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Women's Hoop set to Play UCSB on Saturday on ESPN 3

This Week: The Mustangs continue Big West Conference play with a single game at UC Santa Barbara on Saturday. This past week the Mustangs picked up a pair of conference wins to improve to 5-3 in conference play and into a tie for second place in the standings. UCSB lost both game and fell to 3-5 in conference play. The game with the Gauchos will be shown on ESPN 3 with tip set for 2 pm.

ESPN 3:  Saturday's game will be available on ESPN 3 with Jim Watson and Brynn Cameron providing commentary. Tip for the game is scheduled for 2 pm.

Live Stats/Audio:  The game will be streamed live at with Dave Grant calling the play by play. Live stats will be available for both games through Video will be available at

Mustangs on ESPN3:   Following the two home games this week, Cal Poly will play a single game at Central Coast rival, UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 2 pm. The game will be available on ESPN 3.

What's coming up: Following the UCSB game, Cal Poly will remain on the road and play a non-conference game at Cal State Bakersfield on Feb. 8 at 7 pm. The Mustangs will then return home to host Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, Feb. 11 for a 4 pm game.

A Quick Look at the Teams:
                                          CP        UCSB
Record:                            8-12        8-11
BWC Record                       5-3        3-5
Points PG                         72.3        51.6
Opp. Points PG                70.4        50.8
Rebounds PG                  39.8        35.4
Shooting %                     42.1        37.7
3-Point %                        33.5        28.5
FT %                               72.9        72.4
Steals PG                          8.8        5.9
Assists PG                       15.0        11.4
Blocks PG                          2.5        1.8    

UC Santa Barbara: The Gauchos enter the week with an 8-11 overall record and are 3-5 in conference play... UCSB will play a non-conference game at USC on Tue. Jan. 31 before hosting the Mustangs. UCSB is 1-3 in its last four conference games with a 71-67 double overtime win over conference leading Cal State Northridge. Nicole Nesbit leads the team with 9.4 points per game. Sweets Underwood adds 8.4 points while leading the team with 6.8 boards per game.

History with the Gauchos : UC Santa Barbara holds a 51-13 advantage over the Mustangs in the all-time series. The Mustangs defeated UCSB in the first meeting this season with Kristina Santiago leading the way with 18 points while Kayla Griffin recorded a game-high 12 rebounds. In the game Santiago was nine of 20 from the floor with the team shooting 43 percent and hitting four of 18 from long range. Last season the teams split the two game series with each winning on the road.

Probable Starters for UC Santa Barbara:         Pts    Reb.
02     Adrian, Kelsey                                   F    6.5    2.2
01     Underwood, Sweets                         F    8.4    6.8
32     Tilleman, Kirsten                               C    5.6    8.3
10     Johnson, Emilie                                 G    8.1    4.4
33     Mason, Destini                                  G    4.3    2.8

A Little About the Mustangs.....:  • The Mustangs won their first-ever share of the Big West Conference regular season championship last season with a 12-4 Big West Conference record.

• The Mustangs won 18 games last season, tied for second-best in school history since making the move to Division I in the 1994-95 season. Cal Poly posted a Division I best 21 wins during the 2008-09 season when the team went 21-11. During the 2009-10 season, head coach Faith Mimnaugh's squad recorded 18 wins... Overall in women's basketball history (since 1974-75), the team posted a 21-12 record in the 1981-82 season and 18-11 in 1979-80 when the team was competing at the Division II level.

• Head coach Faith Mimnaugh won her second Big West Conference Coach of the Year this past season while winning co-coach of the year in 1999-2000...

• The Mustangs return the 2009-10 Big West player of the year, Kristina Santiago, after going down to an ACL injury the first game of last season and a redshirt season.

Around the NCAA.... : Senior Kristina Santiago name is all over the NCAA ranking summary.....

Points Per Game (300 ranked)             Santiago    5th     23.3
Rebounds Per Game (300 ranked)       Santiago 23rd    10.2
Blocked Shots Per Game (300 ranked) Santiago 186th     1.2
Field-Goal Percentage (300 ranked)    Santiago 10th     56.1
Free-Throw Percentage (300 ranked)  Santiago 173rd     77.0
Double Doubles (30 ranked)                Santiago 15th     10

Others in the NCAA...:
Assist Turnover Ratio                           Jonae Ervin 2nd    3.09
Assists per Game                                Jonae Ervin 168th    3.6
Rebounds Per Game (300 ranked)      Griffin  186th     3.6  
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game       Burns 82nd    2.2
Three-Point Percentage                       Burns 36th    38.4

And Now.... :  Looking down the line... Kristina Santiago is in line for points scored in her career... The record holder, Laura Buehning, scored 1,843 points in her career from 1979 to 1982....
                  Games        Points
Buehning        90         1,843    
Santiago         111        1,693
The chase            150 and counting

She has to average 16.7 points per game for the remainder of the 9 regular season to pass Buehning....

She is already or at least at the end of the season will be the school record holder for career shooting percentage... Entering the week her career numbers stood at .531.......

No. 2.... :  Sophomore Jonae Ervin is ranked second this week in the nation in assist turnover ratio at 3.09... Ervin leads the team with 71 assists this year and has committed 23 turnovers... Monique Smalls from Texas Tech leads the nation with 3.37....

Cal Poly 20th.... :   Cal Poly as a team is ranked 20th in the nation in assist-turnover ratio at 1.01 .... Connecticut leads the nation at 1.43....

Cal Poly in other categories: Scoring offense 33rd (72.3), Field Goal Percentage 49th (42.1), Free Throw Percentage 44th (72.9), 3-point percentage 56th (33.5), Assists per game 47th (15.0) and Turnovers per game 34th (14.9)...

Ervin Dishes it Out.... : Sophomore Jonae Ervin dished out a career-high 10 assists in the game with UC Davis... for the season she is averaging 3.55 a game..

For the First Time This Season...:  For the first time this season the Mustangs picked up a win after they were outrebounded... In the game with Pacific, Cal Poly was outrebouned 45-44, but picked up a 74-64 win.... With the win the Mustangs improved to 1-8..... In games they outrebound opponents Cal Poly is 6-4....

Welcome Back... :  Junior Brittany Woodard saw action against Cal State Northridge for the first time since the game against Pepperdine on Nov. 30. Woodard, a transfer from Nevada, has been sidelined with a stress fracture produced eight points and four steals in the game against UC Davis in 17 minutes of play.... For the first time since the WNIT basketball game against California, senior Abby Bloetscher took the court. She has missed all of the season up until this point recovering from an ACL injury.... Against UC Riverside she played 11 minutes off the bench and scored two points with three rebounds.. She has seen action in two games since...

Wins and Losses...:  
                                Wins         Losses    
Record:                         8        12
Points PG                 75.1        70.4
Opp. Points PG        61.1        76.7
Rebounds PG           44.6        36.6
Shooting %              43.3        41.3
3-Point %                30.9        35.5
FT %                        72.4        73.2
Steals PG                  8.9        8.7
Assists                    17.8        13.2
Blocks PG                  2.4        2.5
Turnovers                13.1        16.0

Santiago Scores 44 in loss to SDSU:   Senior Kristina Santiago scored 44 points, the most since 1982 when Laura Buehning scored 46. The forward was 16 of 23 from the floor and 11 of 14 from the line.... Her all-around game included four steals, two assists and a block.... She also added a team-high eight rebounds in the game...

Martin off the Bench... :  Senior Christine Martin has come off the bench in 16 of the 20  games this season... She is averaging 8.7 points and 3.0 rebounds.... She is shooting 43 percent from the floor and has hit 38 percent from beyond the arch...

Santiago's Career Numbers:
Season        G-GS    FG-FGA -Pct.      3FG-Pct.           FT-FTA-Pct. Off-Def.-Tot.     Avg.       Bl    St.        Pts.-    Avg.
2007-08    31-10    84-169-497          0-0-.000          51-79-.646        62-85-147    4.7    20    27             219    7.1
2008-09    32-31    191-363-.526       0-3-.000          103-135-.763  82-89-171    5.3    32    54      485    15.2
2009-10    29-29    226-415-.545       1-4-.250          116-173-.671  81-164-245    8.4    24    70      569    19.6
2010-11    1-1    0-0-.000                  0-0-.000            0-0-.000        0-1-1    1.0    0       0      0    0
2010-11    18-18    170-303-.561       3-10-.300         77-100-.770        57-126-183    10.2    22     35      420    23.3
Totals    111-89    671-1250-.537     4-17-.235        347-487-.713    282-465-747    6.7    98    186    1,693    15.3

Santiago Wins Second Big West Award this Season : Cal Poly women's basketball player, Kristina Santiago, was named the Big West Conference player of the week. For the senior it was her second award this season and the seventh of her career. Santiago opened the week with a 33-point, 11-rebound performance in the Mustangs' 73-72 loss to Loyola Marymount. She also notched four assists, two blocks and one steal to her total.  Two days later against the Aztecs, the senior forward drained a career-high 44 points, hitting 16 of 23 from the floor while shooting 11 of 14 from the charity stripe. Her 44 points missed the school record, set in 1982, by just two points. Averaging 38.5 points and 9.5 boards per contest, Santiago led the team in both categories. She also shot .600 from the field and .800 from the free throw line.

Player of the Week.... Make it two in a Row...: The Cal Poly Mustangs made it two for two this week winning their second Big West Conference Play of the Week when senor Kristina Santiago won the honor one week after Jonae Ervin picked up her award. Santiago was selected as the Big West Player of the Week when she established career-highs in points and rebounds this past week. This is the second straight week Cal Poly has claimed the weekly honor with Jonae Ervin picking up the season's first award. In leading the Mustangs to an 82-66 win over San Francisco on Wednesday evening, the Santa Maria, Calif., set a new career-high when she drained 36 points and tied her career-best in rebounds with 15. Santiago shot .519 from the floor, converting 14-of-27, while making 7-of-9 from the charity stripe.  Four days later in the team's home opener against the Fresno State Bulldogs, the 6-1 forward shattered her previous rebound mark with an impressive 23 boards to go along with 27 points, securing her second double-double of the week. She added three blocks and four steals to her nightly total. For the Week, Santiago averaged 31.5 points and 19.0 rebounds per contest, while firing .543 from the floor. She also notched 2.5 assists, 3.0 blocks and 2.0 steals per game.  For the season the senior is averaging 27.2 points, 14.7 rebounds per game while shooting 52 percent from the floor.

Ervin was selected as the Big West Conference Player of the Week when she scored a career-high 33 points in the Mustangs' season-opener against Oregon. In the Mustangs 102-93 loss to Pac-12's Oregon Ducks, the sophomore point guard shot 10 of 13 (.846) from the floor, including a perfect 5 for 5 from three-point range. She made 6 of 10 from the free throw line for a total of 33 points, to lead all players. Ervin's previous career-high was 19 points at Pacific last season.  Hailing from Brea, Calif., she also tied a career-best six rebounds while adding two assists to her total.

Preseason Media Poll
1. Cal Poly (11)........................................................200
2. UC Santa Barbara (11)........................................191
3. UC Davis (2)........................................................169
4. UC Riverside.......................................................120
5. Cal State Fullerton...............................................107
6. UC Irvine................................................................91
7. Cal State Northridge..............................................73
8. Pacific....................................................................66
9. Long Beach State..................................................63

Cal Poly vs. UC Davis :  (1-28-12)  SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Cal Poly women's basketball team shot 58 percent in the first half, pushing the team to its highest first half output of the season, en route to an 87-65 win over UC Davis in a Big West Conference basketball game on Saturday in Mott Gym in front of 1,006 fans. With the win Cal Poly improves to 8-12 overall and 5-3 in conference play while UC Davis falls to 8-12 and 5-3.The Mustangs will return to the court on Saturday, Feb. 4, when the team travels to Central Coast rival UC Santa Barbara for a 2 pm game that will be carried on ESPN 3. Senior Ashlee Burns led the Mustangs with 20 points when she hit six of 10 from long range and seven of 13 overall. For Burns, her point total fell short of her career-high by two points (22) that she has reached three times. Fellow senior Kristina Santiago added 17 points, hitting six of eight from the floor and all five of her attempts at the line. Junior Kayla Griffin scored 16 points and recorded a team-high nine rebounds.  Sophomore Jonae Ervin scored six point, but dished out a career-high 10 assists in the game while Brittany Woodard tallied four steals. Hannah Stephens led the Aggies with 17 points with Cortney French coming off the bench to add 16.  Blair Shinoda chipped in with 11 points. After the hot first half, the Mustangs cooled down and shot 39 percent in the final period and settled for 49 percent for the game. The team hit eight of 22 shots from long range and made 15 of 17 from the line. UCD shot 45 percent from the floor and made seven of 15 from beyond the arch. Cal Poly dominated the boards, outrebounding UCD 43-23 (17 at the offensive end), accounting for 23 second chance points for the team. The Mustangs led wire to wire and opened a 10 point lead (12:44) on a Santiago free throw and made it 15 points (30-15) with 7:50 on the clock when Woodard stole the ball at mid court and converted the layup.  Cal Poly opened up a 25 point lead (43-18) with 3:21 on the clock when Griffin put back a missed shot for a tip in. The Mustangs held their biggest lead of the half, 52-22, with 24 second remaining in the period when Jasmine Harris made a layup with the team settling for a 52-25 lead at the break.  In the half the Mustangs hit 19 of 33 shots, making five of 12 from long range and nine of 10 from the line. In the second half the Mustangs continued to build on their lead and with 13:03 left in the game, Burns hit a three, giving Cal Poly a 69-34 lead (35). Cal Poly held its largest lead of the game, 79-43, at 8:19 on a Woodard layup. Cal Poly cruised the rest of the way with UC Davis never getting closer then 22 points with 1:18 left on the clock.