Women's Athletes of the Week
Women’s Athlete of Week honor to Mesa’s Veleker
JAN. 16, 2017 - San Diego Mesa College basketball player Leah Veleker has been selected as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women’s Athlete of the Week for Jan. 9-15.
Veleker, a sophomore guard/forward out of Our Lady of Peace High School, contributed 32 points and 20 rebounds during the week as the Olympians won twice to extend their win streak to three games.
Veleker had 14 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 blocks in Mesa’s 64-42 victory over San Bernardino Valley. She came right back with 18 points and 11 rebounds as the Olympians held off College of the Desert 46-43.
Honorable mention went to basketball players Allie Israel from Palomar, Kristian DeWitt of Mt. San Jacinto, Shatiana Daniels of Southwestern and Courtney Branch of Grossmont.
Israel, a 5-foot-9 sophomore guard out of Mission Hills High School, scored 17 points, including 5 baskets from behind the 3-point arc, as coach Leigh Marshall rotated her roster throughout in the Comets’ 107-25 win over Imperial Valley. Palomar (16-2) ran its win streak to 7 and won for the 12th time in its last 13 games.
DeWitt, a 5-foot-8 sophomore guard from Lake Ridge High School in Mansfield, Texas and a transfer from Odessa (Texas) Community College, scored 18 points, going 7-for-9 from the field (3-for-4 from behind the 3-point arc) and pulled down 5 rebounds as Mt. San Jacinto (18-2) ran its victory streak to 6 games and won for the 9th time in its last 10 games, defeating Southwestern 103-45.
Daniels, a 5-foot-11 sophomore guard/forward from Morse High School, contributed 27 points, highlighted by a 13-for-18 shooting performance, as Southwestern turned back MiraCosta 72-71.
Branch, a 5-foot-8 freshman guard from Patrick Henry High School, helped lead the Griffins to a 58-43 win over San Bernardino Valley with 12 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.