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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly women's basketball team will start a three-game Big West Conference homestand this weekend, hosting CSUN at 2 p.m. Saturday.
It's also Youth Basketball Day on Jan. 13, as all kids 13-and-under receive free admission to Mott Athletics Center.
Matador junior center Channon Fluker averages 19.7 points, 11.4 rebounds and 3.0 blocks, while senior forward Tessa Boagni scored a team-leading 36 points for CSUN (8-7 overall) in a conference-opening 70-68 win over Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 6.
Cal Poly (7-7, 1-1) won both matchups between the two a year ago, 79-68 at home and then 70-63 in the San Fernando Valley, taking a 38-36 edge in the all-time rivalry.
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.
Dynn is now No. 6 in school history for scoring (with 1,294 points), in addition to recently moving to 11th in boards (513). Her career .820 free-throw percentage ranks as the 14th-highest active total among all Division I players nationally, while her career scoring total ranks 79th throughout the country.
She was named Big West Player of the Week for the third time in her career on Jan. 8 — in addition to also being selected College Sports Madness National Mid-Major Player of the Week. The accolades came after averaging 35 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals during a conference-opening road split.
Leaupepe scored 40 points — tied for the NCAA's sixth-highest performance this season and six off the school record — Jan. 4 at UC Riverside, as the Mustangs rallied from a 13-point deficit (the program's largest comeback since Nov. 23, 2014) for an 87-82 overtime win. It was Cal Poly's first 40-point game since Dec. 21, 2011 — when Kristina Santiago netted 44 against San Diego State. Fellow Cal Poly Hall of Fame enshrinee Laura Buehning owns the school record: 46, set in 1982.
For the season, Leaupepe is averaging 18.4 points (No. 3 in the conference), 5.3 rebounds (11th) and 1.6 steals (sixth).
Lynn Leaupepe — selected as CSM's conference Player of the Week on Nov. 20 — has missed much of the last seven games due to injury. Even so, she enters the week No. 20 all-time in scoring (890) and No. 10 in rebounds (543). Lynn also still ranks among the Big West leaders in scoring (11th; at 11.7 per game) and steals (No. 4; averaging 2.1). Voted conference Player of the Week on Jan. 23, 2017, she earned All-Big West Second Team accolades last season.
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.
ANDERSON, STAHLEY, STANBACK ALSO AMONG BIG WEST LEADERS: Mustang senior Emily Anderson, junior point guard Dye Stahley and junior center Devin Stanback also each rank among the top 10 in the conference for various categories.
Stahley is No. 1 in the conference in steals per game (2.6 — also 67th nationally), as well as seventh in assists (3.5).
Meanwhile Stanback ranks sixth in field-goal percentage (.509), in addition to 17th in scoring (9.5 points per game) in her debut season as a Mustang.
Anderson is No. 3 in 3-point shooting, at .424 (25-for-59) while averaging 6.3 points.
BASALLO EARNS ACCOLADE: After scoring 18 points in an 89-73 win at Northern Arizona on Dec. 9, freshman guard Ayzhiana Basallo was named the Coca-Cola Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week.
She surpassed her season-high with a 21-point performance at UCR on Jan. 4. Basallo begins this week averaging 9.1 points and 2.4 assists.
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:
• 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.
Links to follow all Mustang games live can be found above, on the schedule page or via the GoPoly Front Row app.
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 Hosts CSUN at 2 p.m. Saturday to Start Three-Game Homestand
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