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Conference Leading Cal Poly to Host Hawai’i, Saturday at 2 pm

Conference Leading Cal Poly to Host Hawai’i, Saturday at 2 pm

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Opening Tip:  The Mustangs will host Hawai'i for a Big West Conference game on Saturday at 2 pm in Mott Athletics Center. Cal Poly enters the game in first place in the Big West with a 7-1 record while posting a 13-8 overall record. Hawai'i enters the week with a 10-9 overall record and is 4-3 in conference games. Hawai'i will play at UCSB on Thursday

Senior Molly Schlemer led the Mustangs to a pair of road wins this past week to help the team improve to 7-1 in conference games and 13-8 overall. She led Cal Poly to an 81-72 win over UC Davis when she scored 26 points when she connected on 12 of 16 from the floor and grabbed nine rebounds. She came back two night's latter and led the team to an 84-79 win over UC Irvine when she scored 31 points, hitting 15 of 24 shots from the floor. In the two games she averaged 28.5 points and eight rebounds while hitting 67.5 percent of her shots from the floor.

Schlemer and Jonae Ervin are looking to become Cal Poly's 10th and 11th players to score 1,000 points in their careers. Schlemer enters today's game having scored 981 points in her career while Ervin enters the game having scored 958 points.


This Week: The Mustangs return to Mott Athletics Center on Saturday for a Big West Conference game against Hawai'i at 2 pm.  Cal Poly enters the game 13-8 overall and a first-place record of 7-1 in Big West Conference games. The Rainbow Wahine enters the week with a 10-9 overall record and a 4-3 mark in Big West games and will play UC Santa Barbara on Thursday  Dave Grant will call the play by play starting with the pregame show at 1:40 pm on GoPoly.com. You can also find links to live stats and video stream at GoPoly.com.

What's coming up: Following today's game, Cal Poly will remain at home for two more games next week. The Mustangs will host second-place Cal State Northridge on Thursday, Feb. 13, for a 7 pm game while Long Beach State will come to visit on Saturday, Feb. 15, for a 4 pm game.

A Quick Look at the Teams:
                                     CP            UH    
Record:                      13-8            10-9
Conference Record      7-1            4-3
Points PG                   78.4            67.0
Opp. Points PG          78.0             65.1
Rebounds PG            44.1             41.3
Shooting %               43.0             39.5
3-Point %                  32.4             32.6
FT %                          67.2            70.0
Steals PG                    6.0             6.2
Assists PG                 16.1             12.5
Blocks PG                    3.6             2.5
Turnovers PG            14.5             16.4

Hawai'i Notes...:   The Rainbow Wahine enters the week with a 10-9 overall record and a 4-3 record in Big West Conference games before playing UCSB on Thursday. Hawai'i fell twice on the road last week, dropping a 74-72 loss at Long Beach State and a 75-72 overtime loss at Cal State Northridge. Prior to the two losses, Hawai'i had won four straight games. Kamilah Jackson leads the team, scoring 15.8 points and grabbing 9.8 rebounds per game. Ashleigh Karaitiana is the second Rainbow Wahine scoring in double figures with 11.5 points per game. Destiny King leads the team with 51 assists and adds 6.2 rebounds. The Mustangs opened the conference season with a 78-74 overtime win on the road over Hawai'i on Jan. 8. In the game, senior Jonae Ervin scored 37 points while junior Ariana Elegado added 15 points of her own.

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             229-253        .475
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...: Senior Molly Schlemer has scored 981 points entering Saturday's game and is 19 points shy of becoming Cal Poly's 10th player is school history to reach 1,000 points in her career. Fellow senior, Jonae Ervin, enters the week having scored 958 points... Leaving her 42 points shy of 1000 for her career.

Eight Home Wins....:  After the Jan. 25 win over UC Riverside, Cal Poly is off to its second best start in school history with eight consecutive home wins to open the season.... You have to go back the 2003-04 season when the Mustangs opened the season with nine straight home wins.... That season the Mustangs opened the season with a 77-65 win over Sacramento State on Nov. 21 and did not fall at home again until March 7 when they lost, 70-59, to Idaho.....   

142:44..... :  Senior Jonae Ervin went 142 minutes and 44 seconds without committing a turnover until the 15:24 mark of the first half against UC Davis... Prior to the UCD turnover, her last turnover came at 10:10 of the first half in the game with Cal State Northridge... She played 38 minutes against Long Beach State, 40 minutes against Cal State Fullerton and 27 against UC Riverside.......

Schlemer Wins Third POW...:  Cal Poly senior Molly Schlemer averaged 28.5 points and shot 67.5 percent from the floor to garner Big West Women's Basketball Player of the Week honors, helping Cal Poly stay atop the conference standings with two key road wins. For the senior it was her third honor of the season. The 6-5 post player notched 26 points, nine rebounds and three assists in Cal Poly's 81-72 victory against UC Davis on Thursday.  She made 12 of 16 shots from the field, and added a steal and a block. In Saturday's 84-79 triumph at UC Irvine, Schlemer erupted for a game-high 31 points on 15 of 24 shooting, and chipped in seven rebounds. For the week, Schlemer made 27 of her 40 field goal attempts. Schlemer posted her 10th game with 20 or more points and surpassed the 30-point plateau for the second time this season.  She leads the Big West in scoring (18.6 ppg) and field goal percentage (.575) while ranking second in rebounding (10.3 rpg). In national rankings, Schlemer is 16th in field goal percentage and 31st in rebounding.

vs UC Davis...:  Cal Poly converted 30 of 56 shots from the floor (54 percent) and made 17 of 23 from the line in controlling the game. UC Davis shot 43 percent from the field and made 11 of 15 from the line. The Mustangs controlled the boards, 34-26, while committing one less turnover, 19-18. Senior Molly Schlemer led all scorers with 26 points when she converted 12 of 16 shots from the floor. She added nine rebounds and three assists in the game. Junior Kristen Ale came off the bench to add 18 points when she connected on three of five from long range and nine of 12 from the line. Junior Taryn Garza had another solid performance for the Mustangs as she scored 14 points when she hit seven of 11 from the floor and grabbed seven rebounds. Senior Jonae Ervin and junior Ariana Elegado struggled with Ervin held to six points and Elegado to four. Elegado did lead the team with eight assists. Senior Amaka Ofodu contributed with nine points when she connected on four of five from the floor.

vs. UC Irvine...:   Senior Molly Schlemer scored a game-high 31 points when she connected on 15 of 24 shots from the floor and grabbed seven rebounds. Junior Ariana Elegado got back on track, after scoring just four points at UC Davis, with 21 points. Fellow junior Kristen Ale came off the bench to add 15 points when she made four of eight from the floor and all five attempts from the line. Senior Amaka Ofodu was the fourth Mustang in double figures when she dropped in 10 points when she made four of five from the field. Redshirt freshman Maddie Allen led the team off the bench with nine rebounds and two blocks while Elegado dished out a career-high tying 13 assists.

A Career Night.... :   Senior Amaka Ofodu had a career-night against Cal State Fullerton when she scored 17 points when she  made eight of 16 from the floor. Her all-around game included two blocks and four rebounds...

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...

10,3,1,1......:   Those are the double-doubles put up by the Mustangs... Senior Molly Schlemer leads the conference with 10 double-doubles... Followed by senior Jonae Ervin with three (all in scoring and rebounds)... Maddison Allen has one in scoring and rebounding while junior Ariana Elegado recorded hers in points and assists... The only player in the Big West to do so....

Shooting 50 percent...:   For the fifth time this season Cal Poly as a team shot 50 percent or better from the floor in the win over UC Irvine... it was the third-straight game for the Mustangs... The streak started with UC Riverside (53 percent).. The also shot 50 percent  at Hawai'i and against  Pepperdine...

The Big Three:   Molly Schlemer leads the team with 18.6 points per game with Ariana Elegado and Jonae Ervin adding 16.3 and 12.0 points per game respectively... Those three account for 60 percent of the team's offence .... The team's next highest scorer is Kristin Ale with 8.7 points per game....

107 Record....:    In the team's 107-102 overtime win at Long Beach State, Cal Poly broke the school record that has stood since 1989 when the team defeated Cal Lutheran, 106-72.

National Ranking Team:
Assist Turnover Ratio                                         34th     1.12
Assists Per Game                                              42nd    16.1
Field Goal Percentage                                        61st    43.0
Scoring Offense                                                 33rd    78.4
Turnovers Per Game                                         62nd    14.5

Individual National Ranking
Assist Turnover Ratio - Jonae Ervin                       5th    3.26
Assists per Game -Ariana Elegado                       50th    5.2
                             - Jonae Ervin                         137th    4.2
Double-Doubles - Molly Schlemer                        32nd    10
Field Goal Percentage - Molly Schlemer               16th    57.5
Rebounds per Game - Molly Schlemer                  31st    10.3
3-point FG per game - Ariana Elegado                82nd    2.38

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 8-0 this season in home games (5-8 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.  

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.

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.   

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:                   13-0        0-8        
Points PG                81.0        74.1        
Opp. Points PG       71.2        89.2        
Rebounds PG         45.8        41.4        
Shooting %            45.7        38.9        
3-Point %               33.3        31.1    
FT %                      66.9        67.6        
Steals PG                 5.6        6.6        
Assists PG             17.4        14.1    
Blocks PG                3.3        4.0        
Turnovers PG        14.2        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.