SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Cal Poly women's basketball team overcame a 17 point first half deficit and take a lead midway through the final period only to fall, 71-67, to the Dons from the University of San Francisco in a non-conference game Tuesday evening at Mott Gym. With the loss the Mustangs even their record at 5-5 while USF improves to 7-4.
The Mustangs conclude their three-game homestand on Thursday when they host Loyola Marymount at 7 pm.
Brittany Woodard led a trio of Mustangs scoring in double figures with 15 points with Ariana Elegado adding 14 and Molly Schlemer, off the bench, with 13 points. Kayla Griffin led the team with 11 rebounds while dishing out five assists with three blocks. Woodard and Schlemer each had a pair of blocks.
Mel Khlok led all scorers with 19 points with Aundrea Gordon adding 17 for the Dons. Alicia Scafidi had 13 rebounds to lead USF.
Cal Poly shot 39 percent from the floor, but hit only three of 14 shots from long range. USF shot 40 percent from the floor and made six of 12 from beyond the arc. The Mustangs made 12 of 16 at the line with USF going to the line 24 times and sinking 17. Cal Poly outrebounded USF, 42-40, and held an 8-1 advantage in blocks.
USF used a 16-2 run in the first half to open up a 17 point lead (26-9) only to have the Mustangs respond with a 20-7 run with 5:22 left in the half, capped by a Woodard layup. USF would settle for a 43-36 lead at the half.
USF would build an 11 point lead three minutes into the final period, but Cal Poly once again responded with a 12-1 run capped by a layup by Schlemer tying the game with 12:55 left at 49-49.
Cal Poly would hold a three point advantage twice in the half, first on a jumper by Elegado and then on a layup by Jonae Ervin with 10:24 left in the game.
The Mustangs would hold their last lead of the game at 61-59 on a jumper by Elegado with 6:54 remaining, but USF responded with a three and a one point lead by Gordon. Cal Poly would tie the game at 67-67 with 3:00 left in the game. USF built a three point lead with 38 seconds left on free throws with Elegado missing a three to tie it with 10 seconds remaining. USF would make a final free throw for the four point win.