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January 31, 2013

Mustangs to Host CS Fullerton, UC Riverside on Thursday and Saturday

This Week:  The Mustangs will host Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside in Big West Conference games this week. Cal Poly will play the Titans on Thursday, Jan. 31 with a 7 pm tip while the Highlanders will come to town for a game on Saturday, Feb. 2 with tip set for 4 pm. Cal Poly enters Thursday's game with a 10-8 overall record and 4-3 mark in conference games while the Titans are 7-12 overall and 3-4 in Big West games.

Live Stats/Audio:  Live stats, audio and video will be available for all home games  at GoPoly.com. All Cal Poly home games are streamed at Gopoly.com with Dave Grant calling the play by play. Live stats will also be available through GoPoly.com. Video will be available at BigWest.org.

Seeing Red: Cal Poly is hosting a Red Out Women's Basketball game against Cal State Fullerton on Thursday, Jan. 31 in Mott Athletics Center. The event supports the American Heart Association's National Wear Red Day, which brings awareness to heart disease - the number one killer of women in the United States. Buy a "Rock the Beat" T-shirt at the game with all T-shirt proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association. Event partners, French Hospital Medical Center and San Luis Ambulance will be on site with information about heart disease, heart healthy programs and blood pressure checks.

A Nation of Coaches Serving Others in the Fight Against Cancer: In Saturday's game against UC Riverside the Cal Poly women's basketball team will be wearing pink in honor of the Play 4Kay (Kay Yow) initiative (formerly known as WBCA Pink Zone) and is an opportunity for a nation of coaches and players to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Since its inception in 2007, the Play 4Kay initiative has raised over $2 million to support women's cancer research.

What's coming up: Following the game with the  Highlanders, Cal Poly will hit the road for three games, starting with Pacific and UC Davis on Feb 7th and 9th. The three-game road trip will conclude with a trip to Santa Barbara to face the Gauchos on Feb. 16.

A Quick Look at the Teams:
                                                  CP    CSF    UCR
Record:                                  10-8    7-12    9-9
BWC Record                            4-3      3-4     2-5
Points PG                               67.8     57.3    62.7
Opp. Points PG                      68.6     61.9    64.5
Rebounds PG                         41.9    41.3    38.6
Shooting %                           40.1     31.7    39.7
3-Point %                             32.2    25.2    29.0
FT %                                     63.9    68.3    73.6
Steals PG                               8.0      8.8    9.1
Assists PG                            16.2    10.3    11.9
Blocks PG                               3.7      2.9    4.2
Turnovers PG                        17.4    17.5    19.1

Cal State Fullerton:  The Titans enter the game with the Mustangs with a 7-12 overall record and 3-4 mark in conference games. Cal State Fullerton has lost its last three conference games (Long Beach State, UC Davis and Pacific) after winning five of the previous six games. Chante Miles leads the team in scoring with 11.8 points per game with Alex Thomas adding 9.2 points. Kathleen Iwouha is the team's top rebounder with 7.5 boards per game. Head coach Marcia Foster is in her fourth season as the head coach of the Titans and her 10th overall with the program. Prior to joining Cal State Fullerton, Foster served as an assistant coach with the Mustangs.

History with the Titans: Cal Poly holds a 21-17 advantage over the Titans in the all-time series including wins in all three games last season.

UC Riverside:  The Highlanders enter the week with 9-9 overall record and a 2-5 record in conference games. TreShont Nottingham leads the team and the conference with 18.3 points per game. She shoots 37 percent from the floor and converts 35 percent of her shots from long range. Brittany Crain adds 13.2 points while Natasha Hadley is the team's top rebounder with 6.3 boards per game.  

History with the Highlanders: UC Riverside holds a 29-27 advantage over the Mustangs in the all-time series with Cal Poly winning both games last season.

A Little About the Mustangs.....:  
• The Mustangs are coming off back-to-back Big West Regular Season Championships posting a 12-4 conference record both seasons.  

• The Mustangs won 17 games last season, one off pervious year (18) that 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.

• The Mustangs have claimed the last three Big West Conference Player of the year awards with Kristina Santiago winning twice (2011-12 and 2009-10) and Rachel Clancy winning in 2010-11.

• The Mustangs have advanced to the post season the last two seasons, both in the WNIT. In 2011 the Mustangs hosted California and lost 74-60 while in the 2012 season Cal Poly traveled to Seattle and lost to Washington, 90-71.

• Cal Poly head coach Faith Mimnaugh picked up her 200 career win at Cal Poly with the team's 72-63 win at Nevada. She is already has the most wins as a coach in program history, amassing 204 wins to this point in 15-plus seasons.
Season  Head Coach                             W -L     Pct.
1979-86 Marilyn McNeil                      98-103    .488     
1997- -- Faith Mimnaugh                 205-243    .457
1976-79 Mary Stallard                        33-41    .446
1986-96 Jill Orrock                          103-132    .438
1974-76 Sharon Chatman                    7-28    .200
1995-97 Karen Booker                         9-44    .170

Around the NCAA....
Assists Per Game (250 ranked)     
Jonae Ervin                                                                 108th    4.1
Kayla Griffin                                                                175th    3.6
Ariana Elegado                                                           240th    3.3    
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage (250 ranked)     
Ariana Elegado                                                           58th     37.4
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game (250 ranked)     
Elegado Ariana                                                           85th     2.18
Assist Turnover Ratio (250 ranked)     
Jonae Ervin                                                                 12th    2.42
Kayla Griffin                                                                115th    1.42
Elegado Ariana                                                          174th    1.23

NCAA Team:
Assists Per Game (343 ranked)                                29th     16.2
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage (247 ranked)     90th     32.2
Assist Turnover Ratio (343 ranked)                          54th     0.93
Scoring Offense (343 ranked)                                  75th     67.8

Schlemer Shines:  Junior Molly Schlemer has scored in double figures in the last six games and eight of the last nine including a career-high 28 points against Pacific when she was named the conference player of the week. Since conference started, Schlemer leads the Mustangs in scoring with 15.7 points per game and has grabbed 7.7 rebounds per contest. She is shooting a remarkable 61 percent from the floor, making 49 of 80 field goals. In conference games only, she is second in the  BWC in scoring and sixth in rebounding. Overall she averages 11.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.   

Ervin, Back Where She Belongs....:   Junior Jonae Ervin is back where she belongs.... Among the leaders in the NCAA in assist/turnover ratio.... As of two weeks ago she had played enough games to qualify for the NCAA ranking and she steps in at No. 12 in the nation at 2.42 per game.... Last season she led the nation with a ratio of 2.67.

An Assists or Two...:  The Mustangs are ranked 29th in the nation and lead the Big West Conference with 16.2 assists per game. Four players have dished out more then 40 assists this season, led by Kayla Griffin with 64. Jonae Ervin has 58 with Ariana Elegado with 54. Caroline Reeves has dished out 46. Ervin has amassed her total in just 14 games.

Playing the Best... : Cal Poly opened the 2012-13 season playing two teams ranked in the top 25. The Mustangs opened the season with No. 24 Oklahoma State, falling 90-59. Then came back after a pair of wins to play No. 12 California (87-61). .. The are now No. 16 and No. 6 respectively...

RPI.... : . The Mustangs are ranked 105th this week in the NCAA RPI... ... Last week at 96.. and the previous week at 122nd... Other Big West schools in the RPI a head of Cal Poly are Pacific at #23 and Cal State Northridge #72...

Griffin Getting it Going..... :   Senior Kayla Griffin had her best game of the season and possibly her career in the game with UC Santa Barbara when she connected for a career-best 21 points when she hit eight of 15 shots from the floor and three of four from long range... Her all around game included five assists and four steals without committing a turnover... For the season Griffin is fourth on the team in scoring with 9.3 points per game and leads the team with 7.1 rebounds per game.

Schlemer's Career Night:  Junior Molly Schlemer, who established a career high in scoring in Cal Poly's historic triple-overtime win over Pacific, was named the Big West Player of the Week. Schlemer averaged 20 points and 7.5 rebounds in two Big West Conference games at home last week. In the 73-71 win over UC Davis on Thursday, Schlemer came off the bench to spark Cal Poly with 12 points and six rebounds in just 15 minutes of play when she hit five of seven shots from the floor. Two days later, Schlemer scored a career-high 28 points when she converted 13 of 17 shots from the floor as Cal Poly beat Pacific 96-95 in the Mustangs' first-ever triple-overtime game. She backed up her career night with a 22 point game against UCSB when she made 11 of 15 shots from the floor with eight rebounds.. In the five Big West Conference games, Schlemer leads the team with 14.8 points per game with a team-high 7.0 rebounds.

Elegado Shines:  Sophomore Ariana Elegado leads the team with 11.9 points per game, scoring in double figures in seven games... She has scored 20 or more points in four games including a 31 point game against Saint Mary's... For the season she is hitting 37 percent of her shots from  the floor and 37 percent from long range. She has dished out 54 assists (44 turnovers) with 26 steals...  

Wins and Losses.....:  
                                         Wins         Losses    
Record:                                10             8
Points PG                           74.6        59.4
Opp. Points PG                   64.0        74.2
Rebounds PG                     44.3        39.0
Shooting %                        43.6        35.7
3-Point %                          36.9        27.1
FT %                                  68.4        57.6
Steals PG                            8.3        7.6
Assists                               18.2        13.6
Blocks PG                             4.1        3.3
Turnovers                          16.5        18.5

Two Local Women's Basketball Players Among Four to Sign NLI's
A total of four high school players have signed national letters of intent to enroll and continue their women's basketball careers at Cal Poly. The announcement was made Thursday by 16th-year Mustang head coach Faith Mimnaugh. The four players to sign NLI's on Wednesday include Hannah Gilbert (Morro Bay, CA), Mary Kate Evans (Atascadero, CA), Sarah Lipton (Irvine, CA) and Rachel Koehler (Billings, MT).
Hannah Gilbert, 6-3, Center, Morro Bay, CA/ Morro Bay HS
Named MVP of the Los Padres League as a junior when she led the team to a 20-4 overall record and 12-0 in league games… She averaged 14.4 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game while making 73 percent of her shots from the line. As a sophomore she helped lead the team to a 20-6 overall record and a 10-2 mark in league games when she averaged 11.6points and 9.7 rebounds per game…. As a freshman she posted numbers of 5.9 points and 7.4 rebounds in helping the team to an 18-8 overall record and 10-2 league record…Mary Kate Evans, 6-0, Forward, Atascadero, CA/ Atascadero HS
As a junior she averaged 19.3 points, 13 rebounds, 4.4 blocks and 2.9 steals per game in leading her team to an 18-9 overall record and a 9-3 mark in league games earning All CIF honors…. She was named first-team all-league and all-county first-team and Atascadero High School MVP… As a sophomore averaged 11.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.5 blocks per game earning All CIF for the second time… Named all-county… Also earned named team MVP… Intends to major in environmental engineering at Cal Poly….
Sarah Lipton, 6-1, Forward, Irvine, CA/ Woodbridge HS
As a junior she averaged 14 points, 6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.63 blocks per game while shooting 40 percent from the floor and 39 percent from long range… She was MVP and First-Team All-Pacific Coast League … She also honored when she was named All-City MVP and invited to the Nike Skills  Academy… As a sophomore she was named All-CIF Southern Section, First-Team All-Pacific Coast League and led Woodbridge HS in scoring…  As a freshman she named second-team all-league as the team advanced to the 1A CIF Semifinals and the CIF Southern Section Division 2AA Championships. Played club for Cal Swish Black and head coach Russ Davis…
 Rachel Koehler, 5-10, Forward, Billings, MT/Billings Senior HS
Led the team in scoring (10 ppg) and rebounding (8 rpg) while adding 1.4 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 block per game… She was named to the first-team all-league… The all-around athlete was named all-state in soccer three times and one in track and field… Finished second in the state in the triple jump and advanced to the championship in the 4 x 100 relay…

• Cal State Northridge is labeled the preseason favorite to win the Big West title this season, but the voting shows the race will be a tight one. The Matadors garnered six first place votes and 161 points overall, but
Pacific was only two points behind and picked up five first place mentions. Defending Tournament champion UC Santa Barbara picked up 153 points and three first place tallies, while Cal Poly (127 pts.) and Long Beach State (116) each picked up a first place vote and finished fourth and fifth, respectively.