Apr 1, 2013 4:29 PM by Andrew Masuda

Former Mustang Santiago named Bulgarian League MVP

Former Cal Poly basketball star Kristina Santiago continues to represent the Central Coast in her first season of professional basketball overseas. Monday, the Santa Maria native was named the Most Valuable Player of the Bulgarian Women's Basketball League.

As a rookie for Dunav 8806, which is based in Ruse, Bulgaria, Santiago led the league in scoring during the regular season at 21.7 points per game. She made 60.7 percent of her shots, averaged 8.8 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.2 blocks during the regular season. Dunav8806 finished second in the league with a 19-5 record.

Santiago and team Dunav open the playoffs on April 4.

Earlier this season, Santiago helped Dunav win a record fourth-straight Cup of Bulgaria.

The Righetti High graduate finished her Cal Poly career as the program's all-time leader in career points and rebounds. She was a two-time Big West Conference Player of the Year winner for the Mustangs.



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