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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly women's basketball team has returned home to continue Big West Conference play this week, hosting UC Santa Barbara at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Cal State Fullerton at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The Mustangs (14-11, 8-5) begin the week tied for third place in the conference standings along with UCSB (11-14, 8-5), which won the earlier encounter between the two, 73-68 in Isla Vista on Jan. 6.
Senior forward Drew Edelman leads the Gauchos with 15.4 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. UCSB leads the conference and ranks No. 27 nationally in 3-pointers per game, with 8.6.
The Blue-Green Rivalry matchup on Feb. 21 is also Greek Night at Mott Athletics Center, as the fraternity and sorority with the highest attendance wins prizes, and Cal Poly beanies and pizza will be given out to the first 150 students.
Junior guard Hannah Thompson averages a team-leading 12.9 points for CSF (7-18, 2-10), including 22 in the earlier meeting between the two, a 72-63 Cal Poly road win on Jan. 27.
In addition to Senior Day, Feb. 24 vs. the Titans will also be Poly Play Day at Mott, as kids are invited to an annual pregame carnival at 1 p.m. in the Stampede Club Tent, followed by free admission for youth 13-and-under.
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.
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. 3 in school history for scoring (with 1,556 points), in addition to recently moving to 11th in boards (572). Her career .827 free-throw percentage ranks as the 20th-highest active total among all Division I players nationally, while her career scoring total ranks 50th throughout the country.
For the season, Leaupepe is averaging 20.8 points (No. 1 in the conference and No. 19 nationally), 5.3 rebounds and 2.6 steals (also No. 1 in the Big West; No. 47 in the nation).
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 13th-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. (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. 16 all-time in scoring (992) and No. 8 in rebounds (627).
Lynn also ranks among the Big West leaders in rebounding (sixth at 6.3 per game), steals (No. 5; averaging 1.9) and scoring (15th; 10.4). 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 forwards Emily Anderson and Mary Kate Evans, 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 (3.8) and second in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9).
Meanwhile Stanback ranks ninth in field-goal percentage (.475), in addition to 24th in scoring (8.3 points per game); and Anderson & Evans are No. 6 and 9 in 3-point shooting, at .409 (36-for-88) and .393 (33-for-84) while averaging 5.4 and 4.9 points apiece.
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 .408 (29-for-71) while averaging 8.2 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.
Links to follow all Mustang games live can be found above, on the schedule page or via the GoPoly Front Row app.
Cal Poly to Host UCSB at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Fullerton at 2 p.m. Saturday
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