Ventura College Athletics

2018-19 Ventura College Women's Basketball Team News

  • 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 Vqueros 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.
  • Ventura Defeats Delta to Claim Third at Gilcrest Invitational
    December 02, 2018
    After trailing by as many as 15 points in the second quarter, the VC women's basketball team came back to post a n 81-75 victory over San Joaquin Delta to claim third place at the 16-team Tom Gilcrest Invitational at College of the Sequoias in Visalia. Cece Quintino posted a career-high 31 points to earn all-tournament honors and Victoria Maciel hit five threes en route to 23 points for VC (7-3). LaDaesha Merriweather pulled in 15 big rebounds in the winning cause.
  • VC Hits Wall at Gilcrest Invitational Against Host COS
    December 01, 2018
    The Tom Gilcrest Invitational at the College of the Sequoias is no joke. The state's premier tournament is a difficult test, and the young Pirates found that out first half Saturday night against the host Giants. After taking a 22-14 lead early in the second quarter, VC (6-3) hit a wall as Sequoias went on a 17-3 run to close the half as the Pirates fell to the Giants 61-48 in the tournament semifinals Saturday night. Talia Taufaasau netted 18 points with six rebounds to lead Ventura and Cece Quintino totaled 14 points. LaDaesha Merriweather pulled in 12 rebounds.
  • Solid Effort Propels VC to Gilcrest Semifinals
    November 30, 2018
    The Ventura College women's basketball team put together their best overall effort of the young season, posting a 74-52 victory Friday over Reedley College to advance to the semifinals of the Tom Gilcrest Invitational at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia. Talia Taufaasau had a career night , shooting 8-16 from the floor, 3-8 from three, and 9-10 at the foul line for 30 points. Cece Quintino netted 21 and LaDaesha Merriweather posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. VC (6-2) will take on host Sequoias at 8:00 pm Saturday in the tournament semifinals.
  • Pirates Outlast Santa Rosa at Gilcrest Invite
    November 29, 2018
    Talia Taufaasau hit for 15 points, and Cece Quintino had 14 points and nine rebounds as the Pirates' womens basketball team outlasted Santa Rosa 48-39 in the opening round of the Tom Gilcrest Invitational at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia. LaDaesha Merriweather pulled in 11 rebounds as VC (5-2) had a 13-0 run over a 10 minute period in the third and fourth quarters to turn a tie game into a Ventura victory. The Pirates will take on Reedley in the tournament quarterfinals Friday at 5:00 pm.
  • Pirates Fall in ToC Championship Game
    November 25, 2018
    The VC women's basketball team had a game they will soon like to forget Sunday, falling in the VC-Kiwanis Tournament of Champions final 46-27 to Mt. San Antonio College. LaDaesha Merriweather had six points and nine rebounds and Nikki Puga netted seven points to lead VC. Puga and Cece Quintino were awarded all-tournament honors for the Pirates (4-2).
  • Women's Basketball Advances to 12th Straight ToC Final
    November 24, 2018
    The Pirates' women's basketball team continued a familiar story Saturday, advancing to their 12th straight VC-Kiwanis Tournament of Champions final with a 66-41 victory over Santa Monica Saturday night. Cece Quintino netted 21 points with eight rebounds, Nikki Puga came off the bench for 19 big points and Emma Larson pulled in a game-high 11 boards to key the victory. VC (4-1) will take on Mt. San Antonio College on Sunday in the ToC championship game at 4:00 pm at the Athletic Event Center.
  • Ventura Overwhelms Ohlone in ToC Opener
    November 23, 2018
    From the beginning of the game, the Pirates' women's basketball team overwhelmed visiting Ohlone College in the opening round of the VC-Kiwanis Tournament of Champions Friday at the Athletic Event Center. After racing out to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter, VC went on to post the 87-25 victory over the Renegades on Black Friday. Cece Quintino had 23 points, seven assists and six rebounds to lead the way while Nikki Puga totaled 15 points with five made 3-pointers. Victoria Maciel posted an efficient 14 points with nine field goal attempts.
  • Pirates Defeat Oxnard at Wild West Shootout
    November 10, 2018
    The Ventura College women’s basketball team claimed the consolation trophy of the Wild West Shootout at West Los Angeles College in Culver City Saturday with a 60-31 victory over Oxnard College. Talia Taufaasau earned all-tournament honors with a 17-point, five-assist, four-steal performance and Nikki Puga had 15 points and seven rebounds.  Victoria Maciel contrinuted 10 points and six boards to the victory for the Pirates (2-1).
  • VC Comes Back From 17 Down to Defeat LA Valley
    November 09, 2018
    The Pirates women’s basketball team trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half before coming from behind to defeat LA Valley 59-55 Friday afternoon in an elimination game in the Wild West shootout at West LA College in Culver City. VC (1-1) trailed 30-13 with 6:45 remaining in the second quarter before slowly working their way back into the game. Nikki Puga and Cece Quintino led the Pirates with 15 points each while LaDaesha Merriweather netted 11 points with nine rebounds.
  • Poor Shooting, Turnovers Spoil WBB Opener
    November 08, 2018
    The VC women's basketball team had a difficult time putting the ball in the basket Thursday night, falling to El Camino 61-55 at the Wild West Shootout at West LA College in the Pirates' season opener. Ventura hit just 28 percent of their shot attempts (18-64) and turned the ball over 17 times, 10 times in the first half, in dropping their second straight opener to the Warriors. Cece Quintino led the Pirates with 18 points, six assists and five rebounds and Victoria Maciel made four 3-pointers en route to 16 points.
  • Womens Basketball To Host Annual Ventura Jamboree
    September 28, 2018
    Basketball is back!  The 2018-19 women's basketball season tips off this weekend at the Ventura College Athletic Event Center with the 2018 Ventura Jamboree. The event, which features 35 CCCAA teams in 57 games on three courts, begins at 9:00 am Saturday Sept. 29 and concludes with the final games tipping off at 6:45 pm Sunday.  The Pirates will open at 12:15 pm Saturday in the main gym Court 1 against Lassen College of Susanville.