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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Thursday, June 12, 2003

Iolani grad Tokoro NCAA II second-team All-American

Advertiser Staff

Cal State-L.A.'s Monica Tokoro was the No. 2 scorer in NCAA Division II women's basketball.

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Iolani School graduate Monica Tokoro, the second-leading scorer in NCAA Division II women's basketball this past season, yesterday was named second-team All-American.

Tokoro, a 5-foot-3 sophomore point guard for Cal State-Los Angeles, was chosen to the Daktronics-sponsored team by NCAA-II sports information directors.

It capped a postseason full of honors for the 2001 Iolani graduate from 'Aiea.

Recently, she received the Billie Jean King Award as Female Athlete of the Year at Cal State-L.A. King attended Cal State-L.A. from 1961-64.

Tokoro also was a Kodak/Women's Basketball Coaches Association honorable mention All-American, first-team All- California Collegiate Athletic Association, her team's Most Valuable Player.

She led the conference and was second in the nation in Division II with 25.1 points per game, and ranked seventh in the nation in assists with 6.5 per game.

Tokoro, although under heavy defensive pressure, made 49 percent of her field-goal attempts and converted 81 percent of her free-throw attempts.

In two years, she already has moved into fifth place on Cal State-L.A.'s career assists list with 318 and eighth place in scoring with 1,031 points.

She set a conference single-game scoring record of 49 points against Cal State Stanislaus on March 1 and has the top three single-game point totals in school history. She scored more than 30 points nine times.

Tokoro did not attend the school's awards banquet, at which most of her awards were conferred, because she had a class that night. She has a grade-point average approaching 3.9 and is on the Verizon/College Sports Information Directors of American District All-Academic team.