Women's Hoop to Host Pepperdine at 4:30 pm on Wednesday

Women's Hoop to Host Pepperdine at 4:30 pm on Wednesday

This Week: The Mustangs remain at home after a 2-0 record at the Thanksgiving Tournament this past weekend and post a 3-2 record overall. Pepperdine enters Wednesday's game with a 3-3 overall record after coming off an overtime win at New Mexico on Saturday. Cal Poly will then hit the road for the first of a six-game road trip when the team visits Saint Mary's on Sunday. The Gaels enter the week 3-3. The game with the Waves is part of a doubleheader with the men's team with tip set for 4:30 pm.

What's coming up: Following today's game, Cal Poly will open a six-game road trip that will span the United States. The trip will open with a game at Saint Mary's on Dec. 4 and will be followed by games at Sacred Heart (Dec. 11) and Long Island (Dec. 14). Following the East Coast swing, Cal Poly will return to California for games at San Diego (Dec. 17), LMU  (Dec. 19) and San Diego State (Dec. 21). The Mustangs' next home game will be on Dec. 31 at 4 pm when they host Central Coast rival UC Santa Barbara to open Big West Conference play.  

Internet Coverage: All Cal Poly home games will be carried on the internet  at GoPoly.com with Dave Grant calling the play by play. All home games are also available via video through Big West TV.. With live stats available at GoPoly.com

A Quick Look at the Teams:
                              CP    Pep.    SMC
Record:                  3-2    3-3    3-3
Points PG              80.2    60.3    63.7
Opp. Points PG      74.2    67.3    67.5
Rebounds PG        48.4    34.0    40.0
Shooting %           41.0    33.8    37.0
3-Point %              39.0    24.8    30.8
FT %                     66.7    71.3    73.5
Steals PG               7.2    13.0    8.7
Assists                 18.6    9.5    10.5
Blocks PG              2.6    2.0    2.0    

Pepperdine: The Waves enter the game with the Mustangs having won three of their last four games that includes wins over Fresno State (81-78), Idaho (57-48) and New Mexico (59-56). Jazmine Jackson leads the team with 16.8 points with Lauren Bell adding 12.7 and Katie Menton 11.7 points. Jackson is also the team's top rebounder with 5.5 boards per game.

Probable Starters for Pepperdine:             Pts    Reb.
15             Barnett, Skye            f              5.6    4.6
20             McNorton, Jade         c              3.0    1.5
5                 Jackson, Jazmine    g            16.8    5.5
23             Menton, Katie           g            11.7    4.2
32             Bell, Lauren              g            12.7    3.7

Saint Mary's: The Gaels enter the week 3-3 and will host William Jessup on Tuesday. SMC is coming off a 69-67 loss to Quinnipiac this past weekend. Jasmine Smith leads the team with 14.8 points with Jackie Nared scoring 11.5. Danielle Mauldin leads the team with 8.0 rebounds while Carli Rosenthal is not far behind with 7.7.  SMC has picked up wins over Montana, Pacific and Vairginia Tech with the losses against DePual and UCSB.

Probable Starters for Saint Mary's:             Pts    Reb.
25             ROSENTHAL, Carli     f                 5.2    7.7
54             MAULDIN, Danielle    f                 8.5    8.0
03             NARED, Jackie          g               11.5    7.3
10             GAZE, Kate              g                 7.8    2.2
32             SMITH, Jasmine       g               14.8    2.5

A Little About the Mustangs.....:  • The Mustangs won their first-ever share of the Big West Conference regular season championship last season with a 12-4 Big West Conference record.

• The Mustangs won 18 games last season, tied for second-best in school history since making the move to Division I in the 1994-95 season. Cal Poly posted a Division I best 21 wins during the 2008-09 season when the team went 21-11. During the 2009-10 season, head coach Faith Mimnaugh's squad recorded 18 wins... Overall in women's basketball history (since 1974-75), the team posted a 21-12 record in the 1981-82 season and 18-11 in 1979-80 when the team was competing at the Division II level.

• Head coach Faith Mimnaugh won her second Big West Conference Coach of the Year this past season while winning co-coach of the year in 1999-2000...

• The Mustangs return the 2009-10 Big West player of the year, Kristina Santiago, after going down to an ACL injury the first game of last season and a redshirt season.

The Mustangs Almost Make it Three in a Row.... :   With Ashlee Burns scoring 22 points in the win over Austin Peay and adding 12 of her 17 points in the second half to rally the Mustangs to a win over San Jose State, Cal Poly almost made it three Big West Players of the Week in a row... In the two games Burns averaged 19.5 points hitting 14 of 27 shots from the floor and made nine of 18 from long range. Her all-around game included six assists.

Player of the Week.... Make it two in a Row...: The Cal Poly Mustangs made it two for two this week winning their second Big West Conference Play of the Week when senor Kristina Santiago won the honor one week after Jonae Ervin picked up her award. Santiago was selected as the Big West Player of the Week when she established career-highs in points and rebounds this past week. This is the second straight week Cal Poly has claimed the weekly honor with Jonae Ervin picking up the season's first award. In leading the Mustangs to an 82-66 win over San Francisco on Wednesday evening, the Santa Maria, Calif., set a new career-high when she drained 36 points and tied her career-best in rebounds with 15. Santiago shot .519 from the floor, converting 14-of-27, while making 7-of-9 from the charity stripe.  Four days later in the team's home opener against the Fresno State Bulldogs, the 6-1 forward shattered her previous rebound mark with an impressive 23 boards to go along with 27 points, securing her second double-double of the week. She added three blocks and four steals to her nightly total. For the Week, Santiago averaged 31.5 points and 19.0 rebounds per contest, while firing .543 from the floor. She also notched 2.5 assists, 3.0 blocks and 2.0 steals per game.  For the season the senior is averaging 27.2 points, 14.7 rebounds per game while shooting 52 percent from the floor.

 Ervin was selected as the Big West Conference Player of the Week when she scored a career-high 33 points in the Mustangs' season-opener against Oregon. In the Mustangs 102-93 loss to Pac-12's Oregon Ducks, the sophomore point guard shot 10-of-13 (.846) from the floor, including a perfect 5-for-5 from three-point range. She made 6-of-10 from the free throw line for a total of 33 points, to lead all players. Ervin's previous career-high was 19 points at Pacific last season.  Hailing from Brea, Calif., she also tied a career-best six rebounds while adding two assists to her total.

Over the Weekend... : Senior Christine Martin had a weekend of her own to talk about... Martin averaged 16.0 points with 17 coming against Austin Peay and 15 against San Jose State. She made 67 percent of her shots from the floor and 60 percent from long range...

Other players to note include sophomore Molly Schlemer collecting 17 boards against San Jose State.... She had a team-high five boards at the offensive end of the court.  Junior transfer Brittany Woodard  averaged eight points and seven rebounds in the tourney... While true freshman Jasmine Harris saw her first action as a Mustang against San Jose State...

Missing in Action:  Post player and all-Big West second team selection from last season, Abby Bloetscher, is sidelined with an ACL injury. Bloetscher is expected to return mid-season... Kayla Griffin is game to game with an ankle issue... as is senior Kristina Santiago after missing the San Jose State game after a collision on the court.... Kristen Ale is waiting release from the doctor after a concussion... Freshman Jashae Lee is out for the season while redshirt sophomore Nikol Allison is hoping to return after off-season surgery.

Wins and Losses...:  
                              Wins         Loss    
Record:                        3        2
Points PG                77.3        84.5
Opp. Points PG        63.3        90.5
Rebounds PG          48.7        48.0
Shooting %             42.2        39.5
3-Point %               37.3        41.3
FT %                      67.7        65.0
Steals PG                5.7        9.5
Assists                  19.3        17.5
Blocks PG                2.0        3.5
Turnovers               13.0        17.0

Mustangs Tabbed To Repeat At Regular Season Champion
Cal Poly was selected to repeat as the Big West women's basketball regular season champion for the 2011-12 season, as voted on by the media in the Big West women's basketball preseason poll. The Mustangs collected 11 of the possible 24 first-place votes and 200 total points. The Mustangs welcome back 2009-10 Big West Women's Basketball Player of the Year Kristina Santiago, who missed last season due to a torn ACL. During her junior campaign (2009-10), she led the conference in scoring (19.6) while ranking second in steals per game (2.41), total steals (70), rebounding (8.5) and field goal percentage (.547). She will be headlining a roster that showcases an even mix of veterans and fresh faces. The second-place Gauchos return much of their team including All-Big West First Team pick Emilie Johnson, Honorable Mention selection Sweets Underwood, All-Freshman Team choice Nicole Nesbit, as well as starters Kelsey Adrian and Angelei Aguirre. While Johnson is the Gauchos' top returner in scoring, Underwood will lead the way on the boards after finishing third in the league last year (6.9 RPG). Leading the charge for the third-place UC Davis Aggies this year is a trio of returning starters - Hana Asano, Samantha Meggison and Kasey Riecks. In 2009-10 they combined for nearly one-third of the Aggies' total points, while tallying a .368 field goal percentage. Meggison started all 33 contests and Asano and Riecks started 31 and 29, respectively. Finishing fourth with a total of 120 points is the UC Riverside women's basketball program. In the offseason the Highlanders lost five players due to graduation, including four of its top five scorers, so look at 2011-12 to be a rebuilding year. This year's Highlanders squad is led by junior Tre'Shonti Nottingham, who paced UCR with 13.5 points per game last season. Garnering the fifth slot in the preseason poll with 107 points is Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine earned the sixth spot after acquiring 91 points. The pair of Orange County schools were followed by Cal State Northridge (73), Pacific (66) and Long Beach State (63).

Media Poll
1. Cal Poly (11)........................................................200
2. UC Santa Barbara (11)........................................191
3. UC Davis (2)........................................................169
4. UC Riverside.......................................................120
5. Cal State Fullerton...............................................107
6. UC Irvine................................................................91
7. Cal State Northridge..............................................73
8. Pacific....................................................................66
9. Long Beach State..................................................63

Cal Poly vs. San Jose State: Burns, Martin lead Women's Hoop to 71-55 win over San Jose State SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Seniors Ashlee Burns and Christine Martin combined for 32 points in leading the Cal Poly women's basketball team to a 71-55 non-conference win over San Jose State on Sunday at Mott Gym. Burns scored 17 points when she hit six of 12 shots from the field and five of nine from long range. Martin scored 15 points in her first start of the season when she connected on six of nine from the floor. Redshirt freshman Ariana Elegado, in her first start as a Mustang, dished out eight assists and added seven points. Sophomore Molly Schlemer came off the bench to score eight points and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds with 12 coming on the defensive end.  Brittany Johnson led the Spartans with 20 points with Sara Plavljanin adding 16. Cal Poly shot 39 percent from the floor and med 35 percent from beyond the arch. San Jose State shot 30 percent from the floor and 33 percent long range. Cal Poly held a 54-38 advantage on the boards and dished out a season-high 21 assists. In the first half the Mustangs moved out to a 17-12 lead when Martin, making her first start of the season, converted a traditional three-point play with 11:09 on the clock. The Spartans responded with an 8-2 run to take 20-19 lead at 7:33 when Johnson hit a jumper. SJSU kept the pressure up and extended its lead to five (28-23) at 5:09 when Ta'Rae Cunnigan converted a layup. Cal Poly stormed back with the help of six points from Schlemer and a 12-5 run to close the period and hold a 35-33 lead at the break.  In the second half, SJSU tied the game (35-35) with 18:51 on the clock, but at that stage the Mustangs went on a 15-4 run over the next eight minutes and never looked back. Cal Poly held its largest lead of the game at the 4:22 mark when Martin hit a three from the right baseline for a 71-48 lead. Burns led the charge with 12 second half points, hitting four of five from long range with martin adding eight with two 3-pointers. Schlemer was a dominate factor on the boards with 11 rebounds in the final period.

Cal Poly vs. Austin Peay: Burns Hits for 22 in Women's Hoop Win Over Austin Peay
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Senior Ashlee Burns tied her career-high with 22 points in leading the Cal Poly women's basketball team to a 79-69 win over Austin Peay on Saturday in Mott Gym. Burns' points came when she hit eight of 15 from the floor and four of nine from long range. Burns scored 16 points in the second half. Fellow senior Christine Martin added a career-high 17 points off the bench when she hit six of nine from the field and four of five from beyond the arch. Junior Caroline Reeves recorded a career-high in leading all players with 10 rebounds while adding six assists. Whitney Hanley led Austin Peay and all players with 25 points when she hit 11 of 24 from the floor. Cal Poly shot 46 percent from the floor and 47 percent from long range while Austin Peay shot 42 percent from the floor and 24 percent on threes. Cal Poly's Kristina Santiago scored the Mustangs first seven points and had 10 in the first half before exiting the game with 2:24 left in the first half with an injury. The Mustangs moved out to a 10 point lead (18-8) in the first eight minutes of the game, capped by a layup by Burns. Autin Peay came back to tie the game (22-22) on a 14-4 run with Hanley hit a jumper at 7:52..Cal Poly gained an 11 point advantage (37-26) when sophomore Ariana Elegado converted a traditional three-point play. The Mustangs went to the break holding a 37-30 lead. Cal Poly extended its lead to 13 (49-36) in the first four minutes of the second half on a layup by Reeves. Austin Peay responded with a 16-3 run to tie the game at 52-52 on a layup by Leslie Martinez with 12:19 left. The teams battled back and fourth with a pair of lead changes until sophomore Molly Schlemer made a layup with 5:55 left in the game giving the Mustangs a 59-58 lead that they would not relinquish. Cal Poly built up a 10 point lead (70-60) with 3:28 left on a pair of threes by Burns and settled for the 79-69 win.