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Cal Poly Women's Basketball Wins Home Opener Over Northern Arizona, 58-53

Cal Poly Women's Basketball Wins Home Opener Over Northern Arizona, 58-53

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly women's basketball team led by as many as 18 points during the third quarter Friday night and held off a late Northern Arizona comeback bid to win its home opener 58-53 in Mott Athletics Center.

The Mustangs, who came into the evening leading the Big West Conference with a .750 free-throw percentage, went 21-for-24 from the line in the win.

Cal Poly junior guard Dynn Leaupepe finished with a game-high 15 points, while her twin sister Lynn added 10 points and nine rebounds.

Senior forward Hannah Gilbert surpassed the career 500-rebound mark in the victory thanks to her nine boards (along with six points), placing her collegiate total at 506 — just two back of tying Rona Bevien (508 from 1994-98) for the No. 10 spot in school history.

Two sophomores also posted career-high eight-point games for Cal Poly, as forward Katie Nunnelley went 4-for-5 off the bench (also securing four rebounds in 19 minutes) and point guard Dye Stahley also matched her career high with four steals.

Neither team led by more than three in a back-and-forth opening quarter that featured three ties and five lead changes, ending with the Mustangs up 10-9.

Trailing 14-12 with 8:22 remaining to halftime, Cal Poly went on an 11-3 run toward the end of the second quarter en route to a 25-20 lead at the break.

The Mustangs kept their momentum going throughout the third quarter, using a 15-2 run to turn a 29-24 lead with 6:15 left in the period to a 44-26 advantage at the 2:03 mark.

Cal Poly held a 47-30 lead to start the fourth.

The Lumberjacks (2-1) battled back, closing the deficit to 54-51 with 1:52 to go on a 3-pointer by their leading scorer, Olivia Lucero. The Mustangs (1-2) came up with a pair of stops on the next two possessions, though, forcing NAU to foul with under 20 seconds to play.

Lynn Leaupepe sank back-to-back free throws to put Cal Poly ahead 56-51 with 18 seconds on the clock, and following another defensive rebound, Dynn Leaupepe made two more from the foul line for a 58-51 lead with only seven seconds left in regulation.

Cal Poly will now travel to UCLA to face the No. 9-ranked Bruins at 1 p.m. Sunday in Pauley Pavilion.

Photos © 2016 Matt Aguirre Photography and David E. Holmes • (For more photos of the team in action, click here.)