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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Looking to build upon a 61-41 win over Long Beach State, Cal Poly continues Big West Conference play with a pair of games in the week ahead, as the Mustang women's basketball team first visits UC Davis at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening before hosting Cal State Fullerton at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
BigWestTV and KDVS will broadcast the Feb. 12 road matchup from The Pavilion, before Zachary Anderson-Yoxsimer calls the action from Mott Athletics Center, with both games available to stream via GoPoly.com.
Feb. 15 is also Play4Kay Day at Mott, as free T-shirts will be given out to the first 100 fans in solidarity with support around the country for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. In addition, $2 from every ticket sold vs. the Titans will go directly toward the Kay Yow Foundation supporting cancer research.
The 20-point victory over LBSU on Feb. 8 placed the Mustangs (3-6 BWC; 6-14) into a three-way tie for seventh place in the league standings, just two wins back of third place.
Davis comes into the week in first place at 7-2 (12-10 overall), a half-game up on Hawai'i (7-3; 13-10) for the lead. In the earlier matchup between the two programs on Jan. 25, the Mustangs led by nine points at home — 24-15 with 3:37 left until halftime — before the Aggies rallied after the break for a 42-36 comeback.
Meanwhile, Fullerton enters tied for fourth place via 4-4 (12-9 overall). The Titans rallied from a 36-20 Cal Poly lead in Orange County on Jan. 31, holding on down the stretch to pick up a 65-64 victory.
Join us for our annual Play4Kay game on Saturday at 2pm!— Cal Poly WBB (@CalPolyWBB) February 11, 2020
$2 from every ticket will be donated to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, to help in the fight against breast cancer!
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The top eight teams ultimately move on to the Big West Tournament, with seeds 3 through 8 opening at Long Beach's Walter Pyramid from March 10-11 for first-round and quarterfinal matchups before the semifinals shift to the Honda Center in Anaheim on March 13.
DEFENSE LEADS THE WAY: The 17 points conceded by Cal Poly prior to intermission against Long Beach State are the fewest allowed by the Mustangs during an opening half all season, as well as the second-stingiest allowance in any half for the year (behind only the 14 given up to Sacramento State in the second half on Nov. 20).
Starting the week, Cal Poly ranks No. 2 around the Big West in team defense, giving up just 61.8 points per game, as well as No. 2 in the conference in field-goal percentage defense (.378).
CAMPISANO CONTINUING TO SHINE IN MUSTANG DEBUT: Mustang redshirt junior forward Sierra Campisano begins this week No. 3 in the Big West for scoring (with 16.4 points per game) and No. 2 in rebounding (8.6). Also fourth in the BWC with a free-throw percentage of .802, she was selected as College Sports Madness' Big West Player of the Week on Jan. 6, and was named to the #ShareSLO Holiday Beach Classic All-Tournament Team Nov. 30.
Campisano (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS), in her first season on the court with Cal Poly after joining the program from Oregon, now has seven double-doubles in 2019-20, tied for the second-most around the Big West.
ELLIS EARNS CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD: Mustang point guard Abbey Ellis scored 37 points in the 75-70 victory over UC Riverside on Jan. 23, the second-highest scoring effort by a freshman across the country this season, trailing only a 41-point game from Villanova redshirt Madison Siegrist against La Salle.
Selected as the Big West Conference Player of the Week on Jan. 27, Ellis ranks No. 13 around the NCAA in scoring among all freshmen nationally (averaging 15.3 points).
The true frosh from Yallambie, Australia also currently ranks No. 4 throughout the conference in scoring, No. 7 in assists (3.5) and No. 2 in free-throw percentage (.825). Ellis' game-winning layup (57-56) with 1.6 seconds left vs. Lamar on Nov. 30 was highlighted by @ncaawbb as the country's Top Play of the Week. She was also named Mechanics Bank Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week for Dec. 2.
GOVAN RANKS NO. 4 FROM 3: Through nine games, Cal Poly junior guard Chantel Govan ranks No. 4 in the Big West in 3-point accuracy during league play, having knocked down 10 of 25 (good for a .400 percentage) from beyond the arc against conference opponents. Govan (San Antonio, TX/South Plains College) went a season-best 3-for-4 from deep range at UCSB on Jan. 11.
ROUFOSSE AMONG BIG WEST REBOUNDING & DOUBLE-DOUBLE LEADERS: Alicia Roufosse starts this week No. 5 in the Big West for offensive rebounding, keeping 2.5 possessions alive per game. In the overall-rebounding category, Roufosse (a grad student in Business) ranks seventh across the Big West, averaging 6.8 boards.
The forward from Abbotsford, British Columbia has netted a pair of career-high 20-point performances this season, first at UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 11 and then vs. LBSU Feb. 8. Her six double-doubles on the year rank fourth throughout the Big West.
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 2019-20 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.
SCHLEMER HONORED BY EUROBASKET AGAIN; LEAUPEPES CONTINUE PRO CAREERS IN SPAIN: A trio of Mustang alumni continue to star as professionals in Europe. Molly Schlemer, now with AO Eleutheria Moshatou, was named the Greece A1 League Player of the Week on Nov. 25, following a 23-point, 11-rebound performance during a 96-66 victory over KAO Melission. It was the sixth career EuroBasket Player of the Week award for Schlemer since 2015, with her other weekly MVP accolades coming in Germany's DBBL and Turkey's TKBL. She's now averaging 13.1 points and 8.1 rebounds for Eleutheria, while shooting .565 overall.
Dynn Leaupepe and Lynn Leaupepe also each are with clubs in Spain's LF2 association. Dynn Leaupepe — the 2019 Dameligaen Player of the Year as a rookie for BK Amager (Kastrup, Denmark) and a bronze medalist at the 2019 Pacific Games with the Samoa National Team — is averaging 7.2 points and 1.3 steals for BAXI Ferrol, shooting .800 at the foul line. Lynn Leaupepe, with Ausarta Barakaldo, starts this week averaging 9.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals. Last year as a rookie for the Sunbury (Australia) Jets, she was selected as the Big Victoria Youth Player of the Year.
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