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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly will continue Big West Conference play on the road this week, as the Mustang women's basketball team visits Long Beach State at 7 p.m. Thursday in The Walter Pyramid before traveling to Cal State Fullerton for a 6 p.m. tipoff Saturday at Titan Gym.
Preseason All-Big West sophomore guard Shanaijah Davison leads the 49ers averaging 14.5 points, while freshman guard Justina King adds 10.5 per game. Also for LBSU (4-10, 1-0), sophomore forward Naomi Hunt is shooting 42.4 percent from 3-point range (tops in the Big West and No. 44 nationally) while scoring 10.4 points per game. Long Beach opened its conference slate winning at UC Riverside, 63-45 on Jan. 10.
Senior center Daeja Smith is second throughout the conference in rebounding with 9.7 per game, while averaging 13.8 points for the Titans. Smith leads the Big West with a field-goal percentage of 56.3 (32nd-best across the nation). Sophomore guard Raina Perez also scores 13.8 points per game, in addition to distributing 5.8 assists (ranking 19th in the country) on average for CSF (9-5, 1-0). Fullerton began conference action topping Hawai'i at home Jan. 5, 72-68.
Cal Poly (4-9, 1-1) is coming off a 75-67 home win over UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 12, one of four squads evened with one league win & one loss through two weeks.
STAHLEY RISING IN THE RECORD BOOK: Cal Poly point guard Dye Stahley now ranks among the top 20 in program history for two career categories.
Stahley, a senior from Mesa, Arizona, has moved to No. 8 in school history for all-time assists with 282 — 16 back of Odessa Jenkins (1998-02) for the No. 7 spot.
Additionally, Stahley ranks tied for 19th all-time at Cal Poly in career steals with 130, eight shy of Catrina Taylor (1999-04) for No. 17 all-time.
For the season, Stahley begins the weekend fourth in the conference in steals per game (2.2) and fifth in assists (5.1 — ranking 55th nationally). The Big West Best Hustle Award recipient as a junior and Cal Poly's Coca-Cola Student-Athlete of the Week on Jan. 14, Stahley's average of 35.3 minutes played per game in 2018-19 ranks second in the conference and 65th throughout the country.
STANBACK NO. 8 IN THE BIG WEST IN SCORING: Mustang senior center Devin Stanback comes into this week eighth in the Big West in scoring, averaging 13.3 points.
Additionally, her field-goal percentage of .507 (third throughout the conference) ranks 76th nationally. Stanback joined Stahley on the All-Tournament Team for the ShareSLO Holiday Beach Classic on Nov. 24.
VESELA ADDS SCORING PUNCH: Since making her Cal Poly debut in the 60-50 win at Seattle U on Dec. 17, junior forward Hana Vesela is averaging 10.0 points and 5.5 rebounds through four games, each No. 2 on the squad.
Vesela, who played for the Czech Republic U-20 program at the 2016 FIBA European Championship, joined the Mustangs in a practice capacity this past February as a mid-year transfer from Michigan State. The 6-foot-4 native of Pribor, Czech Republic is also blocking 1.3 shots per game early on.
NUNNELLEY, HOLT, ROUFOSSE ALSO AMONG CONFERENCE LEADERS: Averaging 6.5 rebounds, Cal Poly senior forward Katie Nunnelley opens the week seventh in the conference. Nunnelley corralled 17 rebounds at Sacramento State on Nov. 11. The most by a Mustang since Hannah Gilbert secured 18 at UC Irvine on Jan. 9, 2016, Nunnelley's effort was seven boards back of the single-game school record (24 by Sherrie Atteberry in 1987).
Sophomore guard Malia Holt and junior forward Alicia Roufosse, meanwhile, also rank among the Big West leaders in several categories. Holt is 10th in assists per game (3.2) plus ninth in steals (1.8), while Roufosse is 14th throughout the conference in rebounding (at 5.5 per game), as well as ninth in field-goal percentage (.453).
FOLLOW THE MUSTANGS: Mustang tickets are available at GoPoly.com, by calling (805) 756-4849 or by visiting the sidewalk window at the on-campus Performing Arts Center from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Families are encouraged to sign up for the Mustang Kids Club ($10 per child 8th grade or under), as over $300 in benefits include ongoing free admission to all 2018-19 regular-season soccer, volleyball, wrestling & women's basketball events along with select football, men's basketball and baseball games; plus invitations to exclusive events; opportunities to be an honorary captain at Mustang home games; a birthday card from Musty; free gelato at SLO Sweets every month (along with birthday scavenger hunts) and a T-Shirt. Cal Poly students always get into games for free, and are also invited to join the Stang Gang. Stang Gang, Cal Poly's student fan group, features several rewards for a $10 one-time lifetime registration fee, including prizes from sponsors such as Adidas, Amazon, SLO Sweets, Woodstock's Pizza, Eureka! Burger, Splash Café and Frank's Famous Hot Dogs, a member T-Shirt, and more upon reaching point levels by checking in at games.
Links to follow Mustang game broadcasts live throughout the season can be found above, on the schedule page or via the GoPoly Front Row app.
Photos © David E. Holmes
Cal Poly to Visit Long Beach State on Thursday, CSF on Saturday
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