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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly women's basketball team will open the Big West Conference Tournament on Tuesday night, facing Hawai'i at 8:30 p.m. in Walter Pyramid on the campus of Long Beach State. The first-round matchup between the No. 7-seeded Mustangs and No. 6 Rainbow Wahine will be broadcast on ESPN3 as well as ESPN Radio 1280.
If the No. 5-vs.-No. 8 matchup between UC Riverside and UC Irvine (beginning at 6 p.m. on the same court) goes long, the nightcap will tip off a minimum of a half-hour afterward (possibly later than 8:30).
No. 3 CSUN and No. 4 UC Santa Barbara await in Wednesday's quarterfinals (still at LBSU, also at 6 and 8:30 p.m.), while the regular-season champion, UC Davis, and second-seeded Long Beach State have byes to the semifinals (which move to the Honda Center in Anaheim, scheduled for 12 noon and 2:30 p.m. Friday).
The title game of the 34th annual tournament will be played at 4 p.m. Saturday, televised by FOX Sports PT. Tickets are on sale through both GoPoly.com and TicketMaster.com, or by calling (800) 745-3000.
The Mustangs and Wahine tied in the Big West standings at 7-9 (both 11-17 overall), with UH earning a tiebreaker for seeding by claiming the regular-season series between the two, prevailing 87-79 in San Luis Obispo on Jan. 19 and 66-57 in the rematch in Honolulu on Jan. 28.
Links to follow live stats, video and audio broadcasts of Mustang games can be found above, on the schedule page or via the GoPoly Front Row app.
GILBERT, LEAUPEPE TWINS EARN ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS: A trio of Mustangs — Hannah Gilbert, Lynn Leaupepe and Dynn Leaupepe — earned All-Big West Conference Team honors on Monday.
Gilbert was selected to the First Team, while Lynn made the Second Team and Dynn was chosen for Honorable Mention recognition.
Gilbert ended the regular season seventh in school history in scoring and sixth in rebounding. The senior forward from Morro Bay enters the postseason having scored 1,131 career points (only two back of Molly Schlemer, who scored 1,133 from 2010-14 for sixth all-time) to go with 662 rebounds (10 back of the No. 5 spot, also held by Schlemer).
She has played in 118 games as a Mustang. After leading the Big West in field-goal percentage as a sophomore, she earned all-conference second-team accolades as a junior, and earlier this season was selected as College Sports Madness' Big West Player of the Week on Nov. 28 (two days after also making the all-tournament team at the Cal Poly Holiday Beach Classic).
Gilbert — who has a .532 career field-goal percentage (and is currently No. 37 in the nation this season, at .542) — ranks seventh in the Big West in scoring (at 14.0 points per game) and eighth in rebounding (6.7).
The Big West Player of the Week on Jan. 23, Lynn Leaupepe enters the postseason 25th all-time in scoring at Cal Poly, with 767 points (35 behind current Mustang associate head coach Kari Duperron's 802 from 1999-03).
A junior from Camarillo, Lynn's 485 career rebounds total is also five away from tying Heather Journey (1999-03) for 12th in program history. She's the Big West's sixth-leading scorer (at 15.0 points per game), third-leading rebounder (7.8), and is second in steals per game (1.7). Her nine double-doubles rank No. 2 in the league.
Dynn Leaupepe, also an honorable mention as a sophomore, is now 12th in school history in scoring, with 1,027 points, six shy of Kellie Hoffman (1992-96) for 11th.
Selected as the conference player of the week on Jan. 9, she ranks No. 11 in the country in free-throw percentage, at .884 (via 107-for-121). Dynn is also the Big West's fifth-leading scorer (also 15.0 points per game) while ranking seventh in steals (1.5).
Gilbert and the twin sisters combined for an historic performance in the 78-60 win at UC Irvine on Feb. 9. Led by Dynn's 21 points and 20 apiece from Lynn and Gilbert, they became the first triumvirate in Mustang Division I history to score 20 points each in the same game.
Monday's announcement brought the Mustangs' total of all-conference team selections to 45 since joining the Big West in 1996.
MORE MUSTANGS AMONG BIG WEST LEADERS: Two Mustang teammates also rank among the top 20 in the Big West in other statistical categories.
Senior forward Amanda Lovely is 17th in rebounding (at 4.8 per game), while sophomore point guard Dye Stahley is seventh in assists (3.7) and third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0).
ON PACE FOR A SCHOOL RECORD: With a percentage of .752 (at 361-for-480), Cal Poly enters the week No. 36 in the country in free-throw accuracy. The Mustangs are on pace to surpass the 2010-11 squad (.744) for the single-season team record in program history.
Cal Poly to Open Big West Conference Tournament Against Hawai'i
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