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Cal Poly Wins Blue-Green Rivalry Clash vs. UC Santa Barbara, 73-72

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — In a Blue-Green Rivalry matchup with third place on the line in the Big West Conference standings Wednesday night, the Cal Poly women's basketball team erased a 13-point deficit at Mott Athletics Center on the way to a 73-72 win over UC Santa Barbara.

Mustang senior guard Dynn Leaupepe, who came into the day No. 19 in the country in scoring (at 20.8 points per game), netted a game-high 28 on 11-for-23 shooting (including 2-for-4 from 3-point range).

Her twin sister Lynn Leaupepe secured a career-high 14 rebounds (including 10 offensive) while adding 16 points (surpassing the career 1,000-point milestone at the 8:12 mark of the third quarter).

Fellow senior Gabby Grupalo also scored 10 points from the backcourt, and junior center Devin Stanback had seven points, five rebounds and a team-high four assists for Cal Poly (15-11, 9-5), which moved a half-game back of UC Irvine for second place while assuming sole possession of third.

After closing the first quarter with a 22-20 lead, the Gauchos (11-15, 8-6) seized their largest lead of the game 5:30 before halftime, going up 38-25 on a jumper from Sarah Porter. The Mustangs responded by scoring 13 straight points, however, to tie it up at 38-all. A UCSB bucket 44 seconds before the first-half horn sent the Gauchos to the break ahead 40-38.

The Gauchos moved in front by as many as six (52-46) with 3:26 left in the third, but Cal Poly didn't allow the gap to grow any wider, narrowing the deficit to 54-53 at the end of the quarter, and then starting the fourth with back-to-back baskets from Dynn Leaupepe to take back the lead (57-54).

The fourth quarter alone featured four ties and seven lead changes. Drea Toler drove for a layup to put UCSB back on top with 29 seconds remaining, 72-71. Coming out of a timeout, however, Leaupepe answered with a layup to put the Mustangs back in front, 73-72, sending UCSB into a timeout of their own with 23 seconds to play.

The Gauchos missed their ensuing look at a potential go-ahead jumper. After securing the ball out of bounds following a replay review, Mustang freshman guard Ayzhiana Basallo missed back-to-back free throws with UCSB forced to foul — but UCSB couldn't get a shot off to beat the buzzer, as Leaupepe came up with a steal by falling on a loose ball with time expiring.

Senior forward Drew Edelman paced UCSB with 24 points.

While moving past the thousand-point threshold, Lynn Leaupepe moved from No. 16 to 15 in school history for scoring, while Dynn moved from 11th to 10th in all-time rebounding (580) with an eight-board effort.

Cal Poly will return on Feb. 24, hosting Cal State Fullerton at 2 p.m. Saturday.

In addition to Senior Day, Saturday vs. the Titans will also be Poly Play Day at Mott, as kids are invited to an annual pregame carnival at 1 p.m. in the Stampede Club Tent, followed by free admission for youth 13-and-under.