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Cal Poly Set to Host CS Fullerton and UC Riverside

Cal Poly Set to Host CS Fullerton and UC Riverside


Opening Tip:  Sophomore Beth Balbierz came off the bench to spark the Mustangs with 16 points while junior Ariana Elegado scored 30 points to lead the team to a 107-102 overtime win on the road over Long Beach State on Saturday.

Elegado's points came when she hit 11 of 22 shots from the floor and made four of eight from long range. She also hit four of five from the line and dished out six assists. Senior Jonae Ervin added 17 points while fellow senior Molly Schlemer tallied her 10th double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Balbierz came off the bench to connect on four of eight shots from the floor and two of four from long range. She made all six shots from the line while grabbing three rebounds in just 17 minutes of play. Junior Taryn Garza had another solid performance with nine points and eight rebounds in the win.

In the 81-76 loss to Cal State Northridge, Schlemer tallied her ninth double-double she led the team with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Ervin recorded a double-double of her own with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Elegado and Garza added 20 and 15 points respectively.

This Week: Cal Poly returns home for a pair of Big West Conference games this week when they host Cal State Fullerton on Thursday, Jan. 23 and UC Riverside on Jan. 25. Pregame show for CSF will begin at 6:40 while on Saturday the radio show will start at 3:40 pm. Video and live stats are also available at

What's coming up: Following the games this weekend, Cal Poly will return to the road to face UC Davis (Jan. 30) and UC Irvine (Feb. 1). The next Cal Poly homestand will start on Feb. 8 when the team will host Hawai'i and conclude with games on Feb. 13 and Feb. 15 against Cal State Northridge and Long Beach State.

A Quick Look at the Teams:
                                            CP        CSF        UCR        
Record:                                9-8        6-10        4-14
Conference Record              3-1        2-1        0-4
Points PG                          77.8        60.8        68.5
Opp. Points PG                 79.5         65.2        76.5
Rebounds PG                   44.8        34.6        38.7
Shooting %                      41.5        38.0        41.7
3-Point %                        32.4        28.2        29.4
FT %                               66.0        68.6        71.9
Steals PG                          6.1        5.4        6.8
Assists PG                       15.2        13.0        16.5
Blocks PG                          3.6        1.9        4.5
Turnovers PG                 14.1        14.6        18.6

Cal State Fullerton Notes: The Titans enter the game with the Mustangs with a 6-10 overall record and a 2-1 record in Big West Conference games. After opening the BWC season with wins over UC Riverside (82-78) and UC Irvine (75-58), CSF lost its last outing, 69-57, in overtime at home against UC Davis. CSF opened the season 1-8 before turning things around and winning five of the last seven. Chante Miles leads a trio of players in double figures with 14.8 points per game. Alex Thomas and Kathleen Iwuoha add 10.9 and 10.6 respectively. Last season the Mustangs defeated the Titans 78-40 in San Luis Obispo with Molly Schlemer and Jonae Ervin leading the team with 19 and 15 points respectively. Cal Poly shot 57 percent from the floor in the game. At Fullerton, Cal Poly defeated CSF 72-47 with Schlemer scoring 16 points and Ariana Elegado adding 11 points.

UC Riverside Notes...:   The Highlanders entered the week with a 4-13 overall record and a 0-4 record in Big West Conference games and played at UCSB on Thursday. UCR's wins have come over San Jose State (105-74), Santa Clara (90-80 ot), Nicholls State (74-64) and Bakersfield (85-66). In conference play, UCR's largest deficit in a loss came against Hawai'i, 74-61. Brittany Crain leads the team in scoring with 19.7 points per game. Annelise Ito adds 12.0 points per game. Ito is also the team's top rebounder with 6.8 points per game. Cal Poly swept UCR in both conference games last season with a 79-56 win at home with Ariana Elegado scoring 19 points, Molly Schlemer 18 and Jonae Ervin 10 points. At Riverside, Cal Poly won 94-59 with Schlemer scoring 16 points and Kayla Griffin and Elegado each adding 12 points.   

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               225-253        .471
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

The Countdown...: Jonae Ervin and Molly Schlemer are on the watch list.... Ervin needs 79 points to reach 1,000 for her career while Schlemer needs 93 points..... Ervin has averaged 8.4 points in 110 games in her Cal Poly career and has amassed 921 points while Schlemer has averaged 9.2 points in 99 games and has scored a total of 907 points... Next on the list is junior Ariana Elegado with 818 points... She has also dished out 260 assists.....

Off the Bench:   Sophomore Beth Balbierz came off the bench in the overtime win at Long Beach State to score a career-high 16 points when she hit four of eight from the field and two of four from long range. She also connected on all six attempts from the line....

Just one Short....Again:  Junior Ariana Elegado missed her career scoring mark by one point when she hit for 30 points in the game with UC Santa Barbara.... . She was nine of 20 from the field and five of 12 from long range... She did it again against Long Beach State (30 points) when she connected on 11 of 22 from the floor and seven of eight from the line...

10 Double-Doubles....:  Senior Molly Schlemer recorded her ninth and 10th double-double of the season when she went for 22 points and 13 rebounds against Cal State Northridge and 16 points and 10 rebounds against Long Beach State...

Assists and Turnovers....:  Senior Jonae Ervin has not missed a beat when she was fourth in the nation last year and led the nation two year's ago in assist/turnover ratio... This year she currently leads the Big West Conference and is 12th in the nation with a ratio of 3.08..

Others in the National ranking... :  Senior Molly Schlemer is 33rd in field goal percentage (55.7) and 16th in rebounds (11.1)... 20th in double-doubles with 10 ...

Ervin Named Conference Player of the Week:  Cal Poly senior Jonae Ervin overhauled a school record that had stood for three decades, established a career scoring high and led her team to a pair of conference victories in earning Big West Women's Basketball Player of the Week accolades. The 5-3 guard played a key role in Cal Poly's league-opening 78-74 overtime victory at Hawai'i.  She tallied a career-best 37 points, making 12 of 25 from the floor, two of three from three-point land and 11 of 16 at the foul line.  She also yanked down a career-high tying 10 rebounds to secure her second double-double of the season.  Ervin's offense helped the Mustangs claw back from as 17-point first half deficit. In a 88-70 home victory over UC Santa Barbara, the Mustang floor general had six points, seven rebounds, two steals and five assists.  One of the assists, at the 10:54 mark of the first half, imprinted Ervin's name in the Mustang record book as it was her 391st career assist.  That put Ervin at No. 1 all-time, surpassing the previous record of 390 held by former great Laura Buehning (1979-82). For the week, Ervin shot 43.3 (13 of 30) percent from the field and 68.2 (15 of 22) percent on free throws while averaging 21.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. For the season Ervin is third on the team in scoring (12.3 points) and third in rebounding (5.5 boards per game). She also adds 4.5 assists per game.

Oh What a Night... : Senior Molly Schlemer set a new career mark when she scored 37 points in the win over UCSB... The post player hit 16 of 20 shots from the floor and made five of eight from the line...

Oh What a Night...II :  Senior Jonae Ervin scored a career-high 37 points and tied her career-high of 10 rebounds in leading the Mustangs to a 78-74 win over Hawai'i in overtime on Wednesday. Her previous high of 33 points came on Nov. 12, 2011 at Oregon. Ervin connected on 12 of 25 shots from the floor including 11 of 16 from the line. Her 10 rebounds tied a career-high set earlier this season against Akron on Nov. 29.

Home Sweet Home... :Cal Poly is 6-0 this season in home games (3-8 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.  

The Big Three:   Molly Schlemer leads the team with 18.6 points per game with Ariana Elegado and Jonae Ervin adding 17.5 and 12.6 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 7.8 points per game....

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 seventh 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.

Shooting 50 percent...:   For the second time this season Cal Poly as a team shot 50 percent or better from the floor in the game at Hawai'i... the first was 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 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 4.6 points and 5.6 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 62 assists in 14 games and is followed by senior Jonea Ervin with 61...

Wins vs. Losses:
                                Wins        Losses        
Record:                     9-0        0-8        
Points PG                 81.1        74.1        
Opp. Points PG        70.8        89.2        
Rebounds PG          47.8        41.4        
Shooting %            43.9        38.9        
3-Point %              33.8        31.1    
FT %                      64.8        67.6        
Steals PG                 5.7        6.6        
Assists PG             16,1        14.1    
Blocks PG                3.2        4.0        
Turnovers PG        13.3        15.0

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.... and she did it again in the win over Hawai'i with 37 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...   

Big West Player of the Week II: 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.

Ervin vs. No. 5 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.

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.