Bloetscher's Double-Double Leads Cal Poly Past UC Irvine, 80-70

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Junior Abby Bloetscher tallied her fourth double-double of the season in leading the Cal Poly women's basketball team to an 80-70 Big West Conference win over UC Irvine on Saturday at Mott Gym in front of 921 fans.

With the win the Mustangs improved their conference leading record to 10-1 and 14-8 overall while UC Irvine fell to 5-7 in Big West games and 13-11 overall.

Bloetscher recorded 11 points and 11 rebounds in the game while senior Rachel Clancy scored a game-high 19 points. Sophomore Caroline Reeves came off the bench to add 12 points with freshman Jonae Ervin and sophomore Kayla Griffin scoring 11 points each.

Bloetscher connected on four of eight shots from the floor and three of four from the line. Clancy hit five of 13 of her field goals including two of four long range, but made seven of eight from the line.

Senior Tamara Wells contributed with six points and managed to nab five steals.

Tayler Champion led the Anteaters with 18 points with Jade Smith-Williams adding 14. Jacquelyn Marshall came off the bench to also add 14 points in the loss.

UCI outshot the Mustangs 51 to 46 percent, but Cal Poly managed to 14 field goal attempts (63-49 in the game in part due to the 25 forced turnovers by the Anteaters.

The Mustangs hit five of 11 from long range with UCI hitting six of 13. Cal Poly outrebounded UCI 34-29.   

The Mustangs jumped to a quick 12-3 lead to open the game when Reeves made a layup at 14:57, but UCI responded with an 11-2 run to tie the game at 14-14 when Jacquelyn Marshall hit a three pointer.

UCI would take its only lead of the game at 7:08 (17-16) when Champion hit a three from the top of the arc.

Cal Poly would gather together and go on a 15-5 run (32-21) when Desiray Johnston drove for a layup with 1:57 left in the half.

The Mustangs would hold a 36-27 lead at the break.

In the second half UCI would cut the lead to five (52-47) with 12:05 remaining when Dassandra McCalister connected on a jumper.

The Mustangs responded with a 9-2 run (61-49) on a layup by Ervin with 10:14 remaining forcing a UCI timeout. UCI would not get any closer then eight points the rest of the game.