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Cal Poly Continues Conference Play Hosting UCSB at 2 p.m. Saturday

Cal Poly Continues Conference Play Hosting UCSB at 2 p.m. Saturday

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly will continue its Big West Conference-opening home stand this weekend, as the Mustang women's basketball team hosts UC Santa Barbara at 2 p.m. Saturday in Mott Athletics Center.

Coco Miller leads UCSB with 13.2 points per game, eighth in the Big West. The redshirt junior guard is second in the conference in 3-pointers made for the year (31), as well as eighth in steals per game (1.8).

Natalia Bruening, a 6-foot-4 junior center, adds 10.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per game for the Gauchos (3-11, 0-1), who opened Big West play edged at CSUN a week ago, 73-65.

The two schools split the Blue-Green Rivalry last year, with the Gauchos earning a 73-68 win in Isla Vista in January before the Mustangs returned the favor in February in San Luis Obispo, 73-72.

Cal Poly (3-9, 0-1) started conference play with a 75-59 loss to UC Irvine on Jan. 5, getting out to a 27-13 lead early in the second quarter before the Anteaters (11-2) rallied for the road comeback.

Jan. 12 is also Polio Plus Day at Mott, as all Rotarians can buy $5 tickets by using the promo code 'ROTARY19' online or at the door.

There will also be a pregame Rotary Club reception hosted in the Stampede Club tent. Donations will be collected toward globally eradicating polio, and fans can buy tickets at the booth near the Mott entrance to enter a halftime free-throw shooting contest for a chance to win prizes, with all proceeds going toward Polio Plus.

STAHLEY RISING IN THE RECORD BOOK: Cal Poly point guard Dye Stahley now ranks among the top 25 in program history for two career categories.

Stahley, a senior from Mesa, Arizona, has moved into a tie for No. 8 in school history for all-time assists with 274 — 24 back of Odessa Jenkins (1998-02) for the No. 7 spot.

Additionally, Stahley ranks tied for 22nd all-time at Cal Poly in career steals with 126, four shy of Stephanie Osorio's 130 for No. 19 all-time.

For the season, Stahley begins the weekend fourth in the conference in steals per game (2.0) and fifth in assists (4.8). The Big West Best Hustle Award recipient as a junior, Stahley's average of 34.9 minutes played per game in 2018-19 ranks third in the conference and 83rd throughout the country.

STANBACK NO. 7 IN THE BIG WEST IN SCORING: Mustang senior center Devin Stanback comes into this week seventh in the Big West in scoring, averaging 13.6 points.

Additionally, her field-goal percentage of .512 (third throughout the conference) ranks 71st nationally.

VESELA ADDS SCORING PUNCH: Since making her Cal Poly debut in the 60-50 win at Seattle U on Dec. 17, junior forward Hana Vesela is averaging 10.7 points and 6.3 rebounds through three games, each No. 2 on the squad.

Vesela, who played for the Czech Republic U-20 program at the 2016 FIBA European Championship, joined the Mustangs in a practice capacity this past February as a mid-year transfer from Michigan State. The 6-foot-4 native of Pribor, Czech Republic is also blocking 1.0 shot per game early on through a trio of starts.

NUNNELLEY, HOLT, ROUFOSSE ALSO AMONG CONFERENCE LEADERS: Averaging 6.4 rebounds, Cal Poly senior forward Katie Nunnelley opens the week eighth in the conference. Nunnelley corralled 17 rebounds at Sacramento State on Nov. 11. The most by a Mustang since Hannah Gilbert secured 18 at UC Irvine on Jan. 9, 2016, Nunnelley's effort was seven boards back of the single-game school record (24 by Sherrie Atteberry in 1987).

Sophomore guard Malia Holt and junior forward Alicia Roufosse, meanwhile, also rank among the Big West leaders in several categories. Holt is ninth in assists per game (3.2) plus ninth in steals (1.8), while Roufosse is 11th throughout the conference in rebounding (at 5.8 per game), as well as 11th in field-goal percentage (.449).

FOLLOW THE MUSTANGS: Mustang 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 12 noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Families are encouraged to sign up for the Mustang Kids Club ($10 per child 8th grade or under), as over $300 in benefits include ongoing free admission to all 2018-19 regular-season soccer, volleyball, wrestling & women's basketball events along with select football, men's basketball and baseball games; plus invitations to exclusive events; opportunities to be an honorary captain at Mustang home games; a birthday card from Musty; free gelato at SLO Sweets every month (along with birthday scavenger hunts) and a T-Shirt. 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 Adidas, Amazon, SLO Sweets, Woodstock's Pizza, Eureka! Burger, Splash Café and Frank's Famous Hot Dogs, a member T-Shirt, and more upon reaching point levels by checking in at games.

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

Photos © Owen Main