Skip to navigation Skip to content Skip to footer

Cal Poly to Host UC Davis, Pacific in Big West Contests

Cal Poly to Host UC Davis, Pacific in Big West Contests

Complete  Notes (pdf)

This Week: The Mustangs will open a three game home stand on Thursday when the team will host UC Davis in a Big West Conference game at 7 pm. The Mustangs enter the game with a 7-6 overall and 1-1 in conference games while UCD enters the  game 5-7 overall and 0-1 in BWC games.

Live Stats/Audio:  Live stats, audio and video will be available all three games  at GoPoly.com. All Cal Poly home games are streamed at Gopoly.com with Dave Grant calling the play by play. Live stats will also be available through GoPoly.com. Video will be available at BigWest.org.

What's coming up: Following the game with the Aggies, Cal Poly will host Pacific on Saturday, Jan. 12 for a 4 pm game. Cal Poly will wrap up the home stand with Central Coast rival UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 19 for a 4 pm game. Pacific enters the week 11-2 overall and 1-0 in conference games and will play at UCSB on Thursday before visiting San Luis Obispo. UCSB enters the week 5-9 overall and 1-1 in conference games.  

A Quick Look at the Teams:
                                        CP    UCD    Pac
Record:                           7-6    5-7    11-2
BWC Record                   1-1      0-1    1-0
Points PG                     67.2    64.5    72.0
Opp. Points PG            67.7    71.3    62.1
Rebounds PG              42.8    34.7    42.6
Shooting %                 39.1    37.8    41.0
3-Point %                   32.5    32.8    34.5
FT %                           64.0    70.5    68.2
Steals PG                     7.2    12.8    11.1
Assists PG                  15.8    12.9    14.6
Blocks PG                     4.2      3.8      4.3
Turnovers PG             17.3    21.0    18.5

UC Davis: The Aggies enter the game with the Mustangs 5-7 overall and 0-1 in conference games after falling to Pacific, 78-64, this past week. Sydnee Fipps leads the team scoring 18.2 points per game followed by Cortney French with 12.1 points. Fipps is also the team's top rebounder with 4.7 boards per game. Alyson Doherty adds 4.6 rebounds per game. Looking at common opponents with the Mustangs, UCD has played USF (L, 72-65), St. Mary's (L, 75-56) and CSU Bakersfield (W, 71-59).

History with the Aggies: UC Davis holds a 22-20 advantage over the Mustangs in the all-time series with each team winning on its home court last season.  


Pacific: The Tigers enter the week with an 11-2 overall record and 1-0 mark in conference games. Pacific's losses came back-to-back against Florida (89-82) and Stanford (78-43) while picking up wins against common opponents with the Mustangs; Nevada (72-63), Saint Mary's (75-72), Univ. of San Francisco (75-59) and CSU Bakersfield (102-60). A trio of players score in double figures for the Tigers, led by Kendall Rodriguez with 12.5 points per game. Gena Johnson adds 11.9 points with Kendall Kenyon scoring 11.8 points. Kenyon is also the team's top rebounder with 10.3 boards per game.

History with the Tigers: Pacific holds a 25-22 advantage over the Mustangs in the all-time series with Cal Poly sweeping the two-game series last season.

A Little About the Mustangs.....:  
• The Mustangs are coming off back-to-back Big West Regular Season Championships posting a 12-4 conference record both seasons.  

• The Mustangs won 17 games last season, one off pervious year (18) that 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.

• The Mustangs have claimed the last three Big West Conference Player of the year award with Kristina Santiago winning twice (2011-12 and 2009-10) with Rachel Clancy winning in 2010-11.

• The Mustangs have advanced to the post season the last two seasons, both in the WNIT. In 2011 the Mustangs hosted California and lost 74-60 while in the 2012 season Cal Poly traveled to Seattle and lost to Washington, 90-71.

• Cal Poly head coach Faith Mimnaugh picked up her 200 career win at Cal Poly with the team's 72-63 win at Nevada. She is already has the most wins as a coach in program history, amassing 201 wins to this point in 15-plus seasons.
Season  Head Coach                                            W -L     Pct.
1979-86 Marilyn McNeil                                    98-103    .488
1997- -- Faith Mimnaugh                                202-241    .456
1976-79 Mary Stallard                                        33-41    .446
1986-96 Jill Orrock                                         103-132    .438
1974-76 Sharon Chatman                                   7-28    .200
1995-97 Karen Booker                                        9-44    .170

Playing the Best... :  Cal Poly opened the 2012-13 season playing two teams ranked in the top 25. The Mustangs opened the season with No. 24 Oklahoma State, falling 90-59. Then came back after a pair of wins to play No. 12 California (87-61). .. The are now No. 18 and No. 7 respectively...

RPI.... : In the first official NCAA RPI Ranking... The Mustangs are ranked 122nd... Down from 114 to start the season...

Who is Stepping Up.... :   In seven of the team's 13 games the Mustangs have had a different leading scorer. In the season-opener against Oklahoma State (90-59), junior Molly Schlemer led the team with 21 points and 12 rebounds. In the win on the road at Oregon State (72-62), sophomore Ariana Elegado scored 27 points with five assists. In the home-opening win over San Diego (69-50), senior Kayla Griffin scored 16 points with seven rebounds and five steals. In the win over Stephen F. Austin, Brittany Woodard led the team with 18 points with six rebounds. She made eight of 10 from the line. In the win over CSUB, Caroline Reeves and Nikol Allison each scored 14 points to lead the team. Allison came off the bench to hit six of seven from floor... Against Saint Mary's Elegado repeated with a career-high 31 points while at Nevada Jonae Ervin led the team in her first start of the season with 15 points.

Snap Shot... :  Sophomore Ariana Elegado continues to lead the team in scoring with 12.9 points per game after scoring a team-high 20 points in the win over UC Irvine last Saturday. Elegado hit seven of 14 shots from the floor, including six of nine from long range. Her all-around game included four rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block. Senior Brittany Woodard is second on the team with 10.4 points per game after scoring 15 points against UC Irvine and 14 points in the game with Long Beach State. She also averages 5.9 rebounds per game, second on the team. Kayla Griffin leads the team with 6-5 rebounds per game while adding 9.2 points. Cal Poly is ranked in the NCAA top 100 in five categories: assists (37th, 15.8), assist-to-turnover ratio (62nd, 0.91), blocked shots (76th, 4.2), three-point field goal percentage (84th, 32.5) and scoring (96th, 67.2).

An Assists or Two...:  The Mustangs are ranked 37th in the nation and lead the Big West Conference with 15.8 assists per game. Four players have dished out more then 30 assists this season, led by Ariana Elegado and Caroline Reeves with 39 dishes each. Kayla Griffin accounts for 36 while Jonae Ervin has dished out 35 assists. Ervin has amassed her total in just nine games. Four players have nabbed 10 or more steals this season, led by Elegado with 20. Griffin is second on the team with 15 steals followed by Brittany Woodard with 12 and Ervin with 10.

Mustang Snapshot:   The Mustangs lost three of the team's top five leading scores from last season's squad. The two returning players, senior Kayla Griffin and junior Jonae Ervin, averaged 8.6 and 7.8 respectively. Griffin started and played in 29 games and hit 38 percent from the floor and 35 percent from long range. She also grabbed an averaged of 6.6 rebounds, second on the team. Ervin, a point guard, played in 31 games and started in 22. She shot 41 percent from the floor and 43 percent from long range. She dished out 112 assists while only turning the ball over 42 times.... She lead the NCAA in assist/turnover ratio..... 2.67

Wins and Losses.....:  
                                  Wins         Losses    
Record:                            7        6
Points PG                   73.0        60.3
Opp. Points PG           61.0        75.5
Rebounds PG             46.7        38.3
Shooting %               41.9        35.8
3-Point %                  35.1        30.2
FT %                         68.4        57.1
Steals PG                   8.1        6.2
Assists                     17.4        13.8
Blocks PG                  5.0         3.3
Turnovers                17.0        17.7


Points in a Game...:  Ariana Elegado continues to lead the team in scoring with 12.9 points per game followed by Brittany Woodard with 10.4 with Kayla Griffin adding 9.2 pionts. Jonae Ervin continues to get better each game with 8.3 points.


Two Local Women's Basketball Players Among Four to Sign NLI's
A total of four high school players have signed national letters of intent to enroll and continue their women's basketball careers at Cal Poly. The announcement was made Thursday by 16th-year Mustang head coach Faith Mimnaugh. The four players to sign NLI's on Wednesday include Hannah Gilbert (Morro Bay, CA), Mary Kate Evans (Atascadero, CA), Sarah Lipton (Irvine, CA) and Rachel Koehler (Billings, MT).
Hannah Gilbert, 6-3, Center, Morro Bay, CA/ Morro Bay HS
Named MVP of the Los Padres League as a junior when she led the team to a 20-4 overall record and 12-0 in league games… She averaged 14.4 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game while making 73 percent of her shots from the line. As a sophomore she helped lead the team to a 20-6 overall record and a 10-2 mark in league games when she averaged 11.6 points and 9.7 rebounds per game…. As a freshman she posted numbers of 5.9 points and 7.4 rebounds in helping the team to an 18-8 overall record and 10-2 league record…Mary Kate Evans, 6-0, Forward, Atascadero, CA/ Atascadero HS
As a junior she averaged 19.3 points, 13 rebounds, 4.4 blocks and 2.9 steals per game in leading her team to an 18-9 overall record and a 9-3 mark in league games earning All CIF honors…. She was named first-team all-league and all-county first-team and Atascadero High School MVP… As a sophomore averaged 11.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.5 blocks per game earning All CIF for the second time… Named all-county… Also earned named team MVP… Intends to major in environmental engineering at Cal Poly….
Sarah Lipton, 6-1, Forward, Irvine, CA/ Woodbridge HS
As a junior she averaged 14 points, 6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.63 blocks per game while shooting 40 percent from the floor and 39 percent from long range… She was MVP and First-Team All-Pacific Coast League … She also honored when she was named All-City MVP and invited to the Nike Skills  Academy… As a sophomore she was named All-CIF Southern Section, First-Team All-Pacific Coast League and led Woodbridge HS in scoring…  As a freshman she named second-team all-league as the team advanced to the 1A CIF Semifinals and the CIF Southern Section Division 2AA Championships. Played club for Cal Swish Black and head coach Russ Davis…
 Rachel Koehler, 5-10, Forward, Billings, MT/Billings Senior HS
Led the team in scoring (10 ppg) and rebounding (8 rpg) while adding 1.4 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 block per game… She was named to the first-team all-league… The all-around athlete was named all-state in soccer three times and one in track and field… Finished second in the state in the triple jump and advanced to the championship in the 4 x 100 relay…

• Cal State Northridge is labeled the preseason favorite to win the Big West title this season, but the voting shows the race will be a tight one. The Matadors garnered six first place votes and 161 points overall, but
Pacific was only two points behind and picked up five first place mentions. Defending Tournament champion UC Santa Barbara picked up 153 points and three first place tallies, while Cal Poly (127 pts.) and Long Beach State (116) each picked up a first place vote and finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Preseason Big West Conference Media Poll
1. Cal State Northridge (6).......................................161
2. Pacific (5).............................................................159
3. UC Santa Barbara (3)..........................................153
4. Cal Poly (1)..........................................................127
5. Long Beach State (1)...........................................116
6. Hawai'i...................................................................81
7. UC Davis...............................................................80
8. UC Riverside.........................................................74
9. UC Irvine................................................................65
10. Cal State Fullerton...............................................29

Preseason Big West All-Conference Team
1. Kayla Griffin, Cal Poly
2. Ashlee Guay, Cal State Northridge
3. Kamilah Martin, Hawai'i
4. Tre'Shonti Nottingham, UC Riverside
5. Kendall Rodrigues, Pacific
6. Janae Sharpe, Cal State Northridge