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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly will continue Big West Conference play at home and then on the road this week, as the Mustang women's basketball team hosts Hawai'i at 7 p.m. Thursday in Mott Athletics Center, before traveling to UC Irvine for a 2 p.m. tipoff Saturday at Bren Events Center.
Junior forward Makenna Woodfolk leads Hawai'i with 11.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, while senior forward Leah Salanoa adds 9.1 points and averages 5.1 boards for the Rainbow Wahine (5-11, 1-2). Also for UH, senior point guard Tia Kanoa (6.8 points per game) garnered Big West Player of the Week accolades on Jan. 14.
For Greek Night and Special Olympics Night at Mott on Jan. 24, the first 200 fraternity or sorority members at the game who wear their Greek letters will receive a Cal Poly Mustangs shirt, while all Special Olympians also receive free admission if RSVP'd in advance.
The Mustangs won the most recent matchup between the two programs, 67-61 in Honolulu last March, taking a 10-7 edge in the all-time series.
Sophomore forward Jordan Sanders averages 19.7 points & 7.1 rebounds to lead the Anteaters (12-4, 2-2).
Lauren Saiki, a junior point guard, ranks 18th in the country with 5.8 assists per game while also averaging 12.3 points, and senior guard Andee Ritter adds 11.5 points per game for UCI. The Anteaters start this week No. 2 in the entire country in turnover margin (+ 9.4), forcing 22.8 per game while committing only 13.4 themselves.
Cal Poly (4-11, 1-3) is coming off a weekend road trip in which it was topped at Long Beach State 61-58 and Cal State Fullerton 78-64. Cal Poly and UCI met already this winter, as the Anteaters rallied from a 27-13 first-half deficit to earn a 75-59 road comeback on Jan. 5, moving to 20-36 against the Mustangs all-time.
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 291 — seven 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 134, four shy of Catrina Taylor (1999-04) for No. 17 all-time.
For the season, Stahley begins the weekend third in the conference in steals per game (2.1) and fifth in assists (5.0 — ranking 54th 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 35.5 minutes played per game in 2018-19 ranks No. 1 in the conference and 56th throughout the country.
STANBACK NO. 9 IN THE BIG WEST IN SCORING: Mustang senior center Devin Stanback comes into this week ninth in the Big West in scoring, averaging 12.3 points.
Additionally, her field-goal percentage of .507 (fifth throughout the conference) ranks 78th nationally. Stanback joined Stahley on the All-Tournament Team for the ShareSLO Holiday Beach Classic on Nov. 24.
NUNNELLEY, HOLT, ROUFOSSE ALSO AMONG CONFERENCE LEADERS: Averaging 6.3 rebounds, Cal Poly senior forward Katie Nunnelley opens the week ninth 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 ninth throughout the conference in field-goal percentage (.466).
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 © Owen Main / Nathan Nybakke