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Cal Poly Women's Basketball Welcomes Ehala, Govan, Scanlan, Svetich

Cal Poly Women's Basketball Welcomes Ehala, Govan, Scanlan, Svetich

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly women's basketball program has added four more student-athletes to its 2019-20 recruiting class, as the Mustangs have welcomed Chantel Govan (from South Plains College via San Antonio, Texas) and Hannah Scanlan (Bryant University/Rumson, N.J.) as transfers, added Lily Svetich (San Luis Obispo High School) as a recruited walk-on, and also signed Anna-Helena Ehala (Tallinn, Estonia) to a tender of athletic aid.

Ehala, Govan, Scanlan and Svetich join Abbey Ellis (Our Lady of Mercy/Yallambie, Australia) and Leslie Hunter (Chaminade Prep/West Hills, Calif.) — each of whom signed National Letters of Intent with Cal Poly in November during the NCAA's early signing period — to comprise the Mustangs' class of six newcomers.

Ehala, a 5-foot-11 post presence, played for Estonia at the 2016 FIBA U-16 European Championships, averaging 4.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists in the Division B bracket in Oradea, Romania. 

Her top performance in the tournament came against Austria, with 16 points and eight rebounds.

"With the graduation of (Katie) Nunnelley, we really needed to add a rebounding force to our roster. Anna is a relentless rebounder and a tough-nosed defender," Mustang head coach Faith Mimnaugh commented. "Additionally, she already possesses 3-point shooting ability along with good footwork around the basket, so she can score facing the basket or with her back to the basket."

Also a star in international 3-on-3 competitions, Ehala has played for the Estonian National Team at the U-23 level, and in January 2019 was ranked by FIBA Oceania as the No. 1 women's 3x3 player throughout the country.

Govan, a 5-6 guard, helped lead South Plains to the Elite 8 of the NJCAA Tournament, starting 21 of her 35 games as the Lady Texans of Levelland went 30-5 overall, including a share of the Western Junior College Athletic Conference championship at 12-2.

She averaged 2.0 steals, 4.9 points and 1.5 assists in 19.6 minutes per game as a sophomore, when South Plains reached as high as No. 3 in the national rankings. Combined for her two seasons with SPC, Govan helped the Texans go 47-18, as she averaged 7.4 points, 2.8 boards and 1.7 assists in 27.1 minutes on average as a freshman (when she started 20 games in the backcourt).

"Chantel is a fierce competitor. She will harass ball handlers full-court, much like (Dye) Stahley did for us in the past," Mimnaugh added. "She played at a top-level JC, so she has experience playing at the collegiate level. She has quick hands and feet and will help us return to the quick tempo for which we have become known."

Prior to South Plains, Govan led Judson (Converse, Texas) High School to the semifinals of the 6A state championship at The Alamodome.

The Rockets, who finished 2017 ranked 11th in MaxPreps' statewide rankings, also advanced to the University Interscholastic League regional quarterfinals held at UTSA during Govan's junior year, after earning a share of the 2016 district title. Govan, who also visited Denver, chose Cal Poly because of the "very nice people and atmosphere to be around, well-known academic school, superior coach-player relationship and the basketball program."

A four-year varsity player for Judson, she also was a National Honor Society student and district all-academic honoree from 2015-17 on the way to graduating in the top 10 percent of her class — prior to also making the WJCAC All-Academic Team in back-to-back seasons at South Plains.

Govan will major in Kinesiology & Public Health at Cal Poly, minoring in Psychology, with career aspirations to become a nurse practitioner or trauma nurse.

Scanlan, a 6-foot-1 forward, started 48 of her 58 appearances for the Bulldogs over the past two seasons. Combined between her freshman and sophomore years, she averaged 8.4 points on 51.7-percent shooting, along with 5.1 rebounds and 0.8 blocks. During her 25.2 minutes per night in 2017-18, Scanlan shot 52.8 percent while collecting 5.7 boards a game.

Her career-high of 27 points along with nine rebounds came vs. Wagner on Dec. 29, 2017 — a program single-game freshman scoring record at the Division I level — en route to being selected to the 2018 Northeast Conference All-Rookie Team. Scanlan's career-high rebounding effort of 13 came against Sacred Heart in NEC play on Feb. 5, 2018.

"Hannah runs the floor very well. She has excellent footwork in the block and during her transfer year in residence will continue to increase her range to the 3-point line," Mimnaugh said. "With her addition, we will have continued outstanding and experienced post play when (Hana) Vesela and (Alicia) Roufosse graduate."

Prior to attending Bryant, Scanlan averaged 20.2 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks for Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School as a senior, earning First Team All-Shore accolades as chosen by the Shore Sports Network, in addition to New Jersey Third Team All-State status. Finishing her four-year varsity career with 1,099 points scored, Scanlan also was named Shore A-Central League Player of the Year and was a New Jersey Star-Ledger Second-Team All-State choice.

As a senior honor roll student, she helped lead RFHR to a 21-7 season including its third straight trip to the NJSIAA Group 2 Tournament Championship. As a Mustang, Scanlan will major in Business.

Svetich, a 5-8 guard, helped lead San Luis Obispo to the quarterfinals of the CIF Central Section Division 1 playoffs this past season, as the Tigers went 24-6, including a second-place finish at 6-4 in the Mountain League.

In March 2019, Svetich won the MVP award at the Kiwanis All-Star Spectacular hosted at Hancock College, following a 16-point, six-rebound effort in a 59-53 win.

"Lily has always impressed me with her work ethic and physical strength. She has played a number of positions for her high school and club team which has allowed her to read the game from various perspectives," Mimnaugh added. "Watching her grow up in the community, it has been so much fun to watch her work her way up to a Division I player."

She also averaged 12.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals as a junior, when SLO High advanced to the second round of the Southern Section Division 3A Tournament, capping a 17-9 year culminating with Tribune All-County as well as All-Pac 8 First Team honors. A dual-sport athlete, Svetich also excelled in track & field at SLOHS, with career-best performances including 1:00.85 in the 400-meter run and 33' 11" for the shot put, while also qualifying for five Southern Section relay events.

She also played club basketball for 3-Ball Select. Svetich will major in Kinesiology at Cal Poly.