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Days after coach’s death, manhunt only adds to shock for Cal State Fullerton players

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Late on Sunday morning, Monica Quan, an assistant coach on the Cal. State Fullerton women’s basketball team, was shot to death in her car along with her fiancée, allegedly by an ex-cop looking to exact revenge for being fired.

Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, was fired in 2009 stemming from an incident where it was determined he falsely reported a training officer for kicking a schizophrenic man. Quan’s father, Randy, is a retired LAPD captain who took part in Dorner’s dismissal process. In a manifesto obtained by police, Dorner reportedly said “I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own, I’m terminating yours.”

That’s all it took to end the life of 28-year-old Monica Quan and her 27-year-old fiancé, Keith Lawrence.

Some of Quan’s players, and other CSUF athletes, reacted to the news on twitter:

Others had a much stronger reaction.

“There really are no words to convey the sadness we feel at the loss, those of us who have had the privilege of working with her,” CSF head coach Marcia Foster said on Monday afternoon. “A really bright light was put out way too soon — someone whose passion was impacting young women with the game of basketball. As an assistant, she was someone I counted on to tell me the truth. I loved that about her; I loved her work ethic and her passion for life. We are going to have some work to do because too many young women have been affected by this.”

Quan was in her second season as a member of the Titan staff after spending two years as a member of the Cal Lutheran University coaching staff. After spending four seasons as a letter-winner at Walnut Creek High, she enrolled at Long Beach State and played for two years with the 49ers before transferring to Concordia University for her final two seasons. It was there that she met Lawrence, who played for the Concordia men’s team.

Lawrence’s claim-to-fame was a double-pump three that he hit at the end of the third overtime in the semifinals of the NAIA National Tournament to force a fourth overtime. He had since become a Department of Public Safety officer with USC.

Alumni, family and friends gathered at Walnut High School on Monday night to hold a candlelight vigil for Quan and her fiancé.

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UNLV’s Stephen Zimmerman out with a knee injury

UNLV forward Stephen Zimmerman Jr. shoots against San Diego State during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Las Vegas. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
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The injury Stephen Zimmerman suffered on Saturday will keep the star UNLV freshman out for at least a week, a source told NBC Sports.

The injury is not thought to be serious, however. Zimmerman may be kept out for longer as a precaution, but that’s a result of the Runnin’ Rebels being in a situation where the rest of their regular season is relatively meaningless.

They’re not getting an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament regardless of how they finish out league play. With back-up center Ben Carter out with a torn ACL, it’s more important to make sure that Zimmerman, who is averaging 10.6 points and 9.1 boards this season, is totally healthy for the Mountain West tournament.

That tournament, mind you, will be played at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.

So the Runnin’ Rebels, regardless of how poor they’ve played this season, will always have a chance to land an automatic bid.

Anyway, the more interesting aspect of this story is how Zimmerman injured the knee. It was a completely avoidable play that came after the whistle, but I’m not sure it was what you would call a “dirty play”. You tell me:

VIDEO: Buddy Hield is ‘all money’ on game-winning three vs. No. 24 Texas

Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield (24) takes a shot over Oklahoma State forward Chris Oliver during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)
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With a little more than three minutes left on Monday night, No. 24 Texas held a 57-51 lead on No. 3 Oklahoma in Norman as Jordan Woodard struggled again and Buddy Hield failed to find the rhythm that he had throughout the first three months of the season.

At that point in the game, Hield was 4-for-14 from the floor with 15 points and four turnovers. He had just missed a pair of wide-open threes

“I couldn’t make a shot,” Hield said after the game. But that changed down the stretch. First, Hield finally got a three to drop. On the next possession, he got all the way to the rim and scored. On the following two possessions, he was fouled on a drive to the rim and hit four free throws. And after missing a pull-up jumper, Hield did this:

“I told coach I wanted the ball,” Hield said, “I saw Lammert coming to bite, so I pulled up.”

“It’s all money.”

Hield is already the favorite to win National Player of the Year, and this performance is only going to help his cause further. Think about it like this: Buddy was not good on Monday night, at least according to his (admittedly lofty) standards. But he still finished with 27 points and shook off a cold shooting night just in time to take over down the stretch.

Now think about this: Hield’s head coach has enough confidence in him to hand him the keys in the final minutes despite the fact that he’s struggling and on a team that has two other players that Lon Kruger trusts on game-winning possessions. Think about it. When Oklahoma beat West Virginia at the buzzer, it was Jordan Woodard that the play was drawn up for. When they beat LSU, it was Isaiah Cousins that got the rock on the final possession while Hield was used as a decoy. .

Want to talk about coaching luxuries?

Kruger has three guards that can shoot, penetrate and score, and penetrate and kick, and one of them is the National Player of the Year that doesn’t mind being used as a decoy.