Cal Poly to Open Big West Conference Play at UC Riverside, UCSB

Cal Poly to Open Big West Conference Play at UC Riverside, UCSB

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly women's basketball team will open Big West Conference play this week, first visiting UC Riverside at 7 p.m. Thursday before traveling to UC Santa Barbara for a 2 p.m. Blue-Green Rivalry tipoff Saturday.

The Mustangs (6-6) closed the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 59-57 win over CSU Bakersfield on Dec. 29.

Heading into the Jan. 4 opener, Michelle Curry leads the Highlanders (3-11) with 14.1 points per game. UCR topped Cal Poly 68-59 at SRC Arena and 72-69 in San Luis Obispo a year ago.

The Gauchos (3-9) are led by Drew Edelman with 15.2 points and 8.1 rebounds a game entering the Jan. 6 matchup at the Events Center Thunderdome. The two programs split last season, with the Mustangs winning 78-67 at home before falling 77-63 in Isla Vista.

Links to follow all Mustang games live can be found above, on the schedule page or via the GoPoly Front Row app.

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.

Dynn is now No. 6 in school history for scoring (with 1,224 points), in addition to recently moving to 13th in boards (495). Her career .820 free-throw percentage ranks as the 13th-highest active total among all Division I players nationally, while her career scoring total ranks 92nd throughout the country.

She was named Big West Player of the Week for the second time in her career on Dec. 18 after tying a career high with 31 points in a 73-69 win at North Dakota State. Dynn, who previously won the accolade on Jan. 9, 2017, is currently the Big West's third-leading scorer at 15.7 per game.

Lynn — selected as College Sports Madness' conference Player of the Week on Nov. 20 — has missed nearly all of the last five games due to injury. Even so, she enters the week No. 20 all-time in scoring (886) and No. 10 in rebounds (541).

For the season, Lynn also ranks among the Big West leaders in scoring (fifth, at 14.1 per game), rebounding (10th; 5.8) and steals (No. 2; averaging 2.6). Voted conference Player of the Week on Jan. 23, 2017, she earned All-Big West Second Team accolades last season.

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.

ANDERSON, STAHLEY, STANBACK ALSO AMONG BIG WEST LEADERS: Mustang senior Emily Anderson, junior point guard Dye Stahley and junior center Devin Stanback also each rank among the top 10 in the conference for various categories.

Anderson is No. 8 in 3-point shooting, at .408 (20-for-49), while averaging 6.1 points. Meanwhile Stahley is fourth in the conference in steals per game (2.3), including a career-high five at NDSU on Dec. 16.

Stanback ranks sixth in field-goal percentage (.521), in addition to 18th in scoring (10.3 points per game) in her debut season as a Mustang.

BASALLO EARNS ACCOLADE AFTER SEASON-HIGH: After scoring a season-high 18 points in an 89-73 win at Northern Arizona on Dec. 9, freshman guard Ayzhiana Basallo was named the Coca-Cola Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week. Basallo begins this week averaging 8.8 points and 2.5 assists.

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:

• 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.

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