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Abbey Ellis named Big West Conference Player of the Week

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Posted at 4:43 PM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-30 03:04:13-05

After averaging 23.0 points on combined 17-for-33 (51.5 percent) field-goal shooting as the Mustang women’s basketball team split a pair of games, freshman point guard Abbey Ellis was selected as both the Big West Conference Player of the Week and Mechanics Bank Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week on Monday.

She also averaged 3.5 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals, as the Mustangs topped UC Riverside 75-70 in a comeback victory Thursday night before falling 42-36 to UC Davis on Saturday afternoon. In the win over UCR, Ellis scored 37 points, tied for the top-scoring effort by a freshman across the country this season (20th overall nationally regardless of class).

Ellis made 14 of her 20 total shots against the Highlanders, including 3 of 6 from 3-point range, and added a flawless 6-for-6 evening at the free-throw line en route to the highest-scoring game by a Mustang since Jan. 4, 2018 (when current Spanish-LF2 pro Dynn Leaupepe netted 40 at UCR).

Her perfect game at the free-throw line helped Cal Poly break a single-game program record for free-throw accuracy based on percentage from at least 10 makes. The Mustangs went 14-for-14 from the foul line in the win, surpassing the .944 team effort at the charity stripe (via 17-of-18) against UCSB in 1982.

Up next, Cal Poly heads out on the road, visiting Cal State Fullerton on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. before traveling to face CSUN at 4 p.m. Saturday.

-Provided by Cal Poly