California Baptist sophomore guard Trinity San Antonio has some big shoes to fill in 2022-23. And by big shoes, we mean BIG shoes. Gone are Ane Olaeta, Caitlyn Harper, Britney Thomas, Sydney Palma and Georgia Dale. The significance of these losses?
Well, nearly 72 percent of the Lancers scoring from 2021-22 is gone. In addition to that, a core group that led CBU to 83 wins over the past four years is gone. This core group led CBU to a trio of WNIT appearances, a perfect regular season in 2020-21, a WAC regular season title and tournament title in 2020-21.
So yes, Trinity San Antonio has big shoes to fill at CBU in 2022-23.
There are a lot of unknowns in Riverside in 2022-23. San Antonio isn’t one of them. However, the roster turnover will make things interesting for the Lancers
Let’s take a look at a newcomer and returner to watch for the Lancers. Remember, 2022-23 is a big season for CBU. It has taken four long years to get to this point. But, the Lancers are finally eligible for the NCAA Tournament. Transition time is over. So, there is much more to play for in Riverside.
UC Irvine Transfer to Play Big Minutes for CBU
Junior guard Chloe Webb is moving just up the road to continue her basketball career. Webb led UC Irvine to a runner-up finish in the Big West Tournament and a WNIT appearance.
Webb was an All-Big West Honorable Mention selection last season after averaging 10.2 points, 5.7 rebounds (team leader in rebounding), 1.8 assists and 1.7 steals in 24 minutes per game. She shot 45.1 percent in total and 38.5 percent from the perimeter on a sample size of less than 30 attempts. On January 27, Webb hard her best game of the season. The junior from San Diego had a career-high 26 points at former WAC school CSU Bakersfield. Webb was 10-11 from the floor (a single-game Anteater record) and 6-8 from the charity stripe with eight rebounds. She had 14 points with two steals in a Big West Tournament win over defending champion UC Davis.
Defensively, although she averaged just 1.7 SPG (47 total), 17 of those steals came on February 3 or later. At 5’8 and one of the smallest players on the floor, Webb has the chance to be the floor general for CBU.
A Star in the Making
Keep an eye on sophomore guard Trinity San Antonio. At least on her ability to make difficult plays look easy.
San Antonio, a local product, made a splash in her debut season. Sure, the stats don’t jump off the page. San Antonio averaged 7.4 points and 3.6 rebounds while recording 52 steals (2nd on the team). 34 of those steals came in the season’s final two months. She also earned Freshman of the Week honors on 1/8 and 2/12. Her career day was on January 8 against Chicago State where the Freshman scored a season high 24 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and 4 steals in 30 minutes of play. In the WNIT loss against USD, San Antonio recorded 12 points, four rebounds, three assists, and a steal, which shows her big game postseason potential.
“Every time I’ve seen Trinity this summer she’s either been going to or coming from a workout,” CBU head coach Jarrod Olson said. “She’s a kid who just loves the process of getting better and we’re expecting big things from her this year.”
This duo of underclassmen will be counted on in a big way to replace a portion of the nearly 92% of CBU’s offense which departed either through graduations or the transfer portal.