For Cal Poly San Luis Obispo senior guard Caroline Reeves, the glow of winning the Big West Conference women’s basketball tournament hasn’t yet dimmed.
“It hasn’t worn off,” Reeves said. “At practice, it’s all business, but right now, I’m just enjoying the experience.”
With last weekend’s tourney win, the Mustangs earned their first bid to play in the NCAA tournament in school history, and the 2008 Nevada Union graduate said she is happy to be part of the program’s emergence.
“It’s been very cool to see the team’s progression over the past five years,” Reeves said. “To see where our team has come from to where it is now.”
Since Reeves joined the Cal Poly program,the Mustangs have won two BWC regular season titles and made the tournament championship game twice, winning it this season.
The Mustangs also tallied the most wins their program has had in a season with 21 this year and boast the last four BWC MVPs, including this year’s winner, Molly Schlemer.
Reeves started in 27 of the Mustangs’ 31 games this season and averaged 6.6 points per game to go with 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists. On top of that, Reeves tallied 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting in the Big West Conference championship game to help send Cal Poly to the tournament.
While at NU, Reeves played four years on the varsity squad, leading NU to a pair of Metro League championships and earning the Metro League MVP award in her sophomore season. Reeves was an All-Sierra Foothill League selection her junior and senior years and also lettered three times in volleyball.
Current Nevada Union girls basketball head coach John McDaniel said he follows Reeves’ career and will definitely be watching this Sunday when she takes the court against No. 3 seed Penn State.
“(Reeves) is a floor leader,” McDaniel said. “She probably could have scored 20 or 25 points per game when she played for me, but she was very unselfish and loved getting assists. She was incredibly well rounded.”
When the No. 14 seed Mustangs take on Penn State Sunday in Louisiana for the first round of the tournament, Reeves said the key will be physicality.
“They are a big team with only one starter smaller than 6-foot,” Reeves said. “The key is we need to be physical, especially when rebounding.”
Reeves said she has drawn the defensive assignment for Penn State’s top offensive threat, Maggie Lucas. The junior guard led Penn State with 20.5 points per game this season.
“She is a good player who can score,” Reeves said. “I just hope to play good defense and make things difficult for her.”
Reeves and the Mustangs (21-10) will look to further their season and upset Penn State (25-5) at 2:15 p.m. Sunday in Baton Rouge, La.
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