For the past four years, two of the most dominant centers in girls high school basketball have been Mia San Nicolas and Niah Siguenza.
While San Nicolas, one of the most dominant players in Academy of Our Lady of Guam Cougars history chose to further her playing career for the Wenatchee Valley College Knights, Siguenza will remain on Guam.
On Friday, in a small ceremony, Siguenza committed to play for the University of Guam Tritons women’s basketball team. Expected to join the Tritons for the 2019-2020 season, she will receive a partial tuition scholarship.
“Niah will add depth and experience,” said Doug Palmer, UOG athletic director. “She has played with many, or against several, members of the current UOG roster and should blend in well with the team.”
She will “make the Lady Tritons one of the better women’s basketball squads on the island,” he said.
Siguenza, in 2019, led the Saint Paul Christian School Warriors to their second straight Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association of Guam title.
"It feels amazing," said Siguenza, after the championship game. "We worked so hard for this ... . It was a perfect season (17-0), but a lot of hard work,” she added, after one-upping Academy for the second straight year.
While Siguenza’s 11-point championship-game performance didn’t turn heads the way San Nicholas’ triple-double (16 points, 26 rebounds, 12 blocks) did, her fearless play caught Palmer's attention.
As a Warrior, Siguenza claimed four IIAAG First-Team All-Island nominations. In 2018, she was named Asian Christian School MVP, and secured her third ACSC All-Tournament selection.
Siguenza, a multisport athlete who is a well-regarded volleyball player, in the sport, is a two-time All-Island selection.
The Tritons, opening the season, will take on the Masters All-Stars Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the UOG Calvo Field House in Mangilao.
Following the headlining game, the UOG Tridents will play the Fuetsa Basketball Club.