Hometown Report: Utti makes conference all-freshmen team

Maddi Utti, right, looks to pass for the Bulldogs in a game at San Diego State earlier this season.

Seaside High School graduate Maddi Utti was honored this week for her outstanding freshman year of basketball at Fresno State University.

Utti and teammate Aly Gamez were named to the Mountain West Conference all-freshmen team, in conference awards announced Monday.

Fresno State’s Candice White was selected to the All-Mountain West team, making the Bulldogs the only team in the MWC to have three players honored in the postseason awards.

Utti started 25 straight games, led all MWC freshmen in field-goal percentage, and ranked third overall in the league at 56.4 percent. At only 5-foot-10, the undersized post player and former point guard with the Gulls led all freshmen in rebounding at 5.7 per game.

Utti also ranked third among freshmen in minutes (32.4) per game and fourth in scoring (9.8). For Fresno State, she ranks first in field-goal percentage, second in rebounds and blocks, and third in steals and assists. She has posted 10 double-figure performances in league play, and two double-doubles.

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