Ariana Elegado will play for the Cal Poly women’s basketball team this upcoming season, the school announced Monday, returning to the Mustangs for her final season of eligibility.
The sharp-shooting guard who led Cal Poly in scoring this past season graduated in June and was weighing graduate school opportunities elsewhere before deciding on pursing a master’s degree in sports management in San Luis Obispo.
“It’s safe to say she’s one of the best players ever in our program,” head coach Faith Mimnaugh said in a news release. “We’re so excited she’s made the decision to come back.”
A San Diego area native, Elegado averaged a team-best 17.0 points per game and dished out 4.5 assists, earning All-Big West first-team honors as a result.
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She ranks eighth in school history in career scoring (1,065 points) and is 63 assists away from passing Laura Buehning for second-most in Mustangs history behind recent graduate Jonae Ervin.
Mathias singles twice in Team USA finale
Cal Poly second baseman Mark Mathias hit a pair of singles in the final game of the summer for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, a 1-0 loss to Cuba at Capitan San Luis Stadium in Pinar Del Rio, Cuba.
One of just two players to start all 28 games for Team USA, Mathias finished with a .263 batting average, drew a team-high 19 walks and recorded seven doubles, 10 RBI and 15 runs.
Mathias will be a junior next season for the Mustangs and is the reigning Big West Field Player of the Year.
Van Gansen selected for Big League Dreams Game
Mathias’ fellow middle infielder at Cal Poly, shortstop Peter Van Gansen, was selected to play in the Northwoods League’s Big League Dreams showcase game Aug. 5 in Madison, Wis.
The junior is hitting .229 for the Eau Claire Express summer league team, but boasts a .967 fielding percentage and 113 assists in the field.