Jan 11, 2010 8:30 PM by Andrew Masuda

Santiago rewarded for career-best performances

Cal Poly's Kristina Santiago collected her second Big West Women's Basketball Player of the Week accolade season for her career-best performances last week. The Righetti High graduate is the first multiple winner this season.

The junior forward opened Big West play draining a career-high 11 free throws to lead the Mustangs to a 73-61 win over UC Irvine. She posted her first of two double-doubles on the week, tallying 19 points and 11 rebounds.

At Pacific, Santiago had another stellar performance with a personal-best 13 rebounds to lead the squad. She was unstoppable on offense as well, scoring a game-high 27 points to post back-to-back double-doubles and guide the Mustangs to a 63-53 victory.

She saved her best performance for last, matching a career single-game high for points (29) and steals (5) and establishing new career-highs for field goals (13) and shot attempts (20) in Cal Poly's 77-72 loss to UC Davis.

For the week, Santiago shot .519 from the field and .826 from the charity stripe, while averaging 25.0 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.0 steals per contest.

The Lady Mustangs host two Big West contests this week starting Thursday against first place Cal State Fullerton. Cal Poly is 2-1 in Big West play, while the Titans are 4-0.


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