College Notebook: Schlemer, Elegado first-team All-Big West

Cal Poly women's basketball center, guard are lauded again; meanwhile, second-team choice Eversley is only honoree for struggling Mustangs men’s team

sports@thetribunenews.comMarch 10, 2014 

Cal Poly center Molly Schlemer (43) shoots over UC Riverside’s Natasha Hadley during the Mustangs’ 89-72 home win Jan. 25 at Mott Athletics Center.

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Four members of the Cal Poly women’s basketball team earned All-Big West Conference honors Monday, led by first-team selections Molly Schlemer and Ariana Elegado.

Senior Jonae Ervin was named honorable mention for the third time, and junior Taryn Garza earned Hustle Player of the Year.

Schlemer, a senior and last year’s conference Player of the Year, was named to the first team for the second time in her career after averaging 17.2 points and 10.4 rebounds with 14 double-doubles this season.

Elegado, who started all 29 games this year as a junior, averaged 17.0 points, 4.8 assists and 4.2 rebounds for the Mustangs, who open Big West Tournament play Friday.

Ashlee Guay, of Big West regular-season champion Cal State Northridge, was named Player of the Year, breaking a streak of four straight Cal Poly players to win the award.

Guay’s coach, Jason Flowers, garnered Coach of the Year honors. UC Riverside’s Simone DeCoud was named top freshman.

Along with Schlemer, Elegado and Guay, first-team honors went to UC Davis’ Sydnee Fipps, UC Irvine’s Camille Buckley and UC Riverside’s Brittany Crain.

Being named to the second team were Cal State Fullerton’s Alex Thomas, Cal State Northridge’s Janae Sharpe, UC Davis’ Alyson Doherty and Kamilah Martin, and Shawna-Lei Kuehu of Hawaii.

Alongside DeCoud, Cal State Fullerton’s Samantha Logan, UC Santa Barbara’s Onome Jemerigbe and Raven Benton, and Anna Kim of Long Beach State comprised the All-Freshmen Team.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Eversley named second-team all-conference

The No. 7 seed in the upcoming Big West Tournament, the Cal Poly men’s basketball team had one player named to the all-conference second team in senior Chris Eversley.

Eversley, a first-team honoree as a junior, averaged 13.7 points and 7.3 rebounds in his final year for the Mustangs, who open tournament play Thursday against second-seeded UC Santa Barbara.

UC Santa Barbara’s Alan Williams was named Player of the Year, and UC Irvine’s Russell Turner was picked as the conference’s top coach. UC Irvine’s Luke Nelson earned Freshman of the Year honors, and Cal State Fullerton’s Michael Williams notched the Newcomer of the Year award.

UC Irvine’s 7-foot-6 freshman, Mamadou Ndiaye, was named Defensive Player of the Year, while UC Santa Barbara’s Kyle Boswell and Zalmico Harmon brought home Best Sixth Player and Best Hustle Player honors, respectively.

Williams, Christian Standhardinger (Hawaii), Isaac Fotu (Hawaii), Chris McNealy (UC Irvine), Stephen Maxwell (Cal State Northridge) and Mike Caffey (Long Beach State) comprised the first team.

Nelson, Michael Williams, Corey Hawkins (UC Davis) and Tyler Lamb (Long Beach State) joined Eversley on the second team.

MEN’S GOLF

Cal Poly’s Price leads Fresno State tourney

Cal Poly sophomore Cam Price heads into the final round of the Fresno State Lexus Classic today at the San Joaquin Country Club with a one-stroke lead over the field.

Price shot a career-best, 2-under 140 through two rounds on back-to-back scores of 70 to put him one stroke ahead of San Francisco’s Cory McElyea. Nevada’s Kit Carson sits in third at 143.

Price leads the field with 27 pars and carded one eagle.

Fellow Mustangs Jordan Wright and Court Lewis are in 24th and 33rd, respectively.

Cal Poly is tied for fifth with Texas-El Paso out of 14 teams.

BASEBALL

Cal Poly ranked as high as No. 8

The Cal Poly baseball team rose or stayed put in this week’s polls.

The Mustangs, who took a three-game series at Seattle and topped Santa Clara at home this past week, are ranked highest by Perfect Game — up one spot to No. 8.

Baseball America kept Cal Poly No. 11, while the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll moved it up two spots to No. 12 and the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll placed the Mustangs No. 13 — three spots higher than last week.

The Mustangs open an 18-game home stand today against Northern Illinois.

Imhof garners conference, national honors

After setting Cal Poly’s Division I single-game strikeout record for the second time this season, junior southpaw Matt Imhof earned his second Big West Pitcher of the Week award in 2014.

Imhof, who struck out a career-best 15 batters in a win over Seattle on Friday, also was one of six players selected Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

Imhof had tied Mike Zirelli in 1997 and Mason Radeke in 2011 for the Division I team strikeouts mark when he struck out 14 Kansas State batters in the season opener.

Boasting a 1.33 ERA and 41 strikeouts, Imhof is 3-1 on the season and is holding opponents to a .193 batting average.

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