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Cal Poly Moves to 2-0 in Conference Play With 79-68 Win Over CSUN

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly women's basketball team won its second straight game to open Big West Conference play in Mott Athletics Center on Saturday night, 79-68 over CSUN.

Mustang junior guard Dynn Leaupepe scored a team-leading 20 points along with nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals, while senior forward Hannah Gilbert had 19 points, six rebounds and two blocks.

Meanwhile junior guard Lynn Leaupepe added 16 points and 10 boards, and junior point guard Gabby Grupalo had 13 points off the bench.

Cal Poly, which had opened Big West play with a 78-67 victory over UC Santa Barbara on Thursday night, went 7-of-15 from 3-point range on Saturday while improving to 6-2 at home this season.

The Mustangs outrebounded the Matadors 41-36 and produced a 43-22 scoring advantage inside the paint.

Cal Poly, which led for nearly 35 minutes of play on the evening, held an 18-12 lead after the first quarter before CSUN used a 22-16 second to head to halftime tied at 34.

The Matadors (8-8, 1-1) then pulled in front 50-47 on a three-point play from Eliza Matthews with 2:39 remaining in the third period, but Cal Poly closed the quarter on a 10-3 surge capped by a Lynn Leaupepe jumper with 0.7 seconds left.

After beginning the fourth up 57-53, Cal Poly used a 9-0 run to establish a 73-63 lead with 3:54 remaining.
 
Now with 935 career points and 568 rebounds, Gilbert is 65 points away from becoming the 13th Mustang in school history to reach the career 1,000 mark, and is five boards back of tying for No. 8 in school history in rebounding.

Following her 4-for-4 game at the line Saturday, Dynn Leaupepe's free-throw percentage of .917 (55-for-60) ranks in the top 15 nationally.

Cal Poly will now embark on the road, visiting UC Riverside at 5 p.m. Thursday for an ESPN3-broadcast game before traveling to Long Beach State for a 4 p.m. tipoff Saturday, Jan. 14. ESPN3 streams on all platforms through WatchESPN.com as well as the WatchESPN app.

Photos © 2016 Matt Aguirre / Cal Poly Athletics and David E. Holmes