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Cal Poly Faces CSUN in Big West Tournament Semifinals in Anaheim

Cal Poly Faces CSUN in Big West Tournament Semifinals in Anaheim


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly women's basketball team will take on CSUN in the semifinals of the Big West Conference Tournament at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

The Mustangs (17-11, 11-5), who learned their opponent late Wednesday night, earned the No. 2 seed to the bracket by closing the regular season with a 67-61 win against Hawai'i in Honolulu on Saturday. In doing so, they secured a double-bye into the semis.

ESPN3/WatchESPN will televise the March 9 matchup, while ESPN 1280 will also broadcast the game, which will start no sooner than 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first semifinal (between UC Davis and UC Riverside) at 12 noon.

Cal Poly split with CSUN (17-15, 8-8) in the regular season, winning 84-71 at Mott Athletics Center on Jan. 13 before falling 86-66 at The Matadome on Feb. 17.

CSUN is led by junior center Channon Fluker, selected as the Big West Player of the Year as well as Defensive Player of the Year on Monday. Fluker, who attended a Team USA U-23 training camp this past summer, comes into the Honda Center averaging 18.7 points, 12.1 rebounds (No. 8 in the country) and 2.7 blocks (17th nationally).

Tessa Boagni, a senior forward and second-team all-conference honoree earlier this week, also averages 13.1 points and 7.5 rebounds for fifth-seeded CSUN, which advanced to the semifinals by winning a pair of games on a neutral court at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Gym on Tuesday and Wednesday: 62-57 over No. 8 Hawai'i and then 72-63 vs. No. 4 UC Santa Barbara.

Tickets are available both through TicketMaster and the Cal Poly Box Office, at (805) 756-4849 or FOX Sports Prime Ticket will televise the championship game, slated for 4 p.m. Saturday.

LEAUPEPE TWINS, STAHLEY, BASALLO CHOSEN FOR BIG WEST CONFERENCE ACCOLADES: Four Mustangs were selected for various honors as the all-conference team was announced Monday.

Mustang senior guard Dynn Leaupepe made the all-conference first team; her twin sister Lynn Leaupepe earned honorable mention recognition; junior point guard Dye Stahley was selected for the Best Hustle Player award; and freshman guard Ayzhiana Basallo was named 6th Woman of the Year.

Dynn Leaupepe and Lynn Leaupepe each now rank not only in the top 15 in school history for career scoring, but also the top 10 in rebounding.

Dynn is No. 3 in school history for scoring (with 1,624 points), in addition to recently moving to 10th in boards (590). Her career .817 free-throw percentage ranks as the 27th-highest active total among all Division I players nationally, while her career scoring total ranks 51st throughout the country.

For the season, Leaupepe is averaging 21.0 points (No. 1 in the conference and No. 18 nationally), 5.4 rebounds and 2.5 steals (also No. 1 in the Big West; No. 54 in the nation).

She was named Big West Player of the Week for the fourth time in her career on Feb. 5, in addition to also being selected as one of 10 finalists for HERO Sports' NCAA Player of the Week award. Additionally, on Jan. 8, College Sports Madness selected Leaupepe as National Mid-Major Player of the Week. She scored 40 points — tied for the NCAA's 16th-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. (Cal Poly Hall of Fame enshrinee Laura Buehning owns the school record: 46, set in 1982.)

Lynn Leaupepe — selected Big West Conference Player of the Week on Feb. 26 — is No. 12 all-time in scoring (1,035) and No. 6 in rebounds (664).

Also chosen as CSM's conference Player of the Week on Nov. 20, Lynn also ranks among the Big West leaders in rebounding (sixth at 7.0 per game), steals (No. 5; averaging 1.8) and scoring (14th; 10.9).

Returning from a midseason injury, Lynn Leaupepe established her career-high in rebounding in back-to-back wins Feb. 21 and 24, collecting 14 boards in each game.

Lynn, also voted conference Player of the Week on Jan. 23, 2017, earned All-Big West Second Team accolades last season. The sisters from Camarillo were each chosen to the ShareSLO Holiday Beach Classic All-Tournament Team on Nov. 26.

Meanwhile Stahley is No. 4 in the conference in steals per game (1.8), as well as sixth in assists (3.6). Her award represents the eighth time since 2001 that a Mustang has won the Hustle of the Year honor. Additionally, in conference play, Stahley's assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.5 leads the Big West.

Selected as Cal Poly's Student-Athlete of the Week on Dec. 11, Basallo is seventh in the Big West in 3-point accuracy, at .408 (29-for-71) while averaging 7.6 points. Since Big West play began, Basallo is No. 3 in 3-point percentage, via .457 (16-of-35) in league games.

Each within the top five individually in steals per game, Stahley along with the Leaupepe sisters have led the Mustangs to 10.8 steals per game, ranking 22nd nationally as a team.

MORE MUSTANGS ALSO AMONG BIG WEST LEADERS: Mustang senior forwards Emily Anderson and Mary Kate Evans, junior center Devin Stanback and senior guard Kelly Wong also each rank among the top 10 in the conference for various categories.

Stanback ranks 10th in field-goal percentage (.476) in addition to 25th in scoring (8.3 points per game); and Anderson & Evans are No. 8 and 9 in 3-point shooting, at .400 (38-for-95) and .393 (35-for-89) while averaging 5.2 and 4.6 points apiece.

Wong ranks eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6), in addition to 15th in steals (1.2). In Big West play, Evans (selected for CoSIDA Academic Second-Team All-Region accolades Feb. 22) shot .482 (27-for-56) from 3-point range, No. 2 in the conference.

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