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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Continuing its longest road trip in four seasons, the Cal Poly women's basketball team will soon visit Minnesota, North Dakota State and Utah Valley to close out a stretch of travel spanning 11 days through five states.
The trip — altogether the program's first five-game road swing since 2013-14 — began with an 89-73 win at Northern Arizona on Dec. 9, before a 75-72 loss at Eastern Washington on Dec. 11.
Tipoff against Minnesota is scheduled for 10 a.m. PST (12 noon Central Time) Wednesday, with Big Ten Network Plus televising (for subscribers) from Williams Arena in Minneapolis. It's the second-ever meeting between Cal Poly (4-4) and the Gophers (9-2), who won the first at home on Dec. 12, 2010, 66-52.
Saturday's game at North Dakota State (5-5) is slated for a 5 p.m. PST (7 p.m. Central Dec. 16) start, with Midco Sports broadcasting through ESPN3 (available online and on all mobile platforms) from the Scheels Center in Fargo. Cal Poly faced the Bison at last year's ShareSLO Holiday Beach Classic, winning 73-46 to even the all-time series 1-1.
The trip will then wrap up on Tuesday vs. Utah Valley (4-6), set for 2 p.m. PST (3 p.m. Mountain Time Dec. 19) at Utah Community Credit Union Center in Orem. The two programs met for the first time last season — also at the Thanksgiving-weekend tournament — with the Mustangs topping the Wolverines 77-65.
Links to follow all Mustang games live can be found above, on the schedule page or via the GoPoly Front Row app.
BASALLO EARNS ACCOLADE AFTER SEASON-HIGH: After scoring a season-high 18 points in the victory at NAU, freshman guard Ayzhiana Basallo was named the Coca-Cola Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week on Dec. 11.
Basallo shot 7-of-9 from the floor at Lawrence Skydome, leading the Mustang bench to a 37-19 advantage over the Lumberjacks on FOX Sports Arizona, capping a three-game win streak.
LEAUPEPE TWINS RISING IN THE RECORD BOOK: Cal Poly seniors Dynn Leaupepe and Lynn Leaupepe each now rank not only in the top 20 in school history for career scoring, but also the top 15 in rebounding.
Lynn, the Big West's seventh-leading scorer at 14.1 points per game, was selected as College Sports Madness' conference Player of the Week on Nov. 20. She enters this week No. 20 all-time in scoring (with 886 points) and No. 10 in rebounds (541).
She also leads the Big West in steals per game (2.6), in addition to ranking ninth in rebounding (5.8). Voted conference Player of the Week on Jan. 23, 2017, Lynn earned All-Big West Second Team accolades last season.
Dynn is now No. 7 in school history for scoring (1,144), in addition to recently moving to 14th in boards (480). A back-to-back All-Big West honorable mention and the conference Player of the Week on Jan. 9 as a junior, Dynn broke the single-season school record for free-throw percentage in 2016-17, shooting .887 (110-for-124). She's currently eighth in the Big West in scoring, at 13.5 points per game.
The sisters from Camarillo were each chosen to the Preseason All-Big West Team announced Oct. 25 and the ShareSLO Holiday Beach Classic All-Tournament Team on Nov. 26.
STANBACK ALSO AMONG BIG WEST LEADERS: Mustang junior center Devin Stanback also ranks among the Big West leaders, beginning the week No. 2 in the conference in field-goal percentage (.618 — 18th nationally) while averaging 12.3 points.
Stanback, who arrived at Cal Poly as a transfer via Pepperdine two offseasons ago, is also 11th in the conference in scoring. She posted a career-high 19 points on Nov. 28 during a 77-44 win over Cal State Monterey Bay.
FOLLOW THE MUSTANGS: Cal Poly students always get into games for free, and are also invited to join the Stang Gang. Stang Gang — Cal Poly's student fan group — features several rewards for a $10 one-time lifetime registration fee, including prizes from sponsors such as Woodstock's Pizza, Eureka! and VISA, a member T-Shirt, and more upon reaching point levels by checking in at games.
For the general public, tickets are available at GoPoly.com, by calling (805) 756-4849 or by visiting the sidewalk window at the on-campus Performing Arts Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.
Families are also encouraged to sign up for the Mustang Kids Club ($5 per child/8th grade or under), as benefits include ongoing free admission to all regular-season soccer, volleyball, wrestling & women's basketball events along with select football, men's basketball and baseball games; plus invitations to exclusive events, birthday cards, free ice cream from Doc Burnstein's and a T-Shirt.
Mustang games throughout the season feature additional fan giveaways along with campus and community events inside Mott Athletics Center:
• Friday, Dec. 29 - 7 p.m. vs. CSU Bakersfield
In the final game of the calendar year, the Mustangs will finish non-conference play with Mustang Kids Club Night. Members are invited to Musty's pregame birthday party with pizza and cake.
• Saturday, Jan. 13 - 2 p.m. vs. CSUN
For Youth Basketball Day, all youth 13-and-under receive free admission to the game against the Matadors, led by Channon Fluker, the 2017 Big West Player of the Year and a USA Basketball U-23 training camp invitee.
• Thursday, Jan. 18 - 7 p.m. vs. UC Irvine
On Faculty Appreciation Night, Cal Poly faculty & staff receive up to four free tickets each.
• Saturday, Jan. 20 - 2 p.m. vs. UC Davis
For Special Olympics Day against the Aggies (who last season advanced to the third round of the WNIT), all athletes are invited to attend for free.
• Saturday, Feb. 10 - 2 p.m. vs. Long Beach State
On Play4Kay Day, fans are encouraged to wear pink, and $2 from every ticket purchased will go directly to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund to support cancer research.
• Saturday, Feb. 24 - 2 p.m. vs. Cal State Fullerton
Senior Day will also be Poly Play Day, as kids are invited to an annual pregame carnival at 1 p.m. in the Stampede Club Tent, followed by free admission to the home finale for youth 13-and-under.
TOURNAMENT SLATED FOR FULLERTON & ANAHEIM: The first round (featuring seeds 5-8) and quarterfinals (adding the No. 3 and 4 seeds) of the 35th annual Big West Tournament will be held from March 6-7 at Fullerton's Titan Gym, before the semifinals and championship game move to the Honda Center in Anaheim for March 9-10.
CAL POLY ADDED TO ESPN3 LINEUP: In addition to the upcoming game at NDSU, Cal Poly will also play on ESPN3/WatchESPN (available on all platforms and mobile devices) on Jan. 25 at defending Big West Tournament champion Long Beach State, marking the program's 11th appearance on the network since 2015.