregame ceremony with their families.

To honor the sophomores, Solano will be conducting a silent auction throughout the game. Each sophomore has compiled a “My Favorite Things” basket to be auctioned off during the game. All proceeds from the auction will go to the American Cancer Society.

Each basket contains an 8×10 framed photo of the player and a Solano women’s basketball poster given out at the Contra Costa game. Individual baskets include the player’s favorite snacks, beverage, books, movies and more!

Attendees can place bids throughout the game on the baskets and the fan with the highest bid will be presented with the basket at the end of the game. Solano’s game announcer will periodically provide updates on the bids during timeouts. Once the final buzzer sounds for the game, the bidding concludes.

If you are unable to come to the game, you can visit the Solano Community College women’s basketball team’s Facebook page to submit your bid online.

With your help, we can make this fundraiser not only fun, but hugely successful for the American Cancer Society! Click here to read more about Coaches vs. Cancer.