Article, 2010-2011 Season - Ohlone College Renegades Women's Basketball

Ohlone College women's basketball impacted by Dublin grads

By Matt Schwab, Oakland Tribune.

Monday, January 10, 2011—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.

Anyone familiar with the Dublin High girls basketball program won't be surprised by the impression two ex-Gaels are making at Ohlone College.

Renegades freshmen Alexous Robinson, a forward, and Chereese Thomas, a point guard, are impact players on one of the Bay Area's hottest teams.

"Those Dublin kids are tough," Ohlone coach Julia Allender said. "They do whatever we ask them to do and go hard all the time."

Dublin's girls squad is known for its all-out, steely-eyed style under coach Mark Wainwright.

Ohlone carries a similar approach, which is particularly important this season because the Renegades are rebuilding with three returnees and seven freshmen.

"We have tough kids who are living and dying on that floor," Allender said. "That makes it a lot easier for us (as coaches). Our inside game is probably one of the top in the north (region)."

The Renegades (11-5) had a nine-game winning streak snapped with a 70-54 loss Saturday to City College of San Francisco, which entered last weekend ranked No. 7 in the state. Ohlone, which began the season 2-4, jumped from unranked to 18th in the state last week.

Robinson, who is 5-foot-11, is averaging 14.8 points and 12.1 rebounds per game, both team highs. Thomas, 5-7 and durable, has contributed 5.3 assists and 7.9 points. Both Robinson and Thomas were All-Diablo Foothill Athletic League first-team selections three times.

Last season, Ohlone advanced to the sweet 16 of the state playoffs and featured dynamic sophomore guards Jasmine Rubin and Ganeaya Rogers, an all-state selection now at Idaho.

"The thing about this team is we get better and better every game and we have kids who want to learn," Allender said.

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