SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Cal Poly's Nikol Allison came off the bench to lead the team with a career-high, but it would not be enough as the women's basketball team lost, 73-56, to San Diego State in a non-conference basketball game Sunday afternoon in Mott Gym. For the Mustangs it was the team's first action since defeating Nevada on Dec. 2.
With the loss, Cal Poly falls to 5-4 overall while San Diego State's record improved to 6-3. Cal Poly will return to the court on Tuesday, Dec. 18th when the team will host the Univ. of San Francisco for a 7 pm game.
Allison scored a career-high 16 points when she hit eight of 11 from the floor. Her previous best was 14 points against CSU Bakersfield earlier this season. Allison was the lone Mustang in double figures with Caroline Reeves adding nine points and Ariana Elegado scoring seven. Brittany Woodard recorded a career-high 12 rebounds with six coming at the offensive end of the court.
SDSU was led by Chelsea Hopkins who missed a triple-double by one assist. She scored 17 points with a team-high 10 rebounds. Courtney Clements also scored 17 points with Malia Nahinu adding 13 points. Danesha Long was the fourth Aztec in double figures with 10 points.
SDSU shot 55 percent from the floor and made four of eight from long range. Cal Poly shot 39 percent from the floor, but made only one of seven from beyond the arc. The teams each had 35 rebounds and 12 turnovers. SDSU had four blocks to the Mustangs one and held a 7-5 advantage in steals.
In the first half, SDSU edged out to an eight point advantage (25-17) with 7:27 on the clock when Elegado hit the team's only three of the game and Reeves converted a traditional three point play to cut the lead to two (27-25) with 4:9 on the clock. SDSU then used a 13-0 run to break open the game over the next three minutes and settled for a 40-27 lead at the break.
In the second half SDSU opened up an 18 point lead (45-27) less than two minutes into the half. Cal Poly battled back and cut the lead to 12 (53-41) on a layup by Elegado with 14:47 left in the game. Cal Poly would get no closer than 13 points with 4:36 left in the game.