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Cal Poly women's basketball faces CSUN in Big West Tournament semifinals in Anaheim on Friday

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The Cal Poly women’s basketball team will take on CSUN in the semifinals of the Big West Conference Tournament at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

The Mustangs (17-11, 11-5), who learned their opponent late Wednesday night, earned the No. 2 seed to the bracket by closing the regular season with a 67-61 win against Hawai’i in Honolulu on Saturday. In doing so, they secured a double-bye into the semis.

Cal Poly split with CSUN (17-15, 8-8) in the regular season, winning 84-71 at Mott Athletics Center on Jan. 13 before falling 86-66 at The Matadome on Feb. 17.

CSUN is led by junior center Channon Fluker, selected as the Big West Player of the Year as well as Defensive Player of the Year on Monday. Fluker, who attended a Team USA U-23 training camp this past summer, comes into the Honda Center averaging 18.7 points, 12.1 rebounds (No. 8 in the country) and 2.7 blocks (17th nationally).

Tessa Boagni, a senior forward and second-team all-conference honoree earlier this week, also averages 13.1 points and 7.5 rebounds for fifth-seeded CSUN, which advanced to the semifinals by winning a pair of games on a neutral court at Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Gym on Tuesday and Wednesday: 62-57 over No. 8 Hawai’i and then 72-63 vs. No. 4 UC Santa Barbara.

Tickets are available both through TicketMaster and the Cal Poly Box Office, at (805) 756-4849 or Tickets.CalPoly.edu. FOX Sports Prime Ticket will televise the championship game, slated for 4 p.m. Saturday.

LEAUPEPE TWINS, STAHLEY, BASALLO CHOSEN FOR BIG WEST CONFERENCE ACCOLADES: Four Mustangs were selected for various honors as the all-conference team was announced Monday.

Mustang senior guard Dynn Leaupepe made the all-conference first team; her twin sister Lynn Leaupepe earned honorable mention recognition; junior point guard Dye Stahley was selected for the Best Hustle Player award; and freshman guard Ayzhiana Basallo was named 6th Woman of the Year.

Dynn Leaupepe and Lynn Leaupepe each now rank not only in the top 15 in school history for career scoring, but also the top 10 in rebounding.

Dynn is No. 3 in school history for scoring (with 1,624 points), in addition to recently moving to 10th in boards (590). Her career .817 free-throw percentage ranks as the 27th-highest active total among all Division I players nationally, while her career scoring total ranks 51st throughout the country.

For the season, Leaupepe is averaging 21.0 points (No. 1 in the conference and No. 18 nationally), 5.4 rebounds and 2.5 steals (also No. 1 in the Big West; No. 54 in the nation).

She was named Big West Player of the Week for the fourth time in her career on Feb. 5, in addition to also being selected as one of 10 finalists for HERO Sports’ NCAA Player of the Week award. Additionally, on Jan. 8, College Sports Madness selected Leaupepe as National Mid-Major Player of the Week. She scored 40 points — tied for the NCAA’s 16th-highest performance this season and six off the school record — Jan. 4 at UC Riverside, as the Mustangs rallied from a 13-point deficit (the program’s largest comeback since Nov. 23, 2014) for an 87-82 overtime win. It was Cal Poly’s first 40-point game since Dec. 21, 2011. (Cal Poly Hall of Fame enshrinee Laura Buehning owns the school record: 46, set in 1982.)

Lynn Leaupepe — selected Big West Conference Player of the Week on Feb. 26 — is No. 12 all-time in scoring (1,035) and No. 6 in rebounds (664).

Also chosen as CSM’s conference Player of the Week on Nov. 20, Lynn also ranks among the Big West leaders in rebounding (sixth at 7.0 per game), steals (No. 5; averaging 1.8) and scoring (14th; 10.9).

Returning from a midseason injury, Lynn Leaupepe established her career-high in rebounding in back-to-back wins Feb. 21 and 24, collecting 14 boards in each game.

Lynn, also voted conference Player of the Week on Jan. 23, 2017, earned All-Big West Second Team accolades last season. The sisters from Camarillo were each chosen to the ShareSLO Holiday Beach Classic All-Tournament Team on Nov. 26.

Meanwhile Stahley is No. 4 in the conference in steals per game (1.8), as well as sixth in assists (3.6). Her award represents the eighth time since 2001 that a Mustang has won the Hustle of the Year honor. Additionally, in conference play, Stahley’s assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.5 leads the Big West.

Selected as Cal Poly’s Student-Athlete of the Week on Dec. 11, Basallo is seventh in the Big West in 3-point accuracy, at .408 (29-for-71) while averaging 7.6 points. Since Big West play began, Basallo is No. 3 in 3-point percentage, via .457 (16-of-35) in league games.

Each within the top five individually in steals per game, Stahley along with the Leaupepe sisters have led the Mustangs to 10.8 steals per game, ranking 22nd nationally as a team.

MORE MUSTANGS ALSO AMONG BIG WEST LEADERS: Mustang senior forwards Emily Anderson and Mary Kate Evans, junior center Devin Stanback and senior guard Kelly Wong also each rank among the top 10 in the conference for various categories.

Stanback ranks 10th in field-goal percentage (.476) in addition to 25th in scoring (8.3 points per game); and Anderson & Evans are No. 8 and 9 in 3-point shooting, at .400 (38-for-95) and .393 (35-for-89) while averaging 5.2 and 4.6 points apiece.

Wong ranks eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6), in addition to 15th in steals (1.2). In Big West play, Evans (selected for CoSIDA Academic Second-Team All-Region accolades Feb. 22) shot .482 (27-for-56) from 3-point range, No. 2 in the conference.

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

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. In February, Cal Poly added Hana Vesela as a transfer from Michigan State (also with two years of eligibility at the start of 2018-19).

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.

Vesela, a 6-4 power forward from Pribor, Czech Republic, helped the Spartans reach the NCAA Tournament as a sophomore, averaging 2.8 points and 1.1 rebounds while shooting .458 overall (as well as .455 from 3-point range and .714 from the free-throw line) in her 8.9 minutes per 21 appearances (including two starts) in 2016-17. Combined for her two seasons in East Lansing, Vesela played in 39 games (with three total starts), averaging 7.4 minutes as the Spartans went 46-21 (22-11 in Big Ten play). Vesela played for the Czech Republic U-20 program at the 2016 FIBA European Championship in Podgorica, Montenegro (averaging 4.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in Division B), as well as the U-18 team at the 2014 tournament in Matosinhos, Portugal.

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 20.6 points and 10.9 rebounds 21 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.

-Provided by Cal Poly

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