CORVALLIS, OR – The Cal Poly women's basketball team had four players score in double figures led by sophomore Ariana Elegado's 27 points in an upset, 72-62, win on the road over Pac-12 Oregon State on Monday in Corvallis.
Cal Poly (1-1) will return to the court on Saturday, Nov. 17th when the team opens the home season against the University of San Diego at 2 pm in Mott Gym.
Elegado's career-high in points came when she hit 10 of 20 shots from the floor and made four of six from long range. Senior Kayla Griffin hit seven of 15 from the floor for 15 points while junior Molly Schlemer and sophomore Kristen Ale each added 10 points. Griffin had a team-high nine rebounds with Schlemer adding eight. Freshman Maddiso Allen tallied three blocks for the Mustangs with two points and three rebounds in 15 minutes of play.
Cal Poly shot 36 percent from the floor and made six of 15 from long range (40 percent), but turned things around from the season-opener with just nine turnovers.
OSU shot 36 percent from the floor and made only seven of 25 long range, but outrebounded the Mustangs 49-47. OSU committed 19 turnovers in the loss.
Mustangs took their first lead of the game, 7-5, at 15:53 on a pair of free throws by Brittany Woodard, but OSU responded on its next possession with a three pointer. At 11:58 Ale hit a long three to put the Mustangs within one, 15-14, and took the lead on a Griffin layup. Back to back buckets by the Mustangs gave the team a five point advantage, 20-15 (7:59), forcing an OSU timeout and the Mustangs never looked back.
At the under four minute timeout, Cal Poly maintained a three point lead, 24-21 and held a 29-26 lead at the break. Schlemer led the team with eight points at the break with Griffin adding seven.
Two minutes into the final period the Mustangs held a 38-30 lead capped by a three by Elegado from the right side and made it a 10 point lead, 40-30, when Elegado converted a field goal.
The Mustangs maintained a nine point advantage (45-36) on an Elegado three-pointer at the 14:22 mark.
At 11:22 left in the game, OSU called timeout with the Mustangs holding a 51-43 lead. Cal Poly made it an 11 point lead on a free throw by Ale with 9:17 left in the game and made it 13 (56-43) on a layup by Elegado.
Cal Poly maintained a 12 point advantage (59-47) on Elegado's third 3-pointer of the game with 6:37 left. And a Griffin jumper with 6:27 gave the Mustangs a 61-47 lead.
Cal Poly called a timeout with3:43 left when OSU cut the margin to 12 points, 62-50. OSU cut the lead to 11 with 1:38 left. Woodard made a pair of free throws followed by Ale with 32 seconds left to give the Mustangs a 69-57 lead. Cal Poly would settle for a 72-62 win.