Ventura College Athletics

2017-18 Ventura College Women's Basketball Team News

  • Women's Basketball Earns 14th WBCA Academic Honor in 15 Years
    August 03, 2018
    The Ventura College women's basketball team has been honored yet again for academic excellence, earning a place on the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Academic Honor Roll for the 14th time in the past 15 years. The Pirates' 3.182 overall grade point average for the 2017-18 academic year placed the team 14th in the country for two-year colleges. Ventura is one of two schools from California to be honored, the other being Solano Community College who was ranked No. 17 on the list.
  • Del Castillo Earns 2nd Team All-State Honors
    March 07, 2018
    Ventura College sophomore Davina Del Castillo has been named second team All-State by the California Community College Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. The John Burroughs High School product becomes the 40th Pirate since 1986 to earn All-State honors.  Del Castillo will be honored, along with the entire CCCWBCA All-State team, at Wednesday’s Banquet of Champions in Oxnard, held in conjunction with the CCCAA State Tournament being held at the VC Athletic Event Center beginning Thursday.
  • Pirates Offense Turns Cold in Playoff Loss
    February 23, 2018
    In the end, the game is about putting a basketball through a hoop. On Friday night, that proved to be a difficult task for the No. 5-seed Pirates' women's basketball team as they fell in the CCCAA SoCal Regional Semifinals 41-35 to No. 12 Cypress. Ventura (23-8) went ice cold from the floor, connecting on just 22 percent of their shots in the game despite a 17-point, eight-rebound effort from Davina Del Castillo. Jasmyne Martin added 11 points as VC had their season come to a close.
  • Del Castillo Named Co-MVP, Four Others All-Conference
    February 20, 2018
    Pirate sophomore Davina Del Castillo has been named the Western State Conference North Division Co-MVP in voting by conference coaches earlier this week. The John Burroughs Hig School product was joined on the first-team All-WSC list by sophomores Jasmyne Martin and Celeste Salazar, and freshman Nikki Puga. Freshman Talitha Draper was named honorable mention all-conference. VC head coach Ned Mircetic was named Co-Coach of the Year.
  • Women's Basketball Earns No. 5 Seed in Playoffs; at Home Friday
    February 19, 2018
    The Ventura College women's basketball team has earned the No. 5 seed in the CCCAA SoCal Regional Playoffs. Ventura (23-7) will host No. 12 Cypress College (21-7) on Friday Feb. 23 at 7:00 pm at the Athletic Event Center. VC, the 28-peat champions of the Western State Conference North Division, did not play the Chargers this season. Cypress claimed a share of their third straight Orange Empire Conference title this season.
  • VC Wraps Up Regular Season With Strong Victory
    February 17, 2018
    The Pirates' women's basketball team wrapped up the regular season with a strong performance Saturday, defeating Santa Barbara 64-42 at the Athletic Event Center. Jasmyne Martin had 14 points to lead a balanced scoring attack which saw all nine Pirates who played record a score. Davina Del Castillo totaled 13 points and Nikki Puga had nine. Melissa Ohmie pulled down 13 rebounds as Ventura won outright its 28th consecutive Western State Conference championship.
  • Garcia Leads VC Past Oxnard to Clinch 28-Peat
    February 14, 2018
    VC freshman Alaina Garcia made seven 3-pointers en route to a career 23 points as the VC women's basketball team defeated Oxnard 69-32 Wednesday night. Davina Del Castillo had 11 points and nine rebounds while Elissa Root netted 10 points with four assists. With the victory, the Pirates (22-7, 8-1) clinch at least a share of their 28th straight Western State Conference North Division championship, otherwise known as a 28-Peat.
  • Ventura Drops Narrow Decision on Barbeque Night
    February 10, 2018
    The Pirates' women's basketball team dropped a difficult 56-55 decision to visiting Moorpark College on barbeque night at VC Saturday. Jasmyne Martin had 20 points to lead the Pirates while Nikki Puga totaled 12 points in the game. Davina Del Castillo pulled down a team-high eight rebounds. Despite the loss, the Pirates (21-7, 7-1) remain alone in first place in the Western State Conference North Division, one game ahead of Moorpark with two games remaining.
  • Pirate Defense Stifles Visiting Cuesta
    February 07, 2018
    Women's college basketball has been playing games with four quarters for almost three seasons, and for the first time Wednesday night, the Pirate defense held an opponent scoreless. Ventura's defense shut out the visiting Cuesta Cougars in the second period, leading VC to a 70-22 victory. Nikki Puga led the Pirates (21-6, 7-0) with her first career double-double, scoring 19 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Celeste Salazar had 12 points on four 3-pointers and pulled in six boards in the VC win.
  • Ventura Jumps Into WSC Driver's Seat at Hancock
    February 03, 2018
    Jasmyne Martin scored a game-high 25 points as the VC women's basketball team defeated Allan Hancock College 70-48 Saturday afternoon in Santa Maria. With the win, the Pirates firmly secured their spot in the driver's seat in the Western State Conference North Division race, moving two games ahead of second-place Hancock and Moorpark with four games remaining. Martin added five rebounds to her point total, and Davina Del Castillo scored 15 points with eight boards and six assists for Ventura (20-6, 6-0).
  • VC Defeats Cuesta to Remain Perfect in WSC
    January 31, 2018
    The Pirates' women's basketball team started slowly, but used a strong second quarter to pull away from Cuesta College in VC's 53-36 victory over the Cougars Wednesday evening in San Luis Obispo. Celeste Salazar and Nikki Puga each netted 12 points, Jasmyne Martin scored 11, and Davina Del Castillo posted her 14th double-double in 25 games for the Pirates (19-6, 5-0), who completed the first round of Western State Conference Nort Division play undefeated.
  • Ventura Leaves Santa Barbara With Victory Over Vaqueros
    January 27, 2018
    Its almost never easy when the Ventura College women's basketball team visits Santa Barbara, and Saturday night's contest at the SBCC Sports Pavilion was no exception. Nikki Puga came off the bench with a game-high 21 points and Davina Del Castillo posted her 13th double-double of the year with 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Pirates to a hard-fought 71-64 victory. Jasmyne Martin added 19 points as the Pirates (18-6, 4-0) remained perfect in Western State Conference North Division play.
  • Pirates Win Big in Ribbons Of Life Breast Cancer Game
    January 24, 2018
    The Ventura College women's basketball team posted a big victory over visiting Oxnard College Wednesday in the team's 11th Annual Ribbons of Life Breast Cancer Game. Jasmyne Martin totaled game-high point honors with 24, and Davina Del Castillo flirted with a triple-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals to lead the way while Melissa Ohmie had a double-double animal style with career-high's of 11 points and 14 boards for Ventura (17-6, 3-0).
  • Reserves Play Key Role in Pirates' Come From Behind Victory
    January 20, 2018
    Rivalry games can produce interesting moments in a basketball game, and the VC-Moorpark series has had its share. Now add Saturday's contest at Raider Pavilion. Ventura fell behind 9-0 and 13-2 early in the game before reserves Nikki Puga and Talitha Draper led the Pirates back to a 21-21 tie at halftime. Ventura went on to score 12 of the first 14 points of the second half and held on to a 47-39 victory over Moorpark. Puga led the way with 17 points in the game, including a career-high five made 3-pointers.
  • VC Women's Basketball Honors 2018 Favorite Teachers
    January 14, 2018
    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. 2017-18 is the 13th year in which the team has honored their favorite teachers, and 74 awards have been presented, including this year.
  • Ventura Claims Victory Over Visiting Hancock
    January 13, 2018
    Jasmyne Martin had her best night of the season, hitting nine of 10 shots in the first half en route to a game-high 23 points, leading the Pirates to a 60-38 win over Allan Hancock College at the Athletic Event Center. Davina Del Castillo added 11 points and eight rebounds and Celeste Salazar handed out four assists in the Pirates' Western State Conference North Division opener. After the game, the Pirates honored their "Favorite Teachers" for 2018.
  • Women's Basketball Comes From Behind to Defeat Glendale
    January 06, 2018
    The Pirates' women's basketball team took Glendale's best shot and survived the Vaqueros gritty effort to come from behind to claim a 62-56 victory Saturday at the Athletic Event Center. VC outscored the visitors 22-13 in the final period to claim the six-point win. Davina Del Castillo continued her strong play with her 11th double-double of the year. She turned in 15 points and 11 rebounds, along with four assists and three steals and two blocked shots for the Pirates (14-6).
  • Balanced and Efficient Pirates Rout Canyons in Crossover
    January 05, 2018
    It was a solid start to the new year. The Ventura College women's basketball team had six players score in double figures, with none over 12 points, and they made 53 percent of their field goal attempts in efficiently routing College of the Canyons 81-48 on Friday night on the first day of the VC/OC Crossover at Oxnard College. Elissa Root and Kylie Vint each netted 12 points to lead Ventura (13-6), who defeated the Cougars 71-56 earlier in the season.
  • VC Comeback Falls Short in Optimist Final
    December 30, 2017
    The Pirates' women's basketball team fell behind big in the first quarter before coming back against No. 3-ranked Mt San Jacinto in the championship game of the VC-Optimist Club Holiday Tournament Saturday at the Athletic Event Center. The Pirates trailed 25-4 with 3:45 remaining in the first quarter, and came all the way back to tie the score at 76 in the final minute before falling 80-76. Davina Del Castillo and Jasmyne Martin each totaled 18 points to lead the way for VC (12-6), earning all-tournament honors.
  • Pirates Survive Antelope Valley to Advance into Tourney Final
    December 29, 2017
    Davina Del Castillo posted another double double with 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Kylie Vint added 12 points and six boards as the VC women's basketball team survived their match-up with Antelope Valley 53-50 in the semifinals of the VC-Optimist Club Holiday Tournament Friday at the Athletic Event Center. Nikki Puga added seven points, including a key 3-pointer late in the game as Ventura advanced to the Optimist Tournament final for the ninth straight year.
  • Pirates Run Past Rio Hondo to Open Optimist Tourney
    December 28, 2017
    After a slow start Thursday, the Pirates' women's basketball team revved up the engines in running past Rio Hondo 85-29 in the opening round of the VC-Optimist Club Holiday Tournament. Davina Del Castillo led the way with 21 points, nine rebounds, seven steals and three blocks, but Talitha Draper came off the bench to steal the show with nine points, 11 boards and a pair of blocked shots. VC advances to the tournament semifinals against Antelope valley on Friday Dec. 29 at 7:00 pm.
  • VC Heads to Christmas Break With Victory
    December 20, 2017
    The Pirates' women's basketball team led El Camino for a grand total of 3:06 out of the 40 minutes Wednesday afternoon, but most importantly, they led at the final buzzer. In a game that could be compared to an ugly Christmas sweater, Jasmyne Martin hit a 3-pointer with 40 seconds remaining to give Ventura a 39-36 victory over the Warriors in the consolation final of the Coast Christmas Classic in Costa Mesa. Davina Del Castillo had another double-double animal style with 10 points and 13 rebounds to earn all-tournament honors.
  • Ventura Hangs C-Note in Tournament Win
    December 19, 2017
    For one day, at least, the Pirates' women's basketball team found their groove. VC had its best offensive day in over three seasons posting a 100-39 victory over Orange Coast in the consolation semifinals of the Coast Crhsitmas Classic in Costa Mesa. The Pirates (9-5) hit 18 3-pointers, the program's second-best total ever, in hitting the century mark for the 47th time in team history. Celeste Salazar led five players in double-figures with 18 points on six made threes.
  • Bad Quarter Sends Ventura to Consolation Bracket
    December 18, 2017
    One quarter of play is just 10 minutes. But one bad quarter was enough to send the Pirates to the consolation side of the bracket at the Coast Christmas Classic Monday. VC was outscored by Cerritos 24-4 in the second period, turning a 20-12 advantage into a 36-24 deficit at halftime, in their 64-52 loss to the Falcons in the opening round of the tournament. Jasmyne Martin led the Pirates (8-5) with 23 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the game.
  • Pirates Defeat SBVC For Mircetic's 800th Career Victory
    December 10, 2017
    After 923 games since the 1990-91 season, the Pirates were able to make a little history Sunday with a 56-39 win over San Bernardino Valley at the LA Valley Buddy's All-Star Classic. Davina Del Castillo had yet another double-double "animal style" with 15 points and 16 rebounds while Nikki Puga and Jasmyne Martin totaled 14 and 11 points, respectively, as Ventura posted head coach Ned Mircetic's 800th career victory, making him the 18th collegiate women's basketball coach in the nation, the fifth at the community college level, to achieve the milestone.
  • Pirates Can't Find Offensive Rhythm in Loss
    December 09, 2017
    The Pirates' women's basketball team struggled with offensive cohesiveness Saturday night, falling to Los Angeles Trade Tech 55-45 at the LA Valley Buddy's All-Star Classic. VC shot just 28 percent from the floor during the game, and committed 21 turnovers, many unforced, in falling to the Beavers. Davina Del Castillo led Ventura with 10 points and 11 rebounds while Kylie Vint totaled eight points with five boards.
  • VC Claims 3rd Place at 16-team Gilcrest Invitational
    December 03, 2017
    Behind solid performances by sophomores Davina Del Castillo and Celeste Salazar, the Pirates' women's basketball team claimed third place at the Tom Gilcrest Invitational with a 65-55 victory over Los Angeles Valley Sunday afternoon in Visalia. Del Castillo scored 19 points, including hitting four 3-pointers, with 12 rebounds and Salazar continued her stellar defensive play and handed out four assists with three boards. Both players were named to the all-tournament team.
  • Women's Basketball Pushes Undefeated Sequoias at Gilcrest
    December 02, 2017
    For three quarters the VC women's basketball team gave undefeated Sequoias all it could handle. The Pirates held a one point advantage late in the third period before fading to a 69-58 loss in the semifinals of the Tom Gilcrest Invitational in Visalia. Davina Del Castillo led Ventura (6-3) with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds to go along with four steals while Elissa Root and Celeste Salazar each totaled 10 points.
  • Women's Basketball Defeats Antelope Valley in Visalia
    December 01, 2017
    Pirate sophomore Davina Del Castillo turned in her best offensive performance of the season with 20 points, and freshman Alaina Garcia made three key 3-pointers to lead VC's women's basketball team to a 64-48 victory over Antelope Valley in the quarterfinals of the Tom Gilcrest Invitational Friday in Visalia. Jasmyne Martin totaled 17 points and Nikki Puga hit for nine as the Pirates (6-2) moved to the semifinals of the toughest tournament in the state.
  • Pirates Race Past Reedley at Gilcrest Tourney
    November 30, 2017
    The VC women's basketball team opened up a big lead in the second quarter, and cruised to a 75-60 victory over Reedley College Thursday afternoon at the Tom Gilcrest Invitational at College of the Sequoias in Visalia. Jasmyne Martin led four Pirates in double figures with 18 points while Davina Del Castillo and Nikki Puga each netted 13. Talitha Draper contributed 12 in the victory for Ventura (5-2).
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