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Women’s Hoop Travels to CSU Bakersfield for Non-Conference Game

Women’s Hoop Travels to CSU Bakersfield for Non-Conference Game

This Week: The Mustangs will take a one game break from Big West Conference play with a single game at CSU Bakersfield on Wednesday. This past week the Mustangs defeated UCSB, 67-52, this past Saturday on ESPN 3. Cal Poly enters the game 9-12 overall having won its last three games. CSU Bakersfield  enters the game 4-19 overall having lost its most recent game, 54-52, to Big West leading Cal State Northridge. Tip for the game is set for 7 pm at the Icardo Center.

Live Stats: Live stats for the game will be available at

What's coming up: Following the CSU Bakersfield game, Cal Poly will return home to host Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, Feb. 11 for a 4 pm game. The game will be part of a doubleheader with the men's team playing at 7 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

A Quick Look at the Teams:
                                      CP        CSUB
Record:                        9-12        4-19
BWC Record                  6-3        -- --
Points PG                    72.0        69.7
Opp. Points PG           69.6        80.7
Rebounds PG             39.8        31.7
Shooting %               42.1        38.6
3-Point %                  33.8        33.9
FT %                         72.5        70.2
Steals PG                    8.5        8.8
Assists PG                 14.9        13.7
Blocks PG                    2.4        2.0    

CSU Bakersfield: The Roadrunners enter the game with the Mustangs with a 4-19 overall record having picked up wins over Southern Oregon, UC Irvine, Montana and UC Riverside. Kristine Herman leads the team scoring 14.6 points per game. Amber Williams adds 13.2 with Lauren Carter the third player scoring in double figures with 12.8. Carter is the team's top rebounder with 6.0 boards per game.

History with the Roadrunners: CSU Bakersfield holds a 4-2 advantage over the Mustangs in the all-time series. The two teams last met during the 2009-10 season with the Roadrunners prevailing 83-81. The series first began in 1985.

Probable Starters for CSU Bakersfield:              Pts    Reb.
04      Ford, Ciarra                                     f      9.2    4.2
21      Herman, Kristine                             f       14.6    5.0
03      Williams, Amber                              g      13.2    3.4
11      Hinkens, Brooklynn                        g      5.4    1.8
24      McKenney, Madison                        g     5.8    2.4

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     22.9
Rebounds Per Game (300 ranked)         Santiago 27th    9.8
Blocked Shots Per Game (300 ranked)      Santiago 184th    1.2
Field-Goal Percentage (300 ranked)          Santiago 10th    55.3
Free-Throw Percentage (300 ranked)          Santiago 200th    75.2
Double Doubles (30 ranked)         Santiago 22nd    10

Others in the NCAA...:
Assist Turnover Ratio            Jonae Ervin 1st    3.22
Assists per Game                Jonae Ervin 178th    3.5
Rebounds Per Game (300 ranked)        Griffin  242nd     7.0  
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game        Burns 93rd    2.1
Three-Point Percentage            Burns 34th    38.3

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         112        1,709
The chase            134 and counting

She has to average 16.8 points per game for the remainder of the 8 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.......

And Jonae Ervin...  :  Sophomore Jonae Ervin is ranked first this week in the nation in assist turnover ratio at 3.22... Ervin leads the team with 74 assists this year and has committed only 23 turnovers...

Cal Poly 19th.... :   Cal Poly as a team is ranked 19th in the nation in assist-turnover ratio at 1.02 .... Connecticut leads the nation at 1.39....

Cal Poly in other categories: Scoring offense 32nd (72.0), Field Goal Percentage 51st (42.1), Free Throw Percentage 55th (72.5), 3-point percentage 47th (33.8), Assists per game 48th (14.9) and Turnovers per game 29th (14.6)...

Sweeping UCSB....:  For the first time since the Mustangs joined the Big West Conference (1996-97) the Mustangs swept the Guachos in the regular season series...

Money Down the stretch.....: Sophomore Jonae Ervin scored 14 points in the win over UC Santa Barbara... 10 of her points came at the line on 12 attempts..... but over the last 2:10 of the game she made nine of 10 to clinch the win for the team....

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:                            9        12
Points PG                    74.2        70.4
Opp. Points PG           60.1        76.7
Rebounds PG             44.0        36.6
Shooting %               43.1        41.3
3-Point %                  31.8        35.5
FT %                          71.5        73.2
Steals PG                    8.2        8.7
Assists                     17.2        13.2
Blocks PG                   2.3        2.5
Turnovers                 12.8        16.0

Martin off the Bench... :  Senior Christine Martin has come off the bench in 17 of the 21  games this season... She is averaging 8.3 points and 2.9 rebounds.... She is shooting 42 percent from the floor and has hit 37 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    19-19    177-320-.553       3-10-.300         79-105-.752        58-129-187    9.8    23     36      436    22.9
Totals    112-90    678-1267-.535     4-17-.235        349-492-.709    283-468-751    6.7    99    187    1,709    15.3

Santiago Earns Third Conference Player of the Week Award: SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Cal Poly senior Kristina Santiago garnered her third Big West Conference Player of the Week award this season and her eighth career for leading the Mustangs to a pair of conference wins this past week. In the 74-64 win over Pacific, Santiago recorded her 10th double-double of the season when she scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. In the game she scored 19 points and 11 boards in the second half alone. Her 25 points came when she hit eight of 14 shots from the floor and nine of 13 from the line. In the Mustangs' 87-65 win over UC Davis she scored 17 points with six rebounds in 23 minutes of play. Overall in leading the Mustangs into a tie for second place in the Big West Conference with a 5-3 record she shot 64 percent from the floor while averaging 21 points and 10 rebounds per game. This week she is currently ranked fifth in the nation scoring 23.3 points, 23rd in rebounds (10.2) and 10th in field goal percentage (56.1).

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.

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...

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 Santa Barbara :  (2-4-12)  SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Cal Poly women's basketball team used a balanced attack with nine different players scoring to defeat the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, 67-52, in a Big West Conference basketball game in Santa Barbara on Saturday. With the win the Mustangs improve to 9-12 overall and 6-3 in conference play while UCSB falls to 8-13 and 3-6. Senior Kristina Santiago led the team with 16 points with sophomore Jonae Ervin adding a solid 14. Santiago was seven of 17 from the floor while Ervin was two of three from the floor and 10 of 12 from the line. Junior Kayla Griffin and redshirt freshman Ariana Elegado each scored nine points with Ashlee Burns chipping in with seven and Brittany Woodard with six. Nicole Nesbit and Emilie Johnson each came off the bench to score 12 points to lead the Gauchos. Griffin and Woodard each grabbed seven rebounds to lead the team as the Mustangs outrebounded UCSB, 39-38. Cal Poly shot 41 percent from the floor and made five of 12 from long range while UCSB shot 37 percent from the floor and made just two of 13 from beyond the arch.  The Mustangs committed 10 turnovers while forcing UCSB into 15. With today's win and the win on Dec. 31 the Mustangs have swept UCSB in the regular season for the first time since joining the Big West Conference (1996-97). UCSB scored the first four points of the game, but the Mustangs marched back to score the next seven points to lead 7-4 on a jumper by Santiago at 15:43. Cal Poly then went on a 13-2 run and held a 20-8 when Ariana Elegado hit a three at 8:38. During that stretch, Santiago was called for her second foul at 10:26 and did not return for the half. The Mustang march continued and held their largest lead of 17 points (30-13) at 2:11 on a layup by Ashlee Burns. Cal Poly settled for a 30-15 lead at the break, holding the Gauchos to a Cal Poly opponent low for a half.