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Mustangs Host Bakersfield, Saturday at 5 pm

Mustangs Host Bakersfield, Saturday at 5 pm

Opening Tip:  The Mustangs conclude a three-game home stand this week when Bakersfield comes to visit at Mott Athletics Center for a Dec. 7 game at 5 pm. Cal Poly enters the week 4-4 after picking up a pair of wins at the 2013 Holiday Beach Classic while Bakersfield enters the game with a 2-4 record.

In the win over Akron (84-74), Molly Schlemer led the team with 23 points and 11 rebounds when she connected on 11 of 20 from the floor. Junior Ariana Elegado added 16 with senior Jonae Ervin scoring 14. Taryn Garza came off the bench to add 13 points.

The Cal Poly women's basketball team had 32 points scored from the bench while senior Molly Schlemer  recorded her fifth double-double of the season in leading the team to a, 76-65, win over the University of San Francisco on Saturday in the final day of the Holiday Beach Classic.

This Week: The Mustangs conclude a three-game home stand this week when Bakersfield comes to visit at Mott Athletics Center for a 5 pm game on Saturday, Dec. 7. Cal Poly enters the game 4-4 after picking up a pair of wins at the 2013 Holiday Beach Classic while Bakersfield enters the game with a 2-4 record. You can listen to all Cal Poly home and selected road games online at GoPoly.com with Dave Grant calling the play-by-play. You can also catch live stats for every game at GoPoly.com.

What's coming up: Following the Bakersfield game, Cal Poly will play the next five games on the road and will not return to Mott Athletics Center until Jan. 11 when the team will host Central Coast rival, UC Santa Barbara. The road trip will open with the team traveling to Pepperdine (Dec. 16) and follow it up with a trip to Oregon to face Portland (Dec. 18) and the University of Oregon (Dec. 20). Cal Poly will head South to face its third Pac-12 school this season when the team travels to UCLA (Dec. 28). The road trip concludes with the opening of the Big West Conference season when the team travels to Hawai'i on Jan. 8.

A Quick Look at the Teams:
                                           CP                CSUB                
Record:                              4-4                2-4                
Conference Record                                                
Points PG                         72.4                73.4                
Opp. Points PG                73.8                86.2                
Rebounds PG                  43.8                42.8                
Shooting %                    39.9                36.7                
3-Point %                       30.3                25.9                
FT %                              61.3                71.7                
Steals PG                        6.5                8.0                
Assists PG                     15.3                12.4        
Blocks PG                        3.1                1.8                
Turnovers PG                14.8                17.4                

Bakersfield Notes:
The Roadrunners enter the week with a 2-4 record after falling to UC Riverside on Tuesday before making the trek to San Luis Obispo. Bakersfield's wins came over Concordia-Irvine (84-79) and Omaha (69-65). The losses have all been on the road and came against Oregon (131-91), Oregon State (80-49) and UNLV (76-74). Tyonna Outland leads the team with 21.4 points per game with Dajy Vines adding 13.0 points. Batabe Zempare scores 10 points per game and adds a team-high 12.8 rebounds. Marilyn Naderhoff dishes out the assists (3.3 per game). The Roadrunners have scored 73.4 points per game while allowing 86.2 per game. The two teams are tied in the all-time series, 4-4, including a 75-71 Cal Poly win last season with Nikol Allison and Caroline Reeves each scoring 14 points to lead the Mustangs.

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                     220-249                .469
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

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...

Rebound or Two...:  Cal Poly outrebounded Akron 53-35 on Friday and in the USF game 52-42... Cal Poly as a team is up to 43.8 rebounds per game....

National Ranking... :  The Mustangs are 65th in Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.03), 83rd in Assists per game (15.3), Turnovers per game 68th (14.8)...

Individual National Ranking...:  Jonae Ervin is ranked 24th in Assist/Turnover Ratio (3.15) and 70th in Assists per game (5.1).... Molly Schlemer is ranked ninth in double-doubles (5) and 21st in Rebounds per Game (11.1)

In the Big West Conference..:   Cal Poly is second in conference in scoring (72.4)... Fourth in field goals percentage (.399),,, Fifth in 3-point percentage (.303)... Third in assists per game (15.25) and second in assist/turnover ratio (1.03)

Individuals in the Big West Conference:   Senior Molly Schlemer, junior Ariana Elegado and senior Jonae Ervin are all ranked in the top 15 in BWC scoring... Schlemer is fourth (17.3), Elegado is 11th (15.5) and Ervin 14th (13.1)... Schlemer is No. 1 in rebounds (11.1) while Maddison Allen is 15th (6.1)... Schlemer is third in field goal percentage (.529).... Ervin is second in assists (5.13) while Elegado is sixth (3.75)... Ervin is eighth in steals (1.63)... Elegado is third in 3-pointers made (2.25) with Kristen Ale 10th in 3-point field goal percentage (.393)... Ervin is No. 1 in assist/turnover ratio (3.15) with Elegado 10th (1.03)... Allen is seventh in blocked shots (1.13)....

Ervin's Double-Double...:  Senior Jonae Ervin pulled off a remarkable double-double on Friday... The senior is known for her double-doubles with points and assists... but this time it was 14 points and 10 rebounds....

Taryn Garza Night.. :  Junior Taryn Garza recorded her first double figure game as a Mustang when she scored 13 points when she converted six of eight shots from the floor in the win over Akron....

Money at the Line...:  Junior Ariana Elegado has been money at the line this season... the two guard has only gone to the line 11 times this season, but she has made 10... 91 percent...

Oh What a Night...:   Senior Molly Schlemer had one of those night's in the win over New Mexico State.. Schlemer tied her career-highs in both scoring and rebounding with 28 points and 17 rebounds... Her points came when she connected on 13 of 21 shots from the floor...

Schlemer's Double-Doubles...: In five of the eight games this season,  senior Molly Schlemer has recorded double-doubles... Harvard, Stanford, New Mexico State, Akron and San Francisco..... for the season she  has averaged 17.3 points and 11.1 rebounds...  

Big West Player of the Week: 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.

A Block or Two.... : Redshirt freshman, Maddison Allen, averages 5.1 points and 6.1 rebounds... but she has tallied nine blocks in eight games, but seven have came in two... Against Nevada she scored eight points with 10 rebounds and four blocks.. On the road against Saint Mary's she scored 10 points with seven rebounds and three blocks....

The Jonae Show....: Senior Jonae Ervin has picked up where she left off last season with 13.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game... In the win over New Mexico State she tallied 11 points, five rebounds and six assists and against Nevada she scored eight points, grabbed eight rebounds with nine assists...

The Big Three:  Right now it is the big three show and the team is looking for more.... Molly Schlemer leads the team with 17.3 points per game and is followed by Ariana Elegado with 15.5 with Jonae Ervin adding 13.1 points per game.... but after those three it falls off to Kristen Ale scoring 6.6 points per game.....

On the Positive Side:  Rebounding is up to 43.8 boards per game and assists are up to 15.3 per game.. while turnovers are down to 14.8 per game...

Ervin vs. Stanford... : Senior Jonae Ervin had an all-around solid game in the loss to No. 5 Stanford... Ervin scored a team-high 17 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out five assists....

On the Boards...: Redshirt freshman Maddie Allen has played big on the boards in the six games this season.. Against New Mexico State she had her first double  figure game with 10 rebounds and backed it up with 10 against Nevada... for the season she is averaging 6.1 boards per game and has grabbed a total of 49 rebounds... 26 coming at the offensive end of the court...

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.

Where the Team Finished Last Season in the NCAA....
Assists Per Game (250 ranked)         
Jonae Ervin                                                                 91st        4.3
Field goal percentage
Molly Schlemer                                                           10th        54.2
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage (250 ranked)         
Ariana Elegado                                                          29th         38.4
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game (250 ranked)         
Ariana Elegado                                                          57th         2.35
Assist Turnover Ratio (250 ranked)         
Jonae Ervin                                                                4th        2.61
Ariana Elegado                                                      139th        1.29

NCAA Team:
Assists Per Game (343 ranked)                                22nd         15.9
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage (247 ranked)      36th        34.3
Assist Turnover Ratio (343 ranked)                         46th         .98
Scoring Offense (343 ranked)                                 62nd         67.7
Field Goal Percentage                                              65th        41.7

Home Sweet Home... : 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.  

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.