Cal Poly center Molly Schlemer was named Big West Conference Player of the Week in women’s basketball Monday.
The 6-foot-5 senior had a career-high 29 points along with 16 rebounds in a 96-89 loss at UCLA on Saturday, shooting 14 of 20 from the floor.
Schlemer has been a dominant force for Cal Poly (6-7), with six double-doubles and team-high averages of 17.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.
Cuesta 66, Cypress 63
Courtney Chadwick scored 18 points on her way to all-tournament honors as the Cougars (15-2) rallied from 15 down to win the third-place game at the Grossmont Holiday Classic.
Miriam Zabinsky had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Cougars, and Kaylee Williams scored 10.
Cuesta had 17 steals.
Cuesta 74, Allan Hancock 67
Oscar Pedroso had 20 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals to lift the Cougars (10-7) past the Bulldogs in the consolation final of the Hancock tourney.
Pedroso shot 8 for 9 at the free-throw line on his way to all-tournament honors for Cuesta, which got 18 points and six rebounds from Brett Hartshorne and 16 points and seven rebounds from Alex Igual.
Cougars head coach Rusty Blair also praised the play of Mohamed Ali Ben Ammar, who came off the bench to give Cuesta four points and eight rebounds.
“It was a big win because Hancock was at full strength,” Blair said.
Cal Poly’s Lotito seventh at tourney
Cal Poly sophomore wrestler Devon Lotito finished seventh at 133 pounds in the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships at Northwestern.
Lotito was seeded 10th, but finished seventh by claiming two of his three matches Monday, winning by fall and decision, to up his record to 13-7 on the season.
UCLA transfer eyes Cal Poly
After sitting out this season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, UCLA redshirt sophomore Brandon Tuliaupupu will transfer. The defensive tackle already has been removed from the team’s official roster. According to the Los Angeles Times, his likely destinations are Cal Poly, UC Davis or Sacramento State.
During spring practices, Tuliaupupu had split first-team reps at nose tackle with senior Seali’i Epenesa before injuring his knee. Once the season progressed, however, Epenesa lost reps to true freshman Kenny Clark, who ended the season with two official starts but was playing a de facto first-string role by the end of the season.
Redshirt freshman Eli Ankou is the only other nose tackle listed on the depth chart, although sophomore Ellis McCarthy can play there. UCLA has a verbal commitment from Lompoc High tackle Ainuu Taua, rated the ninth-best prospect in California by Rivals.com.
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Cuesta’s Moore honored
Brady Moore of Cuesta and Brian Eskridge of Santa Monica were named Western State Conference Player and Coach of the Year, respectively.