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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Following its longest road trip in four seasons, the Cal Poly women's basketball team will return home on Friday, Dec. 29, hosting CSU Bakersfield at 7 p.m. in Mott Athletics Center.
It's also Mustang Kids Club Night (starting at 6 p.m.), as club members are invited for pizza and cake, games and prizes in the Corral Pregame Tent outside.
The last game of the calendar year will also be the non-conference finale — as the Mustangs open Big West play visiting UC Riverside on Jan. 4 and then UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 6.
FUTURE CONFERENCE FOES: CSU Bakersfield, currently affiliated in the WAC, was announced as a future member of the Big West Conference (along with UC San Diego) on Nov. 27. The Roadrunners will become an official institution of the Big West on July 1, 2020.
Cal Poly and CSU Bakersfield have met a dozen times previously, with the all-time rivalry tied 6-6.
Senior guard Aja Williams leads CSUB (6-6) with averages of 12.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. The Mustangs (5-6) are back home after playing five straight road games (an 11-day trip spanning five states) for the first time since 2013-14.
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. 6 in school history for scoring (with 1,199 points), in addition to recently moving to 13th in boards (492). Her career .818 free-throw percentage ranks as the 14th-highest active total among all Division I players nationally, while her career scoring total ranks 91st throughout the country.
She was named Big West Player of the Week for the second time in her career on Dec. 18, after tying a career high with 31 points in a 73-69 win at North Dakota State. Dynn, who previously won the accolade on Jan. 9, 2017, is currently the Big West's fourth-leading scorer at 14.8 per game.
Lynn — selected as College Sports Madness' conference Player of the Week on Nov. 20 — has missed nearly all of the last four games due to an injury. Even so, she enters the week No. 20 all-time in scoring (886) and No. 10 in rebounds (541).
For the season, Lynn also ranks among the Big West leaders in scoring (sixth, at 14.1 per game), rebounding (11th; 5.8) and steals (No. 1; averaging 2.6). 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.
ANDERSON, STAHLEY, STANBACK ALSO AMONG BIG WEST LEADERS: Mustang senior wing Emily Anderson, junior point guard Dye Stahley and junior center Devin Stanback also each rank among the top 10 in the conference for various categories.
Anderson is No. 7 in 3-point shooting, at .419 (18-for-43), while averaging 5.9 points. Meanwhile Stahley is second in the conference in steals per game (2.33), including a career-high five at NDSU on Dec. 16, while also averaging 4.1 points and 2.8 assists.
Stanback ranks fifth in field-goal percentage (.538), in addition to 14th in scoring (10.9 points per game) in her debut season as a Mustang.
BASALLO EARNS ACCOLADE AFTER SEASON-HIGH: After scoring a season-high 18 points in an 89-73 win at Northern Arizona on Dec. 9, freshman guard Ayzhiana Basallo was named the Coca-Cola Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week. Basallo begins this week averaging 9.0 points and 2.5 assists.
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 Women's Basketball to Host CSU Bakersfield at 7 p.m. Friday
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