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Molly Schlemer Named Big West Conference Player of the Year

Molly Schlemer Named Big West Conference Player of the Year

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Cal Poly junior Molly Schlemer was named the Big West Conference 2012-13 Player of the Year, the fourth straight for the Cal Poly women's basketball program. Senior Kayla Griffin, junior Jonae Ervin and sophomore Ariana Elegado were named honorable mention. Griffin was also named the 2012-13 Big West Hustle award.  


The native of Santa Maria, averaged 12.7 points and 6.8 rebounds while recording 20 blocked shots in 29 games. Entering this week she is ranked eighth in the nation, shooting 55.6 percent from the floor.


She scored in double figures in 20 games this season, including a career-high 28 points in the team's triple overtime win over Pacific. In the game she made 13 of 17 shots from the floor. She also tallied two games of 22 points (UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Northridge), two games of 21 (Oklahoma State, Cal State Northridge) and a game of 20 points (Hawai'i).


Schlemer recorded six double-doubles where she had a season-high 13 rebounds twice (UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Northridge).


But it was in Big West play where the junior upped her game. In the 18 conference games, the junior averaged 15.2 points and 7.7 rebounds while shooting 59 percent from the floor. She scored in double figures in 15 games with four of her double-doubles coming in Big West play.


Schlemer led Cal Poly in scoring 11 times, 10 of which came against Big West foes, and won the league's player of the week award on two occasions.


She joins former teammates, Kristina Santiago (2009-10 and 2011-12) and Rachel Clancy (2010-11), earning player of the year.


Griffin becomes Cal Poly's fifth player to earn the Big West Hustle Player joining Odessa Jenkins (2000-01 and 2001-02), Kari Duperron (2002-03) and Jonae Ervin (2011-12).


Griffin was all over the Big West statistics in multiple categories. The senior from Fremont, Calif., averaged 8.0 points, 7.1 rebounds, collected 107 assists and 48 steals.


Griffin ranks seventh in the Big West in rebounding (7.1), fourth in assists (3.7), second

in assist/turnover ratio (1.6), tied for fifth in defensive rebounds per game (5.0) and seventh in minutes played per game (32.2).


Griffin scored in double figures 11 times this season, including a career-high 21 points against UC Santa Barbara. In the team's triple overtime win against Pacific, Griffin scored eight points with 13 rebounds and 11 assists. Against Stephen F Austin she grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds and tallied five steals against San Diego.   


Ervin and Elegado join Griffin being named honorable mention. Ervin averaged 8.1 points and 3.9 rebounds while dishing out a conference high 4.5 assists per game. She scored in double figures in eight contests, including a season-high 15 points, three times. She had 10 games with five or more assists and three games with 11; Loyola Marymount, UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Northridge.  


Entering the week she is ranked No. 1 in the nation in assist/turnover ratio at 2.97. She won the award last season with a 2.67 ratio. This is her second time earning honorable mention.


Elegado averaged 12.1 points and 3.5 assists while shooting 38.7 percent from long range. The sophomore scored in double figures in 15 games including a career-high 31 points against Saint Mary's when she made 11 of 19 shots from the floor and seven of 14 from long range. She added four games of 20 or more points; Oregon State (27), Loyola Marymount (23) and UC Irvine with 20 points twice.


This is Elegado's first conference honor while Griffin was named second team last year.