Rankin, Leon named all-conference

March 3, 2012

Shannon Rankin, left, and Ruby Leon were named all-BVC.

Sophomores Shannon Rankin and Ruby Leon were named all-conference by the Bay Valley Conference coaches.

Shannon, a versatile forward, was the Falcons’ leading scorer all season. She averaged 13.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. She tied the record for best free throw percentage in a game at the beginning of the season and shot 76.8 percent from stripe for the year. Shannon led the team in field goals made, rebounds, scoring and steals.

Ruby, a guard who showed tremendous improvement in the offseason, was Solano’s second-leading scorer and shot 74 percent from the free throw line. She averaged 3.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.2 steals. Ruby was also second on the team in blocked shots with 19.

Shannon was also named to the Bay Valley Conference all-academic team for her hard work in the classroom in the last two years.


Solano’s season concludes with loss to Laney

March 3, 2012

For the second time in two weeks, the Solano College women’s basketball team fell to Laney College in Oakland. This time, the Falcons fell to the Eagles 58-48 in the semifinals of the Bay Valley Conference tournament.

Solano, the four-time defending conference champions and reigning conference tournament champs, were unable to hang with Laney down the stretch. The Falcons were solid in the first half and led 26-24 at the break despite shooting just 36 percent from the field.

The Eagles used their athleticism to pull away in the second half, getting second-half opportunities on offense and forcing the Falcons into 30 turnovers in the game.

Shannon Rankin, playing in her final game in a Solano uniform, led the Falcons with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Presley Neufeld hit three 3-pointers and finished with 12 points, 5 assists and 2 steals. Marissa Dunn had eight points and 13 rebounds.

Solano finishes the season with a 17-12 overall record. The Falcons have recorded seven straight winning seasons and 19 in the program’s history.