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Basketball seniors reflect on time as Wildcats

Sergio Sanchez

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Senior guard and transfer student Giordano Estrada has been an important piece of the Wildcats starting lineup this season. Orion file photo.


Men’s basketball

Giordano Estrada
Giordano Estrada is second in assists for Chico State, averaging 2.4 per game. He averaged 10.1 points per game this season. Estrada scored in double figures for the ‘Cats in 14 games this season.

Most memorable part about being a Wildcat:

“It’s my first year here and what I’ll remember is the sense of brotherhood,” he said. “They were very welcoming and made my transition from Sac State to here really easy.”

Sean Park
Sean Park averaged 14.1 points per game. Park is a two-time CCAA All-Academic Award winner. He scored double figures in all but four games this season. Park scored 20 or more points in four games.

Most memorable part about being a Wildcat:

“I’m going to remember how close the team was this season,” Park said. “Compared to other years, we weren’t divided among seniors, sophomores, juniors or freshmen. We all hung out together as a unit and the camaraderie was real close.”

Amir Carraway
Amir Carraway was second team All-CCAA selection in 2012-13. Carraway averaged 12.6 points per game and led the team in 3-point percentage. He reached a career-high 26 points on Jan. 3 against Cal State San Bernardino.

Rashad Parker
Rashad Parker was on the court more than any player this season. He averaged 31.6 minutes per game. He was second in scoring, averaging 14.2 points. Parker was second team All-CCAA selection in 2012-2013. His season-high in points came on Dec. 14 when he scored 31 points against Cal State Stanislaus.

Women’s basketball

Jazmine Miller
Jazmine Miller led the team in scoring this season with an average of 13.1 points. Miller was first team All-California Collegiate Athletic Association and second team All-West Region selection in 2012-13. She is in Chico State’s top 10 for career 3-pointers. Miller was the top free-throw shooter in the CCAA in 2011-12.

Most memorable part about being a Wildcat:

“The road trips I will never forget,” Miller said. “Whichever car we were in and the stories we told. Talking about what happened in the game.”

Analise Riezebos
Analise Riezebos was Chico State’s top rebounder in the 2012-13 season. This season, she averaged 7.4 rebounds and grabbed 10 or more rebounds during six of her games. She is one of only two players who have started in all of Chico State’s games this season.

Most memorable part about being a Wildcat:

“I came in with the same freshmen class with Jazmine, McKenzie and Courtney and the friendship I have with them is going to be a lifetime memory,” she said. “It’s going to be a weird transition into the real world. My teammates are my family and that I am going to miss the most.”

Courtney Hamilton
Courtney Hamilton has led the ‘Cats for a third straight season in assists and blocked shots. She was first team All-CCAA selection in 2012-13. Hamilton played four games this season with 10 or more assists. She is in the top five in Chico State history for career assists.

Most memorable part about being a Wildcat:

“As an athlete, I have just improved my skills a little each year and become more of a leader,” Hamilton said. “And as a person, I just learned to cherish each moment on the court and not take anything for granted.”

McKenzie Dalthorp
McKenzie Dalthorp averaged 10.3 points per game this season. She scored a season-high 20 points on Feb. 8 against Cal State San Bernardino. Dalthorp is a three-time CCAA All-Academic selection. She was also a Division II Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement Award winner in 2012 and 2013.

Most memorable part about being a Wildcat:

“We had a rough start to the beginning of the season but everyone stuck together and believed in each other,” Dalthorp said. “We made it into the CCAA tournament and this season has been a lot of fun.”

Sergio Sanchez can be reached at [email protected] or @sergechez on Twitter.

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