Ventura College Athletics

2018-19 Ventura College Women's Basketball Team News

  • Pirate Season Comes to a End in State Quarterfinals
    March 15, 2019
    The Pirates' season came to a heartbreaking conclusion Friday with a 59-57 loss to Diablo Valley College in the CCCAA State Quarterfinals at the VC Athletic Event Center. The Pirates, seeded No. 4 from Southern California, went toe-to-toe with Northern California's top-seed in a game that featured 12 lead changes and five ties, and the margin stayed primarily within five points. Cece Quintino led the Pirates (25-10) with a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds while Victoria Maciel and Madison Cvijanovich each totaled 11 points.
  • Quintino Named Honorable Mention All-American
    March 14, 2019
    Ventura College redshirt freshman Cece Quintino has been named an Honorable Mention All-American by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. The 5-foot-8 guard from Liberty High School in Las Vegas leads the Prates in scoring at 16.8 points per game and assists with 3.7 dimes per contest. She is also second in rebounding with 5.6 boards per game. Cece becomes the 12th player in program history to earn All-American recognition.
  • Pirates Are Elite Again with Regional Final Win
    March 09, 2019
    The Pirates' women's basketball team has proven itself to be elite once again, defeating Irvine Valley 73-53 Saturday night at the Athletic Event Center to advance to the CCCAA State Elite Eight for a state record 18th time, the 17th time in 29 years under head coach Ned Mircetic. Talia Taufaasau had 24 points, including 19 in the second half, to lead the way while Emma Larson set her second-season high in as many games with 16 points. Cece Quintino netted 13 points with six rebounds and six assists for the Pirates (25-9).
  • Quintino, Taufaasau Named CCCWBCA All-State
    March 08, 2019
    Pirate guards Cece Quintino and Talia Taufaasau have been named to the All-State team by the California Community College Women's Basketball Coaches Association in meetings held last week. Quintino, a redshirt freshman from Liberty High School in Las Vegas was named second-team All-State while Taufaasau, a freshman from Canyon High School in Santa Clarita was named third-team. This is the 14th time in program history that the Pirates have had two or more players named to the all-state team.
  • Pirates Sweet 16 Bound After Playoff Victory
    March 01, 2019
    Ventura College guard Cece Quintino had a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds Friday night, including eight points in the fourth quarter, leading four teammates in double figures as the Pirates' women's basketball team defeated visiting Rio Hondo 60-49 in the CCCAA Southern California Regional Playoffs. Talia Taufaasau had 15 points and six assists as the Pirates (24-9) advanced to the California Sweet 16 for the 22nd time in the past 29 years under head coach Ned Mircetic.
  • Four Pirates Named All-Conference
    February 28, 2019
    Four members of the 2018-19 Ventura College women's basketball team have been named All-Western State Conference in voting by the WSC North Division coaches earlier this week. Victoria Maciel, LaDaesha Merriweather, Cece Quintino and Talia Taufaasau all earned first-team All-WSC nods for their performance during the 2019 conference season.
  • VC Women Earn No. 5 Seed in Regional Playoffs
    February 25, 2019
    The Ventura College women's basketball team has earned the No. 5 seed in the CCCAA SoCal Regional Playoffs. Ventura (23-9) will host No. 12 Rio Hondo College (16-14) on Friday Mar. 1 at 7:00 pm at the Athletic Event Center. VC defeated the Roadrunners 64-49 earlier this season on Dec. 29 in the semifinals of the VC-Optimist Club Holiday Tournament.
  • VC Women Fall to Moorpark in Season Finale
    February 22, 2019
    The Pirates' women's basketball team fell to visiting Moorpark 72-39 Friday night at the Athletic Event Center in the regular season finale. Victoria Maciel led VC with 14 points and five rebounds while Cece Quintino netted 11 points in the defeat. Madison Cvijanovich pulled in seven rebounds.
  • Tuafaasau, Merriweather Lead VC Past Cuesta, 60-51
    February 19, 2019
    With less than four minutes remaining in the third quarter, the VC women's basketball team trailed Cuesta 35-32 and were in need of a spark. Enter Talia Taufaasau. The freshman point guard scored the game's next nine points to give the Pirates a 41-35 advantage and led Ventura (23-8, 8-1) with 25 points and nine assists in their 60-51 victory over Cuesta in San Luis Obispo Tuesday night. LaDaesha Merriweather, meanwhile seemingly rebounded every missed shot, pulling in 18 boards in the victory.
  • VC Defeats Over Matched Oxnard, 71-33
    February 16, 2019
    Pirate guard Talia Taufaasau netted 22 points, shooting 7-15 from the floor (35- from three) and 5-7 at the foul line as the VC women's basketball team over matched Oxanrd 71-33 Saturday night at the Athletic Event Center. Cece Quintino had 16 points, 14 in the second half, with seven rebounds, and Madison Cvijanovich totaled 12 points for Ventura (22-8, 7-1). Victoria Maciel contributed eight points to the Pirate victory.
  • Ventura Defeats Allan Hancock, 56-42
    February 13, 2019
    It was not their best game of the season, but it was effective just the same. The Pirates' women's basketball team used a second quarter surge to pull ahead of Allan Hancock College Wednesday night at the Athletic Event Center, en route to posting a 56-42 victory over the Bulldogs. Cece Quintino led Ventura (21-8, 6-1) with 21 points, four assists and four rebounds while Talia Taufaasau chipped in 10 points and five dimes. Victoria Maciel had eight points and seven rebounds in the victory.
  • Pirates Top Vaqueros, Post 20 Wins for 30th Straight Year
    February 09, 2019
    One benchmark of a successful season in basketball is a team reaching 20 wins. With their 69-58 victory at Santa Barbara City College Saturday night, the Pirates' women's basketball team reached 20 wins for the season, for the 30th straight year. Talia Taufaasau netted 24 points with seven assists and LaDaesha Merriweather posted a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead VC (20-8, 5-1) to the wire-to-wire victory.
  • Pirates Fall at Moorpark To End First Round of WSC
    February 06, 2019
    In a battle between two of the top-ranked teams in the state, the Pirates' women's basketball team dropped a 96-82 decision at Moorpark Wednesday night. The Pirates trailed the top-ranked Raiders by as many as 19 points midway through the third period before VC (19-8, 4-1) worked the deficit back to six points in the final minute of the game. Talia Taufaasau led No. 15-ranked Ventura with 21 points four rebounds and three assists while Cece Quintino added 19 points while handing out seven dimes and pulling in six boards.
  • Taufaasau, Cvijanovich Lead Pirates Past Cuesta
    January 30, 2019
    Madison Cvijanovich had a career-high 15 points on five made 3-pointers, and Talia Tuafaasau controlled the Pirates offense with 19 points to lead VC past Cuesta 57-39 Wednesday night at the Athletic Event Center. Cavijanovich hit three triples in the first quarter and taufaasau scored 10 points in the second to knock back he Cougars with a one-two punch. Robin Prince totaled eight points with 13 rebounds to anchor the front line for the Pirates (19-7, 4-0).
  • VC Women Race Past Oxnard, 70-38
    January 26, 2019
    Victoria Maciel led four Pirates in double figures with 17 points as the Ventura College women's basketball team raced past Oxnard 70-38 Saturday afternoon in a road Western State Conference North Division match-up. The redshirt freshman also had five rebounds and handed out five assists in leading VC (18-7, 3-0) to their eighth victory in the last nine games. LaDaesha Merriweather posted her third double-double in four outings with 14 points and 11 boards.
  • Ventura Takes Road Game at Hancock, 59-46
    January 23, 2019
    The Ventura College women's basketball team used another strong third quarter performance to pull away from Allan Hancock in VC's 59-46 Western State Conference North Division game in Santa Maria Wednesday. Cece Quintino led the Pirates (17-7, 2-0) with 21 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals while Victoria Maciel had the outside touch with five three's en route to 18 points. Talia Taufaasau contributed 11 points and dropped six dimes and LaDaesha Merriweather pulled in 10 rebounds.
  • Pirates' Women's Basketball Honors 2019 Favorite Teachers
    January 20, 2019
    Each year, every member of the sophomore class of the Ventura College women's basketball team selects a "Favorite Teacher" based on their own personal criteria. 2018-19 is the 14th year in which the team has honored their favorite teachers, and 76 awards have been presented, including this year. On Saturday January 19, VCCCD Board member Josh Chancer, VC Interim President Dr. Damon Bell and VC Vice President Dr. Kim Hoffmans helped the team honor the latest class of Favorite Teachers. These instructors, through their skill, expertise, thoughtfulness, and humanity have earned the distinction of being named the team's 2019 "Favorite Teachers".
  • VC Rallies Past Vaqueros to Open Conference Play
    January 19, 2019
    The Ventura College women's basketball team used a strong third quarter to rally past visiting Santa Barbara 64-51 Saturday at the Athletic Event Center in the Western State Conference opener for both teams. Talia Taufaasau had 24 points and five assists, playing all 40 minutes for Ventura while Victoria Maciel also played without a break contributing 18 points and five rebounds. LaDaesha Merriweather posted her second straight double-double with 13 points and 12 boards for the Pirates (16-7, 1-0).
  • Ventura Pulls Out Last-Second Victory in Crossover Finale
    January 12, 2019
    Cece Quintino hit a mid-range jumper with 1.1 seconds remaining to lift the Pirates' women's basketball team to a hard-fought 70-69 victory over Palomar College Saturday night in the third place game of the SoCal Crossover Tournament at the Athletic Event Center. LaDaesha Merriweather had a double-double animal style with 12 points and 21 huge rebounds in the victory as VC closed out their non-conference schedule with a 15-7 record. Victoria Maciel had an efficient 14-point performance and Talia Taufaasau netted 12 points with six rebounds and four assists.
  • Pirates Drop Tournament Semifinal at Pasadena
    January 09, 2019
    Early foul trouble and an anemic offensive performance in the second half doomed the Pirates' women's basketball team to a 62-41 defeat at Pasadena City College Wednesday night in the semifinals of the SoCal Crossover Tournament White Bracket. Talia Taufaasau was the lone Pirate in double figures with 18 points and seven rebounds while LaDaesha Merriweather had a game-high 12 boards. Ventura will host Palomar college on Saturday Jan. 12 at 6:00pm in the bracket's third-place game.
  • VC Escapes With Victory Against West LA to Open Tournament
    January 05, 2019
    The VC women's basketball team escaped with a 59-57 victory over visiting West Los Angeles College Saturday night in the opening round of the SoCal Crossover Tournament. Cece Quintino led the Pirates with 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists while Victoria Maciel totaled 14 points with seven boards. With the victory, Pirate head coach Ned Mircetic ties legendary Santa Clara High School boys coach Lou Cvijanovich with 829 wins as the winningest basketball coaches in Ventura County history.
  • Ventura Claims Optimist Tournament Championship
    December 30, 2018
    Behind a dominant 17-point fourth quarter performance from freshman Talia Taufaasau, the Ventura College women's basketball team battled back from a 10-point first half deficit to claim a 73-62 victory over Mt. San Jacinto in the championship game of the VC-Optimist Club Holiday Tournament Sunday at the Athletic Event Center. VC (13-6) trailed the defending state champions 50-46 heading into the final period before Taufaasau earned MVP honors by leading the comeback for Ventura.
  • Pirates Advance to Optimist Tournament Final
    December 29, 2018
    Victoria Maciel ahd 20 points while Talia Taufaasau and Cece Quintino each netted 18 as the Pirates' women's basketball team defeated Rio Hondo 64-49 Saturday evening to advance to the championship game o fhte VC-Optimist Club Holiday Tournament. Taufaasau added eight assists, Quintino had nine rebounds, and LaDaesha Merriweather hauled i 18 boards for VC (12-6). Ventura advances to the tournament final against Mt. San Jacinto Sunday Dec. 30 at 4:00 pm at the Athletic Event Center.
  • Quintino, Cvijanovich Pace Pirates Past Antelope Valley
    December 28, 2018
    The Pirates' women's basketball team came back from Christmas break looking merry and bright on Friday, running past Antelope Valley 79-47 in the first round of the VC-Optimist Club Holiday Tournament at the Athletic Event Center. Cece Quintino nearly recorded a triple-double with 20 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists while Madison Cvijanovich netted a career high 19 points, including five made 3-pointers, in pacing the Pirates (11-6) into the tournament semifinals on Saturday against Rio Hondo.
  • VC Falls to Riverside at Glendale Tourney Finale
    December 21, 2018
    The Pirates'women's basketball team dropped a 75-60 decision to Riverside City College Friday in the third place game of the Glendale College Holiday Tournament. Victoria Maciel earned All-Tournament honors with her 17-point performance and Cece Quintino led Ventura offensively with 20 points. Talia Taufaasau also netted 17 points and LaDaesha Merriweather pulled in 13 rebounds for VC (10-6).
  • Ventura Falls in Tournament Semifinals
    December 20, 2018
    The Pirates' women's basketball team showed improvement, but still left too much room for error Thursday afternoon, battling No. 3-ranked Los Angeles Trade Tech to a 65-58 loss in the semifinals of the Glendale College Holiday Tournament. Ventura (10-5) held a 29-27 halftime advantage, but a rough third quarter lifted the Beavers to the win. Talia Taufaasau led VC with 20 points and a pair of assists while Cece Quintino netted 13 points with six rebounds, three dimes and three steals.
  • Late Rally Leads Pirates to Victory Over Canyons
    December 19, 2018
    The VC women's basketball team used a late rally Wednesday afternoon to come back and defeat College of the Canyons 68-64 in the opening round of the Glendale College Holiday Tournament. VC (10-4) trailed 62-54 with 3:00 remaining before making the come back. Robin Prince rallied the Pirates with a pair of late buckets inside, Emma Larson had a big three, while Talia Taufaasau and Cece Quintino closed things out at the free throw line. Ventura plays LA Trade Tech in the tournament semifinals Thursday Dec. 20 at 3:00 pm.
  • Mistakes Costly in Pirate Loss in All-Star Classic Final
    December 09, 2018
    If the Pirates' women's basketball team has shown one thing over the past few weeks, it is that they can play with the best teams in the state. They have also shown that too many mistakes can lead to losses. VC committed 13 first half turnovers and shot 26 percent (6-23) in the opening 20 minutes as they fell behind Los Angeles Trade Tech 34-20 at intermission in the championship game of the LAVC-Buddy's All-Star Classic Sunday, eventually falling to the Beavers 66-50. Talia Taufaasau earned all-tournament honors leading VC (9-4) with 14 points and five assists.
  • Ventura Holds Off San Francisco in LAVC Tourney Semifinals
    December 08, 2018
    The VC women's basketball team held off hard charging San Francisco Saturday night, posting a 70-67 victory over the Rams in the semifinals of the LAVC-Buddy's All-Star classic at Los Angeles Valley College. Ventura (9-3) led CCSF 62-51 with 4:52 remining before the Rams came all the way back to take a 67-66 advantage. A lay-up by Cece Quintino with 32 seconds left, and two free throws by LaDaesha Merriweather with 14 seconds on the clock set the final margin for VC.
  • Pirate Cagers Pull Away From In Buddy's All-Star Opener
    December 07, 2018
    The Ventura College women's basketball tem pulled away from San Bernardino Valley in the second half of Friday's game, posting a 77-47 victory over the Wolverines in the opening round of the Buddy's All-Star Classic at Los Angeles Valley College. Cece Quintino had a economical output with 28 points on just 19 shots while handing out 10 assists to lead VC (8-3). Talia Taufaasau followed with 23 points in the victory. Ventura advances to Saturday's semifinal against San Francisco at 5:00 pm in Valley Glen.
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