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Cal Poly to Face UCSB in Big West Showdown, Saturday

Cal Poly to Face UCSB in Big West Showdown, Saturday

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This Week:  The Mustangs will travel to UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, Feb. 16th for a Blue/Green Rivalry showdown between the second place teams. Cal Poly enters the game with the Gauchos 13-9 overall and 7-4 in Big West contests while UCSB is 11-12 overall and 7-4 in Big West games. Tip for the game in Santa Barbara is set for 2 pm with the broadcast set for 1:40 pm on GoPoly.com with Dave Grant calling the play by play.

Live Stats/Audio:  Live stats, audio and video will be available for all 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: Following the game with the Gauchos things will get no easier for the Mustangs when the host Cal State Northridge and (Feb. 21) and Hawai'i (Feb. 23).

A Quick Look at the Teams:
                                              CP        UCSB
Record:                               13-9        11-12
BWC Record                         7-4          7-4
Points PG                            68.6        51.2
Opp. Points PG                   66.7        53.5
Rebounds PG                     41.8        33.7
Shooting %                        40.9        39.9
3-Point %                           32.8        29.3
FT %                                  65.5        74.0
Steals PG                             8.5        4.6
Assists PG                          16.6        11.8
Blocks PG                             3.6        3.0
Turnovers PG                      17.1        15.8

UC Santa Barbara:  The Gauchos enter the game with the Mustangs 11-12 overall and 7-4 in the Big West. This past week UCSB swept the Northern California series to get back into the Big West hunt with wins over Pacific and UC Davis. Sweets Underwood leads the team with 11.7 points per game and 8.8 rebounds... Nicole Nesbit adds 9.9 points and a team-high 65 assists. Kirsten Tilleman adds 5.7 points and 7.4 rebounds.

History with the Gauchos: UC Santa Barbara holds a 51-15 advantage over the Mustangs in the all-time series including the Mustangs, 66-47, win on Jan. 19. Going back to last season the Mustangs have won the last three meetings between the teams.

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 awards 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                          208-244          .460
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

Around the NCAA....
Assists Per Game (250 ranked)     
Jonae Ervin                                                          88th    4.3
Field goal percentage
Molly Schlemer                                                     17th    54.6    
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage (250 ranked)     
Ariana Elegado                                                    47th     37.9
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game (250 ranked)     
Elegado Ariana                                                    77th     2.24
Assist Turnover Ratio (250 ranked)     
Jonae Ervin                                                           2nd    2.79
Kayla Griffin                                                          94th    1.51
Ariana Elegado                                                   140th    1.35

NCAA Team:
Assists Per Game (343 ranked)                            18th     16.6
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage (247 ranked)  73rd     32.8
Assist Turnover Ratio (343 ranked)                      44th     0.97
Scoring Offense (343 ranked)                               55th     68.6
Field Goal Percentage                                           87th    40.9

Nikol Allison....: Academic senior, Nikol Allison, likes home cooking... The native of Davis and a graduate of Davis High School enjoyed playing in front her family when she scored a career-high 22 points in the game with UCD... She hit nine of 15 shots from the floor and gathered seven rebounds... Two days earlier, against Pacific, she scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds.. In the two games she averaged 16 points and eight rebounds while shooting 67 percent from the floor... All off the bench....

Last Time Against UCSB:   Senior Kayla Griffin had her best game of the season and possibly her career in the game with UC Santa Barbara when she connected for a career-best 21 points when she hit eight of 15 shots from the floor and three of four from long range... Her all around game included five assists and four steals without committing a turnover...

What's Happening in the Big West:  Here is what we know.. Pacific leads the conference with an 8-3 record... Cal Poly, UCSB and Hawai'i are deadlocked in second with 7-4 records while CSUN is 6-5... What we don't know is how it will look next week.... On Thursday, Pacific plays at CSUN and at Hawai'i on Saturday.... Cal Poly plays at UCSB on Saturday... So the top five teams are all in action against one another this weekend ....

Schlemer Shines:  Junior Molly Schlemer had scored in double figures in the last nine games and 11 of the last 12 including a career-high 28 points against Pacific when she was shutout in the game at UC Davis... Since conference started, Schlemer leads the Mustangs, scoring 14.5 points per game and has grabbed 6.5 rebounds per contest. She is shooting a remarkable 60 percent from the floor, making 70 of 117 field goals. Overall she averages 11.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game while hitting 55 percent of her shots from the floor....    

50 Percent: For the fist time this season the Mustangs shot better then 50 percent from the floor in the game with Cal State Fullerton..Cal Poly shot 48 percent in the first half and led Cal Sate Fullerton, 33-24 at the break... In the second half the Mustangs put up 45 points and shot 66 percent from the floor ... The team shot 57 percent overall for the game....

Ervin, Back Where She Belongs....:   Junior Jonae Ervin is back where she belongs.... Among the leaders in the NCAA in assist/turnover ratio.... As of three weeks ago she had played enough games to qualify for the NCAA ranking and she steps in at No. 2 in the nation at 2.79 per game.... Last season she led the nation with a ratio of 2.67.

An Assists or Two...:  The Mustangs are ranked 18th in the nation and leads the Big West Conference with 16.6 assists per game. Four players have dished out more then 40 assists this season, led by Kayla Griffin with 80 assists while Jonae Ervin is second on the team with 78 followed by Ariana Elegado with 70. Caroline Reeves has dished out 51. Ervin has amassed her total in just 18 games.

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. 21 and No. 6 respectively..
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RPI.... : . The Mustangs are ranked 94th this week in the NCAA RPI... ... Last week 109th.. and the previous week at 105th...

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. She backed up her career night with a 22 point game against UCSB when she made 11 of 15 shots from the floor with eight rebounds..

Wins and Losses.....:  
                                    Wins         Losses    
Record:                          13                9
Points PG                    74.2           60.4
Opp. Points PG            61.2           74.8
Rebounds PG              43.7           39.1
Shooting %                 44.3          36.1
3-Point %                   37.6           27.0
FT %                           70.1          58.4
Steals PG                     8.5            8.3
Assists                       18.4          14.0
Blocks PG                     3.8            3.2
Turnovers                   16.1         18.6