July 29, 2010

Santa Clara’s Newest Basketball Players Arrive on Campus

  VIDEO FEATURE ON SCU WBB FRESHMEN (by Stephen Hobbs '11)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The Santa Clara University women's basketball program has welcomed three incoming freshmen to the Mission Campus. Pictured from left to right, Iman Scott, Arteivia Lilomaiava and Ricki Radanovich, are the newest additions to the Bronco basketball family.

"They bring athleticism and a winning attitude to our program," said Santa Clara head women's basketball coach Jennifer Mountain. "They also provide different pieces that we may have been missing to the puzzle, which will help us be successful in the next year."

All three players come from winning high school programs here in the Bay Area, traits Mountain and her coaching staff have targeted in the recruiting process. Both Radanovich (Carondelet High School) and Scott (Archbishop Mitty High School) starred for perennial NorCal powerhouses while Lilomaiava (Aragon High School) was twice named the Peninsula Bay League's `Most Valuable Player.'
 
"They absolutely fit, and that's why we recruited them," said Mountain. "I got to see them move into the dorms with their parents and they're pretty excited. We've had great interaction with them throughout the past year so it's like we are not missing a beat. We're ready to get this year started."

Santa Clara University's academic Summer Session II runs through Friday, August 27. Following a break, the student-athletes will report back to campus for fall classes in mid September. Official team practices in preparation for the 2010-11 season are scheduled to begin on Friday, October 15.

Pictured from left to right, Iman Scott, Arteivia Lilomaiava and Ricki Radanovich

Iman Scott
5-9 - Guard
San Jose, Calif. - Archbishop Mitty High School
- four-year varsity player at Archbishop Mitty
- San Jose Mercury News All-County selection
- helped Mitty finish 22-9 as a junior and advance into the NorCal finals
- first name is pronounced (EE-mon)

Arteivia Lilomaiava

6-0 - Forward
San Mateo, Calif. - Aragon High School
- two-time San Mateo County Times `Player of the Year'
- twice named the Peninsula Bay League MVP
- averaged a double-double as a senior, leading Aragon to a 19-win season
- last name is pronounced (lee-LOW-my-ava)
 
Ricki Radanovich
5-10 - Guard
Diablo, Calif. - Carondelet High School
- Contra Costa Times 2010 East Bay Prep 'Athlete of the Year'
- Carondelet's all-time leader in 3-pointers made
- led Carondelet to a 29-4 finish and into the 2009 California Div. II title game
- last name is pronounced (ra-DON-o-vich)