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Long Beach State Women's Basketball Adds Trio For 2018-19

July 2, 2018

Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State women's basketball head coach Jeff Cammon has announced the commitments of a pair of transfers in Sydney Bordonaro and Cydnee Kinslow, as well as freshman Justina King for the 2018-19 season.

"We are happy to welcome these three young ladies to the Beach family," Cammon said. "All three have what it takes to make huge impacts right away."

Bordonaro joins the Beach after having played at Pepperdine where she graduated with a degree in sports administration. The 5-7 redshirt junior will pursue a master's degree in sports management at Long Beach State. While at Pepperdine, Bordonaro, a guard, averaged 8.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 0.6 steals per game. She shot 38.4 percent from the field and 42.7 percent from beyond the arc, while connecting on 38-of-43 free throws for an 88.4 free throw shooting percentage.

Bordonaro comes from Pittsburgh, Pa., where she was a four-year letterwinner at Burrell High School. A two-time First Team All-State selection, four-time All-Selection First Team, and three-time Section MVP, Bordonaro was also named Pittsburgh Post Gazette Fabulous Five Selection both her junior and senior years. She was selected as the Valley News Dispatch Player of the Year three times and was named to the Tribune Review Terrific 10 on three occasions. Bordonaro scored more than 1,800 points in her prep career and holds the school record in total points, assists, and made three-pointers at Burrell High School.

"Sydney is a combo guard that has proven she can play at a high level," Cammon explained. "She's a tough, savvy guard that can really shoot the rock, but she also has the ability to make others around her better. She's a natural leader who will bring immediate leadership to our program. Syd will make a huge impact right away."

King is a 5-8 point guard who hails from Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. She attended Ribet Academy in Los Angeles, Calif., and played on the Fighting Frogs basketball team. In her senior year, King averaged 11.1 points per game, while contributing 3.7 assists, 3.5 steals, and 3.0 rebounds per game. She helped lead her team to a 28-6 overall record in her final prep season and was named Second Team All Star. King is a natural athlete as both her parents, Isaac King and Melissa McCutcheon, played basketball. Her brother Jalen King currently plays basketball at Holland College. She plans to major in education at Long Beach State.

"Justina is a true point guard," Cammon said. "Her IQ, skill set, and toughness allow her to play the game of basketball at a high level. She has a maturity that is not the norm at her age. She's a great on the ball defender and just flat out makes everyone around her better. Justina will make a huge impact in the next four years."

Kinslow rounds out the signing class as she comes to Long Beach State after playing at Illinois for the last two years. The 6-2 forward saw action in 12 games last season for the Illini as she recorded 13 rebounds, while collecting a pair of steals, two points, and one assist. She earned the 2018 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

Prior to playing at Illinois, Kinslow graduated high school early to attend Pepperdine for the spring semester. She prepped at Freedom High School where she was a four-year team captain and was named Freedom Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

Kinslow also helped her club team, the Cal Stars, to a 56-1 record while leading the team to a Nike National Championship. The Oakley, Calif., native was a member of the National Honor Society and earned Principal's Honor Roll recognition. She will study business management at Long Beach State.

"Cydnee is a 6-foot-2 versatile athlete that will bring experience and leadership to our program. She has the ability to score the ball around the rim, but also shoot the three. What's special about Cyd is that she doesn't mind doing the intangible things. She competes on the boards and on the defensive end of the floor. We are fortunate to have Cyd here at the Beach."



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