Women's Basketball | 06/01/2009
It's 'RoMo' for 'Yo'
Matadors' All-American shooting guard Morton signs with Robert Morris
Yuma, Arizona June 2, 2009 Arizona Western College is proud to announce that AWC Women's Basketball player Yohanna Morton has signed an official letter of intent to attend Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, for the 2009-10 school year and play basketball for the Lady Colonials this winter. The announcement comes a little less than 3 months after Morton played her final game as a Lady Matador, leading AWC to the 2009 Region I Finals. Morton becomes the second high-profile Matador Women's Basketball player to head from AWC to RMU in the last few years, following the lead of fellow NJCAA All-American Sugeiry Monsac, who followed up a fantastic Matadors' career (2002-04) by becoming RMU's 10th all-time leading scorer.
Matador fans were confident that with Morton, it wasn't a question of whether she'd head to a NCAA Division I program, but rather which one she'd head to. After redshirting her first year at AWC in 2006-07, Morton exploded onto the Yuma basketball scene in 2007-08. The native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic stepped up after the top returner from the previous year, Katrina Johnson, went down with a season-ending injury right before the season. As a redshirt freshman, 'Yo' led the Lady Matadors in scoring from the beginning of the season to the end, finishing with a 18 points per game average. Her 3 assists and 50.7% field goal percentage were also team bests, and her efforts earned her a spot on the 1st Team of both the All-Region I and All-ACCAC postseason squads as well as NJCAA 3rd Team All-American honors.
With Johnson back and healthy this past season, Morton and Johnson became the top scoring duo in the conference. Morton matured in several aspects of the game, increasing not just her scoring average (19.9 points per game, 2nd ACCAC) as a sophomore but also her assists per game (3.5 per contest) and steals per game (2.9 per game)-all team highs-plus her rebounds per game (6.5, 2nd on the team). Morton also helped the Lady Mats not only reach the Region I Playoffs for the first time in 5 years, but get to the Region I Finals, where she poured in 29 points against eventual NJCAA champion Central Arizona College. Morton was again an easy choice for 1st Team honors on both the All-Region I and All-ACCAC postseason squads (and finishing 2nd in the ACCAC Player of the Year Award balloting), and this year, moved up to a 1st Team NJCAA All-American selection, and was also named a State Farm Insurance/Women's Basketball Coaches' Association Honorable Mention All-American. We are so proud of what Yohanna has accomplished here at AWC over the past three years," remarked AWC Women's Head Basketball Coach Patrick Cunningham. "She is truly a product of the entire Arizona Western College family-from Campus Life, to the International Program, faculty, staff, administrators and athletics. We will all enjoy following her career at RMU and beyond."
Morton now hopes to help re-energize a Lady Colonials' program that narrowly missed winning the Northeast Conference title for the third straight year. The Colonials-who finished with an overall mark of 13 wins and 18 losses in 2008-09-lost 5 seniors to graduation, so Morton will have a chance to make an immediate impact.