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Cal Poly Basketball Visits LBSU Thursday on ESPN3, CSF on Saturday

Cal Poly Basketball Visits LBSU Thursday on ESPN3, CSF on Saturday


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly women's basketball team continues Big West Conference play on the road this week, visiting Long Beach State at 7 p.m. Thursday before traveling to Cal State Fullerton for a 6 p.m. tipoff Saturday.

Thursday's matchup at Walter Pyramid will be televised by ESPN3 (available on all WatchESPN platforms and mobile devices), Cal Poly's 11th appearance on the network since 2015, with Trent Rush, Dave Miller and Courtney Sweet providing commentary.

The defending Big West Tournament champion 49ers (2-17, 0-5) are led by freshman guard Shanaijah Davison with 11.6 points per game heading into Jan. 25. The two squads split a year ago, with the Mustangs prevailing 69-67 in San Luis Obispo and LBSU winning 83-80 at home, improving to 34-19 in the all-time series.

Junior guard Hannah Thompson leads CSF (7-11, 2-3) with 12.2 points per game. The Mustangs moved to 29-20 historically against the Titans last season, winning 69-45 away and 73-57 at home.

Also on Jan. 27, Cal Poly Varsity Club, along with the Orange County Cal Poly Alumni Association, will host a pregame mixer at Oggi's Pizza (2595 E. Chapman Ave.) from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Links to follow all Mustang games live can be found above, on the schedule page or via the GoPoly Front Row app.

Cal Poly (9-8, 3-2) scored 13 unanswered points in less than three minutes to close out a furious fourth-quarter comeback at Mott Athletics Center on Jan. 18, completing a dramatic 79-76 victory over UC Irvine. The Mustangs almost rallied again vs. first-place UC Davis on Jan. 20, going on a 25-8 run to pull within 79-76, ultimately falling 80-76.

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. 5 in school history for scoring (with 1,370 points), in addition to recently moving to 11th in boards (528). Her career .824 free-throw percentage ranks as the 15th-highest active total among all Division I players nationally, while her career scoring total ranks 74th throughout the country.

She was named Big West Player of the Week for the third time in her career on Jan. 8 — in addition to also being selected College Sports Madness National Mid-Major Player of the Week. Leaupepe scored 40 points — tied for the NCAA's 10th-highest performance this season and six off the school record — Jan. 4 at UC Riverside, as the Mustangs rallied from a 13-point deficit (the program's largest comeback since Nov. 23, 2014) for an 87-82 overtime win. It was Cal Poly's first 40-point game since Dec. 21, 2011 — when Kristina Santiago netted 44 against San Diego State. Fellow Cal Poly Hall of Fame enshrinee Laura Buehning owns the school record: 46, set in 1982.

For the season, Leaupepe is averaging 19.6 points (No. 2 in the conference and No. 39 nationally), 5.2 rebounds and 2.0 steals.

Lynn Leaupepe — selected as CSM's conference Player of the Week on Nov. 20 — enters the week No. 20 all-time in scoring (914) and No. 10 in rebounds (568).

Lynn also ranks among the Big West leaders in scoring (14th at 10.8 per game) and steals (No. 5; averaging 1.8). 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.

MORE MUSTANGS ALSO AMONG BIG WEST LEADERS: Mustang senior forward Emily Anderson, freshman guard Ayzhiana Basallo, junior point guard Dye Stahley and junior center Devin Stanback also each rank among the top 10 in the conference for various categories.

Stahley is No. 2 in the conference in steals per game (2.3), as well as seventh in assists (3.5).

Meanwhile Stanback ranks sixth in field-goal percentage (.500), in addition to 20th in scoring (9.2 points per game), and Anderson is No. 3 in 3-point shooting, at .431 (31-for-72) while averaging 6.5 points.

Selected as Cal Poly's overall Coca-Cola Student-Athlete of the Week on Dec. 11, Basallo is also in the top 10 in 3-point accuracy, ranked eighth at .392 (20-for-51) while averaging 8.2 points and 2.2 assists.

TOURNAMENT SLATED FOR FULLERTON & ANAHEIM: The first round (featuring seeds 5-8) and quarterfinals (adding the No. 3 and 4 seeds) of the 35th annual Big West Tournament will be held from March 6-7 at Fullerton's Titan Gym, before the semifinals and championship game move to the Honda Center in Anaheim for March 9-10. Tickets go on sale on Feb. 6.