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Leaupepe Twins, Stahley, Basallo Chosen for Big West Accolades

Leaupepe Twins, Stahley, Basallo Chosen for Big West Accolades

2017-18 Big West All-Conference Team and Awards (PDF)

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — After helping the Cal Poly women's basketball team earn the No. 2 seed to the upcoming Big West Tournament, four Mustangs were selected for various honors as the all-conference team was announced Monday.

Mustang senior guard Dynn Leaupepe made the all-conference first team; her twin sister Lynn Leaupepe earned honorable mention recognition; junior point guard Dye Stahley was selected for the Best Hustle Player award; and freshman guard Ayzhiana Basallo was named 6th Woman of the Year.

CSUN junior center Channon Fluker collected both the Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year accolades, while UC Irvine forward Jordan Sanders was picked Freshman of the Year.

Dynn Leaupepe and Lynn Leaupepe each now rank not only in the top 15 in school history for career scoring, but also the top 10 in rebounding.

Dynn is No. 3 in school history for scoring (with 1,624 points), in addition to recently moving to 10th in boards (590). Her career .817 free-throw percentage ranks as the 27th-highest active total among all Division I players nationally, while her career scoring total ranks 51st throughout the country.

For the season, Leaupepe is averaging 21.0 points (No. 1 in the conference and No. 18 nationally), 5.4 rebounds and 2.5 steals (also No. 1 in the Big West; No. 54 in the nation).

She was named Big West Player of the Week for the fourth time in her career on Feb. 5, in addition to also being selected as one of 10 finalists for HERO Sports' NCAA Player of the Week award. Additionally, on Jan. 8, College Sports Madness selected Leaupepe as National Mid-Major Player of the Week. She scored 40 points — tied for the NCAA's 16th-highest performance this season and six off the school record — Jan. 4 at UC Riverside, as the Mustangs rallied from a 13-point deficit (the program's largest comeback since Nov. 23, 2014) for an 87-82 overtime win. It was Cal Poly's first 40-point game since Dec. 21, 2011. (Cal Poly Hall of Fame enshrinee Laura Buehning owns the school record: 46, set in 1982.)

Lynn Leaupepe — selected Big West Conference Player of the Week on Feb. 26 — is No. 12 all-time in scoring (1,035) and No. 6 in rebounds (664).

Also chosen as CSM's conference Player of the Week on Nov. 20, Lynn also ranks among the Big West leaders in rebounding (sixth at 7.0 per game), steals (No. 5; averaging 1.8) and scoring (14th; 10.9).

Returning from a midseason injury, Lynn Leaupepe established her career-high in rebounding in back-to-back wins Feb. 21 and 24, collecting 14 boards in each game.

Lynn, also voted conference Player of the Week on Jan. 23, 2017, earned All-Big West Second Team accolades last season. The sisters from Camarillo were each chosen to the ShareSLO Holiday Beach Classic All-Tournament Team on Nov. 26.

Stahley is No. 4 in the conference in steals per game (1.8), as well as sixth in assists (3.6). Her award represents the eighth time since 2001 that a Mustang has won the Hustle of the Year honor.

Selected as Cal Poly's Student-Athlete of the Week on Dec. 11, Basallo is seventh in the Big West in 3-point accuracy, at .408 (29-for-71) while averaging 7.6 points.

Since Big West play began, Basallo is No. 3 in 3-point shooting percentage, via .457 (16-of-35) in league games. Additionally, in conference play, Stahley's assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.5 leads the Big West.

Each within the top five individually in steals per game, Stahley along with the Leaupepe sisters have led the Mustangs to 10.8 steals per game, ranking 22nd nationally as a team.

The Mustangs (17-11, 11-5), coming off a 67-61 win at Hawai'i on Saturday night, have earned a double-bye into the Big West Tournament semifinals.

They'll face the highest-remaining seed to emerge from the opening two rounds, returning to the floor at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 9 at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

Tickets are available both through TicketMaster and the Cal Poly Box Office, at (805) 756-4849 or ESPN3 will broadcast the tournament's first three days, before FOX Sports Prime Ticket will televise the championship game.