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Cal Poly Women's Basketball Welcomes Campisano, Peterson, Willett

Cal Poly Women's Basketball Welcomes Campisano, Peterson, Willett

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly women's basketball program has added three student-athletes to its incoming recruiting class, as the Mustangs have welcomed Sierra Campisano as a transfer from Oregon and have signed Hannah Peterson from Foothill College in Los Altos and Maddie Willett of Gig Harbor High School in Washington to National Letters of Intent.

Mustang head coach Faith Mimnaugh announced the newcomers Wednesday, as the trio joins Alli Hallberg from Wenatchee Valley College in Washington, Madison Lundquist of Woodinville (Wash.) HS, Alicia Roufosse from the University of San Francisco (via W.J. Mouat Secondary School/Abbotsford, B.C.), Hana Vesela from Michigan State (Pribor, Czech Republic) and Maddie Vick of Chaparral HS in Scottsdale, Arizona.

"As we complete our 2018 recruiting, I'm very pleased with the caliber of player, student and character that we have invited to our family," Mimnaugh said. "Each one brings a dedication to their academic and career pursuits that aligns perfectly with the educational excellence of one of the top public schools in the U.S."

A 6-foot-3 forward, Campisano played in 58 games over the past two seasons for the Ducks, who reached the Elite Eight both years. She averaged 3.1 points and 1.7 rebounds as a true freshman for Oregon, playing 8.6 minutes per 35 games. As a sophomore in Eugene, Campisano played 6.1 minutes per game in 23 appearances, averaging 1.8 points.

In 2017-18, Oregon went 33-5 overall, including 16-2 in conference play, also winning the Pac-12 Tournament, reaching as high as No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches Rankings and No. 6 in the AP Top 25 poll. Altogether, Campisano scored a combined 151 points to go with 78 rebounds for the Ducks, and shot .826 from the free-throw line in 442 total minutes.

"Sierra is such a great multi-skilled player. She can score inside or outside and has a fierce competitive nature," Mimnaugh said. "She is driven to excellence and her aggressive style of play will demand an opponent's constant attention. She will emerge as one of the top players in the Big West, strengthening our pursuit of championships. We anticipate that she, like Rachel Clancy, may one day be named an Academic All-American."

Campisano was ranked as the No. 14 overall recruit in the country (No. 5 among forwards) in the ESPN Top 100 coming out of Torrey Pines High School in San Diego in 2015-16, when she averaged 30.1 points, 15.9 rebounds, 5.7 blocks and 2.3 assists. She led the Falcons to the Palomar League title in 2016 at 9-1 (22-9 overall) en route to the program's second straight CIF State Tournament.

She also led Torrey Pines to the San Diego Section Division 1 semifinals as a junior (when she averaged 24.7 points, 12.6 rebounds, 5.9 blocks and 3.1 steals) and sophomore (25.1 points; 12.8 boards; 5.0 blocks & 4.1 steals during another league-championship season), graduating as the school's all-time career scoring leader with 2,649 points.

An all-section honoree for three years in a row (and twice the recipient of the Palomar Player of the Year accolade), Campisano also played for the San Diego Sol club, was a San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic selection, and participated in ASB, Pitch it Forward, the school newspaper and Peer Assistant Listening.

Campisano, who earned Pac-12 All-Academic Team honors in 2017-18, will major in English at Cal Poly.

Willett, a 5-11 guard, averaged 15.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals while helping to lead the Tides to the 2018 WIAA 3A State Championship in the Tacoma Dome.

She was selected as the Washington State Coaches Association 3A Player of the Year in 2018, in addition to being chosen for WGBCA All-Star honors.

The state crown followed a South Sound League title, culminating a 22-6 overall senior season during which Gig Harbor went 13-1 in league play, finishing ranked No. 17 throughout the entire state by MaxPreps, as Willett earned league MVP accolades.

A recipient of a WIAA Outstanding Scholastic Award, Willett is a member of the National Honor Society, while also serving as a Girls for Change mentor and coaching with Gym Rats. Willett, who chose Cal Poly because it's a "high academic school with great tradition" and because of the coaching staff, will major in Architectural Engineering.

"Maddie has great ability to get to the basket and finish, as well as knock down the 3. Her strength, driving ability and intellect are a welcome addition in trying to replace those skills in the graduation of the Leaupepe twins," Mimnaugh said. "She can take it off the board and start the break for us and has a great understanding of the game. We expect her to continue her great combination of academic and athletic achievement in the study of Architectural Engineering."

Gig Harbor also won the league championship her junior season, going undefeated at 14-0 (20-5 altogether) en route to a state tournament berth. A four-year all-league honoree, she also helped the Tides advance to district and regional postseasons in 2015 & 2016.

Willett, who was ranked by ESPN as the No. 28 guard prospect in the 2018 class, broke the school career scoring record (graduating with 1,256 points) which had stood for 11 years.

She also played AAU for the Northwest Blazers, helping the club take second place at the 2017 Adidas National Tournament.

Peterson, a 5-10 shooting guard, helped lead the Owls to a share of the Coast-South Conference title at 10-2 this past season (19-12 overall) on the way to the second round of the CCCAA State Tournament.

She started 22 of her 31 games for Foothill in 2017-18, averaging 8.5 points on 46.1-percent shooting (including 42.2 percent from 3-point range, via 38-for-90) while earning a first-team all-conference selection.

Peterson also shot 77.4 percent from the free-throw line, in addition to averaging 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals. During a 22-game stretch spanning Nov. 22-Feb. 9 last year, she had 10 games in which she made multiple 3-pointers, including a season-high 4-for-6 performance toward a season-high 23 points in a 70-50 win over Monterey Peninsula College.

Peterson arrived at Foothill from Leigh High School in San Jose, where she averaged 14.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.7 steals in 2016-17, earning San Jose Mercury News All-Area honors as the Longhorns won the Blossom Valley League's West Division title.

"Hannah is the deep 3 threat that every team needs to compete for a championship. She is a tireless worker on the court and in the classroom," Mimnaugh said. "Anderson, Evans and Basallo were all in the top 10 of 3-point field-goal percentage in the Big West. Hannah's first year at Foothill College would put her in among the top 3-point shooters in the Big West Conference."

Chosen for BVAL co-MVP accolades her senior year, Peterson led Leigh through a 21-7 overall season (13-1 in league play) which reached the championship game of the Central Coast Section Division 2 playoffs. As a junior, Peterson (a three-year captain) also helped the program advance to the divisional quarterfinals after an 18-5 season including a second-place (12-2) finish in the Santa Teresa League.

She chose Cal Poly "because everything seemed like the perfect fit with location, team, coaches and academics." Peterson, a four-year scholar-athlete who also participated in Habitat for Humanity, will major in Kinesiology.

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