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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — After moving to 5-2 and into second place in the Big West standings, the Cal Poly women's basketball team is back home this week, continuing conference play hosting Hawai'i at 7 p.m. Thursday and UC Riverside at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The Mustangs (11-8) are coming off a 72-63 win at Cal State Fullerton following a 75-64 victory at Long Beach State.
Senior guard Sarah Toeaina averages a team-high 15.1 points for the Rainbow Wahine (9-12, 2-6), who ousted the Mustangs from the Big West Tournament a year ago, 71-50, to improve to 7-8 in the all-time series going back to 1978. Feb. 1 is also National Women in Sports Day inside Mott Athletics Center.
A tandem of senior guards, Michelle Curry (15.1) and Lauren Holt (15.0), combine to average 30.1 points for the Highlanders (6-16, 3-5), who led Cal Poly 60-47 late in the third quarter at home on Jan. 4 before the Mustangs rallied for an 87-82 overtime win to narrow UCR's all-time edge in the series to 36-34 since 1975.
Feb. 3 is also Living the Dream/Middle School Challenge Day, as the first 300 fans receive special-edition Living the Dream Cal Poly shirts honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream and celebrating Black History Month, and the Cal Poly Cross Cultural Centers will host a pre-game reception in the Corral Tent outside Mott.
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. 5 in school history for scoring (with 1,409 points), in addition to recently moving to 11th in boards (544). Her career .823 free-throw percentage ranks as the 16th-highest active total among all Division I players nationally, while her career scoring total ranks 68th throughout the country.
She was named Big West Player of the Week for the third time in her career on Jan. 8 — in addition to also being selected College Sports Madness National Mid-Major Player of the Week. Leaupepe scored 40 points — tied for the NCAA's 11th-highest performance this season and six off the school record — Jan. 4 at UC Riverside, as the Mustangs rallied from a 13-point deficit (the program's largest comeback since Nov. 23, 2014) for an 87-82 overtime win. It was Cal Poly's first 40-point game since Dec. 21, 2011 — when Kristina Santiago netted 44 against San Diego State. Fellow Cal Poly Hall of Fame enshrinee Laura Buehning owns the school record: 46, set in 1982.
For the season, Leaupepe is averaging 19.6 points (No. 2 in the conference and No. 40 nationally), 5.5 rebounds and 2.1 steals.
Lynn Leaupepe — selected as CSM's conference Player of the Week on Nov. 20 — enters the week No. 19 all-time in scoring (943) and No. 9 in rebounds (576).
Lynn also ranks among the Big West leaders in scoring (14th at 11.3 per game) and steals (No. 5; averaging 1.7). 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.
MORE MUSTANGS ALSO AMONG BIG WEST LEADERS: Mustang senior forward Emily Anderson, freshman guard Ayzhiana Basallo, junior point guard Dye Stahley and junior center Devin Stanback also each rank among the top 10 in the conference for various categories.
Stahley is No. 2 in the conference in steals per game (2.3), as well as eighth in assists (3.5). Meanwhile Stanback ranks seventh in field-goal percentage (.507), in addition to 18th in scoring (9.4 points per game), and Anderson is No. 6 in 3-point shooting, at .413 (31-for-75) while averaging 5.9 points.
Selected as Cal Poly's overall Coca-Cola Student-Athlete of the Week on Dec. 11, Basallo is also in the top 10 in 3-point accuracy, ranked eighth at .396 (21-for-53) while averaging 8.1 points and 2.1 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.
Upcoming games feature fan giveaways along with campus events inside Mott Athletics Center:
• 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. Tickets go on sale on Feb. 6.
Cal Poly Hosts Hawai'i at 7 p.m. Thursday, UCR at 2 p.m. Saturday
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