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Leaupepe Twins Lead Cal Poly to 62-52 Win Over Pepperdine

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Dynn and Lynn Leaupepe combined to score 34 points on Saturday evening, leading the Cal Poly women's basketball team to a 62-52 win over Pepperdine in Mott Athletics Center.

Dynn went 9-for-21 from the floor (including a 2-for-4 night from 3-point range), while Lynn was 5-for-12 on the way to 12 points, in addition to grabbing 13 rebounds (matching her career high from a year ago vs. UC Irvine).

The junior guards, twin sisters from Camarillo, also claimed five steals and handed out five assists between them.

Meanwhile, Mustang senior forward Hannah Gilbert added eight points and nine rebounds. Now with 537 career rebounds, Gilbert is 36 boards away from assuming the No. 8 spot in school history.

Additionally, junior forward Mary Kate Evans made both of her 3-pointers (her only field-goal attempts) and each of her free throws en route to eight points in seven minutes.

Cal Poly, which began the day ranked No. 19 in the nation in free-throw percentage (at .775), went 9-for-10 from the line.

The Waves led early, going up 13-6 on a 3-pointer from Paige Fecske five minutes and 18 seconds into the game, closing the first quarter ahead 15-12.

Cal Poly (4-4), however, took control in the second, surging in front 20-15 on a Lynn Leaupepe layup (completing a 10-0 run) with 8:03 to play until halftime. A jumper from senior forward Amanda Lovely on the final possession of the half provided a 35-25 lead at the break.

After leading 49-38 following three quarters, the Mustangs took their largest lead of the game, 53-38, on a basket in the paint from Gilbert with 7:34 remaining.

Pepperdine rallied late, closing the deficit to 55-51 on a Fecske layup with 4:39 left. The Mustangs responded, scoring the next five points while coming up with four straight stops to regain a 60-51 upper hand with 1:28 remaining.

Prior to tipoff, the Mustangs retired the jersey (No. 12) of their all-time leading scorer and rebounder, Kristina Santiago.

The two-time Big West Conference Player of the Year and two-time Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Year, now a professional star in Europe, graduated owning seven school records after her career from 2007 to 2012, including 1,953 points and 850 rebounds.

Cal Poly will next head to Phoenix to visit Grand Canyon for a 12 noon tipoff on Saturday, Dec. 10 before returning home to host San Francisco at 4 p.m. Dec. 17.

The matchup with the Dons, the last home game of the 2016 calendar year, will also be Youth Basketball Night, as all fans ages 13-and-under receive free tickets, and a free clinic for all in eighth grade and younger will be put on at 1:30.

Top Photo by Matt Aguirre/© Cal Poly Athletics

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