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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — For its longest road trip in four seasons, the Cal Poly women's basketball team will soon embark upon an 11-day stretch featuring five games in different states.
The Mustangs' itinerary — the program's first five-game road swing since 2013-14 — will begin against a pair of Big Sky Conference foes: Northern Arizona (2-4) at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 (televised by Fox Sports Arizona from Rolle Activity Center in Flagstaff) and then Eastern Washington (2-5) at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11 at Reese Court in Cheney.
Cal Poly topped the Lumberjacks 58-53 in San Luis Obispo a year ago to move to 2-4 in their all-time series, while the Mustangs' last matchup with the Eagles came in 2009 (a 66-59 win to improve to 3-1 all-time vs. EWU).
Cal Poly (3-3) will then visit Minnesota (8-1) at 10 a.m. PST Wednesday, Dec. 13 (available on BTN Plus for subscribers) and North Dakota State (5-3) at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 (ESPN3 via Midco), concluding the trip at Utah Valley (2-6) at 2 p.m. PST Tuesday, Dec. 19.
Links to follow all Mustang games live can be found above, on the schedule page or via the GoPoly Front Row app.
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.
Lynn, the Big West's second-leading scorer at 17.2 points per game, was selected as College Sports Madness' conference Player of the Week on Nov. 20. She enters this week No. 20 all-time in scoring (with 876 points) and No. 10 in rebounds (535).
She also leads the Big West in steals per game (2.7), in addition to ranking seventh in rebounding (6.7). Voted conference Player of the Week on Jan. 23, 2017, Lynn earned All-Big West Second Team accolades last season.
Dynn is now No. 8 in school history for scoring (1,105), in addition to recently moving to 14th in boards (469). A back-to-back All-Big West honorable mention and the conference Player of the Week on Jan. 9 as a junior, Dynn broke the single-season school record for free-throw percentage in 2016-17, shooting .887 (110-for-124).
No. 13 in the Big West in scoring (at 11.5 points per game), Dynn also ranks seventh in blocks (averaging 1.2).
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.
STANBACK ALSO AMONG BIG WEST LEADERS: Mustang junior center Devin Stanback also ranks among the Big West leaders, beginning the week No. 2 in the conference in field-goal percentage (.588 — 36th nationally) while averaging 12.3 points.
Stanback, who arrived at Cal Poly as a transfer via Pepperdine two offseasons ago, is also ninth in the conference in scoring. She posted a career-high 19 points on Nov. 28 during a 77-44 win over Cal State Monterey Bay.
FOLLOW THE MUSTANGS: 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 Woodstock's Pizza, Eureka! and VISA, a member T-Shirt, and more upon reaching point levels by checking in at games.
For the general public, 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 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.
Families are also encouraged to sign up for the Mustang Kids Club ($5 per child/8th grade or under), as benefits include ongoing free admission to all regular-season soccer, volleyball, wrestling & women's basketball events along with select football, men's basketball and baseball games; plus invitations to exclusive events, birthday cards, free ice cream from Doc Burnstein's and a T-Shirt.
Mustang games throughout the season feature additional fan giveaways along with campus and community events inside Mott Athletics Center:
• Friday, Dec. 29 - 7 p.m. vs. CSU Bakersfield
In the final game of the calendar year, the Mustangs will finish non-conference play with Mustang Kids Club Night. Members are invited to Musty's pregame birthday party with pizza and cake.
• Saturday, Jan. 13 - 2 p.m. vs. CSUN
For Youth Basketball Day, all youth 13-and-under receive free admission to the game against the Matadors, led by Channon Fluker, the 2017 Big West Player of the Year and a USA Basketball U-23 training camp invitee.
• Thursday, Jan. 18 - 7 p.m. vs. UC Irvine
On Faculty Appreciation Night, Cal Poly faculty & staff receive up to four free tickets each.
• Saturday, Jan. 20 - 2 p.m. vs. UC Davis
For Special Olympics Day against the Aggies (who last season advanced to the third round of the WNIT), all athletes are invited to attend for free.
• Saturday, Feb. 10 - 2 p.m. vs. Long Beach State
On Play4Kay Day, fans are encouraged to wear pink, and $2 from every ticket purchased will go directly to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund to support cancer research.
• Saturday, Feb. 24 - 2 p.m. vs. Cal State Fullerton
Senior Day will also be Poly Play Day, as kids are invited to an annual pregame carnival at 1 p.m. in the Stampede Club Tent, followed by free admission to the home finale for youth 13-and-under.
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.
CAL POLY ADDED TO ESPN3 LINEUP: In addition to the upcoming game at NDSU, Cal Poly will also play on ESPN3/WatchESPN (available on all platforms and mobile devices) on Jan. 25 at defending Big West Tournament champion Long Beach State, marking the program's 11th appearance on the network since 2015.
MUSTANGS ANNOUNCE RECRUITING CLASS: As part of the NCAA's Early Signing Period in November, Cal Poly signed Alli Hallberg from Wenatchee Valley (Wash.) College, Madison Lundquist of Woodinville (Wash.) High School and Maddie Vick from Chaparral HS in Scottsdale, Ariz. to National Letters of Intent (as freshmen in 2018-19), while Alicia Roufosse will also join the Mustangs (with two years of eligibility) after transferring from San Francisco.
A finalist for the 2017 North Central Washington Sports Athlete of the Year Award, Hallberg averaged 17.1 points for the Panthers last year en route to a first-team All-Big 9 District selection. A 6-foot guard who also plays volleyball, Hallberg is AAU teammates with Lundquist for Way to Win.
Lundquist, a 6-2 forward, averaged 9.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks as a junior, as the Falcons went 19-5 (11-3 in the 4A KingCo League), advancing to the Elite Eight of the WIAA state playoffs. Lundquist has helped Woodinville go 53-20 altogether, including 33-13 in-league, with her freshman and sophomore years also featuring trips to the second and third rounds of the divisional postseason. A four-year varsity player and 2016-17 all-league second-team honoree, she also made the Oregon End of the Trail All-Tournament Team in 2015 and the EOT River City Classic All-Tournament Team in 2016.
A 6-3 forward, Roufosse averaged 3.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per game as a sophomore for the Dons, starting 13 of her 25 games in 2016-17, while shooting .486 from the floor and .750 from the free-throw line. A graduate of W.J. Mouat Secondary School in Abbotsford, B.C., Roufosse also played in 22 games as a USF freshman.
Vick, a 5-foot-8 guard, earned second-team 5A All-State honors from the Arizona Republic as a junior, when she averaged 20.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 4.0 steals per game. Ranked by ESPN as the No. 74 point guard recruit nationally, Vick was selected as MVP of the Nike Tournament of Champions in December 2016. She went on to lead the Firebirds to an East Valley League championship at 7-1 (26-5 overall) on the way to the semifinals of the state tournament.
MUSTANGS IN THE PROS: Cal Poly alumna Molly Schlemer (2010-14), with Edirne Belediyesi in Turkey, continues to earn accolades in the professional ranks. Schlemer, the 2013 Big West Tournament MVP, was selected as EuroBasket.com's TKBL Player of the Week for Nov. 11. Schlemer's averaging 19.9 points and 10.7 rebounds 11 games into her fourth pro season. She was also EuroBasket Player of the Week in Germany in 2015 (en route to All-DBBL honorable mention) before earning All-TKBL second-team honors in 2016.
Cal Poly Starts Five-Game Trip at Northern Arizona, Eastern Washington
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