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COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Cal Poly has five players named to All-Big West teams

Ariana Elegado shoots a 3-pointer during the first half of a game against UC Riverside at Mott Gym on Feb. 21.
Ariana Elegado shoots a 3-pointer during the first half of a game against UC Riverside at Mott Gym on Feb. 21.

Headlined by senior guard Ariana Elegado’s second selection to the All-Big West first team, the Cal Poly women’s basketball team had four players land conference honors Monday.

Elegado, the league leader in assists (4.9 per game) and free-throw percentage in conference play (.907), was the lone Mustang on the first team. Senior forward Taryn Garza won the Big West Best Hustle Award for the second year and a row after averaging 7.7 rebounds per game — second in the conference.

Rounding out the honors for Cal Poly was senior guard Kristen Ale (9.5 points per game) on the honorable mention list, and guard Dynn Leaupepe (8.1 points, 5.6 rebounds) on the all-freshman team.

UC Riverside junior Brittany Crain was named Big West Player of the Year, teammate Michelle Curry earned Freshman of the Year honors, and Hawaii’s Laura Beeman took home the Coach of the Year award.


Bennett lone Mustang honored by Big West

Junior forward Brian Bennett landed on the conference’s second team — the lone Cal Poly player represented in the All-Big West awards.

Bennett shot 49.6 percent from the field and was the seventh-best rebounder in the league at 6.4 boards per game.

He was the Mustangs’ second-leading scorer at 11.2 points per game.

Regular season champion UC Davis landed the top two honors with senior Corey Hawkins the Player of the Year and Jim Les the Coach of the Year. Freshman of the Year went to UC Santa Barbara’s Gabe Vincent, and Newcomer of the Year was UC Riverside junior Jaylen Bland.


Cal Poly at Sacramento State Invitational

The Mustangs sit in fourth place among 16 teams through two rounds with a 592 aggregate at the Valley Hi Country Club in Sacramento.

Jimmy Castles is tied for 13th place with a 147 two-day total, shooting a 1-under 71 in the morning round and 76 in the afternoon.

His brother, Johnny, is also tied for 13th, having carded totals of 69 and 78.

Justin De Los Santos is the third Mustang inside the top 25, sitting at 21st overall with a two-day total of 149, shooting a 75 and 74 in the first two rounds.

Sacramento State leads the team standings with a four-person total of 574, and Hornets golfer Robert Parden sits atop the leaderboard with a 6-under 138 heading into today’s final round.