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Jan 31, 2013 5:28 PM by Andrew Masuda

Mustangs open homestand tonight to raise awareness and win total

The Cal Poly women's basketball team returns home Thursday to host Cal State Fullerton after a disastrous road trip. The Mustangs lost by 18 at Hawaii and then blew an 8 point lead with 3 minutes to play in regulation before falling in double-overtime at Cal State Northridge last week.

Cal Poly enters the two-game homestand 4-3 in Big West play and tied for fourth place. The Titans are 3-4 and tied for seventh place.

Head coach Faith Mimnaugh says the Mustangs need to win both games this week to stay in the hunt for their third-straight Big West regular season title.

"For us to stay in the race I think we need to. Obviously if we were to do that it would things really crazy in the league. Not that it's not already crazy. We want to take care of the home court. We know traveling is just going to be killer for us so I think it's critical we play to the best of our ability this week," said Mimnaugh. The Mustangs are 7-3 this year on their home floor, while Fullerton is 1-6 on the road.

Fans are asked to wear red on Thursday night as part of a Red Out. The event supports the American Heart Association's National Wear Red Day, which brings awareness to heart disease, the number one killer of women in the United States.

Tip off in Mott Gym is at 7 p.m. Thursday night.

The Mustangs host UC Riverside on Saturday at 4pm. They will wear pink in honor of the Play 4Kay initiative. Named after the late coach Kay Yow, It's an opportunity for a nation of coaches and players to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research. Mimnaugh served as an assistant under Yow early in her career.

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