Apr 26, 2014 12:08 AM by Bill Halter
The Cal Poly women's basketball team will add two transfers to the roster according to head coach Faith Mimnaugh. Point guard Lisa Marie Sanchez will transfer from Ventura Junior College and forward Amanda Lovely will join the team after playing last season at Pepperdine.
Sanchez earned first-team All-America honors in the two-year college ranks and was voted co-California Community College Athletics Association State Player of the Year after leading the Pirates to a state title. The 5'3" point guard averaged 16.9 points, 7.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game, while leading the state with a 41.6 three point shooting percentage and 2.6 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Sanchez has two years of eligibility remaining and will be the frontrunner to win the starting point guard position left vacant but the graduation of Jonae Ervin.
Lovely will also have two years of eligibility left with the Mustangs but will have to sit out the upcoming 2014-15 season because of transfer rules restricting immediate eligibility when transferring from one Division-1 school to another.
Lovely started 15 of 30 games for the Waves as a sophomore, averaging 6.0 points and 4.9 rebounds in 22.8 minutes per game. She led Pepperdine in offensive rebounds (58) and free throw shooting (78.8 percent). The 6'1" forward can stretch the floor, she made 18 three pointers over the past two seasons. Lovely played for Greece's U-18 national program.
Sanchez and Lovely will join a group of five incoming players who inked national letters of intent to continue their careers at Cal Poly during the early signing period in November: Camarillo High School shooting guards Geralynn and Geraldynn Leaupepe; Sacramento High School point guard Zonyia Cormier; Glacier Peak (Snohomish, Wash.) High School center Nicole Fausey; and Clovis West High School forward Emily Anderson.
Cal Poly is coming off a second-place finish in the Big West as well as an appearance in the conference tournament championship game for the fourth time in six years.
The Mustangs have advanced to either the NCAA Tournament or the WNIT four seasons in a row and have had the Big West Player of the Year in four of the past five seasons.
The team is still awaiting leading scorer Ariana Elegado's decision to come back or not. Elegado graduates from Cal Poly this spring but still has one year of eligibility left.
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