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Cal Poly to Open Big West Conference Play at Hawai'i

Cal  Poly to Open Big West Conference Play at Hawai'i


Opening Tip:  Cal Poly will open Big West Conference play this week with a trip to Hawai'i and a game on Wednesday, Jan. 8. Tip is set for 9:00 pm (Pacific). Cal  Poly enters the game with a 6-7 record while Hawai'i enters the game 6-6.

After winning four straight games the Mustangs have lost their last three, all on the road, with the last two against Pac-12 teams. Hawai'i has lost three of its last four, all on the road.

Senior Molly Schlemer leads the Mustangs with  17.8 points and 10.8 rebounds scoring a career-high 29 points and grabbing 16 rebounds in the 96-89 loss at UCLA on Dec. 28. Schlemer's points came when she converted 14 of 20 shots from the floor. Junior Ariana Elegado added 21 points with fellow junior Kristen Ale coming off the bench to score 16 points.

This Week: The Mustangs play the fifth game of five-game road trip when the they travel to Hawai'i on Wednesday, Jan. 8 for a 9 pm game. Cal Poly enters the game 6-7 while Hawai'i enters the game 6-6. You can catch live stats and video for the game

What's coming up: Following the game with Hawai'i, Cal Poly will return to Mott Gym for the first time since Dec. 7 when they host Central Coast Rival, UC Santa Barbara, on Saturday, Jan. 11 for a 4 pm game. After the game with the Gauchos, Cal Poly will return to the road and face Cal State Northridge (Jan. 16) and Long Beach State (Jan. 18)..

A Quick Look at the Teams:
                                              CP        Hawai'i         
Record:                                  6-7        6-6        
Conference Record                0-0        0-0        
Points PG                             74.9        64.8        
Opp. Points PG                    78.8        76.2        
Rebounds PG                       43.9        39.4        
Shooting %                          40.9        38.2        
3-Point %                             32.2        30.5        
FT %                                    64.0        70.8        
Steals PG                              6.3        6.8        
Assists PG                           15.2        12.0    
Blocks PG                              3.2        2.8        
Turnovers PG                      14.5        17.1        

Hawai'i Notes: Hawai'i enters the game with the Mustangs with a 6-6 overall record having lost three of its last four games, two to Pac-12 teams. In Hawai'i last outing the team lost 54-51 at Grand Canyon. Kamilah Jackson leads the team with 16.7 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. Ashleigh Karaitiana is second on the team with 10.2 points. Destiny King dishes out the assists (28) while Shawa-Le Kuehu leads the team in bocks (13).

History with Hawai'i: Cal Poly and Hawai'i have met only five times in the schools history with Hawai'i winning the first four meetings and Cal Poly winning the last outing, 47-43, in Mott Gym. The teams first met in 1978 and not  played since 1982 until last season.

A Little more History with Hawai'i:   Former Cal Poly football standout Stan Sheriff was Cal Poly's starting center all four years (1950-53), leading the Mustangs to the California Collegiate Athletic Association title with a 9-0 overall mark. Following his senior season, Sheriff was named CCAA most valuable player, first-team All-CCAA, first-team Little All-Coast, first-team Little All-American, honorable mention National NCAA All-American and played in both the East-West Shrine Game and the Hula Bowl. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in 1954 and played for the National Football League's Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns from 1954-57. Sheriff was a successful teacher, coach and administrator at the University of Northern Iowa from 1958-83 and the University of Hawaii from 1983-93. At Northern Iowa, he was both athletics director and head football coach, compiling a 129-101-4 record with six conference titles, 15 winning seasons, four bowl appearances and twice was named Coach of the Year. Sheriff was director of athletics at Hawaii from 1983-93 and passed away in January 1993. He is a member of the Cal Poly, Hawaii and Northern Iowa athletics halls of fame. Sheriff was posthumously inducted into the San Francisco Prep Hall of Fame on May 15, 2010. He also was inducted into the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995. The field in the UNIDOME at the University of Northern Iowa is named Sheriff Field and the 10,300-seat arena at the University of Hawaii is named Stan Sheriff Center.

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           222-252        .468
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

Molly Schlemer Named Conference Player of the Week:  Cal Poly women's basketball player, senior Molly Schlemer, garnered Big West Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week honors as a career-high scoring performance nearly helped the Mustangs pull off a road upset over UCLA. The 6-5 center dominated the Bruins to the tune of a career-best 29 points and 16 rebounds in a 96-89 loss on Saturday.  Schlemer made 14 of 20 shots from the floor.  Her 16 boards were one short of her top career mark, while seven of those caroms came on the offensive end. The career-high is an improvement over 28 points set last season against Pacific and tied earlier this year against New Mexico State. In collecting her sixth double-double of the season, Schlemer helped the Mustangs stay within striking distance the entire game, and had her team trailing by just three points with 30 seconds left to play. For the season Schlemer leads the team in both scoring and rebounding with 17.8 points and 10.8 boards per game while hitting 55 percent of her shots from the floor.

More on Schlemer...: Schlemer leads the Mustangs with 17.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game... The senior shoots 54 percent from the floor and dished out 10 assists with seven blocks this season.

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... She back it up with a 16 point game off the bench against UCLA when she made four of 13 from the floor, but made seven of eight from the line.  

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

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.... Allen for the season averages 4.9 points and 5.8 rebounds while leading the team in blocks with 17.

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.... She leads the team with 60 assists in 13 games and is followed by senior Jonea Ervin with 59...

Rebounding  :  Senior Molly Schlemer has led or tied for the team high in nine of the team's 13 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 13 games in scoring.... Others include Molly Schlemer four times, Jonae Ervin twice and Kristen Ale ....

The Big Three:   Molly Schlemer leads the team with 17.8 points per game with Ariana Elegado and Jonae Ervin adding 15.5 and 10.8 points per game respectively... Those three account for 63 percent of the team's offence .... The team's next highest scorer is Kristin Ale with 9.3 points per game....

Home Sweet Home... :Cal Poly is 5-0 this season in home games (1-7 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        0-7        
Points PG                             76.2        73.9        
Opp. Points PG                     65.2        90.4        
Rebounds PG                       49.0        39.6        
Shooting %                         43.6        38.7        
3-Point %                            34.4        30.6    
FT %                                    58.3        68.8        
Steals PG                              5.5        7.0        
Assists PG                           16.8        13.7    
Blocks PG                              3.2        3.1        
Turnovers PG                      13.8        15.1

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.