February 21, 2012

Mustangs Conclude Regular Season Home Schedule with LBSU, CS Northridge

This Week: The Mustangs are home this week for a pair of Big West Conference games against Long Beach State and Cal State Northridge. These two games will conclude the Mustangs regular season home schedule and showcase the Mustangs' five players playing final regular season weekend in Mott Gym. Cal Poly will host Long Beach State on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7 pm and conference leading Cal State Northridge on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 4 pm. The Mustangs enter the week on a roll having won seven-straight and a 9-3 Big West Conference record (13-12 overall) while Long Beach State enters 6-6 and 11-14. CSUN will visit UCSB on Friday before visiting San Luis Obispo and enter the week 10-3 and 16-10.

What's coming up: On Saturday, prior to the start of the game with Cal State Northridge, Cal Poly will honor the team's five players playing in their final regular season home game; Ashlee Burns, Kristina Santiago, Christine Martin, Abby Bloetscher and Ariel Gregersen. Following Saturday's game Cal Poly will conclude the regular season when the team travels to UC Davis and Pacific. The game with the Aggies is scheduled for March 1 while the game with Tigers is on March 3.

Live Stats/Audio:  All Cal Poly home games are streamed at Gopoly.com with Dave Grant calling the play by play. Live stats will also be available through GoPoly.com. Video will be available at BigWest.org.

A Quick Look at the Teams:
                                               CP    LBSU    CSUN
Record:                              13-12    11-14    16-10    
BWC Record                           9-3    6-6        10-3
Points PG                             72.8    61.7       66.2
Opp. Points PG                     67.9    67.0      63.8
Rebounds PG                       40.0    37.5     42.3
Shooting %                         43.1    37.6      38.7
3-Point %                            34.8    28.3     28.2
FT %                                   73.0    67.5     71.2
Steals PG                             8.4    10.4     10.8
Assists PG                          15.3    13.4    13.6
Blocks PG                             2.3    3.0       4.5

Long Beach State: The 49ers enter the game with the Mustangs 11-14 overall and 6-6 in Big West games having won their last two including a 75-72 double overtime win over Cal State Northridge. Tipesa Moorer leads the team, scoring 13.3 points per game while Alex Sanchez adds 9.2 points. Devin Hudson is the team's top rebounder with 5.3 boards.

History with the 49ers: LBSU holds a 25-15 advantage over the Mustangs in the all-time series including a 74-67 win over Cal Poly on Jan. 21.

Probable Starters for Long Beach State:     Pts    Reb.
23 Ochiltree, Mary.....                             f     6.2    4.3
33 Moorer, Tipesa......                            f     13.3    4.6
32 Hudson, Devin.......                           c     5.2    5.3
03 Sanchez, Alex.......                            g    9.2    5.1
11 Meneses, Hallie.....                           g    5.7    1.8

Cal State Northridge: Cal State Northridge: The Matadors have won six of the last seven games and enter the week 16-10 overall and 10-3 in conference games. CSUN played Thursday at UC Santa Barbara before making the trek to San Luis Obispo. Jasmine Erving leads the team in scoring with 16 points per game with Janae Sharpe adding 11 points. Erving is also the team's top rebounder with 8.5 boards per game.

History with the Matadors: CSUN defeated the Mustangs in the teams first meeting this year, 79-77, on Jan. 19. Overall Cal State Northridge holds a 34-30 advantage over the Mustangs in the all-time series.

Probable Starters for Cal State Northridge:    Pts    Reb.
04     Camille Mahlknecht -                         C     5.3    3.9
34     Jasmine Erving -                               C    16.0    8.5
05     Ashlee Guay -                                   G    8.7    3.8
10     Janae Sharpe -                                 G    11.0    4.3
22     Randi Friess -                                   G     3.0    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    7th     22.7
Rebounds Per Game (300 ranked)                   Santiago 25th    9.9
Blocked Shots Per Game (300 ranked)          Santiago 192nd    1.2
Field-Goal Percentage (300 ranked)                   Santiago 9th    55.6
Free-Throw Percentage (300 ranked)             Santiago 201st    74.4
Double Doubles (30 ranked)                               Santiago 8th    13

Others in the NCAA...:
Assist Turnover Ratio                            Jonae Ervin 1st    3.38
Assists per Game                             Jonae Ervin 113th    3.9
Rebounds Per Game (300 ranked)           Griffin  276th    6.8  
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game               Burns 79th    2.1
Three-Point Percentage                              Burns 15th    40.5

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                        116        1,795    
The chase.....48 and counting

She has to average 12.0 points per game for the remainder of the 4 regular season to pass Buehning....

Cal Poly All-Time Rebounding Leader... :  Senior Kristina Santiago is now Cal Poly's all-time rebound leader with 781 boards... She passed Susanne Carey, who played at Cal Poly from 1991-95 and tallied 775 rebounds...

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 .535.......

Cal Poly Notes: Senior Kristina Santiago earned her fourth Big West Player of the Week honor this season and her ninth overall. The Santa Maria native led the team in both points (22) and rebounds (7) in the 76-63 win over UC Irvine last week. In the second contest, Santiago scored 19 points, with 13 of her 19 points coming in the second half to lift the Mustangs over UC Riverside, 69-47. Santiago recorded her 13th double-double going seven-for-eight from the field with 19 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks and one steal. Santiago is ranked nationally in points, rebounds, field-goal percentage and double-doubles. With her performances this week, she also broke into the Big West top 10 for career points with 1,795.

And Jonae Ervin...  :  Sophomore Jonae Ervin is ranked first this week in the nation in assist turnover ratio at 3.5... Ervin leads the team with 97 assists this year and has committed only 28 turnovers...  

Moving Up.... :  Senior Ashlee Burns has moved up to 15th in the country in three-point percentage (40.5)... for the season she has made 53 of 131 from long range...

Cal Poly 18th.... :   Cal Poly as a team is ranked 20th in the nation in assist-turnover ratio at 1.04 .... Stanford leads the nation at 1.42....

Cal Poly in other categories: Scoring offense 25th (72.8), Field Goal Percentage 29th (43.1), Free Throw Percentage 51st (73.0), 3-point percentage 34th (34.8), Assists per game 34th (15.3) and Turnovers per game 32nd (14.7)...

Martin and Woodard off the Bench... :  Senior Christine Martin has come off the bench in 21 of the 25  games this season... She is averaging 8.0 points and 2.7 rebounds.... Junior Brittany Woodard has come off the bench in nine of the 15 games she has played and averaged 5.8 points and 3.9 rebounds...

Welcome Back... :  Junior Brittany Woodard saw action against Cal State Northridge for the first time since the game against Pepperdine on Nov. 30. Woodard, a transfer from Nevada, has been sidelined with a stress fracture.  For the first time since the WNIT basketball game against California last season, senior Abby Bloetscher took the court. She has missed all of the season up until this point recovering from an ACL injury.... The game with UC Riverside on Jan. 12 was her first action of the year...  

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
2011-12    23-23    213-383-.556       3-10-.300         93-125-.744        63-165-228    9.9    27     43      522    22.7
Totals    116-94    714-1330-.537     4-17-.235        366-512-.715    288-504-792    6.8    103   194    1,795    15.5

Sweeping UCSB....:  For the first time since the Mustangs joined the Big West Conference (1996-97) the Mustangs swept the Guachos in the regular season series...

Wins and Losses...:  
                                          Wins         Losses    
Record:                                  13        12
Points PG                            74.9        70.4
Opp. Points PG                   59.8        76.7
Rebounds PG                      43.1        36.6
Shooting %                        44.9        41.3
3-Point %                           34.2        35.5
FT %                                   72.7        73.2
Steals PG                             8.2        8.7
Assists                               17.3        13.2
Blocks PG                             2.2        2.5
Turnovers                           13.5        16.0

Santiago Earns Third Conference Player of the Week Award: SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Cal Poly senior Kristina Santiago garnered her third Big West Conference Player of the Week award this season and her eighth career for leading the Mustangs to a pair of conference wins this past week. In the 74-64 win over Pacific, Santiago recorded her 10th double-double of the season when she scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. In the game she scored 19 points and 11 boards in the second half alone. Her 25 points came when she hit eight of 14 shots from the floor and nine of 13 from the line. In the Mustangs' 87-65 win over UC Davis she scored 17 points with six rebounds in 23 minutes of play. Overall in leading the Mustangs into a tie for second place in the Big West Conference with a 5-3 record she shot 64 percent from the floor while averaging 21 points and 10 rebounds per game. This week she is currently ranked fifth in the nation scoring 23.3 points, 23rd in rebounds (10.2) and 10th in field goal percentage (56.1).

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.

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...

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