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Cal Poly Picked 5th, 6th in Preseason Big West Polls

Cal Poly Picked 5th, 6th in Preseason Big West Polls


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly was picked fifth and sixth, respectively, in the Big West Conference Preseason Women's Basketball media and coaches polls announced Wednesday.

The Mustangs, coming off a second-place finish in the Big West standings in 2017-18 at 11-5 (17-12 overall), received 101 points in the media balloting for fifth (seven points back of a tie for third between UC Irvine and Long Beach State), next to 35 points in the coaches voting to rank sixth (10 back of Hawai'i, chosen fifth).

Defending Big West Tournament champion CSUN was projected by the coaches for first place, receiving 77 points alongside six first-place votes, outdoing 2018 regular-season champion UC Davis' 75 points coupled with three first-place ballots.

The media poll was switched at the top, however, with 12 first-place votes boosting the Aggies to No. 1, edging out CSUN (eight first places), 171-166. To view the entirety of the poll results, click here.

Additionally, both also voted on Preseason All-Conference Teams, each of which came out identical: CSUN senior center Channon Fluker along with Matador teammate Serafina Maulupe, a senior guard, UCD senior forward Morgan Bertsch, CSF senior center Daeja Smith, UCI sophomore forward Jordan Sanders, and LBSU sophomore guard Shanajiah Davison.

Cal Poly graduated seven student-athletes from its 2017-18 squad that advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament, including a duo of all-conference honorees in twin sisters Dynn and Lynn Leaupepe.

The Mustangs return seven letterwinners, joined by a recruiting class of 11 newcomers heading into 2018-19. Among the returning Mustangs, senior point guard Dye Stahley is back after winning the Big West Conference Best Hustle Award as a junior.

Stahley, who has started 53 games over the past two years (making 84 appearances since her freshman year), led the Big West in assist-to-turnover ratio during conference play in 2018, at 2.5-to-1. Additionally, Stahley ranked fourth in the conference in steals per game (2.0), as well as sixth in assists (averaging 3.6). Now with 102 steals for her career, Stahley helped the Mustangs rank No. 15 in the country for 2017-18 in steals per game as a team, with 11.0.

Also back from the starting lineup is senior center Devin Stanback, who ranked eighth in the Big West in offensive rebounds per game (2.2) last year, in addition to 12th throughout the conference in field-goal percentage (.465) while ranking third on the team in scoring, with 8.2 points per game.

Cal Poly's recruiting class of 11 newcomers includes Sierra Campisano as a redshirting transfer from Oregon (via Torrey Pines High School in San Diego); Alli Hallberg from Wenatchee Valley College in Washington; Kyra Jacks of El Camino Real HS (West Hills, Calif.); Madison Lundquist of Woodinville (Wash.) HS; Rebecca Penner from Moorpark (Calif.) HS; Hannah Peterson via Foothill College (from Leigh HS in San Jose); Alicia Roufosse from the University of San Francisco (via W.J. Mouat Secondary School in Abbotsford, B.C.); Gianna Silvestri from Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco; Hana Vesela from Michigan State, back on the court by mid-December (Pribor, Czech Republic); Maddie Vick of Chaparral HS in Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Maddie Willett of Gig Harbor (Wash.) HS.

The Mustangs will open the season in Mott Athletics Center on Tuesday, Nov. 6, hosting Academy of Art University at 5:30 p.m. Cal Poly then embarks on a four-game road swing, beginning at Oregon State Nov. 9.