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2011-12 Cal Poly Women's Basketball Headlines

August 17, 2012
Women’s Basketball Adds Taryn Garza to Roster
Head coach Faith Mimnaugh announced the signing of Taryn Garza to a National Letter of Intent to enroll at Cal Poly and compete in the sport of women’s basketball this fall.

June 28, 2012
Former Mustang Kristina Santiago to Continue Career Overseas
Former Mustang Kristina Santiago will add some more stamps to her passport in the coming week. Santiago has joined with the USA All-Star team that will travel to China to compete in two tournaments from June 28-July 10th.

May 2, 2012
Women’s Basketball Golf Tournament a Success
Cal Poly women’s basketball team raised more than $10,000 with their annual golf tournament.

March 27, 2012
Santiago Named All-America Honorable Mention by Associated Press
Cal Poly senior forward Kristina Santiago has made The Associated Press All-America team as an honorable mention it was announced Monday. She becomes the second Mustang (Laura Buehning, 1981) to achieve All-America status and the first at the Division I level.

March 26, 2012
Kristina Santiago Invited to Pro Hoops Free Agent Camp
Senior forward Kristina Santiago has been invited to participate in the 2012 Pro Hoops Free Agent Camp held in conjunction with the Women's Final Four in Denver, CO, at Thornton High School in Denver, April 1-3.

March 14, 2012
Washington Powers Past Mustang Women's Basketball, 90-71
Three Mustangs scored in double figures, but it would not be enough to defeat the Pac-12 Washington Huskies, falling 90-71, in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday in Seattle.

March 12, 2012
Mustangs Draw Pac-12 Washington for First Round of WNIT, Wednesday
The Cal Poly women’s basketball team will travel to Washington for the first round game of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament game on Wednesday.

March 9, 2012
Long Beach State Stuns Mustangs in Semifinal, 51-48
The Cal Poly women’s basketball team was upset by the No. 7 seed, Long Beach State, 51-48, in the semifinal game on Friday of the Big West Conference Basketball Tournament in Anaheim.

March 6, 2012
Top Seeded Mustangs Head to Anaheim with 71-53 Win over Titans
The top seeded Mustangs opened the Big West Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament with a 71-53 win over the Cal State Fullerton Titans, Tuesday at Mott Gym. Big West player of the year, Kristina Santiago, led all scorers with 31 points while Ariana Elegado came off the bench to add 14 points.

March 5, 2012
Santiago Wins Second Player of the Year Award
Today the Big West Conference announced the 2011-2012 Women’s Basketball All-Conference teams, with Cal Poly’s Kristina Santiago earning Player of the Year, Kayla Griffin earning second-team honors with Jonae Ervin and Ashlee Burns garnering honorable mention. Ervin also earned the 2011-12 Big West Hustle award.

March 5, 2012
Mustangs to Host Cal State Fullerton in First Round of BWC Tourney, Tuesday
The Big West Conference Regular Season Champions will host Cal State Fullerton in a first-round match-up of the Big West Conference Basketball Tournament on Tuesday in Mott Gym at 7 pm.

March 3, 2012
Mustangs Win Title, Santiago Breaks Record in, 88-66, Win over Pacific
The Cal Poly women’s basketball team captured the Big West Conference Regular Season Championship while senior Kristina Santiago broke the school record for points in a career in the 88-66 in over Pacific in Stockton on Saturday.

March 1, 2012
Shorthanded Mustangs Fall at UC Davis, 65-61
The Cal Poly women’s basketball team, without the services of starter Kristina Santiago, fell on the road to UC Davis, 65-61. The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak for the Mustangs. With the loss, Cal Poly falls to 15-13 overall and 11-4 in Big West play while UC Davis improves to 17-12 and 9-6.

February 28, 2012
Mustangs Conclude Regular Season at UC Davis, Pacific
The Mustangs conclude the regular season with a pair of games on the road. Cal Poly enters the week on a roll having won nine-straight and post an 11-3 Big West Conference record and a share of the conference title. Overall the Mustangs are 15-12. UC Davis enters the week 16-10 overall and 8-6 in conference games while Pacific is 15-11 and 8-6 and will host UCSB before taking on the Mustangs. Cal Poly will play at UCD on March 1 and Pacific on March 3.

February 27, 2012
Santiago Wins her Fifth Conference Player of the Week Award
Cal Poly senior Kristina Santiago earned her fifth Big West Player of the Week award for leading the women’s basketball team to a pair of wins and a share of the Big West Regular Season Championship this past week.

February 25, 2012
Mustangs Secure Share of Big West Conference Title on Senior Day
The Cal Poly women’s basketball team secured a share of the Big West Conference Regular Season Title with a 70-56 win over Cal State Northridge on Saturday in front 1,108 fans in Mott Gym on senior day.

February 23, 2012
Mustangs Defeat Long Beach State, 68-41, in Shortened Game
The Cal Poly women’s basketball team defeated Long Beach State, 68-41, in a shortened game. With the win the Mustangs improve to 10-3 in conference games and 14-12 overall while LBSU falls to 6-7 in BWC play and 11-15 overall.

February 21, 2012
Mustangs Conclude Regular Season Home Schedule with LBSU, CS Northridge
The Mustangs are home this week for a pair of Big West Conference games against Long Beach State and Cal State Northridge. These two games will conclude the Mustangs regular season home schedule and showcase the Mustangs’ five players playing final regular season weekend in Mott Gym. Cal Poly will host Long Beach State on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7 pm and conference leading Cal State Northridge on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 4 pm. The Mustangs enter the week on a roll having won seven-straight and a 9-3 Big West Conference record (13-12 overall) while Long Beach State enters 6-6 and 11-14. CSUN will visit UCSB on Friday before visiting San Luis Obispo and enter the week 10-3 and 16-10.

February 20, 2012
Santiago Wins Fourth Big West Player of the Week
Senior Kristina Santiago earned her fourth Big West Player of the Week honor this season and her ninth overall.

February 18, 2012
Mustangs Win Seventh in a Row with 69-47 Win over UC Riverside
The Cal Poly women’s basketball team picked up its seventh win in a row with a 69-47 win over UC Riverside on Saturday afternoon at the Student Rec Center on the campus of UC Riverside. With the win the Mustangs improve to 13-12 overall and 9-3 in Big West Play. UC Riverside falls to 5-21 and 3-11 in conference play.

February 16, 2012
Women’s Hoop Dominates UC Irvine, 76-63
The Cal Poly women’s basketball team used a solid second half to defeat UC Irvine, 76-63, in a Big West Conference basketball game on Thursday in Irvine. With the win the Mustangs improve to 12-12 overall and 8-3 in conference games while the Anteaters fall to 11-15 and 7-6.

February 14, 2012
Mustangs Look to Continue Winning Ways on SoCal Trip
The Mustangs return to the road this week for a pair of Big West Conference games against UC Irvine and UC Riverside. Cal Poly enters the week on a roll having won its last five games and post a 7-3 record in second place in the conference. UCI enters the game with the Mustangs with an 11-14 overall record and 7-5 mark in conference games. UCI trails the Mustangs by one half game in the standings. UCR enters the week 5-19 and 3-9. The with the Anteaters will host Cal Poly on Feb. 16 with tip set for 7 pm while the game at UCR will be played on Feb. 18 and tip at 3 pm.

February 11, 2012
Second Half Surge Lifts Women’s Basketball Past Titans, 66-48
The Cal Poly women’s basketball team picked up a crucial Big West Conference win over Cal State Fullerton (66-48) on Saturday in Mott Gym in front of 708 fans.

February 9, 2012
Mustangs Host Titans in “Play 4Kay” Game, Saturday at 4 pm
The Cal Poly Women's Basketball team will join the WBCA's "Play 4Kay" initiative by holding it's fourth annual pink game on Saturday February 11th, when the Mustangs host Cal State Fullerton at 4 p.m. in Mott gym.

February 8, 2012
Women’s Hoop Rolls Past Bakersfield, 95-78, in Non-Conference Win
Four Mustangs scored in double figures led by senior Kristina Santiago’s 28 points in a 95-78 win over Cal State Bakersfield in a non-conference women’s basketball game on Wednesday night in Bakersfield.

February 7, 2012
Women’s Hoop Travels to CSU Bakersfield for Non-Conference Game
The Mustangs will take a one game break from Big West Conference play with a single game at CSU Bakersfield on Wednesday. This past week the Mustangs defeated UCSB, 67-52, this past Saturday on ESPN 3. Cal Poly enters the game 9-12 overall having won its last three games. CSU Bakersfield enters the game 4-19 overall having lost its most recent game, 54-52, to Big West leading Cal State Northridge. Tip for the game is set for 7 pm at the Icardo Center.

February 4, 2012
Balanced Attack Leads Women’s Hoop to 67-52 Win over UCSB
The Cal Poly women’s basketball team used a balanced attack with nine different players scoring to defeat the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, 67-52, in a Big West Conference basketball game in Santa Barbara on Saturday.

February 1, 2012
Women's Hoop set to Play UCSB on Saturday on ESPN 3
The Mustangs continue Big West Conference play with a single game at UC Santa Barbara on Saturday. This past week the Mustangs picked up a pair of conference wins to improve to 5-3 in conference play and into a tie for second place in the standings. UCSB lost both game and fell to 3-5 in conference play. The game with the Gauchos will be shown on ESPN 3 with tip set for 2 pm.

January 30, 2012
Santiago Earns Third Conference Player of the Week Award
Cal Poly senior Kristina Santiago garnered her third Big West Conference Player of the Week award this season and her eighth career for leading the Mustangs to a pair of conference wins this past week

January 28, 2012
Hot First Half Propels Women’s Hoop Past UC Davis, 87-65
The Cal Poly women’s basketball team shot 58 percent in the first half, pushing the team to its highest first half output of the season, en route to an 87-65 win over UC Davis in a Big West Conference basketball game on Saturday in Mott Gym in front of 1,006 fans.

January 26, 2012
Santiago Leads Mustangs to 74-64 Win over Pacific
Senior Kristina Santiago recorded her 10th double-double of the season in leading the Cal Poly women’s basketball team to a 74-64 win over Pacific in a Big West Conference game on Thursday in Mott Gym in front of 378 fans.

January 25, 2012
Women's Hoop to Host Pacific and UC Davis
The Mustangs continue Big West Conference play with a pair of games at home this week when they host Pacific and UC Davis. On Thursday the Mustangs will play Pacific who enter the game with a 3-3 Big West record and post a 10-8 overall mark. On Saturday, Cal Poly will host UC Davis who enter the week 12-6 overall and 4-2. The Mustangs enter the week 3-3 in Big West games and 6-12 overall. Tip for the game with the Matadors is set for 7 pm while the game with the Aggies will start at 4 pm.

January 21, 2012
Long Beach State Outlasts Women’s Basketball, 74-67
The Long Beach State women’s basketball team made its free throws down the stretch and defeated Cal Poly, 74-67, in a Big West Conference game in Long Beach on Saturday. With loss the Mustangs fall to 3-3 in conference games and 6-12 overall. LBSU improves to 9-11 overall and 4-3 in conference games.

January 19, 2012
CS Northridge Downs Women’s Hoop, 79-77
The Cal Poly women’s basketball team lost in a battle with conference leading Cal State Northridge, 79-77, in a Big West Conference basketball game on Thursday in Northridge. With the win the Matadors improve to 5-1 in Big West contests and 10-8 overall while the Mustangs fall to 3-2 in conference games and 6-11 overall.

January 18, 2012
Women's Hoop Heads to CS Northridge for Showdown, Thursday
The Mustangs continue Big West Conference play with a pair of games on the road this week. On Thursday the Mustangs will visit conference leading Cal State Northridge who enter the game with a half game lead over Cal Poly in the standings. Cal Poly enters the game 3-1 in conference games and 6-10 overall while CSUN is 4-1 and 9-8 overall. On Saturday, Cal Poly will travel to Long Beach State who enters the week with a 2-3 conference mark and 7-11 overall. The game with the Matadors will tip at 7 pm while the game with the 49ers will start at 4 pm.

January 14, 2012
UC Irvine Upsets Women’s Hoop, 62-60
The Cal Poly women’s basketball team suffered its first defeat of the Big West basketball season, falling, 62-60, to the visiting Anteaters of UC Irvine. With the win UCI improves to 8-10 overall and 4-2 in Big West play while Cal Poly falls to 6-10 and 3-1 in conference games.

January 14, 2012
Cal Poly Women's Basketball vs. UC Irvine Highlights
Cal Poly Women's Basketball vs. UC Irvine Highlights January 14, 2012

January 12, 2012
Santiago Breaks School Record in Mustangs Win over UC Riverside
Senior Kristina Santiago broke the school record for career rebounds, set in 1987, in the Mustangs 71-43 win over a short handed UC Riverside team Thursday evening in Mott Gym.

January 11, 2012
Women’s Hoop Looks to Remain Unbeaten in Big West Play
The Mustangs continue Big West Conference play with a pair of games at home this week. On Thursday the Mustangs will face UC Riverside and UC Irvine on Saturday. Cal Poly is coming off a 76-69 win over Cal State Fullerton and enter the week with a 5-9 overall record and a 2-0 mark in conference games. UC Riverside enters the week 2-13 overall and 0-4 in conference games while UC Irvine is 6-10 and 2-2. UCI will play UC Santa Barbara before coming to San Luis Obispo.

January 5, 2012
Women’s Hoop Improves to 2-0 in BWC with Win over CS Fullerton
Senior Kristina Santiago and junior Kayla Griffin each tallied a double-double in leading the Cal Poly women’s basketball team to a 76-69 win over Cal State Fullerton in a Big West Conference basketball game on Thursday.

December 31, 2011
Women’s Hoop Defeats UCSB, 61-58, to open Big West Play
Senior Ashlee Burns’ made a layup with 2.3 seconds left on the clock and made a free throw to give the Cal Poly women’s basketball team a 61-58 victory over rival UC Santa Barbara in both teams Big West Conference opener on Saturday in Mott Gym. The win snapped a seven game winless streak for the Mustangs who played their first game at home since Nov. 30th. Game was played in front of 1,006 fans.

December 31, 2011
Women's Hoop Opens Conference Play with Rival UCSB
The Mustangs open the Big West Conference season on Saturday when the team will host Central Coast rival UC Santa Barbara at 4 pm in Mott Gym. Cal Poly is coming off a grueling six-game road trip and enters the conference season with a 3-9 overall record. UCSB enters the game with a 5-8 mark and is coming off a 59-48 win over UTEP on the road on Dec. 21.

December 23, 2011
Santiago Wins Second Big West Award this Season
Cal Poly women’s basketball player, Kristina Santiago, was named the Big West Conference player of the week. For the senior it was her second award this season and the seventh of her career.

December 21, 2011
Santiago Scores 44 in 79-78 Loss at San Diego State
Senior Kristina Santiago scored a career-high 44 points for the Cal Poly women’s basketball team in a 79-78 loss to San Diego State on Wednesday afternoon at the Viejas Arena on the San Diego State campus.

December 19, 2011
Women’s Hoop Rally Falls Short in Loss to LMU
Senior Kristina Santiago scored 33 points and grabbed 11 rebounds with Christine Martine coming off the bench to add 11 points as the Cal Poly women’s basketball team’s rally fell short, 73-72, to Loyola Marymount on Monday in Los Angeles.

December 17, 2011
Women’s Hoop Falls to San Diego, 69-52
The Cal Poly women’s basketball team dropped its fifth game in a row and its fourth in a six-game road trip when the team lost to the University of San Diego 69-52 on Saturday. With the loss the Mustangs fall to 3-7 overall while San Diego improves to 8-2.

December 14, 2011
Santiago Scores 29 in Loss to Long Island
Senior Kristina Santiago recorded her fourth double-double of the season when she tallied 29 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, but it would not be enough as the Long Island Blackbirds defeated the Cal Poly women’s basketball team 69-61 in Brooklyn, NY on Wednesday.

December 11, 2011
Santiago Records Double-Double in Loss to Sacred Heart
Senior Kristina Santiago recorded a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds, but it would not be enough as Sacred Heart defeated the Cal Poly women’s basketball team 89-69 in Fairfield, CT on Sunday.

December 4, 2011
Saint Mary’s Outlasts Women’s Hoop, 65-62
Four Mustangs scored in double figures led by Christine Martin with 15 points, but it would not be enough as the Cal Poly women’s basketball team fell 65-62 on the road to Saint Mary’s Sunday afternoon in Moraga. With the loss the Mustangs fall to 3-4 overall while the Gaels improve to 5-3.

November 30, 2011
Women's Hoop to Host Pepperdine at 4:30 pm on Wednesday
The Mustangs remain at home after a 2-0 record at the Thanksgiving Tournament this past weekend and post a 3-2 record overall. Pepperdine enters Wednesday’s game with a 3-3 overall record after coming off an overtime win at New Mexico on Saturday. Cal Poly will then hit the road for the first of a six-game road trip when the team visits Saint Mary’s on Sunday. The Gaels enter the week 3-3. The game with the Waves is part of a doubleheader with the men’s team with tip set for 4:30 pm.

November 30, 2011
Women’s Hoop Lets Lead Slip Away to Pepperdine
Five Mustangs scored in double figures, but it would not be enough as the women’s basketball team lost 80-78 to the visiting Waves of Pepperdine on Wednesday evening in Mott Gym.

November 30, 2011
Cal Poly Women's Basketball Team Honored
The Cal Poly Women’s Basketball team finished the 2010-2011 season in a tie for first place in the Big West standings with a 12-4 mark. The team received their title rings during halftime of the men’s game on November 30, 2011.

November 27, 2011
Burns, Martin lead Women’s Hoop to 71-55 win over San Jose State
Seniors Ashlee Burns and Christine Martin combined for 32 points in leading the Cal Poly women’s basketball team to a 71-55 non-conference win over San Jose State on Sunday at Mott Gym.

November 26, 2011
Women's Hoop Set to Host Austin Peay, San Jose State
Cal Poly will host the Cal Poly Thanksgiving Invitational this week with Austin Peay, American and San Jose State participating. Cal Poly will host Austin Peay on Saturday at 5 pm while taking on San Jose State on Sunday at 2 pm in Mott Gym

November 26, 2011
Burns Hits for 22 in Women’s Hoop Win Over Austin Peay
Senior Ashlee Burns tied her career-high with 22 points in leading the Cal Poly women’s basketball team to a 79-69 win over Austin Peay on Saturday in Mott Gym. With the win Cal Poly improves 2-2 while Austin Peay falls to 2-3 on the year.

November 23, 2011
Women’s Basketball Signs Three
Cal Poly women’s basketball head coach Faith Mimnaugh and Athletics Director Don Oberhelman announced the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to enroll at Cal Poly and participate in the sport of basketball.

November 21, 2011
Santiago Selected as Conference Player of the Week
Cal Poly’s Kristina Santiago was selected as the Big West Player of the Week when she established career-highs in points and rebounds this past week. This is the second straight week Cal Poly has claimed the weekly honor with Jonae Ervin picking up the season’s first award.

November 20, 2011
Fresno State Edges Women’s Hoop, 79-76
A layup with :05 seconds left in the game that could have tied the game and into possible overtime, fell short, with Fresno State going on to defeat the Cal Poly women’s basketball team 79-76 on Sunday in Mott Gym in front of 1,018 fans.

November 16, 2011
Santiago's Career-High Powers Women's Hoop Over Dons
Senior Kristina Santiago scored a career-high 36 points in leading the Cal Poly women’s basketball team to a 82-66 win over the University of San Francisco in a non-conference game in War Memorial Gym on Wednesday.

November 14, 2011
Ervin’s Career-High Wins Her Women’s Hoop Conference Award
Cal Poly women’s basketball player Jonae Ervin was selected as the Big West Conference Player of the Week when she scored a career-high 33 points in the Mustangs’ season-opener against Oregon.

November 13, 2011
Women’s Hoop Falls in Opener, 102-93, to Pac-12 Oregon
The Cal Poly women’s basketball team opened strong and fought back, but it would not be enough as the team fell, 102-93, to Pac-12 Oregon in both team’s season opener in Eugene on Sunday.

November 12, 2011
Women’s Hoop to Open 2011-12 Season at Pac-12 Oregon
The Cal Poly women's basketball team that was selected to repeat as the Big West women's basketball regular season champion for the 2011-12 season will open their campaign at Oregon on Sunday at 2 pm.

October 19, 2011
Women's Hoop Selected to Repeat as Regular Season Champions
The Cal Poly women’s basketball team was selected to repeat as the Big West women’s basketball regular season champion for the 2011-12 season, as voted on by the media in the Big West women’s basketball preseason poll.

October 17, 2011
Women's Basketball Conducts Local Clinics
The Cal Poly Women’s Basketball team had a chance to give back to the community this past weekend as they directed a free youth clinic in Grover Beach and served as guest coaches at the Swoosh Fall league.

October 4, 2011
Mustangs Open 2011-12 Practice
The Cal Poly women’s basketball team, the returning regular season Big West Conference Co-Champions, opened practice Tuesday morning in preparation for the 2011-12 season. Returning Big West Conference Coach of the Year, Faith Mimnaugh, welcomes 12 letterwinners, one redshirt transfer, 1 redshirt freshman and four true freshmen. By class it breaks down to four seniors, five juniors, four sophomores and five freshman.

August 22, 2011
Women's Hoop Wins Third Game on Trip
The Cal Poly women’s basketball team won for the third time on its trip to Costa Rica when they defeated Costa Rican National Team 101-37. Junior Kayla Griffin was named player of the game when she scored nine points with nine rebounds and added six assists and two steals.

August 22, 2011
Blog No. 5 from Kristina Santiago
Today we started off by enjoying a delicioso breakfast, and then headed down to the local farmers market. Quite different from SLO, this farmer's market was filled with fruits and vegetables we have never seen. In partners, we were given a fruit native to this land that we have never tried. Everyone had to find their given fruit using our magnificent espanol, which for me consisted of a lot of pointing, and buy enough to share with the whole group later at lunch. Carol, our amazing tour guide, took us around and educated us on all the stands and what they were selling.

August 21, 2011
Blog No. 4 from Kristina Santiago
Today was filled with a lot of traveling, as we had to say goodbye to all our local Tamborian amigos. We stuffed ourselves with the last glorious breakfast, and headed to the ferry on the bus which mobbed through jungle foliage. After waiting a bit to get on the ferry, we were out to sea once again on another 2 hour ride back to San Jose.

August 20, 2011
Blog No. 3 from Kristina Santiago
Hola Mustang aficionals! That means fans en espanol :) Today was very memorable experience for our team. We started \out hooping it up on the outdoor courts with the macaws ( loud red parrots) flying over us. After that people ventured off to do different activities such as horse back riding on the beach, miniature golfing, nature walks, and swimming at the pool (which is what I did).

August 20, 2011
Mustangs Prevail over University of Santa Paula-Goico
The Cal Poly women’s basketball team picked up its second win on its trip to Costa Rica when they defeated the University of Santa Paula-Goico 108-35.

August 19, 2011
Second Santiago Blog from Costa Rica
Greetings again from Tambor, Costa Rica!

August 17, 2011
Mustangs Defeat Univ. of Costa Rica in First Game
The Cal Poly women’s basketball team defeated the University of Costa Rica 91-29 in the Mustangs first exhibition game in Costa Rica. The Mustangs were led by redshirt freshman Ariana Elegado’s 12 points. She was named player of the game when she added three rebounds and six assists.

August 17, 2011
Kristina Santiago Blog from Costa Rica
What's up mustang fans!! Little update on the Costa Rica trip, yesterday started out wonderful thanks to a beautiful luncheon put on by the amazing Zamora and Snelling families!