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Cal Poly Tops Second-Place Long Beach State for 69-67 Big West Win

Cal Poly Tops Second-Place Long Beach State for 69-67 Big West Win

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Four Mustangs scored in double-figures for the third time this season, leading the Cal Poly women's basketball team to a 69-67 Big West Conference win over second-place Long Beach State at Mott Athletics Center on Thursday night.

Dynn Leaupepe scored a game-high 20 points to go with six rebounds for the Mustangs, while her twin sister Lynn added 15 points and seven boards. Senior forward Hannah Gilbert also posted 12 points and seven rebounds, and sophomore point guard Dye Stahley added a career-high 10 points after going 7-of-8 from the free-throw line.

Senior forward Amanda Lovely had a game-high nine rebounds to go with her four points and four assists.

Cal Poly had a 15-6 advantage in second-chance points, along with a 42-28 rebounding edge.

Anna Kim scored 16 points to lead the 49ers (17-9, 8-3), who retained the No. 2 spot in the conference standings, a game back of UC Davis and one game up on a trio of teams tied for third.

Cal Poly (10-14, 6-6) is a game-and-a-half above Hawai'i (8-15, 4-7) for sixth at the moment, with four conference games remaining before the Big West Tournament, held March 7-8 at Long Beach State and March 10-11 at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

The Mustangs jumped out to a 17-6 lead with 1:35 remaining in the first quarter, the evening's largest lead for either team, as Long Beach State closed the period down 17-10.

After beginning the second half trailing 33-30, the 49ers took their first lead of the night, 47-46, on a Jessica Gertz layup with 1:32 left in the third quarter.

The two teams began the fourth tied at 50. A 6-0 run gave the Mustangs a 58-52 lead with 7:39 remaining, but LBSU battled back to tie the game for the sixth and final time, at 58-all.

Lynn Leaupepe sank a 3-pointer with 5:56 left to give Cal Poly the lead for good: 61-58. The Mustangs led by a five-point gap twice afterward, en route to holding on down the stretch.

Both Stahley and Dynn Leaupepe (the nation's No. 5 free-throw shooter, with a .917 percentage) made all four of their foul shots during the pivotal fourth quarter.

Dynn upped her career total to 947 points, as the junior moved past Sparkle Anderson (942 from 2003-08) for the No. 18 scoring spot in school history. Lynn Leaupepe also entered the top 30 all-time in scoring at Cal Poly, now with 711 points — three back of 29th. 

The Mustangs will return to Mott to host UC Irvine at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Saturday's game vs. the Anteaters will also be part of Play4Kay and Alumni Weekend. As part of the WBCA's nationwide Play4Kay Initiative, donations will be collected for the Kay Yow Foundation, going directly to cancer research, while $2 from every ticket will also go to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

All fans are encouraged to wear pink, and pink T-shirts and wristbands will be given out to the first 250 fans. Additionally, a pregame reception for cancer survivors and those currently fighting cancer (along with their families) will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Stampede Club tent, with complimentary food and drinks, followed by free admission to the game.

Photo © 2017 Matt Aguirre / Cal Poly Athletics