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Cal Poly women's basketball to host CSU Bakersfield at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29

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Following its longest road trip in four seasons, the Cal Poly women’s basketball team will return home on Friday, Dec. 29, hosting CSU Bakersfield at 7 p.m. in Mott Athletics Center.

It’s also Mustang Kids Club Night (starting at 6 p.m.), as club members are invited for pizza and cake, games and prizes in the Corral Pregame Tent outside.

The last game of the calendar year will also be the non-conference finale — as the Mustangs open Big West play visiting UC Riverside on Jan. 4 and then UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 6.

FUTURE CONFERENCE FOES: CSU Bakersfield, currently affiliated in the WAC, was announced as a future member of the Big West Conference (along with UC San Diego) on Nov. 27. The Roadrunners will become an official institution of the Big West on July 1, 2020.

Cal Poly and CSU Bakersfield have met a dozen times previously, with the all-time rivalry tied 6-6.

Senior guard Aja Williams leads CSUB (6-6) with averages of 12.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. The Mustangs (5-6) are back home after playing five straight road games (an 11-day trip spanning five states) for the first time since 2013-14.

LEAUPEPE TWINS RISING IN THE RECORD BOOK: Cal Poly seniors Dynn Leaupepe and Lynn Leaupepe each now rank not only in the top 20 in school history for career scoring, but also the top 15 in rebounding.

Dynn is now No. 6 in school history for scoring (with 1,199 points), in addition to recently moving to 13th in boards (492). Her career .818 free-throw percentage ranks as the 14th-highest active total among all Division I players nationally, while her career scoring total ranks 91st throughout the country.

She was named Big West Player of the Week for the second time in her career on Dec. 18, after tying a career high with 31 points in a 73-69 win at North Dakota State. Dynn, who previously won the accolade on Jan. 9, 2017, is currently the Big West’s fourth-leading scorer at 14.8 per game.

Lynn — selected as College Sports Madness’ conference Player of the Week on Nov. 20 — has missed nearly all of the last four games due to an injury. Even so, she enters the week No. 20 all-time in scoring (886) and No. 10 in rebounds (541).

For the season, Lynn also ranks among the Big West leaders in scoring (sixth, at 14.1 per game), rebounding (11th; 5.8) and steals (No. 1; averaging 2.6). Voted conference Player of the Week on Jan. 23, 2017, she earned All-Big West Second Team accolades last season.

The sisters from Camarillo were each chosen to the Preseason All-Big West Team announced Oct. 25 and the ShareSLO Holiday Beach Classic All-Tournament Team on Nov. 26.

ANDERSON, STAHLEY, STANBACK ALSO AMONG BIG WEST LEADERS: Mustang senior wing Emily Anderson, junior point guard Dye Stahley and junior center Devin Stanback also each rank among the top 10 in the conference for various categories.

Anderson is No. 7 in 3-point shooting, at .419 (18-for-43), while averaging 5.9 points. Meanwhile Stahley is second in the conference in steals per game (2.33), including a career-high five at NDSU on Dec. 16, while also averaging 4.1 points and 2.8 assists.

Stanback ranks fifth in field-goal percentage (.538), in addition to 14th in scoring (10.9 points per game) in her debut season as a Mustang.

BASALLO EARNS ACCOLADE AFTER SEASON-HIGH: After scoring a season-high 18 points in an 89-73 win at Northern Arizona on Dec. 9, freshman guard Ayzhiana Basallo was named the Coca-Cola Cal Poly Student-Athlete of the Week. Basallo begins this week averaging 9.0 points and 2.5 assists.

FOLLOW THE MUSTANGS: 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 Woodstock’s Pizza, Eureka! and VISA, a member T-Shirt, and more upon reaching point levels by checking in at games.

For the general public, 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 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.

Families are also encouraged to sign up for the Mustang Kids Club ($5 per child/8th grade or under), as benefits include ongoing free admission to all regular-season soccer, volleyball, wrestling & women’s basketball events along with select football, men’s basketball and baseball games; plus invitations to exclusive events, birthday cards, free ice cream from Doc Burnstein’s and a T-Shirt.

Links to follow all Mustang games live can be found above, on the schedule page or via the GoPoly Front Row app.

Mustang games throughout the season feature additional fan giveaways along with campus and community events inside Mott Athletics Center:

• Saturday, Jan. 13 - 2 p.m. vs. CSUN

For Youth Basketball Day, all youth 13-and-under receive free admission to the game against the Matadors, led by Channon Fluker, the 2017 Big West Player of the Year and a USA Basketball U-23 training camp invitee.

• Thursday, Jan. 18 - 7 p.m. vs. UC Irvine On Faculty Appreciation Night, Cal Poly faculty & staff receive up to four free tickets each.

• Saturday, Jan. 20 - 2 p.m. vs. UC Davis For Special Olympics Day against the Aggies (who last season advanced to the third round of the WNIT), all athletes are invited to attend for free.

• Saturday, Feb. 10 - 2 p.m. vs. Long Beach State On Play4Kay Day, fans are encouraged to wear pink, and $2 from every ticket purchased will go directly to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund to support cancer research.

• Saturday, Feb. 24 - 2 p.m. vs. Cal State Fullerton Senior Day will also be Poly Play Day, as kids are invited to an annual pregame carnival at 1 p.m. in the Stampede Club Tent, followed by free admission to the home finale for youth 13-and-under.

TOURNAMENT SLATED FOR FULLERTON & ANAHEIM: The first round (featuring seeds 5-8) and quarterfinals (adding the No. 3 and 4 seeds) of the 35th annual Big West Tournament will be held from March 6-7 at Fullerton’s Titan Gym, before the semifinals and championship game move to the Honda Center in Anaheim for March 9-10.

MUSTANGS ANNOUNCE RECRUITING CLASS: As part of the NCAA’s Early Signing Period in November, Cal Poly signed Alli Hallberg from Wenatchee Valley (Wash.) College, Madison Lundquist of Woodinville (Wash.) High School and Maddie Vick from Chaparral HS in Scottsdale, Ariz. to National Letters of Intent (as freshmen in 2018-19), while Alicia Roufosse will also join the Mustangs (with two years of eligibility) after transferring from San Francisco.

A finalist for the 2017 North Central Washington Sports Athlete of the Year Award, Hallberg averaged 17.1 points for the Panthers last year en route to a first-team All-Big 9 District selection. A 6-foot guard who also plays volleyball, Hallberg is AAU teammates with Lundquist for Way to Win.

Lundquist, a 6-2 forward, averaged 9.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks as a junior, as the Falcons went 19-5 (11-3 in the 4A KingCo League), advancing to the Elite Eight of the WIAA state playoffs. Lundquist has helped Woodinville go 53-20 altogether, including 33-13 in-league, with her freshman and sophomore years also featuring trips to the second and third rounds of the divisional postseason. A four-year varsity player and 2016-17 all-league second-team honoree, she also made the Oregon End of the Trail All-Tournament Team in 2015 and the EOT River City Classic All-Tournament Team in 2016.

A 6-3 forward, Roufosse averaged 3.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per game as a sophomore for the Dons, starting 13 of her 25 games in 2016-17, while shooting .486 from the floor and .750 from the free-throw line. A graduate of W.J. Mouat Secondary School in Abbotsford, B.C., Roufosse also played in 22 games as a USF freshman.

Vick, a 5-foot-8 guard, earned second-team 5A All-State honors from the Arizona Republic as a junior, when she averaged 20.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 4.0 steals per game. Ranked by ESPN as the No. 74 point guard recruit nationally, Vick was selected as MVP of the Nike Tournament of Champions in December 2016. She went on to lead the Firebirds to an East Valley League championship at 7-1 (26-5 overall) on the way to the semifinals of the state tournament.

MUSTANGS IN THE PROS: Cal Poly alumna Molly Schlemer (2010-14), with Edirne Belediyesi in Turkey, continues to earn accolades in the professional ranks. Schlemer, the 2013 Big West Tournament MVP, was selected as EuroBasket.com’s TKBL Player of the Week for Nov. 11.

Schlemer’s averaging 20.4 points and 11.2 rebounds 13 games into her fourth pro season. She was also EuroBasket Player of the Week in Germany in 2015 (en route to All-DBBL honorable mention) before earning All-TKBL second-team honors in 2016.

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