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Cal Poly Travels South to Face Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside

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Opening Tip:  Cal Poly will head South this week for a pair of conference games when they travel to Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 20) and UC Riverside (Feb. 22). Cal Poly enters the week with a 14-10 overall record and post a 8-3 mark in conference games. The Titans are 9-14 overall and 5-5 in Big West games. UC Riverside enters the week 5-19 overall and 1-10 in BWC and will host UC Santa Barbara on Thursday.

The Mustangs are coming off a pair of Big West Conference loses and enter the week half a game behind the Matadors of Cal State Northridge (9-3) in the standings. Cal State Fullerton is in a three-way tie for fifth while UC Riverside picked up its first conference win last week when the team defeated UC Irvine.

Junior Ariana Elegado was the lone Mustang to score in double figures, in the loss to CSUN, with 13 points. Four Mustangs managed nine points with freshman Hannah Gilbert's all coming in the second half. Junior Taryn Garza, senior Molly Schlemer and junior Kristen Ale were the others. Schlemer led the team with 11 rebounds while Garza and Gilbert corralled nine and seven respectively.  

In the loss to LBSU, Cal Poly was paced by Elegado's with 22 points while senior Schlemer added 19 points and a team-high 13 rebounds for her 11th double-double of the season. Senior Jonae Ervin came off the bench to score 17 points and dish out nine assists.

This Week: Cal Poly will travel South for a pair of Big West Conference basketball games when the team will visit Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside. The Mustangs will take on the Titans on Thursday at 7 pm and the Highlanders on Saturday at 7 pm. Both games will be carried live on GoPoly.com with Dave Grant calling the play by play starting with the pregame show at 6:40 pm for both games.   You can also find links to live stats and video stream at GoPoly.com.

Cal Poly enters the week 14-10 overall and 8-3 in Big West games. The Mustangs are half a game behind first-place Cal State Northridge. Cal State Fullerton is 9-14 overall and 5-5 in conference games while UC Riverside is 5-10 overall and 1-10 in the Big West.

What's coming up:  Cal Poly will return home for the team's final homestand of the year when UC Davis and UC Irvine come to town. Cal Poly will host UC Davis on Feb. 27 while the game with UC Irvine, Senior Day, is slated for March 1. The regular season will conclude with a trip to UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, March 8, at 2 pm.

A Quick Look at the Teams:
                                       CP        CSF        UCR    
Record:                      14-10        9-14        5-19
Conference Record        8-3        5-5        1-10
Points PG                     76.5        60.9        67.0
Opp. Points PG            77.8         66.0        75.1
Rebounds PG              44.0        35.5        37.8
Shooting %                42.3        36.6        40.8
3-Point %                  31.8        26.6        30.4
FT %                          66.2        70.1        70.1
Steals PG                    5.9        5.3        6.8
Assists PG                 15.5        12.1        15.4
Blocks PG                    3.4        1.6        4.2
Turnovers PG            14.4        13.7        17.0

Cal State Fullerton Notes...:   The Titans enter the game with the Mustangs with a 9-14 overall record and are 5-5 in conference games. Alex Thomas leads the team in scoring with 13.7 points per game and is closely followed by Chante Miles with 13.6 points per game. Kathleen Iwuoha is the third Titan scoring in double figures with 10.0 points per game. Miles is the team leader with 98 assists while Iwuoha is the team in rebounding with 7.3 boards per game.  In the teams first meeting, Cal Poly prevailed 69-65 with Nwaka Ofodu and Jonae Ervin leading the team with 17 points each. Molly Schlemer and  Taryn Garza each added 12 points. Cal Poly shot 44 percent for the game, but made just three of 13 from long range. They were eight of 11 from the line. In the all-time series , Cal Poly holds a 24-17 advantage.

UC Riverside Notes...:   The Highlanders enter the week with 5-19 overall and 1-10 in conference games after defeating UC Irvine last week. UCR will host UC Santa Barbara before the Mustangs visit. Brittany Crain leads the team in scoring with 18.5 points per game. She is one of four players scoring in double figures this season. Annelise Ito adds 11.2 points while Simone DeCoud and Natasha Hadley score 10.9 and 10.8 points respectively. In the teams last meeting, Cal Poly defeated UCR, 89-72. Ariana Elegado led the team with 18 points while Jonae Ervin added  14 points. Kristen Ale came off the bench to help out with 10 points. Cal Poly shot 53 percent from the floor and made eight of 17 from beyond the arc. Cal Poly holds a 30-29 advantage in the all-time series.

A Little About the Mustangs.....:  
• The Mustangs earned their first trip to the NCAA Tournament last season after winning the Big West Conference Tournament. Cal Poly posted a 21-11 overall record after falling to Penn State in the first round and a 13-5 mark in Big West Conference games.  The Mustangs posted back-to-back Big West Regular Season Championships  (2010-11 and 2011-12) with a 12-4 conference record in both seasons.   

• The Mustangs won 21 games last season, tying the school record for most wins in a season. Cal Poly posted a Division I best 21 wins during the 2008-09 season when the team went 21-11. 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. In 2011-12 the team won 17 games, one off pervious year (18) that tied for second-best in school history since making the move to Division I in the 1994-95 season. During the 2009-10 season, head coach Faith Mimnaugh's squad recorded 18 wins...

• The Mustangs have claimed the last four Big West Conference Player of the year awards with Molly Schlemer winning this past season, Kristina Santiago winning the award twice (2011-12 and 2009-10) and Rachel Clancy winning in 2010-11.

• The Mustangs have advanced to the postseason the last three seasons, twice in the WNIT. In 2011 the Mustangs hosted California and lost 74-60 while in 2012, Cal Poly traveled to Seattle and lost to Washington, 90-71.

• Cal Poly head coach Faith Mimnaugh picked up her 200 career win at Cal Poly with the team's 72-63 win at Nevada on Dec. 2, 2012. She is already has the most wins as a coach in program history, amassing 216 wins to this point in 16 seasons.

Season  Head Coach
                    W -L         Pct.
1979-86 Marilyn McNeil                  98-103        .488
 1997- -- Faith Mimnaugh             230-255        .474
1976-79 Mary Stallard                     33-41        .446
1986-96 Jill Orrock                       103-132        .438
1974-76 Sharon Chatman                 7-28        .200
1995-97 Karen Booker                      9-44        .170

Molly Schlemer Becomes 10th Player at Cal Poly to score 1,000:  Schlemer needed 16 second half points to reach her total of 20 and 1,001 points in her career. Her field goal came with just 2:34 left in the game and put the Mustangs up five at the time. The post player's points came when she made nine of 16 shots from the floor and a pair of free throws.

Looking for 11 and 12.....:  With Schlemer reaching the 1,000-point mark in the game with Hawai'i, Jonae Ervin is next on the list and needs just 25 points to reach the mark entering the week. Ariana Elegado enters the week having scored 923 points in her career, leaving her 77 points shy of the 1,000 point mark.

Nine Home Wins Comes to an End....:  With the 62-60 win over Hawai'i, Cal  Poly tied its best-ever start to a home season with a 9-0 record... You have to go back the 2003-04 season when the Mustangs opened the season with nine straight home wins.... That all came to an end on Thursday when the Mustangs fell to Cal State Northridge...

9 vs. 29....: In the loss to Long Beach State, Cal Poly went to the line nine times.... LBSU went to the line 29....

Schlemer for Three...:  In the final minute of play in the LBSU game, senior Molly Schlemer hit a three from the top of the key for her  first career three pointer....

Ervin's assists...: Senior Jonae Ervin dished out nine assists in the game with LBSU.... She committed only two turnovers in the game while scoring 17 points when she connected on eight of 15 shots from the floor....

Schlemer's Double-Doubles....:  Senior Molly Schlemer recorded her 11th double-double of the season and her 17th in her career when she scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the loss to LBSU...

The Gilbert Report....:  True freshman Hannah Gilbert made the most of her 15 minutes of play in the game with Cal State Northridge, all in the second half.... Gilbert scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds.... She was four of six from the field with one steal...  

Garza on the Boards...:  Junior Taryn Garza grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds in the win over Hawai'i... Eight came at the defensive end of the court... She added nine against CSUN... The forward has upped her per game averaged to 6.3 boards per game..

The Big Three:   Molly Schlemer leads the team with 18.3 points per game with Ariana Elegado and Jonae Ervin adding 16.8 and 11.7 points per game respectively... Those three account for 61 percent of the team's offence .... The team's next highest scorer is Kristin Ale with 8.2 points per game....

142:44..... :  Senior Jonae Ervin went 142 minutes and 44 seconds without committing a turnover until the 15:24 mark of the first half against UC Davis... Prior to the UCD turnover, her last turnover came at 10:10 of the first half in the game with Cal State Northridge... She played 38 minutes against Long Beach State, 40 minutes against Cal State Fullerton and 27 against UC Riverside.......

Home Sweet Home... :Cal Poly is 9-2 this season in home games (5-8 in road or neutral) and are on pace to improve on last season's solid numbers... The Mustangs posted a 12-4 home record this past season and won nine straight, before falling to Long Beach State in the regular season finale. The Mustangs were 8-1 at home in conference games.

vs. Hawai'i ....: Junior Ariana Elegado connected on a pair of free throws with four seconds on the clock to hold off a late charge by Hawai'i in a 62-60 Big West Conference women's basketball game in Mott Athletics Center on Saturday.  In the Mustang win senior Molly Schlemer became the 10th Mustang to score 1,000 points in her career. Elegado led the Mustangs with 25 points and five assists when she connected on 10 of 20 shots from the floor. Schlemer needed 16 second half points to reach her total of 20 and 1,001 points in her career. Her field goal came with just 2:34 left in the game and put the Mustangs up five at the time. The post player's points came when she made nine of 16 shots from the floor and a pair of free throws. Junior Taryn Garza recorded a career-high 12 rebounds with eight coming at the defensive end of the court. She also added a block and a steal. Sophomore Beth Balbierz came off the bench to add six points in the win.

11,3,2,1......:   Those are the double-doubles put up by the Mustangs... Senior Molly Schlemer is second in the conference with 11 double-doubles... Followed by senior Jonae Ervin with three (all in scoring and rebounds) while junior Ariana Elegado recorded two with hers in points and assists... The only player in the Big West to do so... Maddison Allen has one in scoring and rebounding....

Schlemer Wins Third POW...:  Cal Poly senior Molly Schlemer averaged 28.5 points and shot 67.5 percent from the floor to garner Big West Women's Basketball Player of the Week honors, helping Cal Poly stay atop the conference standings with two key road wins. For the senior it was her third honor of the season. The 6-5 post player notched 26 points, nine rebounds and three assists in Cal Poly's 81-72 victory against UC Davis on Thursday.  She made 12 of 16 shots from the field, and added a steal and a block. In Saturday's 84-79 triumph at UC Irvine, Schlemer erupted for a game-high 31 points on 15 of 24 shooting, and chipped in seven rebounds. For the week, Schlemer made 27 of her 40 field goal attempts. Schlemer posted her 10th game with 20 or more points and surpassed the 30-point plateau for the second time this season.  She leads the Big West in scoring (18.6 ppg) and field goal percentage (.575) while ranking second in rebounding (10.3 rpg). In national rankings, Schlemer is 16th in field goal percentage and 31st in rebounding.

A Career Night.... :   Senior Amaka Ofodu had a career-night against Cal State Fullerton when she scored 17 points when she  made eight of 16 from the floor. Her all-around game included two blocks and four rebounds...

Off the Bench:   Sophomore Beth Balbierz came off the bench in the overtime win at Long Beach State to score a career-high 16 points when she hit four of eight from the field and two of four from long range. She also connected on all six attempts from the line....

Just one Short....Again:  Junior Ariana Elegado missed her career scoring mark by one point when she hit for 30 points in the game with UC Santa Barbara.... . She was nine of 20 from the field and five of 12 from long range... She did it again against Long Beach State (30 points) when she connected on 11 of 22 from the floor and seven of eight from the line...

Shooting 50 percent...:   For the fifth time this season Cal Poly as a team shot 50 percent or better from the floor in the win over UC Irvine... it was the third-straight game for the Mustangs... The streak started with UC Riverside (53 percent).. The also shot 50 percent  at Hawai'i and against  Pepperdine...

107 Record....:    In the team's 107-102 overtime win at Long Beach State, Cal Poly broke the school record that has stood since 1989 when the team defeated Cal Lutheran, 106-72.

National Ranking Team:
Assist Turnover Ratio                               44th     1.07
Assists Per Game                                     62nd    15.5
Field Goal Percentage                               85th    42.3
Scoring Offense                                        38th    76.5
Turnovers Per Game                                 67th    14.4

Individual National Ranking
Assist Turnover Ratio - Jonae Ervin            5th    3.27
Assists per Game -Ariana Elegado           54th    5.1
                             - Jonae Ervin             120th    4.3
Double-Doubles - Molly Schlemer             41st    11
Field Goal Percentage - Molly Schlemer   24th    56.2
Rebounds per Game - Molly Schlemer     33rd    10.3
3-point FG per game - Ariana Elegado    74th    2.42

Ervin Named Conference Player of the Week:  Cal Poly senior Jonae Ervin overhauled a school record that had stood for three decades, established a career scoring high and led her team to a pair of conference victories in earning Big West Women's Basketball Player of the Week accolades. The 5-3 guard played a key role in Cal Poly's league-opening 78-74 overtime victory at Hawai'i.  She tallied a career-best 37 points, making 12 of 25 from the floor, two of three from three-point land and 11 of 16 at the foul line.  She also yanked down a career-high tying 10 rebounds to secure her second double-double of the season.  Ervin's offense helped the Mustangs claw back from as 17-point first half deficit. In a 88-70 home victory over UC Santa Barbara, the Mustang floor general had six points, seven rebounds, two steals and five assists.  One of the assists, at the 10:54 mark of the first half, imprinted Ervin's name in the Mustang record book as it was her 391st career assist.  That put Ervin at No. 1 all-time, surpassing the previous record of 390 held by former great Laura Buehning (1979-82). For the week, Ervin shot 43.3 (13 of 30) percent from the field and 68.2 (15 of 22) percent on free throws while averaging 21.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. For the season Ervin is third on the team in scoring (12.3 points) and third in rebounding (5.5 boards per game). She also adds 4.5 assists per game.

Oh What a Night... : Senior Molly Schlemer set a new career mark when she scored 37 points in the win over UCSB... The post player hit 16 of 20 shots from the floor and made five of eight from the line...

Oh What a Night...II :  Senior Jonae Ervin scored a career-high 37 points and tied her career-high of 10 rebounds in leading the Mustangs to a 78-74 win over Hawai'i in overtime on Wednesday. Her previous high of 33 points came on Nov. 12, 2011 at Oregon. Ervin connected on 12 of 25 shots from the floor including 11 of 16 from the line. Her 10 rebounds tied a career-high set earlier this season against Akron on Nov. 29.

Molly Schlemer Named Conference Player of the Week:  Cal Poly women's basketball player, senior Molly Schlemer, garnered Big West Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week honors as a career-high scoring performance nearly helped the Mustangs pull off a road upset over UCLA. The 6-5 center dominated the Bruins to the tune of a career-best 29 points and 16 rebounds in a 96-89 loss on Saturday.  Schlemer made 14 of 20 shots from the floor.  Her 16 boards were one short of her top career mark, while seven of those caroms came on the offensive end. The career-high is an improvement over 28 points set last season against Pacific and tied earlier this year against New Mexico State. In collecting her seventh double-double of the season, Schlemer helped the Mustangs stay within striking distance the entire game, and had her team trailing by just three points with 30 seconds left to play. For the season Schlemer leads the team in both scoring and rebounding with 17.8 points and 10.8 boards per game while hitting 55 percent of her shots from the floor.

Career-High.....: Junior Kristen Ale recorded a career-high off the bench when she scored 25 points in the loss to Oregon. Ale hit seven of 14 shots from the floor and three of six from long range... she did hit eight of nine from the line... She back it up with a 16 point game off the bench against UCLA when she made four of 13 from the floor, but made seven of eight from the line.   

Most Points Scored...: Oregon scored the most points against Cal Poly (124) since UC Santa  Barbara scored 114 on Feb. 20, 1998...

Allen's Double-Double... :  Redshirt freshman Maddison Allen recorded career-highs when she tallied a double-double in the win over Pepperdine... Allen grabbed 11 rebounds and scored 11 points..... She matched a career-high of four blocks in the game.... Allen for the season averages 4.6 points and 5.6 rebounds while leading the team in blocks with 17.

Wins vs. Losses:
                               Wins        Losses        
Record:                    14-0        0-10        
Points PG                 79.6        72.2        
Opp. Points PG        70.4        88.2        
Rebounds PG          45.5        41.8        
Shooting %             45.4        38.3        
3-Point %               33.0        30.3    
FT %                      67.2        64.6        
Steals PG                5.6        6.3        
Assists PG             16.6        13.9    
Blocks PG                3.3        3.6        
Turnovers PG        13.9        15.1

All Tourney...:   Senior Molly Schlemer was named to the 2013 Holiday Beach Classic when she 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the win over Akron... She came back the next night to score 21 points and corral 10 rebounds... For Schlemer it was her fourth and fifth double-double of the season...

Ervin's Double-Double...:  Senior Jonae Ervin pulled off a remarkable double-double against Akron.. The senior is known for her double-doubles with points and assists... but this time it was 14 points and 10 rebounds.... and she did it again in the win over Hawai'i with 37 points and 10 rebounds....

Big West Player of the Week II: Cal Poly senior Molly Schlemer (Santa Maria, Calif./Righetti HS) garnered Big West Women's Basketball Player of the Week recognition as she averaged 17.3 points and 11.3 rebounds to help the Mustangs win two out of three games in the second week of the season.. Schlemer played a pivotal role in stopping a season-opening three-game slide, tying her career bests of 28 points and 17 rebounds in a 72-64 win against New Mexico State.  She knocked down 13 of 21 shots from the field.  Schlemer also collected her third double-double in four games. The 6-5 senior contributed 15 points and nine rebounds when she made seven of 14 shots from the floor in Cal Poly's 82-57 blowout win over Nevada. She finished the week with nine points, eight rebounds and a steal as the Mustangs lost, 77-69, at Saint Mary's. Schlemer shot 54.5 (24 of 44) percent from the field for the week.

Jonae Ervin Earns All-Tournament: Senior Jonae Ervin earned all-tournament honors at the Maggie Dixon Classic when she scored 19 and 23  against Duquesne and Harvard respectively. In the two games she shot 45 percent from the floor and made four of seven from long range. She added 4.5 steals and 3.5 assists per game... She averaged 38 minutes a game.

Last Season Numbers....;

Schlemer by the Numbers... : Led the team in both points (13.3) and rebounds (7.1)...Led Cal Poly in scoring 13 times last season...Led the team in rebounding 13 times... Scored in double figures 22 times... Recorded six double-doubles... Scored 20 or more points eight times last season...

Schlemer Named BWC Tournament MVP: Molly Schlemer added to her accolades when she was named the Big West Conference Tournament MVP when she scored 26 points in the semifinal game against UC Santa Barbara and corralled 16 rebounds in the championship game against Pacific.

Molly Schlemer Named Conference Player of the Year:  Molly Schlemer was named the Big West Conference 2012-13 Player of the Year and All Big West Conference First Team last year, the fourth straight for the Cal Poly women's basketball program. The native of Santa Maria, averaged 13.3 points and 7.1 rebounds while recording 20 blocked shots in 32 games. She concluded the season 10th in the nation in field goal percentage when she connected on 54.2 percent of her shots from the floor.

Ervin No. 4 in Assist/Turnover Ratio:  Jonae Ervin has been one of the nations top assists/turnover player over the past two season... She led the nation in 2011-12 with 2.61 and was fourth last season at 2.61...

An Assists or Two...:  The Mustangs were ranked 22nd in the nation and led the Big West Conference with 15.9 assists per game.

Back to Back..:   In back to back games, Jonae Ervin dished out 11 assists (UC Santa Barbara and CS Northridge) and the third time this season... Against CS Northridge, Ervin was credited with 11 assists and three turnovers. In the win over UC Santa Barbara one week later, Ervin dished out 11 assists, but this time without a turnover. She was the NCAA  leader last season with  a ratio of 2.67. The UCSB game was the fourth in her career with 10 or more assists in a game.

Preseason Big West Conference Media Poll
Media Poll Results
1. Cal Poly (17)                                              177
2. Hawai'i (3)                                                  159
3. Cal State Northridge                                  121
4. Long Beach State                                      120
5. UC Santa Barbara                                     100
6. UC Davis                                                     72
7. Cal State Fullerton                                      59
8. UC Irvine                                                     54
9. UC Riverside                                               38
( ) First-place votes

Five Sign NLI's with Cal Poly Women's Basketball:
The five players to sign NLI's include Geralynn and Geraldynn Leaupepe (Camarillo, CA), Zonyia Cormier (Sacramento, CA), Nicole Fausey (Snohomish, WA) and Emily Anderson (Clovis, CA).

Geralynn Leaupepe             5-9       Guard             Camarillo, Calif./Camarillo HS
Helped lead Camarillo High School as a junior to a 20-10 record when she averaged 16.7 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game as the team captured the Pacific View League title.  She was named to the CIF All-Southern Section Division 2A Team last season while earning First-Team All-Ventura County and first-team all-league. She was named the Pacific View Co-Player of the Year and team Co-MVP.

Geraldynn Leaupepe             5-9       Guard             Camarillo, Calif./Camarillo HS
Helped lead Camarillo High School to a 20-10 record as a junior. She averaged 17.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.9 steals, 3.0 assists and 2.0 blocks per game last season. She set the program's single season record with 311 rebounds. She was named CIF All-Southern Section Division 2A Team and Ventura County Player of the Year. She was the Pacific View Co-Player of the Year and the team's Co-MVP with her sister. She was also named first-team all-county and first-team all-league. The twins played for club basketball for Cal Sparks. Both Leaupepe sisters have also competed in track and field for the Scorpions. At the 2012 CIF Southern Section Masters Meet, Geralynn was 10th in the shot put (38 feet, 11 inches), while Geraldynn finished in 12th place in the discus (122-6).

Zonyia Cormier       5-6       Point Guard           Sacramento, Calif./Sacramento HS
Led Sacramento High School to a 27-5 record last season and the CIF Division II Section Championship. She averaged 7.9 points, 2.6 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 2.8 steals as a junior. She was named Sacramento All-Metro Honorable Mention. Zonyia played club basketball for Cal Sparks NorCal.
 
Nicole Fausey                    6-4                Center         Snohomish, WA/Glacier Peak HS
Led Glacier Peak High School to an 18-6 record and the Wesco 3A South Championship. Finished seventh in the state playoffs when she averaged 9.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. Named All-Wesco 3A First-Team and holds the record at Glacier Peak HS record for blocks in a season. Selected to play in the 2013 Washington/North Idaho All-State Game. She is a member of both the National Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society. Nicole played club for Way to Win.

Emily Anderson                    6-0                Forward         Clovis, Calif./Clovis West HS
Led Clovis West High School to a 23-6 record as a junior, winning the league championship and CIF Central Section Championship. She averaged 15.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game while converting 83 percent of her shots at the line. She was named Second-Team All-State Division I, Frist-Team All-Section and was the TRAC League Player of the Year. She was also named to the Fresno Bee All-Area First-Team. She played club for Cal Swish.