LCSC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Callie Stevens wins third straight Cascade Conference player of the year

Mar. 6—Senior Guard Callie Stevens of the Lewis-Clark State women's basketball team was named Cascade Conference player of the year on Tuesday.

With the award, Stevens becomes the first player in LCSC basketball history (man or woman) to win the award three times and is the first women's basketball player in Cascade Conference history to win the award thrice.

The Puyallup, Wash., product is averaging 17.4 points per game this season, shooting 46% from the floor and 36% from 3-point range.

She's also averaging 3.1 assists per game and 1.8 steals this season.

"Callie Stevens continues to excel on the basketball court. She is a dominant scorer and can score at a variety of different levels," LCSC coach Caelyn Orlandi said in a news release. "She is a true 'go get a bucket' player.

"Callie gets the best defender on the other team every game and takes on the challenge with sheer confidence. Callie has spent more time on the Dr. Dish then anyone ever has and our shooting machine should be named after her. I am excited for Callie and excited for this program. We have never had a three-time player of the year and it's very exciting that Callie will be remembered for that."

The senior guard joined the Warriors as a freshman in the fall of 2020.

After missing most of her freshman year with an injury, Stevens bounced back in the 2021-22 season, started all 31 games, led the conference in scoring, had the eighth-most points in a single season for LCSC, and won her first player of the year honor.

In the 2022-23 season, she joined Warriors hall of famer Jasmine Stohr another two-time player of the year recipient with a season where she averaged 14 points and 3.4 assist per game.

Since Stevens joined the program, LCSC has made it to the NAIA national tournament every year and has advanced to the Round of 16 twice.

Stevens also wasn't the only player to receive conference honors on Tuesday.

Senior Maddie Holm, who's been out for the latter half of the season wtih a torn ACL, earned her third straight first-team all-Cascade Conference honor, capping off another all-time decorated career. Stevens was named to the first-team as well in addition to her player of the year honor.

"I can't express how thankful I am to the conference for selecting Maddie Holm as an all-conference performer," Orlandi said in a news release. "Maddie Holm deserves this. Her season was cut short due to injury, but she was playing tremendous basketball. We have not had a player work harder than Maddie Holm. She is the heart and soul of this team and is the glue that holds us together."

Junior guard Ellie Sander was named to the first-team for the first time in her career after being named an honorable mention last season.

Stevens, cemented as one of the greatest players in Warrior basketball history, will have a chance to add more accolades to her highly-decorated career when LCSC starts play in the first round of the NAIA tournament on March 15.