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Cal Poly Closes First Half on 14-0 Run, Wins Home Opener Over GCU

Dynn Leaupepe Enters Top 10 in School History for Scoring While Lynn Leaupepe Moves to No. 10 All-Time in Rebounding

Stanback Adds 12 Points as Stahley Ties Career High with Seven Assists

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly women's basketball team scored 14 straight points to conclude the first half on Thursday, sprinting to a 50-41 lead over Grand Canyon, and went on to pick up a 75-69 win in the Mustang 2017-18 home opener in front of a crowd of 1,677 in Mott Athletics Center.

Tipping off at 11 a.m. on Field Trip Day (welcoming numerous local schools to campus), a back-and-forth first quarter featured 13 lead changes, as a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from senior forward Emily Anderson cut the Lopes' lead to 28-27 at the end of the period.

A 3-pointer by August Touchard with 7:51 left in the half provided Grand Canyon its largest lead of the day at 35-30 — a margin later matched at the 4:13 mark following a pair of Myra Williams free throws.

Those were the Lopes' last points of the half, though, as the Mustangs went on the pivotal 14-0 run to finish the second quarter, heading to the break up nine. The quarter close again saw a late 3 from Anderson, who connected from deep with only eight seconds remaining to intermission.

Cal Poly (1-1) never relinquished its lead from there, ending the third quarter ahead 62-52. The Mustangs established their largest advantage of the afternoon with 7:02 to play, when a layup by senior Dynn Leaupepe pushed the gap to 71-55.

GCU — which got a 27-point performance from guard Brie Mobley and went 20-for-21 from the free-throw line — rallied down the stretch, with a layup from Touchard accounting for the final score (the closest it got) with 15 seconds to go, but Cal Poly ran out the clock on its ensuing two possessions.

Lynn Leaupepe had a team-high 20 points and eight rebounds (moving to 10th all-time at Cal Poly, with 511 boards), while junior center Devin Stanback added 12 points and junior point guard Dye Stahley distributed seven assists (equaling her career-high from three previous occasions).

Meanwhile Dynn Leaupepe went 4-for-6 from behind the arc (helping the Mustangs shoot 9-for-19 from 3-point range) en route to 18 points — upping her career total to 1,065 (moving to No. 10 in school history).

Cal Poly will next visit Saint Mary's for a 1 p.m. tipoff Sunday (televised locally in the Bay Area on Comcast Hometown Network), before returning home to host the 11th annual #ShareSLO Holiday Beach Classic.

The full schedule for the tournament — which has free admission for everyone, and welcomes fans to bring non-perishable items for a SLO Food Bank drive — is listed below:

Friday, Nov. 24
2:00 p.m. • Robert Morris @ Cal Poly

Saturday, Nov. 25
2:00 p.m. • San Francisco vs. Robert Morris

Sunday, Nov. 26
12 noon • San Francisco @ Cal Poly