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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly will continue Big West Conference play with a homestand this week, as the Mustang women's basketball team will host Long Beach State at 7 p.m. Wednesday before welcoming UC Davis to Mott Athletics Center for a 2 p.m. tipoff Saturday.
Preseason All-Big West sophomore guard Shanaijah Davison leads the 49ers averaging 13.4 points, while sophomore forward Naomi Hunt is shooting 41.1 percent from 3-point range (No. 4 in the Big West) while scoring 10.1 points per game.
Freshman guard Justina King adds 9.8 points per game for LBSU (6-14, 3-4), which ranks second in the Big West in steals (averaging 9.4).
The 49ers prevailed in the earlier-season meeting between the two, edging Cal Poly in Long Beach on Jan. 17, 61-58, to take a 35-21 advantage in the all-time series. Feb. 6 will also be National Girls & Women in Sports Day at Mott.
UC Davis (15-6, 7-1), defending regular-season champions, advanced to the quarterfinals of the WNIT last season.
The first-place Aggies are led by senior forward Morgan Bertsch, No. 4 in the country with 23.6 points per game. Senior guard Kourtney Eaton is third in the conference in assists (5.0), in addition to adding 7.1 points per game for the Aggies, who rank 20th in the nation in field-goal percentage defense (limiting opponents to a conference-best 35.3 percent).
Cal Poly (4-14, 1-6) and the Aggies haven't met since last February, when UCD won at home, 85-77, to move to 30-24 all-time in its rivalry with the Mustangs.
Feb. 9 is also Play4Kay Day, as fans are encouraged to wear pink to support cancer awareness (with the first hundred fans receiving T-Shirts), and for every ticket purchased, $2 will go directly to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund to support cancer research. Fans can also make a donation at the game, or pledge a donation for every free throw Cal Poly makes in February as part of the Play4Kay Free-Throw Challenge.
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 296 — two 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 137, two shy of Tamara Wells (2006-11) for No. 16 all-time.
For the season, Stahley begins the week third in the conference in steals per game (2.2) and tied for third in assists (5.0 — ranking 49th 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 35.2 minutes played per game in 2018-19 ranks No. 3 in the conference and 73rd throughout the country.
STANBACK NO. 10 IN THE BIG WEST IN SCORING: Mustang senior center Devin Stanback comes into this week 10th in the Big West in scoring, averaging 11.8 points.
Additionally, her field-goal percentage of .518 (third throughout the conference) ranks 62nd 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, 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.
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.
Additional Mustang games throughout the season feature more fan giveaways along with campus and community events inside Mott Athletics Center (with more to be announced):
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
Cal Poly Hosts LBSU at 7 p.m. Wednesday, UCD at 2 p.m. Saturday
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