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Cal dismisses starting guard Mercedes Jefflo

Published on September 19, 2015


Mercedes Jefflo. Photo: Cal Athletics.

Mercedes Jefflo. Photo: Cal Athletics.

Cal dismissed guard Mercedes Jefflo this week. The junior from Compton, Calif. started in all of the team’s 34 games last season averaging 10.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest. She finished the year tied at third with Mikayla Cowling in scoring for the Bears.

The team released the following statement:

Mercedes Jefflo has been dismissed from the California Women’s Basketball team. We cannot comment further on this situation at this time due to FERPA laws protecting students’ rights. The well-being of our students is of paramount importance to us. We care deeply about Mercedes and wish her well.

The dismissal of Jefflo will cause Cal to rely more heavily on sophomore guard Gabby Green who averaged 6.7 ppg and 5.7 rpg last season and started all games. The rest of Cal’s guards this season are freshman:

  • 5-8 Breanna Cavanaugh – Hackettstown, N.J. (Blair Academy)
  • 5-11 MaAne Mosley – Oakland, Calif. (Saint Mary’s College High School)
  • 5-4 Asha Thomas – Oakland, Calif. (Bishop O’Dowd)

The Bears lost their two top scorers from last season to graduation, New York Liberty guard Brittany Boyd and Atlanta Dream forward Reshanda Gray.

Cal finished 2014-15 with a 24-10 record and advanced to round two of the NCAA tournament before falling to Texas. The team begins its 2015-16 campaign with two road games, first at Austin Peay on Nov. 13 followed by Louisville on Nov 15.

California 2015-16 Roster

31 Anigwe, Kristine F 6-4 Fr. HS Phoenix, Ariz. (Desert Vista)
2 Cavanaugh, Breanna G 5-8 Fr. HS Hackettstown, N.J. (Blair Academy)
3 Cowling, Mikayla F 6-2 So. 1L Benicia, Calif. (Saint Mary’s College (HS))
12 Davidson, Penina F 6-3 So. 1L Auckland, New Zealand (Rangitoto College)
33 Green, Gabby G 6-2 So. 1L Oakland, Calif. (Saint Mary’s College (HS))
20 Mosley, MaAne G 5-11 Fr. HS Oakland, Calif. (Saint Mary’s College (HS))
24 Range, Courtney F 6-3 Jr. 2L Manteca, Calif. (Manteca)
1 Thomas, Asha G 5-4 Fr. HS Oakland, Calif. (Bishop O’Dowd)
44 Waters, KC F 6-2 Jr. 2L San Ramon, Calif. (Bishop O’Dowd)
5 Yue, Chen C 6-7 Fr. HS Beijing, China (Tsinghua University)




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