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Leaupepe Scores Career-High 31 to Lead Cal Poly to 73-69 Win at NDSU

Leaupepe Scores Career-High 31 to Lead Cal Poly to 73-69 Win at NDSU

FARGO — Cal Poly senior guard Dynn Leaupepe matched her career high with 31 points on Saturday night at North Dakota State, leading the Mustang women's basketball team to a 73-69 win at the Scheels Center.

Leaupepe went 10-for-22 from the floor and 11-of-13 from the free-throw line, equaling her previous 31-point effort, on Feb. 4, 2016 against Hawai'i.

A preseason All-Big West Conference selection from Camarillo, Leaupepe ranks sixth in school history for career scoring, now with 1,189 points. She also had five rebounds and three steals in 28 minutes.

The Bison jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, but Cal Poly responded by taking its first lead of the game with 2:37 left in the opening quarter on a put-back by junior point guard Dye Stahley to make it 14-13.

After beginning the second quarter tied at 20, and then giving up a jumper to trail 22-20, the Mustangs scored the next 15 points — their longest run of the season — as Cal Poly didn't allow NDSU to score for a stretch spanning six minutes & 26 seconds. Leaupepe capped the run with a drive for a 35-22 lead 3:47 before the break.

Cal Poly (5-5) led 37-29 at halftime. Stahley claimed four first-half steals (finishing with a career-high five), as the Mustang defense forced 14 turnovers by intermission, with an 18-3 points-off-turnovers advantage.

NDSU (5-6) rallied to start the third, tying it at 37 with 6:44 left in the quarter and taking a 48-44 lead on a pair of Michelle Gaislerova free throws at the 1:55 mark.

Starting the fourth trailing 50-49, Cal Poly answered by scoring the first eight points of the quarter to surge ahead 57-50 with 7:49 remaining.

A deep 3 from senior forward Emily Anderson provided Cal Poly a 67-55 lead with 3:54 to play, but the Bison again wouldn't go away, cutting the deficit to 69-65 on a layup from Rylee Nudell 1:22 from the end of regulation. Sarah Jacobson drove for a layup to bring the Bison within 69-67, but freshman guard Ayzhiana Basallo knocked down back-to-back free throws on the ensuing possession to put the Mustangs up 71-67 with 23 seconds left.

Basallo, Anderson and junior center Devin Stanback added nine points each in the win.

Cal Poly — on its first five-game road swing since 2013-14 — will wrap up the trip by visiting Utah Valley (4-7) on Tuesday. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. PST (3 p.m. Mountain Time) at Utah Community Credit Union Center in Orem.