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Hannah Gilbert reaches 1,000-point milestone in Cal Poly women’s loss in Hawaii

Cal Poly’s Hannah Gilbert takes a shot against Santa Clara in 2015. On Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, Gilbert became the 13th women’s basketball player in Cal Poly history to reach 1,000 career points.
Cal Poly’s Hannah Gilbert takes a shot against Santa Clara in 2015. On Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, Gilbert became the 13th women’s basketball player in Cal Poly history to reach 1,000 career points. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Cal Poly senior Hannah Gilbert became the 13th women’s basketball player in school history to surpass the career 1,000-point mark Saturday night at Hawai’i, but the Rainbow Wahine rallied for a 66-57 home win at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Gilbert reached the milestone with 26 seconds remaining in the first quarter, when she put back an offensive rebound, giving the Mustangs a 16-9 lead at the end of the period.

Finishing with 14 points, Gilbert now has 1,007 for her career — 11 points behind No. 12 Jody Hasselfield (who scored 1,018 from 1987-90).

The all-conference forward from Morro Bay also had seven rebounds Saturday evening, upping her career total to 597, eight away from matching Russia Madden (1986-90) for the No. 7 spot in school history.

Cal Poly took its largest lead of the first half at 20-11 on another layup by Gilbert with 8:14 left before the intermission. The Wahine, though, answered with the next 13 points to take a 24-20 lead.

A jumper by junior Lynn Leaupepe, the reigning Big West Player of the Week, tied the game heading to the half, 26-26.

Hawai’i led just 38-35 with 2:30 to go in the third quarter, but the Wahine — the defending Big West Tournament champions — closed the period on a 10-2 run capped by a Leah Salanoa 3-pointer before the buzzer.

Beginning the fourth quarter up 48-37, Hawai’i led by as many as 12, at 57-45 with 4:20 left in regulation. Cal Poly responded with a 10-2 surge, cutting the deficit to 59-55 on a Gilbert basket with 43 seconds remaining.

Hawai’i (8-11, 4-3), however, managed to hold on by going 7-of-8 from the free-throw line down the stretch.

Dynn Leaupepe had a team-high 16 points along with seven rebounds for Cal Poly (7-12, 3-4).

The Mustangs will return to Mott Athletics Center to host UC Davis (15-6, 6-2) at 5 p.m. Thursday.

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