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Mustangs Team with Rotary to Fight Polio for UCSB Game on Saturday

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This Week:  The Mustangs will host the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos in a Big West Conference in a Blue-Green rivalry game on Saturday and have teamed with Rotary District 5240 to raise awareness and funds for Rotary's International Polio Plus program. Tip is set for 4 pm on Saturday. The Gauchos enter the game 6-10 overall and 2-2 in Big West games while Cal Poly enters the game on a three-game win streak and a 9-6 overall record and 3-1 mark in conference games.

Rotary Polio Plus Program:  This activity is designed to be a social event for District Rotarians, raise awareness and funds for Polio Plus and support our regional college women's basketball teams. There will be a hospitality reception  behind the Gym prior to the game with comments and introductions from Rotarians and Cal Poly Basketball Staff and Players. Rotarians and Fans compete on court at half time with free throws and 3-point shooting contest. A nominal fee with be charged per shot with all money going to Polio Plus. Before, during and after the game, Polio Plus displays will be available for viewing.

Live Stats/Audio:  Live stats, audio and video will be available all home games  at GoPoly.com. 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.

What's coming up: The game with the Gauchos is the final game of a three-game home-stand for the Mustangs. Following the game with UCSB, Cal Poly will take to the road to face conference leading Cal State Northridge and Hawai'i on Jan. 24th and 26th. The Matadors enter the week with a 4-0 Big West record and are 10-5 overall while Hawai'i is tied with the Mustangs with a 3-1 Big West record and 7-8 overall.  

A Quick Look at the Teams:
                                           CP        UCSB
Record:                               9-6        6-10
BWC Record                        3-1        2-2
Points PG                           69.5        50.6
Opp. Points PG                  69.7        55.2
Rebounds PG                    42.5        33.4
Shooting %                       40.2        39.2
3-Point %                          33.8        28.2
FT %                                 64.7        74.7
Steals PG                           7.6        4.4
Assists PG                        16.5        11.9
Blocks PG                           4.1        3.1
Turnovers PG                   17.4        15.9

UC Santa Barbara: The Gauchos enter the game with the Mustangs 6-10 overall and 2-2 in conference games after picking up wins over UC Irvine (51-46 and UC Davis (58-43). UCSB has picked up significant wins over New Mexico State (60-43) and Washington (54-46). Sweets Underwood leads the team, scoring 11.1 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Nicole Nesbit adds 9.8 points with Melissa Zornig scoring 8.6 points.

History with the Gauchos: UC Santa Barbara holds a 51-14 advantage in the all-time series, including last season's series sweep by the Mustangs. Cal Poly defeated UCSB, 61-58, at home and won, 67-52, in Santa Barbara.

A Little About the Mustangs.....:  
• The Mustangs are coming off back-to-back Big West Regular Season Championships posting a 12-4 conference record both seasons.  

• The Mustangs won 17 games last season, 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. 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.

• The Mustangs have claimed the last three Big West Conference Player of the year award with Kristina Santiago winning twice (2011-12 and 2009-10) and Rachel Clancy winning in 2010-11.

• The Mustangs have advanced to the post season the last two seasons, both in the WNIT. In 2011 the Mustangs hosted California and lost 74-60 while in the 2012 season 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. She is already has the most wins as a coach in program history, amassing 204 wins to this point in 15-plus seasons.
Season  Head Coach                                                W -L     Pct.
1979-86 Marilyn McNeil                                         98-103    .488     
1997- -- Faith Mimnaugh                                     204-241    .458
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

Playing the Best... :  Cal Poly opened the 2012-13 season playing two teams ranked in the top 25. The Mustangs opened the season with No. 24 Oklahoma State, falling 90-59. Then came back after a pair of wins to play No. 12 California (87-61). .. The are now No. 18 and No. 7 respectively...

RPI.... : In the first official NCAA RPI Ranking... The Mustangs are ranked 104... An improvement from last weeks 122nd... Other Big West schools in the RPI has  Pacific at #29 and Cal State Northridge #54.

Schlemer's Career Night:  Junior Molly Schlemer, who established a career high in scoring in Cal Poly's historic triple-overtime win over Pacific, was named the Big West Player of the Week. Schlemer averaged 20 points and 7.5 rebounds in two Big West Conference games at home last week. In the 73-71 win over UC Davis on Thursday, Schlemer came off the bench to spark Cal Poly with 12 points and six rebounds in just 15 minutes of play when she hit five of seven shots from the floor. Two days later, Schlemer scored a career-high 28 points when she converted 13 of 17 shots from the floor as Cal Poly beat Pacific 96-95 in the Mustangs' first-ever triple-overtime game.

History in the Making : It will be hard to top the Cal Poly/Pacific game last week, a triple overtime thriller won by the Mustangs 96-95. Here are some facts from the game: - Four players fouled out, with three more finishing with four fouls. - Only 11 three pointers were hit between the two clubs (PAC - 5, CP - 6) - No one played the full 55 minutes, but the Tigers' Kendall Rodriguez led all players with 53 minutes. Her
teammate Erica McKenzie played 52 while the Mustangs' Kayla Griffin recorded 50.
- Of the nine double-figure scorers in the game, only two went over 20 points (one each for both teams) • Last weekend saw three players record.. It was the first triple overtime game for either school...

Elegado Shines:  Sophomore Ariana Elegado leads the team with 13.3 points per game, scoring in double figures in seven games... She has scored 20 or more points in four games including a 31 point game against Saint Mary's... For the season she is hitting 39 percent of her shots from  the floor and 41 percent from long range. She has dished out 45 assists (37 turnovers) with 22 steals...

Who is Stepping Up.... :   In seven of the team's 15 games the Mustangs have had a different leading scorer. In the season-opener against Oklahoma State (90-59), junior Molly Schlemer led the team with 21 points and 12 rebounds. In the win on the road at Oregon State (72-62), sophomore Ariana Elegado scored 27 points with five assists. In the home-opening win over San Diego (69-50), senior Kayla Griffin scored 16 points with seven rebounds and five steals. In the win over Stephen F. Austin, Brittany Woodard led the team with 18 points with six rebounds. She made eight of 10 from the line. In the win over CSUB, Caroline Reeves and Nikol Allison each scored 14 points to lead the team. Allison came off the bench to hit six of seven from floor... Against Saint Mary's Elegado repeated with a career-high 31 points while at Nevada Jonae Ervin led the team in her first start of the season with 15 points.

Snap Shot... :  Sophomore Ariana Elegado continues to lead the team in scoring with 13.3 points per game after scoring 15 points in the win over Pacific and 16 points in the win over UC Davis. Senior Brittany Woodard is second on the team with 10.6 points per game after scoring a career-high 21 points against UC Davis, but maybe on the sideline for a while with an injury. Junior Molly Schlemer has moved up to third on the team in scoring with 9.9 points after her career night of 28 points against Pacific. Kayla Griffin leads the team with 6.8 rebounds per game while adding 8.7 points.

An Assists or Two...:  The Mustangs are ranked 27th in the nation and lead the Big West Conference with 16.4 assists per game. Four players have dished out more then 30 assists this season, led by Kayla Griffin with 51. Jonae Ervin has 47 with Ariana Elegado with 45. Caroline Reeves has dished out 43. Ervin has amassed her total in just 11 games.

Mustang Snapshot:   The Mustangs lost three of the team's top five leading scores from last season's squad. The two returning players, senior Kayla Griffin and junior Jonae Ervin, averaged 8.6 and 7.8 respectively. Griffin started and played in 29 games and hit 38 percent from the floor and 35 percent from long range. She also grabbed an averaged of 6.6 rebounds, second on the team. Ervin, a point guard, played in 31 games and started in 22. She shot 41 percent from the floor and 43 percent from long range. She dished out 112 assists while only turning the ball over 42 times.... She led the NCAA in assist/turnover ratio..... 2.67

Wins and Losses.....:  
                                   Wins         Losses    
Record:                           9             6
Points PG                   75.6        60.3
Opp. Points PG          65.9        75.5
Rebounds PG             45.2        38.3
Shooting %               43.2        35.8
3-Point %                  36.7        30.2
FT %                          68.6        57.1
Steals PG                    8.6          6.2
Assists                      18.2        13.8
Blocks PG                   4.6          3.3
Turnovers                17.2         17.7

Two Local Women's Basketball Players Among Four to Sign NLI's
A total of four high school players have signed national letters of intent to enroll and continue their women's basketball careers at Cal Poly. The announcement was made Thursday by 16th-year Mustang head coach Faith Mimnaugh. The four players to sign NLI's on Wednesday include Hannah Gilbert (Morro Bay, CA), Mary Kate Evans (Atascadero, CA), Sarah Lipton (Irvine, CA) and Rachel Koehler (Billings, MT).
Hannah Gilbert, 6-3, Center, Morro Bay, CA/ Morro Bay HS
Named MVP of the Los Padres League as a junior when she led the team to a 20-4 overall record and 12-0 in league games… She averaged 14.4 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game while making 73 percent of her shots from the line. As a sophomore she helped lead the team to a 20-6 overall record and a 10-2 mark in league games when she averaged 11.6points and 9.7 rebounds per game…. As a freshman she posted numbers of 5.9 points and 7.4 rebounds in helping the team to an 18-8 overall record and 10-2 league record…Mary Kate Evans, 6-0, Forward, Atascadero, CA/ Atascadero HS
As a junior she averaged 19.3 points, 13 rebounds, 4.4 blocks and 2.9 steals per game in leading her team to an 18-9 overall record and a 9-3 mark in league games earning All CIF honors…. She was named first-team all-league and all-county first-team and Atascadero High School MVP… As a sophomore averaged 11.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.5 blocks per game earning All CIF for the second time… Named all-county… Also earned named team MVP… Intends to major in environmental engineering at Cal Poly….
Sarah Lipton, 6-1, Forward, Irvine, CA/ Woodbridge HS
As a junior she averaged 14 points, 6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.63 blocks per game while shooting 40 percent from the floor and 39 percent from long range… She was MVP and First-Team All-Pacific Coast League … She also honored when she was named All-City MVP and invited to the Nike Skills  Academy… As a sophomore she was named All-CIF Southern Section, First-Team All-Pacific Coast League and led Woodbridge HS in scoring…  As a freshman she named second-team all-league as the team advanced to the 1A CIF Semifinals and the CIF Southern Section Division 2AA Championships. Played club for Cal Swish Black and head coach Russ Davis…
 Rachel Koehler, 5-10, Forward, Billings, MT/Billings Senior HS
Led the team in scoring (10 ppg) and rebounding (8 rpg) while adding 1.4 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 block per game… She was named to the first-team all-league… The all-around athlete was named all-state in soccer three times and one in track and field… Finished second in the state in the triple jump and advanced to the championship in the 4 x 100 relay…

• Cal State Northridge is labeled the preseason favorite to win the Big West title this season, but the voting shows the race will be a tight one. The Matadors garnered six first place votes and 161 points overall, but
Pacific was only two points behind and picked up five first place mentions. Defending Tournament champion UC Santa Barbara picked up 153 points and three first place tallies, while Cal Poly (127 pts.) and Long Beach State (116) each picked up a first place vote and finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Preseason Big West Conference Media Poll
1. Cal State Northridge (6).......................................161
2. Pacific (5).............................................................159
3. UC Santa Barbara (3)..........................................153
4. Cal Poly (1)..........................................................127
5. Long Beach State (1)...........................................116
6. Hawai'i...................................................................81
7. UC Davis...............................................................80
8. UC Riverside.........................................................74
9. UC Irvine................................................................65
10. Cal State Fullerton...............................................29

Preseason Big West All-Conference Team
1. Kayla Griffin, Cal Poly
2. Ashlee Guay, Cal State Northridge
3. Kamilah Martin, Hawai'i
4. Tre'Shonti Nottingham, UC Riverside
5. Kendall Rodrigues, Pacific
6. Janae Sharpe, Cal State Northridge