Dec 12, 2012 6:03 PM by Andrew Masuda

Cuesta women climb into regional poll for first time in years

For the first time in several years, the Cuesta College women's basketball team has climbed into the regional poll.

The Cougars received 23 points and are ranked #15 this week in the South Region by the California Community College Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

The Cougars are off to a 7-2 start under third year head coach Ron Barbara. Cuesta won its first title since 2001 at its own Conoco Phillips 66 Tournament earlier this month.

Atascadero High graduate Alyssa Palma, a sophomore guard, is averaging 17.1 points per game, which ranks 15th in the state. Freshman Courtney Chadwick and sophomore forward Aria Johnson, a Morro Bay High graduate, are tied for 34th in the state at 14.4 points per game.

Cuesta plays at a tournament hosted by Orange Coast College this weekend.

Santa Barbara City College, which won the Bulldog Classic last week, climbed to #12 in the South Region. The 10-3 Vaqueros are also ranked 19th in the State Poll.



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