March 22, 2011
Kennedy grad Matsuoka named college D-III Rookie of the Year

Still leading, still winning, still a scholar.

Cydni Matsuoka of Kennedy High School was named by as the National Rookie of the Year for Division III women's basketball.

As a freshman, Matsuoka helped steer Vassar College, located in the heart of the Hudson Valley in New York, to a series of firsts - Liberty League champions for the first time since 2000, Vassar's first trip to the NCAA D-III postseason.

A 5-foot-5 guard and honors student, Matsuoka was named Liberty League Rookie of the Week six times and Performer of the Week twice. She averaged 17.8 points and led the league in assists (5.0), three-point field goals made per game (2.92), three-point percentage (.471) and assists (5.0). She scored in double figures in 23 of 25 games, including 20 consecutive games to end the season.

Matsuoka was a steady leader for Kennedy, earning first-team All-Delta Valley Conference honors in each of her final three seasons. She was also a Bee All-Metro honorable mention selection her final three seasons in leading her club to four league titles and two Sac-Joaquin Section Division I crowns.

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