Basketball: Big West Honors CSUN ahead of tournament
The Big West Conference awarded six CSUN basketball players for their regular season performances early Monday.
Men’s basketball forward Stephan Hicks and forward Stephen Maxwell were selected All-Big West Conference Second Team and Honorable Mention, respectively.
Women’s basketball guard Senior Ashlee Guay was awarded First Team All-Big West honors, senior guards Cinnamon Lister and Janae Sharpe were selected Honorable Mentions, and freshman center Tessa Boagni catapulted her way to the Big West All-Freshman Team.
Sharpe also claimed Big West Defensive Player of the Year after finishing the season with 29 steals. The senior also recorded her first career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds against UC Davis in February.
Guay became CSUN women’s basketball all-time leading scorer this season, and scored a career-high 33 points against UC Riverside on Feb. 28. Lister led the Matadors with 61 3-pointers and moving up to third on the list of all-time 3-pointers made with 150. New Zealand-native Boagni averaged 5.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in her debut season.
Hicks averaged 16 points-per-game and lead CSUN in scoring this season, along with being the school’s all-time scoring leader. The senior made 81 percent of his free-throws this season, making the most shots from the line in Big West history. Maxwell led CSUN in rebounds this season, grabbing an average of 8.1 boards-per-game. He is right behind Hicks in leading scorers with 14.6 points-per-game.
The Matadors venture on to Anaheim at the end of the week to kick-off the Big West Tournament. Hicks, Maxwell and the rest of the men’s team face top-seed UC Davis Thursday afternoon, while the women’s team awaits their match up after notching the second seed in the conference and earning a bye from the first round.