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Cal Poly Picks Up 84-71 Big West Conference Home Win Over CSUN

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly women's basketball team outscored CSUN 25-10 during the fourth quarter on Saturday, making the difference in an 84-71 Big West Conference win at Mott Athletics Center to move to 5-1 at home on the season.

Mustang senior guard Dynn Leaupepe (the reigning Big West Player of the Week) scored 20 points, her fourth straight game with at least 20. Meanwhile senior guard Gabby Grupalo had a season-high 18 points (helping the Cal Poly bench to a 37-25 advantage over the Matador subs), and junior center Devin Stanback added 12.

Stanback, who came into the afternoon ranked sixth in the conference in field-goal percentage (.521), shot 6-for-9 from the floor.

Cal Poly (8-7, 2-1) went 9-for-23 from 3-point range, with senior forward Mary Kate Evans (2-for-5), Grupalo (also 2-for-5) and senior forward Emily Anderson (3-for-5) each connecting multiple times from behind the arc.

An 8-0 run late in the first quarter helped Cal Poly take a 21-14 lead after the opening period. Although the Matadors rallied to tie the game at 26 with 5:10 remaining to halftime, the Mustangs also closed the second quarter strongly, going to the break ahead 40-34.

CSUN fought back to regain the lead at 56-54 on a layup by Destiny Brooks, and then took its largest lead of the day at 61-56 thanks to three consecutive Brooks free throws 33 seconds before the end of the third.

Anderson sank a 3 on the Mustangs' final possession of the quarter, however — the first of nine straight Cal Poly points — igniting a 28-8 swing spanning nine-and-a-half minutes.

A Stanback layup with 25 seconds remaining gave the Mustangs their largest lead of the game at 15 (84-69), before CSUN scored in the closing moments for the final margin.

Channon Fluker, last season's Big West Player of the Year and a USA Basketball U-23 training camp attendee, led CSUN (8-9, 1-2) with 24 points and nine rebounds.

Dynn Leaupepe, the NCAA's 14th-ranked career active free-throw shooter nationally (.823) and the school single-season record-setter a year ago, went 5-of-5 from the foul line. She eclipsed the career 1,300-point milestone (No. 6 all-time at Cal Poly) Saturday, now with 1,314.

Her twin sister, Lynn Leaupepe, corralled a team-high seven rebounds in addition to scoring four points and equaling her season high with two blocks.

Senior guard Kelly Wong also distributed seven assists, her career high at the Division I level (with 14 being her overall collegiate best as a freshman at City College of San Francisco).

Cal Poly, which put on a free kids clinic before the game for Youth Basketball Day, will continue a three-game homestand in the week ahead.

The Mustangs will host UC Irvine at 7 p.m. Thursday, before returning to Mott vs. UC Davis, the defending regular-season conference champions, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20.

Photo © 2018 David E. Holmes