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Cal Poly to Play for Regular Season BWC Championship on Senior Day

Cal Poly to Play for Regular Season BWC Championship on Senior Day

This Week:  Cal Poly will host Long Beach State in the final regular season game on Saturday with the regular season conference championship on the line. Cal Poly enters the game 13-4 in Big West Conference games and 19-9 overall.  The Mustangs can clinch their third-straight regular season Big West Conference Championship with a win on Saturday. Tip for the game on Saturday against Long Beach State is set for  4 pm following senior recognition.

What's coming up: Just a reminder that the Big West Conference Women's Basketball Tournament will open on March 12th at the Bren Center on the campus of UC Irvine. Tournament play will continue on March 13 when as the highest remaining seeds (No. 3 through No. 8 seeds) will advance to the Honda Center in Anaheim to face the top two seeds on Friday, March 15 with the championship to follow on March 16.
 
Big West Conference: Cal Poly is the only club that controls it's own destiny, one win and the Mustangs are #1. Pacific would need a win and a loss by Cal Poly for the top slot. A two-way tie at the top favors the Mustangs in the tiebreaker.

Live Stats/Audio:  Live stats 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.

Saturday:  Prior to the start of Saturday's game, Cal Poly will honor the team's five seniors; Kayla Griffin, Nikol Allison, Caroline Reeves, Ashley Cascio and Brittany Woodard.

A Quick Look at the Teams:
                                                      CP        LBSU
Record:                                        19-9        15-14
BWC Record                                 13-4        8-9
Points PG                                     68.9        60.4
Opp. Points PG                             62.8        60.8
Rebounds PG                               41.4        38.4
Shooting %                                  42.4        38.1
3-Point %                                    35.2        30.3
FT %                                            65.7        67.9
Steals PG                                      8.0        8.6
Assists PG                                   16.7        12.6
Blocks PG                                      3.3        4.0
Turnovers PG                              16.5        19.9

Long Beach State Notes: The 49ers enter the week 15-14 overall and 8-9 in conference games after falling to UCSB, 69-50, on Thursday. Alex Sanchez leads the team, scoring 10.8 points per game. Devin Hudson and Biaka Bathazar add 9.2 and 9.0 points respectively. Sanchez has dished out a team-high 117 assists while Hudson leads the team in rebounding with 8.0 boards per game. Entering the week the 49ers had lost two of the last three games, falling to Pacific (59-53) and UC Irvine (65-57).  

History with the 49ers: LBSU holds a 27-16 advantage over the Mustangs in the all-time series, including a 62-52 win to open Big West Conference play on Jan. 3. Last season, LBSU picked up a 51-48 win at the Big West tournament while the teams split the regular season games with each team winning at home.

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 214 wins to this point in 15-plus seasons.
Season  Head Coach                                        W -L         Pct.
1979-86 Marilyn McNeil                                 98-103        .488     
1997- -- Faith Mimnaugh                             214-244        .467
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                                                                 69th    4.6
Field goal percentage
Molly Schlemer                                                             7th    57.0    
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage (250 ranked)     
Ariana Elegado                                                          26th     39.3
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game (250 ranked)     
Ariana Elegado                                                          54th     2.37
Assist Turnover Ratio (250 ranked)     
Jonae Ervin                                                                  1st    3.08
Kayla Griffin                                                                81st    1.63
Ariana Elegado                                                        129th    1.36

NCAA Team:
Assists Per Game (343 ranked)                                14th     16.7
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage (247 ranked)     28th    35.2
Assist Turnover Ratio (343 ranked)                          35th     1.01
Scoring Offense (343 ranked)                                   50th     68.9
Field Goal Percentage                                               51st    42.4

Mustangs on the Move...:  The Mustangs have now won the last six conference games to improve to 13-4 in Big West games. For Cal Poly it marks the team's most wins in confernece surpassing the mark they set the past two seasons when they won the regular season championship with 12 wins. With the 19-9 overall record the team has posted the second-best win total in the school's Division I history.. Cal Poly's best total at the Division I level came in 2008-09 season with 21 wins....

Ervin Remains No. 1:   Junior Jonae Ervin remains No. 1 in the nation in assist/turnover ratio at 3.08.... for the season she has dished out 111 assists while committing only 36 turnovers.... She was the nation's leader last season with 2.67 assist/turnover ratio...

The Last Six:  Cal Poly has won the last six conference games.. In those games, Cal Poly has out scored opponents by over 20 points a game.. Cal Poly has shot 47 percent from the floor while making 44 percent from long range.. They have limited opponents to 34 percent from the floor and a stingy 22 percent from beyond the arc... The Mustangs have outrebounded opponents 240-176 while recording 103 assists to opponents 58...

Home Sweet Home... : The Mustangs have now won the last nine-straight at home dating back to Dec. 20th win over Loyola Marymount... That means the Mustangs have gone undefeated at home during the Big West Conference season with an 8-0 record...

Schlemer Does it Again... :  Junior Molly Schlemer scored 18 points in the win over UC Irvine when she made nine of 13 shots from the floor... She led the team when she scored 16 points in the win over Cal State Fullerton and 16 points against UC Riverside.. She had 20 points in the win over Hawai'i and 22 in the win over Cal State Northridge .... UC Santa Barbara she scored 18 points with 13 rebounds... She has scored in double figures in 15 of the last 16 games and her 17th in the last 19 games. Since conference started, Schlemer leads the Mustangs in scoring with 15.8 points per game and has grabbed 7.8 rebounds per contest. She is shooting a remarkable 61 percent from the floor, making 120 of 196 field goals. Overall she averages 13.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while hitting 57 percent of her shots from the floor...Overall she has scored in double figures 20 times and has recorded six double-doubles

Back to Back..:   In back to back games, Jonae Ervin dished out 11 assists (UCSB and CS Northridge) and the third time this season... Against CSUN Ervin was credited with 11 assists and three turnovers. In the win over UC Santa Barbara one week ago, Ervin dished out 11 assists, but this time without a turnover. With the stellar performances in the last two games she vaulted to the No. 1 spot in the NCAA with a 2.91 assist/turnover ratio. She was the NCAA  leader last season with  a ratio of 2.67. The UCSB game was the third game in her career with 10 or more assists in a game.

Schlemer Wins Second BWC POW:   Cal Poly junior Molly Schlemer (Santa Maria, Calif./Righetti HS) secured Big West Women's Basketball Player of the Week honors with dominant all-around performances in conference victories over Cal State Northridge and Hawai'i. The 6-5 center averaged 21.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks for the week as the two wins propelled the Mustangs into second place in a tight Big West race.  She also shot 70.4 (19 of 27) percent from the field.  The Mustangs trail league leader Pacific by just one-half game. In a 66-49 rout of Cal State Northridge, Schlemer canned 10 of 14 floor shots en route to 22 points.  She added eight rebounds and a career-high four blocked shots in 31 minutes of play. Schlemer poured in her fifth double-double of the season with 20 points on 9 of 13 shooting, and had 12 rebounds in a 47-43 triumph over the Rainbow Wahine.  The effort marked her 12th double-digit scoring performance in the last 13 games.

Home Sweet Home.... : The Mustangs are a remarkable 11-3 in home games this season and have won their last eight dating back to Loyola Marymount win on Dec. 20..... That means that Cal Poly has gone undefeated (7-0) in Big West games at home...

50 Percent: For the third time this season the Mustangs shot better then 50 percent from the floor in the win over UC Riverside (54 percent) ... In the game with Cal State Fullerton (Jan. 26), 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.... The third game came against Cal State Northridge when the team made 30 of 60 shots from the floor...  

An Assists or Two...:  The Mustangs are ranked 14th in the nation and lead the Big West Conference with 16.7 assists per game. Four players have dished out more then 40 assists this season, led by Jonae Ervin with 111 assists while Kayla Griffin is second on the team with 103, followed by Ariana Elegado with 95. Caroline Reeves has dished out 59. Ervin has amassed her total in just 24 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). ..
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RPI.... : . The Mustangs are ranked 81st this week in the NCAA RPI... An improvement from last week's 91... ... The previous  week 94th, 109th and 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:                         19        9
Points PG                   72.9        60.4
Opp. Points PG           57.1        74.8
Rebounds PG             42.5        39.1
Shooting %               45.6        36.1
3-Point %                  39.9        27.0
FT %                         69.3        58.4
Steals PG                   7.9        8.3
Assists                     18.0        14.0
Blocks PG                   3.3        3.2
Turnovers                15.5        18.6

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…