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Women's Hoop Heads to CS Northridge for Showdown, Thursday

The Mustangs continue Big West Conference play with a pair of games on the road this week. On Thursday the Mustangs will visit conference leading Cal State Northridge who enter the game with a half game lead over Cal Poly in the standings. Cal Poly enters the game 3-1 in conference games and 6-10 overall while CSUN is 4-1 and 9-8 overall. On Saturday, Cal Poly will travel to Long Beach State who enters the week with a 2-3 conference mark and 7-11 overall. The game with the Matadors will tip at 7 pm while the game with the 49ers will start at 4 pm.

Live Stats/Audio:  Live stats will be available for both games through GoPoly.com. Video will be available at BigWest.org.

What's coming up: Following the games at CSUN and LBSU, Cal Poly will return home to host Pacific and UC Davis on Jan. 19 and 21. The game with the Tigers will tip at 7 pm while the game with the Aggies will go at 4 pm.

A Quick Look at the Teams:
                                 CP    CSUN    LBSU
Record:                   6-10    9-8    7-11
BWC Record            3-1    4-1    2-3
Points PG               71.3    65.8    60.8
Opp. Points PG      70.4    64.5    67.3
Rebounds PG        39.8    41.6    37.8
Shooting %          41.8    37.5    37.2
3-Point %             32.8    25.8    25.8
FT %                     72.6    72.7    66.5
Steals PG               8.1    11.2    11.5
Assists                 15.0    12.4    13.9
Blocks PG               2.2    4.6    3.6    

CS Northridge: The Matadors enter the game with the Mustangs with a conference leading 4-1 record and post a 9-8 overall mark. CSUN opened Big West play 3-0 before dropping a 55-53 game at UC Davis. The team rebounded to defeat Pacific 72-68 two days later. The team, while shooting 37.5 percent, rebounds well (41.6) and averages an impressive 4.6 blocks per game. Jasmine Erving leads the team with 13.7 points per game and shoots 44 percent from the floor while adding 8.1 rebounds. Janae Sharpe is the other Matador scoring in double figures with 10.5 points.  

History with the Matadors : CS Northridge holds a slim 33-30 in the all-time series with the teams splitting games last season. Cal Poly won 82-52 at home while falling 68-65 on the road.

Probable Starters for Cal State Northridge:    Pts    Reb.
23     Violet Alama                                F         8.8    6.7
34     Jasmine Erving                           C         13.7    8.1
02     Haley White                               G         2.9    1.9
05     Ashlee Guay                               G        8.9    3.6
10     Janae Sharpe                            G        10.5    3.9

Long Beach State: The 49ers enter the week with a 2-3 Big West record and post a 7-11 overall record. LBSU opened the conference season 2-0, but have dropped the last three. LBSU will host UCSB before hosting the Mustangs. Tipesa Moorer is the lone 49er scoring in double figures with 12.6 points per game. Ella Clark helps out with 9.3 points and a team leading 6.0 rebounds.   

History with the 49ers : Long Beach State holds a 24-15 advantage in the all-time series with the Mustangs sweeping last season's series, 83-72 (in Long Beach) and 61-48 at home.

Probable Starters for Long Beach State:    Pts    Reb.
33 Moorer, Tipesa                            f        12.6    4.7
32 Hudson, Devin                            c        4.4    3.6
03 Sanchez, Alex                            g        9.3    5.3
11 Meneses, Hallie                         g        4.7    1.9
44 Spargo, Lauren                         g        7.5    3.3

A Little About the Mustangs.....:  • The Mustangs won their first-ever share of the Big West Conference regular season championship last season with a 12-4 Big West Conference record.

• The Mustangs won 18 games last season, tied for second-best in school history since making the move to Division I in the 1994-95 season. Cal Poly posted a Division I best 21 wins during the 2008-09 season when the team went 21-11. During the 2009-10 season, head coach Faith Mimnaugh's squad recorded 18 wins... Overall in women's basketball history (since 1974-75), the team posted a 21-12 record in the 1981-82 season and 18-11 in 1979-80 when the team was competing at the Division II level.

• Head coach Faith Mimnaugh won her second Big West Conference Coach of the Year this past season while winning co-coach of the year in 1999-2000...

• The Mustangs return the 2009-10 Big West player of the year, Kristina Santiago, after going down to an ACL injury the first game of last season and a redshirt season.

Around the NCAA.... : Senior Kristina Santiago name is all over the NCAA ranking summary.....

Points Per Game (300 ranked)      Santiago    3rd     23.8
Rebounds Per Game (300 ranked)     Santiago 16th    10.4
Blocked Shots Per Game (300 ranked)      Santiago 194th     1.2
Field-Goal Percentage (300 ranked)      Santiago 16th     56.1     
Free-Throw Percentage (300 ranked)      Santiago 206th     75.0     
Double Doubles (30 ranked)         Santiago     15th     8.0     

Others in the NCAA...:
Assist Turnover Ratio        Jonae Ervin 3rd    2.94
Assists per Game            Jonae Ervin 256th    3.1
Rebounds Per Game (300 ranked)     Griffin 195th     7.4
Free-Throw Percentage (300 ranked)     Jonae Ervin 181st     76.1
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage      Burns 69th     35.8     
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game       Burns 83rd     2.1


And Now.... :  Looking down the line... Kristina Santiago is in line for points scored in her career... The record holder, Laura Buehning, scored 1,843 points in her career from 1979 to 1982....
                        Games        Points
Buehning               90         1,843    
Santiago              107        1,606
The chase            237 and counting

She has to average 18.2 points per game for the remainder of the 13 regular season to pass Buehning....

She is already or at least at the end of the season will be the school record holder for career shooting percentage... Entering the week her career numbers stood at .533.......

No. 3.... :  Sophomore Jonae Ervin is ranked third this week in the nation in assist turnover ratio....Monique Smalls from Texas Tech leads the nation with 4.17....

Welcome Back... :  For the first time since the WNIT basketball game against California, senior Abby Bloetscher took the court. She has missed all of the season up until this point recovering from an ACL injury.... Against UC Riverside she played 11 minutes off the bench and scored two points with three rebounds...

Santiago's Career Numbers:
Season        G-GS    FG-FGA -Pct.      3FG-Pct.           FT-FTA-Pct. Off-Def.-Tot.     Avg.       Bl    St.        Pts.-    Avg.
2007-08    31-10    84-169-497          0-0-.000          51-79-.646        62-85-147    4.7    20    27             219    7.1
2008-09    32-31    191-363-.526       0-3-.000          103-135-.763  82-89-171    5.3    32    54      485    15.2
2009-10    29-29    226-415-.545       1-4-.250          116-173-.671  81-164-245    8.4    24    70      569    19.6
2010-11    1-1    0-0-.000                  0-0-.000             0-0-.000        0-1-1    1.0    0       0      0    0
2010-11    14-14    138-246-.561         3-9-.333            54-72-.750        42-103-145    10.4    17     26      333    23.8
Totals    107-85    639-1193-.536     4-16-.250        324-459-.706    267-442-709    6.6    93  177    1,606    15.0

Santiago Scores 44 in loss to SDSU:   Senior Kristina Santiago scored 44 points, the most since 1982 when Laura Buehning scored 46. The forward was 16 of 23 from the floor and 11 of 14 from the line.... Her all-around game included four steals, two assists and a block.... She also added a team-high eight rebounds in the game...

Martin off the Bench... :  Senior Christine Martin has come off the bench in 11 of the 15  games this season... She is averaging 8.9 points and 3.5 rebounds.... She is shooting 42 percent from the floor and has hit 35 percent from beyond the arch...

Missing in Action:   Freshman Jashae Lee is out for the season while redshirt sophomore Nikol Allison is hoping to return after off-season surgery in Feb..... Brittany Woodard is down with a stress fracture and is looking to make a return in two weeks..

Wins and Losses...:  
                            Wins         Losses    
Record:                      6        10
Points PG              73.3        70.1
Opp. Points PG     60.0        76.7
Rebounds PG       45.0        36.7
Shooting %          42.7        41.2
3-Point %             29.1        35.2
FT %                    72.0        73.0
Steals PG              7.5        8.5
Assists                17.3        13.6
Blocks PG              1.8        2.4
Turnovers            12.3        16.5

Santiago Wins Second Big West Award this Season : Cal Poly women's basketball player, Kristina Santiago, was named the Big West Conference player of the week. For the senior it was her second award this season and the seventh of her career. Santiago opened the week with a 33-point, 11-rebound performance in the Mustangs' 73-72 loss to Loyola Marymount. She also notched four assists, two blocks and one steal to her total.  Two days later against the Aztecs, the senior forward drained a career-high 44 points, hitting 16 of 23 from the floor while shooting 11 of 14 from the charity stripe. Her 44 points missed the school record, set in 1982, by just two points. Averaging 38.5 points and 9.5 boards per contest, Santiago led the team in both categories. She also shot .600 from the field and .800 from the free throw line.

Player of the Week.... Make it two in a Row...: The Cal Poly Mustangs made it two for two this week winning their second Big West Conference Play of the Week when senor Kristina Santiago won the honor one week after Jonae Ervin picked up her award. Santiago was selected as the Big West Player of the Week when she established career-highs in points and rebounds this past week. This is the second straight week Cal Poly has claimed the weekly honor with Jonae Ervin picking up the season's first award. In leading the Mustangs to an 82-66 win over San Francisco on Wednesday evening, the Santa Maria, Calif., set a new career-high when she drained 36 points and tied her career-best in rebounds with 15. Santiago shot .519 from the floor, converting 14-of-27, while making 7-of-9 from the charity stripe.  Four days later in the team's home opener against the Fresno State Bulldogs, the 6-1 forward shattered her previous rebound mark with an impressive 23 boards to go along with 27 points, securing her second double-double of the week. She added three blocks and four steals to her nightly total. For the Week, Santiago averaged 31.5 points and 19.0 rebounds per contest, while firing .543 from the floor. She also notched 2.5 assists, 3.0 blocks and 2.0 steals per game.  For the season the senior is averaging 27.2 points, 14.7 rebounds per game while shooting 52 percent from the floor.

 Ervin was selected as the Big West Conference Player of the Week when she scored a career-high 33 points in the Mustangs' season-opener against Oregon. In the Mustangs 102-93 loss to Pac-12's Oregon Ducks, the sophomore point guard shot 10 of 13 (.846) from the floor, including a perfect 5 for 5 from three-point range. She made 6 of 10 from the free throw line for a total of 33 points, to lead all players. Ervin's previous career-high was 19 points at Pacific last season.  Hailing from Brea, Calif., she also tied a career-best six rebounds while adding two assists to her total.

Preseason Media Poll
1. Cal Poly (11)........................................................200
2. UC Santa Barbara (11)........................................191
3. UC Davis (2)........................................................169
4. UC Riverside.......................................................120
5. Cal State Fullerton...............................................107
6. UC Irvine................................................................91
7. Cal State Northridge..............................................73
8. Pacific....................................................................66
9. Long Beach State..................................................63

Cal Poly vs UC Irvine :  SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Cal Poly women's basketball team suffered its first defeat of the Big West basketball season, falling, 62-60, to the visiting Anteaters of UC Irvine. With the win UCI improves to 8-10 overall and 4-2 in Big West play while Cal Poly falls to 6-10 and 3-1 in conference games. Cal Poly returns to the court on Jan. 19 when they travel to Cal State Northridge for a Big West Conference game at 7 pm. Trailing by two, 62-60, the Mustangs had possession of the ball, but a turnover with four seconds on clock dashed any real hopes of sending the game into overtime.  UCI's Jacquelyn Marshall broke a 59-59 tie with a jumper just inside the free throw line with 19 seconds remaining. On the Mustangs possession, senior captain Kristina Santiago had the ball roll off the rim, but drawing the foul. Santiago missed the first, but made the second, leaving the Mustangs down one, with 10 seconds left. After a series of fouls by the Mustangs and putting UCI in the bonus, Kelly Meggs went to the line and made one free throw, but was whistled for a lane violation on the second setting up the Mustangs with the ball with six seconds remaining. After the turnover and a Cal Poly foul, UCI missed the front end of a one and one,  leaving Santiago with a desperation shot from UCI's free throw line.  In the first half, UC Irvine took the lead with 16:46 left in the first half (7-6) and put the Mustangs down 12 (32-20) at 3:18 when Anete Klinstone made a pair of free throws. UCI settled for a six point lead at the break, 34-28. In the second half the Mustangs battled back and went on a 7-0 run and tied the game at 41-41 on a layup by Kayla Griffin with 13:40 left in the game.  The two teams battled back and forth with the Mustangs eventually gaining a five point advantage (53-48) on a layup by Santiago with 9:00 minutes remaining. Cal Poly maintained the five point advantage when Santiago converted a jumper off a feed from Jonae Ervin with 4:29 on the clock.  UCI scored the next five points and tied the game (57-57) with 2:44 remaining in the game. Ervin made a layup with 1:51 left and giving the Mustangs their last lead, 59-57.  Santiago led all scorers with 21 points when she made 10 of 18 shots from the floor. Ashlee Burns chipped in with 12 points as the team shot 41 percent from the floor. Kassandra McCalister led UCI with 16 points with Klintsone adding 13 points. The Anteaters shot 39 percent from floor and made five of 16 from long range. Cal Poly made five of 19 from beyond the arch.  UC Irvine outrebounded the Mustangs 39-28 with Santiago leading all players with 10 boards. Cal Poly committed 18 turnovers with UCI turned the ball over 16 times.