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January 28, 2012

Hot First Half Propels Women’s Hoop Past UC Davis, 87-65

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – 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. 

With the win Cal Poly improves to 8-12 overall and 5-3 in conference play while UC Davis falls to 8-12 and 5-3.

The Mustangs will return to the court on Saturday, Feb. 4, when the team travels to Central Coast rival UC Santa Barbara for a 2 pm game that will be carried on ESPN 3. 

Senior Ashlee Burns led the Mustangs with 20 points when she hit six of 10 from long range and seven of 13 overall. For Burns, her point total fell short of her career-high by two points (22) that she has reached three times.

Fellow senior Kristina Santiago added 17 points, hitting six of eight from the floor and all five of her attempts at the line. Junior Kayla Griffin scored 16 points and recorded a team-high nine rebounds. 

Sophomore Jonae Ervin scored six point, but dished out a career-high 10 assists in the game while Brittany Woodard tallied four steals.

Hannah Stephens led the Aggies with 17 points with Cortney French coming off the bench to add 16.  Blair Shinoda chipped in with 11 points. 

After the hot first half, the Mustangs cooled down and shot 39 percent in the final period and settled for 49 percent for the game. The team hit eight of 22 shots from long range and made 15 of 17 from the line.

UCD shot 45 percent from the floor and made seven of 15 from beyond the arch. 

Cal Poly dominated the boards, outrebounding UCD 43-23 (17 at the offensive end), accounting for 23 second chance points for the team.

The Mustangs led wire to wire and opened a 10 point lead (12:44) on a Santiago free throw and made it 15 points (30-15) with 7:50 on the clock when Woodard stole the ball at mid court and converted the layup. 

Cal Poly opened up a 25 point lead (43-18) with 3:21 on the clock when Griffin put back a missed shot for a tip in.

The Mustangs held their biggest lead of the half, 52-22, with 24 second remaining in the period when Jasmine Harris made a layup with the team settling for a 52-25 lead at the break. 

In the half the Mustangs hit 19 of 33 shots, making five of 12 from long range and nine of 10 from the line.

In the second half the Mustangs continued to build on their lead and with 13:03 left in the game, Burns hit a three, giving Cal Poly a 69-34 lead (35). 

Cal Poly held its largest lead of the game, 79-43, at 8:19 on a Woodard layup.

Cal Poly cruised the rest of the way with UC Davis never getting closer then 22 points with 1:18 left on the clock.