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Cal Poly Heads to UCLA for Game, Saturday

Cal Poly Heads to UCLA for Game, Saturday


Opening Tip:  Cal Poly travels South for the team's fourth game in a five game road trip when they visit UCLA on Dec. 28 for a 12 pm game. Cal Poly enters the game with a 6-6 overall record while UCLA enters the game 5-6.

Cal Poly is coming off a 124-87 loss at Oregon on Dec. 20. Oregon is the nation's leading scoring team. IN the game junior Kristen Ale led the team with a career-high 25 points when she came off the bench and hit seven of 14 shots from the floor. Fellow junior, also off the bench, Taryn Garza added 14 points when she connected on six of 13 from the floor. Senior Molly Schlemer and junior Ariana Elegado. Oregon rounded the Mustangs, 60-45.

The Mustangs shot 38 percent from the floor and hit six of 20 shots from long range. The Mustangs went to the line 29 times and coverted 21. Oregon shot 44 percent from the floor and made 13 of 40 shots from beyond the arc.

This Week: The Mustangs play the fourth of five road games when the team travels to UCLA to take on the Bruins on Saturday, Dec. 28 for a 12 pm game. Cal Poly enters the game 6-6 while UCLA enters the game 5-6. Dave Grant will call the play by play on with the pregame show beginning at 11:40. You can also catch live stats for every game at

What's coming up: Cal Poly will play the next two 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 opened 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        UCLA        
Record:                                                           6-6        5-6        
Conference Record                        
Points PG                                                       73.8        61.9        
Opp. Points PG                                             77.3        70.8        
Rebounds PG                                                44.4        36.4        
Shooting %                                                   40.4        36.5        
3-Point %                                                      30.8        28.6        
FT %                                                             62.3        69.0        
Steals PG                                                       6.3        8.6        
Assists PG                                                    15.0        11.3    
Blocks PG                                                        3.2        3.0        
Turnovers PG                                                14.6        14.7        

UCLA Notes: The Bruins enter the game with a 5-6 overall record after falling to Auburn, 66-60, on Dec. 21.
Alonye Nyingifa leads the team with 17.0 points per game. She is also the team's top rebounder with 8.1 boards per game. Thea LembergerIs second on the team with 15.9 points per game with Nirra Fields who adds 15.8 points. Lemberger leads the team in assists with 35 while Nyingifa leads the team with 26 steals. Cal Poly is 0-6 all time against UCLA with the last meeting in 2006.

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                             222-251        .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

Shooting 50 percent...:   For the first time this season Cal Poly as a team shot 50 percent or better from the floor against Pepperdine... Cal Poly's previous best this season came against came against Nevada when the team shot 48 percent from the floor...

Career-High.....: Junior Kristen Ale recorded a career-high off the bench when she scored a career-high 25 points in the loss to Oregon. Ale hit seven of 14 shots from the floor and three of six from long range... she did hit eight of nine from the line...

Garza off the Bench...:     Junior Taryn Garza also came off the bench to add 14 points when she concected on six of 13 shots from the floor...

Most Points Scored...: Oregon scored the most points against Cal Poly (124) since UC Santa  Barbara scored 114 on Feb. 20, 1998

Allen's Double-Double... :  Redshirt freshman Maddison Allen recorded career-highs when she tallied a double-double in the win over Pepperdine... Allen grabbed 11 rebounds and scored 11 points..... She matched a career-high of four blocks in the game....

Elegado's Assists...:  Junior Ariana Elegado dished out 10 assists in recording a double-double (17 points) in the game with Pepperdine.... it was the most assists by the shooting guard since the Mustangs WNIT game at Washington on 03/14/12 when she handed out 13 assists....

Rebounding  :  Senior Molly Schlemer has led or tied for the team high in eight of the team's 12 games in rebounds this season... Others include Maddison Allen (twice), Beth Balbierz and Taryn Garza (twice)...

In Scoring.... :    Ariana Elegado has led the team in five of the 12 games in scoring.... Others include Molly Schlemer three times, Jonae Ervin twice and Kristen Ale ....

Pacing the Team:   Senior Molly Schlemer leads the team in both points (16.8) and  rebounds (10.4)... She has connected 53 percent of her shots from the floor while averaging 34 minutes per game...

The Big Three:   Molly Schlemer leads the team with 16.8 points per game with Ariana Elegado and Jonae Ervin adding 15.1 and 11.1 points per game respectively... Those three account for 62 percent of the team's offence .... The team's next highest scorer is Kristin Ale with 8.6 points per game....

Home Sweet Home... :Cal Poly is 5-0 this season in home games (1-6) in road or neutral) and are on pace to improve on last season's solid numbers... 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.  

Wins vs. Losses:
                                                      Wins        Losses        
Record:                                            6-0        0-6        
Points PG                                        76.2        71.3        
Opp. Points PG                               65.2        89.5        
Rebounds PG                                  49.0        39.8        
Shooting %                                     43.6        37.5        
3-Point %                                        34.4        27.8    
FT %                                                58.3        66.1        
Steals PG                                          5.5        8.3        
Assists PG                                       16.8        13.2    
Blocks PG                                          3.2        3.2        
Turnovers PG                                  13.8        15.3

In the Last Four Wins.... :   Entering the game with Portland, over the last four games Cal Poly has outscored its opponents, 75.8 to 57.5... but its has not just been in scoring.. The Mustangs have dominated in rebounding, 49.8 to 40.0 and have shot 43 percent from the floor while limiting opponents to 37 percent... When it comes to three point shooting it is more apparent with the Mustangs converting 32 percent compared to 27 percent...  Cal Poly has attempted 280 field goals compared to the opponents 259...

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 44.0 rebounds per game....

Ervin's Double-Double...:  Senior Jonae Ervin pulled off a remarkable double-double against Akron.. 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....She also added her first double figure rebound game, 11, as a Mustang against Bakersfield... She matched the offensive output with 13 points in the game with Pepperdine...   

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 10 games this season,  senior Molly Schlemer has recorded double-doubles... Harvard, Stanford, New Mexico State, Akron and San Francisco.....

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 5.3 points and 6.2 rebounds... but she has tallied 15 blocks games in 12 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 11.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.5 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...

On the Positive Side:  Rebounding is up to 44.4 boards per game and assists are up to 15.0 per game.. while turnovers are down to 14.6 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....

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

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.