Palomar sweeps first-place votes as top six teams hold poll spots

Palomar College
Palomar College

PASADENA, Calif. - Palomar was the unanimous choice to remain the No. 1-ranked team in this week's 2018 California Community College Sports Information Association State Top 20 Poll. None of the top 6 changed spots with Sierra (#2), Mt. San Jacinto (#3), San Francisco (#4), Sequoias (#5), and Merced (#6) staying entrenched in their high ranks.

Diablo Valley, the only team to solve Sierra thus far this season, is on an 11-game win streak and moves up to No. 7. Fresno City holds on to its No. 8 rank while Mt. San Antonio moved back into the top 10 at No. 9 behind a pair of important victories over No. 18 East Los Angeles and Pasadena City, which fell out of the poll with two defeats. LA Trade climbs to No. 10. 

The biggest drop was by No. 11 Irvine Valley, which fell four spots after its 13-game win streak was stopped by No. 16 Cypress, a team that jumped up three places on the poll. 

An upset loss to new No. 20 Moorpark dropped Ventura out of the top 10 and down to No. 13. 

Bay Valley: Unranked Merritt (12-2) beat Los Medanos in OT to move into 1st place by a half game.
Big 8: Diablo Valley (14-1) can clinch at least a tie for the title with a win over San Joaquin Delta in its conference finale. Sierra can share the championship with two wins.
Central Valley: Merced (10-1) can win the crown outright with a win over Fresno.
Coast North: San Francisco (10-0) is poised to win an undefeated conference title with two wins this week. No. 15 Chabot will place second. 
Coast South: No. 17 Cabrillo (9-1) can win the title with victories over De Anza and Mission. Foothill is a half game back with a one game left.
Golden Valley: No. 12 Siskiyous (8-1) wins this conference crown if it defeats Lassen.

Orange Empire: Both now 11-1, Irvine Valley and Cypress will go to the wire with 2 games each this week.
Pacific Coast North: Mt. San Jacinto (6-1) has a half game lead over Palomar, but both figure to share this title.
Pacific Coast South: Unranked San Diego City (7-0) has captured this PCAC championship.
South Coast North: LA Trade Tech (7-1) has an opportunity to end Mt. SAC's 16-year conference title streak, but will have to beat both East LA and the Mounties to accomplish the feat.
South Coast South: No. 14 El Camino (7-0) has clinched this SCC title.
Western State East: No. 19 LA Valley at 8-0 needs just one win in the last two games to take first place here.
Western State North: Ventura (7-1) needs only a win in its last two games to accomplish another WSC championship.
Western State South: Unranked Canyons (6-0) leads West LA, but the two face each other to decide the conference title. 

Here is the complete CCCSIA State Top 20 Rankings for February 12:

CCCSIA Women's Basketball State Poll (Feb. 12)    
Rk School (first-place votes Record Pts PR
1. Palomar (15) 25-1 300 1
2. Sierra 25-1 281 2
3. Mt. San Jacinto 25-2 270 3
4. City College of San Francisco 23-3 235 4
5. College of the Sequoias 24-3 229 5
6. Merced 24-4 224 6
7. Diablo Valley 21-4 199 9
8. Fresno City 22-5 189 8
9. Mt. San Antonio 22-6 171 11
10. L.A. Trade-Tech 20-6 160 12
11. Irvine Valley 22-4 159 7
12. College of the Siskiyous 23-4 124 13
13. Ventura 21-7 116 10
14. El Camino 19-6 109 14
15. Chabot 20-5 78 16
T16. Cypress  19-7 69 19
T16. Cabrillo 19-3 69 17
18. East Los Angeles 17-9 55 15
19. L.A. Valley 19-8 52 18
20. Moorpark 19-6 30 RV
Others: Feather River (7); Merritt (5), College of the Canyons (3), Long Beach City (3), Riverside City (2), Pasadena City (1), West Los Angeles (1).
Los Medanos (3), San Joaquin Delta (3)      

(Robert Lewis for the CCCSIA)