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Balanced Attack Lifts Cal Poly to 72-63 Road Win Over Cal State Fullerton

Balanced Attack Lifts Cal Poly to 72-63 Road Win Over Cal State Fullerton

FULLERTON, Calif. — Four Mustangs scored in double-figures at Cal State Fullerton on Saturday night, leading the Cal Poly women's basketball team to a 72-63 win inside Titan Gym, improving to 5-2 in Big West Conference play.

Senior guard Dynn Leaupepe scored a team-high 16 points for Cal Poly, which moved into a tie with UC Irvine (13-8, 5-2) for second place in the conference standings — although the Mustangs own the early tiebreaker thanks to a 79-76 victory over the Anteaters on Jan. 18.

Junior center Devin Stanback added 14 points, while senior forward Lynn Leaupepe scored 13, and freshman guard Ayzhiana Basallo 11 for Cal Poly (11-8 overall), which faced an eight-point deficit in the third quarter before rallying again.

All five of the Mustangs' Big West wins have come in second-half comeback fashion.

The Titans got out to a 6-2 lead two minutes in before the Mustangs moved in front 8-7 after 3:43, ultimately ending the first quarter ahead 18-14 on a jumper by Basallo on the final possession.

The two stayed close during a back-and-forth second quarter, during which Cal Poly led by as many as six (30-24) with 2:51 to play until intermission, before Fullerton brought the deficit back to a single point, 33-32, by halftime.

CSF started the second half hot, scoring the first nine points after the break to take a 41-33 lead with 3:13 elapsed in the third period.

Cal Poly responded from there, closing the quarter on a 22-7 run, seizing back the lead, 55-48 entering the fourth.

The Mustangs didn't look back, pulling away en route to lead by as many as 13 — 70-57 — via a jumper from Lynn Leaupepe with exactly three minutes remaining.

Stanback went 7-for-13 from the floor, keying a Cal Poly 34-22 points-in-the-paint advantage.

Meanwhile in addition to shooting 6-of-11, Dynn Leaupepe — after beginning the evening 14th across the NCAA in career free-throw percentage among all active players (.823) — made all four of her foul shots.

Cal Poly junior point guard Dye Stahley sank a team-high 7 of 8 free throws to account for her points, and also claimed a team-leading three steals.

Hannah Thompson paced CSF (7-13, 2-5) with 22 points.

Cal Poly will return home to host Hawai'i at 7 p.m. Thursday, before taking on UC Riverside at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, also in Mott Athletics Center.

Photo © 2018 David E. Holmes