Cal Poly Grabs Two Specialty Awards
Big West Specialty Awards Release
Cal Poly took the spotlight for the Big West specialty awards as the squad claimed two of the three award recipients.
The Mustang haul saw Ayzhiana Basallo claim Best Sixth Player and Dye Stahley win the Best Hustle Player. The other award went to a major award winner as two-time Player of the Year Channon Fluker also claimed the Best Defensive Player honor.
Basallo, a freshman from San Francisco, Calif., is the first Best Sixth Player award winner in program history. She came off the bench in 26 of her 28 games this season, averaging 7.6 points,1.9 assists, shooting 40.8% from three-point land and 80.5% from the foul line. The first year player scored in double figures off the bench eight times, including a career-high 21 in a road win against UC Riverside. In that game she went 10-of-11 from the foul line and canned three from beyond the arc. Basallo’s three-point shooting was greatly needed by Cal Poly, as she hit multiple threes on eight occasions. Basallo was also a skilled distributor down the stretch for the Mustangs, picking up multiple assists in six of her last seven outings.
Stahley, a junior from Mesa, Ariz., did a little bit of everything for the Mustangs this season. Starting all 26 games in which she appeared, Stahley led the team in assists (3.6) for the second straight season and also ranks second in the club in steals (1.8). The diminutive guard also picked up four or more rebounds in six games this season, including twice registering six boards in a contest. Stahley especially shined on the defensive end, picking up six steals on the road against UC Santa Barbara, and registering at least three steals on seven occasions. Stahley continues a tradition of Cal Poly winners for the Best Hustle award, becoming the eighth Mustang recipient in the 18-year history of the award.
Fluker, a junior from Pasadena, Calif., is the third Matador in the last five years to claim the Best Defensive Player award. Fluker leads the league in blocks (78), blocks per game (2.7), defensive rebounds (218) and defensive rebounds per game (7.5). This season Fluker became just the ninth player in league history to record 1,000 career rebounds and leads the league with 19 double doubles. On nine occasions this season, Fluker pulled down double digit defensive boards as well as blocking four or more shots seven times. Speaking of blocks, Fluker picked up a program record 13 rejections in a home win over Seattle. That number was also a single-game Big West record, breaking a mark that had stood since 1989.
2017-18 Big West Defensive Player of the Year
Channon Fluker, CSUN
2017-18 Big West Sixth Woman of the Year
Ayzhiana Basallo, Cal Poly
2017-18 Big West Best Hustle
Dye Stahley, Cal Poly