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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly women's basketball team continues Big West Conference play at home this weekend, hosting Long Beach State at 2 p.m. Saturday. Feb. 10 is also Play4Kay Day at Mott Athletics Center, as fans are encouraged to wear pink to support cancer awareness, and for every ticket purchased, $2 will go directly to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund to support cancer research.
There will also be pink shirts for sale at Saturday's game, with proceeds going to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Fans can also make a donation at the game, or pledge a donation for every free throw Cal Poly makes in February as part of the Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge. To make a pledge, visit PledgeIt.org/CalPoly-Play4Kay.
The Mustangs (13-9, 7-3) are in third place in the conference standings after starting the week with an 85-77 road loss at first-place UC Davis (19-4, 9-1), defending regular-season champions ranked No. 10 in the latest College Insider Mid-Major Top 25 poll.
The defending Big West Tournament champion 49ers (3-20, 1-8) — who topped CSUN 59-51 on Thursday — are led by freshman guard Shanaijah Davison with 12.8 points per game. She scored a team-high 18 in the Jan. 25 meeting between the squads, a 75-64 Mustang win at LBSU.
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. 4 in school history for scoring (with 1,500 points), in addition to recently moving to 11th in boards (557). Her career .820 free-throw percentage ranks as the 20th-highest active total among all Division I players nationally, while her career scoring total ranks 55th throughout the country.
For the season, Leaupepe is averaging 21.1 points (No. 1 in the conference and No. 17 nationally), 5.4 rebounds and 2.5 steals.
She was named Big West Player of the Week for the fourth time in her career on Feb. 5, in addition to also being selected as one of 10 finalists for HERO Sports' NCAA Player of the Week award. Additionally, on Jan. 8, College Sports Madness selected Leaupepe as National Mid-Major Player of the Week. She 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.
Lynn Leaupepe — CSM's conference Player of the Week on Nov. 20 — enters the week No. 18 all-time in scoring (972) and No. 8 in rebounds (608).
Lynn also ranks among the Big West leaders in scoring (13th at 11.1 per game) and steals (No. 4; averaging 2.0). 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. 4 in the conference in steals per game (2.0), as well as fourth in assists (3.5).
Meanwhile Stanback ranks ninth in field-goal percentage (.488), in addition to 22nd in scoring (8.8 points per game), and Anderson is No. 3 in 3-point shooting, at .418 (33-for-79) while averaging 5.6 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 fifth at .413 (26-for-63) while averaging 8.4 points.
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. Feb. 24 (a 2 p.m. Saturday Senior Day vs. Cal State Fullerton) 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.
Links to follow all Mustang games live can be found above, on the schedule page or via the GoPoly Front Row app.
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 Returns Home to Host Long Beach State at 2 p.m. Saturday
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