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Women’s Hoop Looks to Remain Unbeaten in Big West Play

This Week: 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.

Live Stats/Audio:  Live stats will be available at GoPoly.com for the game along with live play by play with Dave Grant calling the play.

What's coming up: Following the game with the Highlanders, Cal Poly will host UC Irvine on Saturday for a 4 pm game. With the wrapup of the home stand the Mustangs will travel to Cal State Northridge and Long Beach State for games. Cal Poly will travel to play front-running CSUN on Jan. 19 and follow it up with a game on Jan. 21 against the 49ers.

A Quick Look at the Teams:
                                   CP    UCR    UCI
Record:                      5-9    2-13    6-10
BWC Record              2-0    0-4    2-2
Points PG                72.1    56.5    65.3
Opp. Points PG        73.0    68.1    69.4
Rebounds PG          39.1    34.8    39.1
Shooting %            42.0    38.0    40.8
3-Point %              34.5    32.5    27.0
FT %                      72.9    73.2    63.1
Steals PG                7.4    8.2    9.7
Assists                  14.5    12.2    13.8
Blocks PG                1.9    3.1    4.3    

UC Riverside: The Highlanders enter the game with the Mustangs with a 2-13 overall record and 0-4 in Big West play. The team's two wins have come over Cal State Bakersfield and the University of Idaho. TreShont Nottingham leads the team with 14.1 points per game with Natasha Hadley adding 12.1 points. Jessica Ogunnorin leads the team with 6.9 boards per game.

History with the Highlanders  : UC Riverside holds a 29-25 advantage over the Mustangs in the all-time series with the teams splitting games last season.

Probable Starters for UC Riverside:        Pts    Reb.
03 Ogunnorin, Jessica..           f        8.6    6.9
23 Lewis, Jazzmin......             f        6.3    2.9
31 Hadley, Natasha.....           c        12.1    5.0
02 Palmer, Brittany....             g        4.5    2.0
14 Nottingham, TreShont       g        14.1    4.3

UC Irvine: The Anteaters enters the week with a 6-10 overall record and 2-2 in Big West play. The team's two conference wins have come over Pacific in overtime  and UC Davis. Kassandra McCalister is the lone Anteater scoring in double figures with 10.6 points. Jazmyne White is the team's top rebounder with 6.0 boards per game.

History with the Anteaters  : Cal Poly holds a 26-15 advantage in the all-time series with UCI including a pair of wins last season, 81-48 at Irvine and 80-70 in San Luis Obispo.

Probable Starters for UC Irvine:        Pts    Reb.
00 Onogomuho, Methlyn          f        8.2    5.5
23 Marshall, Jacquelyn             f        7.5    3.5
30 Belen, Kiara                        f         5.3    3.2
03 Klintsone, Anete                 g        8.9    3.6
05 McCalister,Kassandra         g        10.6    3.8

A Little About the Mustangs.....:  • The Mustangs won their first-ever share of the Big West Conference regular season championship last season with a 12-4 Big West Conference record.

• The Mustangs won 18 games last season, tied for second-best in school history since making the move to Division I in the 1994-95 season. Cal Poly posted a Division I best 21 wins during the 2008-09 season when the team went 21-11. During the 2009-10 season, head coach Faith Mimnaugh's squad recorded 18 wins... Overall in women's basketball history (since 1974-75), the team posted a 21-12 record in the 1981-82 season and 18-11 in 1979-80 when the team was competing at the Division II level.

• Head coach Faith Mimnaugh won her second Big West Conference Coach of the Year this past season while winning co-coach of the year in 1999-2000...

• The Mustangs return the 2009-10 Big West player of the year, Kristina Santiago, after going down to an ACL injury the first game of last season and a redshirt season.

Around the NCAA.... : Senior Kristina Santiago name is all over the NCAA ranking summary.....

Points Per Game (300 ranked)      Santiago 5th     24.0
Rebounds Per Game (300 ranked)     Santiago 17th    10.5
Blocked Shots Per Game (300 ranked)      Santiago 198th     1.2
Field-Goal Percentage (300 ranked)      Santiago 23rd     55.2     
Free-Throw Percentage (300 ranked)      Santiago 189th     75.7     
Double Doubles (30 ranked)         Santiago     20th     7.0     

Others in the NCAA...:
Rebounds Per Game (300 ranked)     Griffin 167th     7.6
Free-Throw Percentage (300 ranked)     Jonae Ervin 181st     76.1
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage      Burns 66th     36.7     
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game       Burns 96th     2.1

No. 12 Moves in on Record Book....: Kristina Santiago posts 690 career rebounds and trails Cal Poly record holder Sherrie Atteberry by just 2 rebounds (692)...... She is currently in line to set the school record with a .533 field goal percentage (Susanne Carey .504) and is moving in on Laura Buehning for points scored... 1,843 - 1,561.....

Santiago Scores 44 in loss to SDSU:   Senior Kristina Santiago scored 44 points, the most since 1982 when Laura Buehning scored 46. The forward was 16 of 23 from the floor and 11 of 14 from the line.... Her all-around game included four steals, two assists and a block.... She also added a team-high eight rebounds in the game...

Starting to Click....: Junior Kayla Griffin is starting to click... against the Titans the guard/forward scored a career-high 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds when she hit six of 10 from the floor including a three-pointer... for the season she is averaging 9.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game...

Player of the Week.... Make it two in a Row...: The Cal Poly Mustangs made it two for two this week winning their second Big West Conference Play of the Week when senor Kristina Santiago won the honor one week after Jonae Ervin picked up her award. 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. In leading the Mustangs to an 82-66 win over San Francisco on Wednesday evening, the Santa Maria, Calif., set a new career-high when she drained 36 points and tied her career-best in rebounds with 15. Santiago shot .519 from the floor, converting 14-of-27, while making 7-of-9 from the charity stripe.  Four days later in the team's home opener against the Fresno State Bulldogs, the 6-1 forward shattered her previous rebound mark with an impressive 23 boards to go along with 27 points, securing her second double-double of the week. She added three blocks and four steals to her nightly total. For the Week, Santiago averaged 31.5 points and 19.0 rebounds per contest, while firing .543 from the floor. She also notched 2.5 assists, 3.0 blocks and 2.0 steals per game.  For the season the senior is averaging 27.2 points, 14.7 rebounds per game while shooting 52 percent from the floor.

 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. In the Mustangs 102-93 loss to Pac-12's Oregon Ducks, the sophomore point guard shot 10 of 13 (.846) from the floor, including a perfect 5 for 5 from three-point range. She made 6 of 10 from the free throw line for a total of 33 points, to lead all players. Ervin's previous career-high was 19 points at Pacific last season.  Hailing from Brea, Calif., she also tied a career-best six rebounds while adding two assists to her total.

Santiago's Career Numbers:
Season        G-GS    FG-FGA -Pct.      3FG-Pct.           FT-FTA-Pct. Off-Def.-Tot.     Avg.       Bl    St.        Pts.-    Avg.
2007-08    31-10    84-169-497          0-0-.000          51-79-.646        62-85-147    4.7    28    27             219    7.1
2008-09    32-31    191-363-.526       0-3-.000          103-135-.763  82-89-171    5.3    62    54      485    15.2
2009-10    29-29    226-415-.545       1-4-.250          116-173-.671  81-164-245    8.4    53    70      569    19.6
2010-11    1-1    0-0-.000                  0-0-.000             0-0-.000        0-1-1    1.0    0       0      0    0
2010-11    12-12    116-210.536         3-7-.429            53-70-.750        39-87-126    10.2    31     21      259    24.0
Totals    105-83    617-1157-.533     4-14-.285       323-457-.706    264-426-690    6.6    174  172    1,561    14.9

Martin off the Bench... :  Senior Christine Martin has come off the bench in nine of the 13  games this season... She is averaging 9.7 points and 3.5 rebounds.... She is shooting 45 percent from the floor and has hit 40 percent from beyond the arch...

Missing in Action:  Post player and all-Big West second team selection from last season, Abby Bloetscher, is sidelined with an ACL injury. Bloetscher is week to week... Freshman Jashae Lee is out for the season while redshirt sophomore Nikol Allison is hoping to return after off-season surgery in Feb..... Brittany Woodard is down with a stress fracture and is looking to make a return in two to three weeks..

Wins and Losses...:  
                           Wins         Losses    
Record:                     5        9
Points PG               73.8        71.2
Opp. Points PG      63.4        78.3
Rebounds PG        43.8        36.8
Shooting %           43.4        41.2
3-Point %             31.4        36.4
FT %                     72.5        73.1
Steals PG               5.6        8.4
Assists                 17.2        13.0
Blocks PG               1.4        2.2
Turnovers            12.2        16.3

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. Santiago opened the week with a 33-point, 11-rebound performance in the Mustangs' 73-72 loss to Loyola Marymount. She also notched four assists, two blocks and one steal to her total.  Two days later against the Aztecs, the senior forward drained a career-high 44 points, hitting 16 of 23 from the floor while shooting 11 of 14 from the charity stripe. Her 44 points missed the school record, set in 1982, by just two points. Averaging 38.5 points and 9.5 boards per contest, Santiago led the team in both categories. She also shot .600 from the field and .800 from the free throw line.

Preseason Media Poll
1. Cal Poly (11)........................................................200
2. UC Santa Barbara (11)........................................191
3. UC Davis (2)........................................................169
4. UC Riverside.......................................................120
5. Cal State Fullerton...............................................107
6. UC Irvine................................................................91
7. Cal State Northridge..............................................73
8. Pacific....................................................................66
9. Long Beach State..................................................63

Cal Poly at Cal State Fullerton : Fullerton, Calif. – 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. Santiago recorded 29 points and 14 rebounds while Griffin scored a career-high 19 points with 10 rebounds. Santiago's points came when she hit 12 of 16 shots from the floor with 11 of her rebounds coming at the defensive end of the court. She was also five of six from the line. Her rebound total leaves her just two shy of the school record for career rebounds. Santiago currently has 690 career rebounds and trails the record book leader, Sherrie Atteberry, with 692. Atteberry played at Cal Poly from 1983 to 1987. Griffin was six of 10 from the floor including a three pointer. The junior hit all four of her shots from the line. Sophomore Jonae Ervin was the third Mustang in double figures with 10 points when she converted three of nine shots from the floor and all four at the line. Cal State Fullerton was led by Mya Olivier with 14 points, followed by Kathleen Iwuoha and Tailer Butler with 11 points each. Cal Poly made 28 of 59 from the floor, good for 48 percent, but could only manage one of nine from beyond the arch. The Mustangs hit 19 of 22 free throws and managed 40 rebounds. Cal State Fullerton shot 35 percent from the floor and hit 31 percent from long range. The Titans were 11 of 15 from the line with 39 rebounds. The Mustangs went down early to open the game, 4-2, but rebounded to go on an 8-0 run to hold a 10-4 lead at 16:18 when Santiago hit a jumper. With 13:10 left in the period, Griffin hit a three off an assist from Kristen Ale to give Cal Poly a 10 point lead at 19-9.The Mustangs maintained the 10 point lead (21-11) when Santiago hit a jumper with 10:50 left in the half. Fullerton made a push and cut the lead to five (27-22) with 7:42 on the clock when Iwuoha made a layup. But Cal Poly scored the next four points to hold a 31-22 lead on layups by Griffin and Ervin. Late in the half the Titans went on a 7-3 run to close to four, 40-36, at the break. In the second half, Cal State Fullerton tied the game up at 42-42 with 16:25 left in the game when Alicya Crisp hit a three. Cal Poly came right back and grabbed a 48-42 lead on a layup by Caroline Reeves at 14:13. The Mustangs made it a nine point lead (52-43) on a pair of free throws by Christine Martin with 13:14 left in the game.  CSF cut into the lead, but Cal Poly managed a six point lead (66-60) on a field goal by Ale with 5:41 left. Down the stretch, Santiago hit a jumper a pair of free throws to seal the 76-69 win.