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PAC-8 defensive player of the year learns from Cal Poly great

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When Righetti's leading scorer went down with a knee injury during the 2016-17 season, Ashley Reynoso was one of the players that picked up the scoring. She went on to double her points-per-game total from her sophomore year, make first team all-league and become the PAC-8 defensive player of the year.

"It's like a dream come true," says Reynoso, who started playing basketball in eight grade. "Just coming into this sport, so new and to be working with somebody as known as Coach T, it's like amazing."

Kristina Santiago is also a Righetti product and went on to become one of Cal Poly's all-time greatest players. She ended her career as the program's leading scorer (1,953), rebounder (850), was the two-time Big West player of the year and an AP all-american honorable mention. At one point she ranked 5th in the NCAA in scoring during her senior year.

Santiago first heard about Reynoso when her former Righetti teammate and current Warriors head coach Desiree Hitch told Santiago about Reynoso's raw talent.

"I went to one of their games and I saw her play and I was like, 'wow that girl has a lot of potential,'" says Santiago. 

Last year Reynoso doubled her scoring averaged from her sophomore year and led the team in rebounds. Her improvement was noticed by Hitch.

"Her jump shot has improved, her moves to the basket has improved her posting up and her positioning has improved tremendously," says Hitch. "I would say "T" has really helped her just become a huge presence inside the post."

Reynoso says she has more confidence in her scoring.

"Before I was kind of shy about going to the rim and like now it's like I want to attack the basket," says Reynoso. "I want to get my shot off because I believe in myself now and I have the right fundamentals that she's taught me."

Working with Ashley is also for a way for Kristina to give back to Righetti's basketball program.

"I played here so I take a lot of pride in Righetti," says Santiago. "getting to work with them and implement style into their play just a little bit, it's really fun."

Of course nothing is more fun then working on the fundamentals with one of Righetti's greatest players of all time.

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