Stahley, Willett selected for Big West Conference accolades

Posted at 9:59 PM, Mar 11, 2019

Cal Poly’s Dye Stahley and Maddie Willett were each chosen for various All-Big West Conference accolades announced Monday.

Stahley, a senior point guard from Mesa, Arizona, was named to the five-player All-Defensive Team, in addition to earning her second consecutive Best Hustle Award, as well as an honorable mention on the full team.

Willett, a true freshman guard from Gig Harbor, Washington, made the All-Freshman Team.

Stahley begins this week leading the conference in both steals (2.3) and assists (5.0) per game. If she holds at No. 1 in the conference in assists and steals, she’d become just the second woman in the 35-year history of the Big West to lead the league in both for the same year. Leilani Mitchell, a future WNBA draft pick, became the first player to achieve the feat while starring for former Big West member Idaho in both 2004 and 2005, and no one since has finished leading the conference in each category simultaneously in a season.

Stahley — who ranked No. 45 nationally in assists this season, as well as No. 65 in the country for steals — graduates among the top 15 in program history for each career category: No. 6 all-time in assists (341) and 13th in steals (159).

Cal Poly’s Coca-Cola Student-Athlete of the Week on Jan. 14 and Feb. 11, Stahley’s average of 36.7 minutes played per game in 2018-19 ranked No. 1 in the conference and 32nd throughout the NCAA. Additionally, while scoring 9.6 points per game, Stahley shot .728 from the free-throw line, good for No. 7 in the Big West. She becomes the conference’s third player to win back-to-back Best Hustle plaques.

Willett, meanwhile, started 17 of 26 games in her debut collegiate season, averaging 6.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists.

Willett shot .342 from 3-point range (26-for-76), ranking No. 9 in the conference from behind the arc.

Monday’s Big West Player of the Year Award went to UC Davis senior forward Morgan Bertsch, while CSUN senior center Channon Fluker took home the Defensive Player of the Year Award. UC Davis’ Jennifer Gross was named Coach of the Year, while Justina King of Long Beach State garnered Freshman of the Year and Cal State Fullerton’s Amiee Book collected 6th Woman of the Year.

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