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December 9, 2009 > Lady Pioneers add three for next season

Lady Pioneers add three for next season

Submitted By Kelley Hayes

The Cal State East Bay women's basketball team and Head Coach Toni West announced the signing of three talented players to letters of intent for the 2010-11 season.

Alle Collier, Cassie Coble and Thaleya Nickson will join the Pioneer squad for its second season as a member of NCAA Division II and the California Collegiate Athletic Association.

Hailing from Fresno, Calif., Alle Collier is in her senior season at Bullard High School. Last year, the 5-11 forward helped guide the Knights to third-place in the competitive County/Metro League that produced a 2009 regional semifinalist. For her efforts, Collier was awarded with a County/Metro All-League Honorable Mention selection. Collier is a two-time letter winner in basketball at Bullard and also threw shot put and discus for the Knights as a freshman in 2007. Part of an athletically gifted family, Collier's father, Tim, is a former NFL cornerback with the Chiefs, Cardinals and 49ers, while her sister, Ashley, is a red-shirt freshman guard at UC Riverside.

"After meeting the coaches and touring the campus, I felt like Cal State East Bay was the place for me," Collier said. "My feelings became even stronger when I came back and had the chance to meet some of the team. They seem like a great group that I'll enjoy playing with. I am really happy to have the opportunity to attend CSUEB and especially excited to play basketball under Coach West and Coach Turner."

A native of Patterson, Calif., Cassie Coble is a senior at Patterson High School. The 6-1 swing player is a four-year letter winner and starter for the Tigers, guiding Patterson to a third-place finish in the Western Athletic Conference as a junior. Coble was named WAC Most Valuable Player, and earned an All-District All-Underclassmen selection and first-team All-WAC honors in 2009 after leading the league with 13.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. A two-time team MVP and captain, Coble plays her club ball for the Modesto Magic Elite, where she earned Oregon End of the Trail All-Tournament Team honors in 2008.

"I am so excited to come to Cal State East Bay because of the beautiful campus, the location, the kinesiology program and the awesome coaching staff," Coble said. "I think the school and basketball program are a very good fit for me and I can't wait to be a Pioneer."

Currently a senior at Armijo High School, Thaleya Nickson is a native of Suisun, Calif. A 5-6 guard, Nickson is a four-year letter winner and a captain for the Indians. During summer 2009, Nickson was selected to play at the USA Junior National Basketball Tournament, where she led her squad of players from across the U.S. and Canada to a 4-5 record, collecting tournament MVP and All-America honors. Nickson is also a 2009 first-team All-Monticello Empire selection and a thrower for the Indians' track and field squad.

"I chose Cal State East Bay because I love the energy of the team and coaching staff, like it was one big family," Nickson said. "I also love the campus, because of its urban feel and the amazing view. I think the future of women's basketball at Cal State East Bay is bright, so I'm looking forward to everything to come."

The Pioneers will lose two seniors to graduation at the end of the 2009-10 season and look forward to adding the three newcomers to the squad for 2010-11.

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