Cal Poly Falls at Big West Conference Tournament to Hawai'i, 71-50

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Mustang senior forward Hannah Gilbert had her third-highest scoring performance of the season on Tuesday night while moving to No. 6 in school history in career scoring, but the Cal Poly women's basketball team fell 71-50 to Hawai'i in the first round of the Big West Conference Tournament in Walter Pyramid at Long Beach State.

Gilbert, selected as an all-conference first-team honoree on Monday, finished with a game-high 26 points on 12-for-23 shooting, along with three blocks in a 37-minute effort.

She went 7-for-10 for 14 points in the first half, surpassing former teammate Molly Schlemer (1,133 points from 2010-14) with a jumper 5:43 into the game.

Gilbert finishes her Mustang career with 1,157 points and 663 rebounds (also ranking No. 6 in school history in that category).

The Rainbow Wahine got out to a 10-2 lead with 4:26 remaining in the opening quarter, but Cal Poly closed the period down 13-8 — part of a 9-3 Mustang run, as a three-point play from senior forward Amanda Lovely narrowed the deficit to 13-11 with 27 seconds elapsed in the second quarter.

A 3-pointer by Olivia Crawford 49 seconds before halftime sent UH to the break ahead 28-21. The Wahine led 51-37 entering the fourth quarter, closing the third allowing a driving buzzer-beating layup from junior guard Dynn Leaupepe (an All-Big West honorable mention earlier this week).

A jumper by Lovely with 8:08 remaining cut the gap to 55-43, but Hawai'i scored the ensuing five points over the next two-and-a-half minutes to pull away.

Cal Poly (11-18), the bracket's No. 7 seed, had a 40-8 advantage in points in the paint on the evening.

Crawford finished with 21 points for the sixth-seeded Wahine (12-17), who advanced to face No. 3 CSUN in the quarterfinals at 6 p.m. Wednesday. 

Dynn finished with nine points and six rebounds. One of the nation's top 15 free-throw shooters, she ends her junior year with an .887 percentage, a new single-season school record. She'll begin her senior season with 1,036 career points, No. 11 all-time at Cal Poly.

Her twin sister Lynn Leaupepe, an all-conference second-team selection, finished with six points and 10 rebounds — four points shy of producing her 10th double-double on the season.

Lynn will head into her senior year 25th in school history in scoring (773 points) and 12th in career rebounding (495).

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