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Athlete of the Week: Stephanie Lopez

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ILLUSTRATION BY BRITTANY ENGLAND/THE PIONEER

Louis LaVenture,
Sports and Campus Editor

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Senior guard on the Cal State East Bay women’s basketball team Stephanie Lopez is the Pioneer Athlete of the Week at Cal State East Bay.

Lopez was vital in helping the Pioneers reach the California Collegiate Athletic Association Conference Tournament championship game on Saturday at Stockton Arena. Lopez averaged 18.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists in three games during the tournament with their only loss coming in the championship game to the Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros, 76-57.

This season Lopez led all Pioneers in scoring with 18.2 points per game, assists at 4.5 a game, three-pointers with 35, field goals with 173, and minutes played at 33.4 per game.

Lopez is also one of just three Pioneers to start in all of the team’s 31 games this season.

“Steph has such great court vision and plays an all-around great game,” CSUEB Head Coach Suzy Barcomb said.

Lopez made history in her final season at CSUEB when she became the first Pioneer to score 500 points in one season and finished the year with 570 points which made her the fourth all-time leading scorer in school history with 921 total points. Lopez averaged 15.1 points per game in her career at CSUEB, which puts her at the top of the list for career scoring average in CSUEB school history.

“Coach and everybody want me to attack,” Lopez said. “I don’t really want to score all the time but I have to.”

Lopez also broke CSUEB free throw records. First on Feb. 20 against Cal State San Bernardino, when she made 13-for-13 from the charity stripe and has now made the most free throws in school history with 189.

Lopez was named the CCAA player of the week twice this season and on Wednesday she was named to the all-conference first team after she led the conference in points, free throws, and steals this season.

“My friends and coaches really pushed me throughout my career,” Lopez said. “I have to thank my mom and my sister too because I wouldn’t be here without them.”

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