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August 8, 2017 > Cal State East Bay nets new womenÕs basketball guard

Cal State East Bay nets new womenÕs basketball guard

Submitted By Steve Connolly

Cal State East Bay head women's basketball coach Shanele Stires recently announced that Zaria Branch will join the Pioneers as a junior this season after spending two seasons at Fresno State University.

The San Diego native is 5-feet-9-inches tall and will be guard on the Pioneer team. ÒWe are very excited to have Zaria join our family," Stires said. "Zaria gives us incredible athleticism, offensive rebounding, and rim-attacking ability to add dimension to our perimeter game. She has all the characteristics that we look for in a player."

Branch competed in 24 games off the bench for the Division I Bulldogs during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, totaling 30 points and 12 rebounds. She notched a career high eight points in a game against Air Force in February.

"Zaria loves the game," praised Stires. "A lot of our conversations centered around Demar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors, and her passion and natural abilities will make us a more competitive team. Coming from Mount Miguel High School and then Fresno State, she knows how to work hard. We cannot wait to see her in the red and black."

Branch was a member of two successful squads at Fresno State. She helped the Bulldog women to two straight winning seasons, an overall record of 40-27, and back-to-back trips to the Mountain West Conference championship game over the last two years.

Prior to that, Branch enjoyed a standout prep career at Mount Miguel, where she graduated in 2015. She spent four years on the varsity team and scored more than 1,000 career points, leading the Matadors to four straight Grossmont Valley League titles and a league record of 31-1 during her career. As a junior, she captured First Team All-League honors and was named All-State by both CalHiSports and MaxPreps.

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