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Cal Poly Women's Basketball Falls at USF in Season Opener, 83-71

Cal Poly Women's Basketball Falls at USF in Season Opener, 83-71

SAN FRANCISCO — Junior center Devin Stanback scored a team-high 17 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Cal Poly women's basketball team in her Mustang debut Friday night, but San Francisco prevailed in each team's season opener, 83-71 at War Memorial Sobrato Center.

Stanback, who joined the Mustangs as a transfer via Pepperdine two offseasons ago, went 6-of-9 from the floor and 5-for-7 from the free-throw line, as Cal Poly held a 30-26 advantage in points in the paint for the evening.

After a 19-17 deficit at the end of the opening quarter, Cal Poly came back to take a three-point lead (32-29) with 6:03 remaining to halftime, but the Dons would regroup for a 44-36 lead at intermission.

USF added to its margin through the third quarter, pulling away for a 65-51 advantage heading into the fourth, and held on from there.

Senior guard Anna Seilund, a preseason All-WCC pick, scored 19 points and distributed eight assists to lead the Dons, each game highs.

Mustang senior Lynn Leaupepe, a preseason All-Big West selection, added 16 points, eight rebounds and five steals (tying her career high).

True freshman guard Ayzhiana Basallo, a graduate of St. Ignatius Prep in San Francisco, added 11 points (featuring a 3-for-4 performance from 3-point range) along with six assists in her first collegiate game, and senior Dynn Leaupepe also scored 11.

Lynn Leaupepe surpassed the career 500-rebound milestone on the night, moving to 503 — five back of moving to No. 11 in school history.

Cal Poly will return to Mott Athletics Center to host Grand Canyon for its home opener at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. The game vs. the Lopes will feature free 2017-18 schedule posters for the first 250 fans.

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