SANTA BARBARA, Calif. --- 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.
With the win the Mustangs improve to 9-12 overall and 6-3 in conference play while UCSB falls to 8-13 and 3-6.
Senior Kristina Santiago led the team with 16 points with sophomore Jonae Ervin adding a solid 14. Santiago was seven of 17 from the floor while Ervin was two of three from the floor and 10 of 12 from the line.
Nicole Nesbit and Emilie Johnson each came off the bench to score 12 points to lead the Gauchos.
Griffin and Woodard each grabbed seven rebounds to lead the team as the Mustangs outrebounded UCSB, 39-38.
Cal Poly shot 41 percent from the floor and made five of 12 from long range while UCSB shot 37 percent from the floor and made just two of 13 from beyond the arch.
The Mustangs committed 10 turnovers while forcing UCSB into 15.
With today's win and the win on Dec. 31 the Mustangs have swept UCSB in the regular season for the first time since joining the Big West Conference (1996-97).
UCSB scored the first four points of the game, but the Mustangs marched back to score the next seven points to lead 7-4 on a jumper by Santiago at 15:43.
Cal Poly then went on a 13-2 run and held a 20-8 when Ariana Elegado hit a three at 8:38. During that stretch, Santiago was called for her second foul at 10:26 and did not return for the half.
The Mustang march continued and held their largest lead of 17 points (30-13) at 2:11 on a layup by Ashlee Burns.
Cal Poly settled for a 30-15 lead at the break, holding the Gauchos to a Cal Poly opponent low for a half.