After spending her freshman and sophomore years commuting from Antioch to Stockton to play for State Champion basketball powerhouse St. Mary’s High School, Erica made 2 decisions. She would verbally commit to play basketball for the University of Nevada Las Vegas and also return home to play her last two years as a Wolverine under the tutelage of coach Lindsey Lopez Wisely whose team had just won the North Coast Section Title in 2005. To say that decision was a good one would be an understatement. As a junior she would be named to the 2nd Team All-State Underclass Team and 1st Team All-League. As a senior she would average 27.6 points and 3.2 assists per game and was named Co-BVAL Most Valuable Basketball Player. She would set the DVHS single game scoring record with 38 points versus Liberty and would end her high school career with 1,052 points ranking her 5th all-time at DVHS. Along the way she would also be named 2nd team All-CC Times as a senior and one of the CC Times top 50 girl athletes both years.
At UNLV she would become only the 19th player to score 1,000 career points. She led the Lady Rebel freshmen in scoring her first year and was one of only 3 UNLV players to average double-figures while leading the team in assists with as a sophomore. Her junior year she was named 3rd Team All-Mountain West Conference and led the team in scoring with 412 points which ranked 10th in the conference, scoring in double-figures 23-times. Her senior season started a little slowly as she gave birth to her daughter in late September, but she was back on the court one month later and finished the season as the team’s 3rd leading scorer with 208 points.
Click on photo to enlarge.