After 10 games, former Yosemite High basketball standout point guard Jenay Herring is leading the Fresno Pacific University Sunbirds (2-9, 2-4 PacWest Conference) in four catagories - scoring (14.8 ppg), assists (36), steals (23), and free throws (38 - .947%).
On Jan. 6, Herring, a red-shirt senior, scored 16 points, all in the second half, in the Sunbird‘s 88-70 loss to BYU Hawaii. The Sunbirds trailed 27-25 with four minutes left in the first half, when BYU wne on a 18-4 run to take a 45-29 lead into the locker room. The Sunbirds never got closer than 15 points in the second half.
Fresno Pacific remained in Hawaii, losing Jan. 8 to Chaminade University (1-9, 1-5), without the services of Herring, who missed the game with an ankle injury. The Sunbirds struggled without their floor general, turning the ball over 33 times. Fresno Pacific came back from a 16-point second half deficit to get within one point of Chaminade in the final minute but the Sunbirds missed a three-pointer as the final horn sounded to fall 67-65.
Fresno Pacific concluded its Hawaii trip, with Herring sitting out, with a 77-40 loss to Hawaii Pacific (13-2, 8-0) Jan. 9.
“Jenay is having a great senior season, and is showing tremendous leadership both on and off the floor,” said Lindsey Wilson, FPU head coach. “She is a great competitor and loves to play the game. For the past year and a half she is always working to be the best player that she can be. She’s had an excellent career here at FPU and we look forward to her finishing it off even stronger.”
Herring has had an illustrious career at FPU. Last season she played in all 26 games, and led the team in scoring with an 11.7 points per game average (304 points), assists (65), and rebounds (78). She also had 45 steals, and scored a season-high 27 points against Point Loma, and had 18 points, 9 assists, and 5 steals in victory at Notre Dame de Namur.
As a sophomore, Herring started all 31 games at point guard, leading the team in scoring (16.2 ppg) and assists (5.4 apg) while earning All-GSAC and NAIA Honorable Mention All-American honors....also led the team in steals with 78 and was second in free-throw percentage (77%). She had season-high 30 points in the season-opening win over La Sierra, had 27 points and seven steals in near-upset of defending national champ Azusa Pacific, scored 24 points and had 11 rebounds at The Master's, had 23 points against Azusa Pacific, 22 points against conference champion Westmont, and had 20 points and 11 assists at NCAA D-1 Sacramento State.
As a freshman Herring started 28 games and played in all 30 in her first year with the team, finished second on the team in scoring with 11.2 points per game, was fourth in rebounds (3.7 per game) and led the Sunbirds with 112 assists (3.7 per game) She also led the team in steals with 55.
During her freshman season, Herring scored in double figures 19 times, including a season-high 26 points in win over Ursuline, scored 18 points in near-upset of NAIA Top-5 Cal Baptist, and scored 17 points five different times, including against NCAA PacWest champ Grand Canyon (12/18).
Herring is expected to be back in the line-up when Fresno Pacific hosts Hawaii Pacific at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17. The campus is located at 1717 South Chestnut, Fresno.
Four league titles at Yosemite
Herring started for four years on the Yosemite High varsity team for coach Gary Blate. As a senior she averaged 13.9 points, 8 assists and 3.7 steals per game. She totaled 279 assists, good for third in the state. She scored 18 points and dished out 16 assists in a 76-75 playoff win over Edison, and led her team to the state’s CIF final eight with a 31-4 record. Herring and the Badgers won four league titles and a valley championship.
The daughter of Jeff and Judi Herring, she is a Kinesiology major and will graduate in the spring, with plans to play professional basketball overseas.