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PCC Alum Faafiti Named CAC Conference Player Of Year

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Last year, sophomore Easter Faafiti helped lead the Pasadena City College women's basketball team to the college's first state team championship in its women's athletics history. This year, Faafiti's impact was felt at her new college, NCAA Division III Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

Faafiti, a hearing-impaired student-athlete, was honored as the Capital Athletic Conference Women's Player of the Year for her overall play as a junior center.

Gallaudet had a breakout season as the Bison posted a 14-12 record, the most wins in a decade, and earned the sixth-seed in the CAC tournament. GU made its first appearance in the CAC tournament since the 2006-07 season. 

Faafiti led the CAC in scoring (19.1 points per game), rebounding (11.1 per game), field goal percentage (.597), offensive rebounds (5.1 per game) and was second in steals (3.3 per game) and fourth in defensive rebounds (6.0). Nationally, Faafiti was ranked in several categories among all Division III women's basketball programs including: field goal percentage (10th overall), rebounding (26th), scoring (27th) and steals (37th).

The Pittsburg, Calif. product was also named the CAC Player of the Week a record four times this season.

At PCC from 2007-2009, Faafiti established herself as one of the greatest forwards in Lancers' history. She was named All-CCCAA Championship Tournament and twice was an All-State selection. She received State Farm All-American honorable mention honors.

"This is a big honor for me and my teammates. What a great feeling to earn this award," said Faafiti in a Gallaudet press release. "Everything was new for me when I came to Gallaudet this year. When I stepped on the court I didn't worry about my numbers or awards. I wanted to help push my teammates to get better and for us to win games."

Faafiti was guided at PCC by basketball head coach Joe Peron and was provided her educational development through the college's Disabled Students Programs & Services office. 

[Photo/Information at GU courtesy of Gallaudet University sports information department]

Release Date: 03/05/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu