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Schlemer, Griffin lead Cal Poly past UCSB, 66-47

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Junior Molly Schlemer and senior Kayla Griffin combined to score 43 points in leading the Cal Poly women's basketball team to a 66-47 Big West Conference win over UC Santa Barbara on Saturday. It was the Mustangs fourth-straight conference win and improved to 4-1 in conference play and 10-6 overall while UCSB falls to 2-3 in conference play and 6-11 overall.

Schlemer scored 22 points when she made 11 of 15 shots from the floor and gathered eight rebounds. Griffin scored a career-high 21 points when she made eight of 15 shots from the floor including three of four from long range. The 21 points eclipsed her previous best of 20 points set last season against CSU Bakersfield. Her all-around game included a team-high nine rebounds, five assists and four steals.


Senior Caroline Reeves scored nine points when she made three of four shots from the floor including a three-pointer. Junior Jonae Ervin dished out a team-high six assists and added five points of her own.


Angelie Aguirre led UCSB with 10 points while Sweets Underwood added nine. Underwood also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.


Cal Poly shot 48 percent from the field, making 28 of 58 field goals and made five of 13 from long range. UCSB shot 37 percent from the floor and made three of nine from long range. Cal Poly dished out 18 assists while turning the ball over 10 times with six steals. UCSB turned the ball over 15 times with one steal.


Cal Poly had 36 rebounds with 23 coming at the defensive end while UCSB had 30 total rebounds with 18 defensive boards.


Five minutes into the game (15:09) the Mustangs held a nine point lead, 14-5, with Griffin contributing seven points and Reeves five. UCSB cut the lead to five, 20-15, with 8:34 left in the half when Schlemer converted a pair of layups to build the lead to nine, 24-15. Cal Poly settled for a 28-22 lead at the half.


Cal Poly used an 11-0 run, three minutes into the final period, capped by a Griffin three-pointer, for a 45-27 lead with 11:14 left in the game. Cal Poly made it a 22 point game (51-29) with 7:59 on the clock when Reeves converted a jumper.


UCSB would cut the lead to 15 twice, the last time with 4:19 left in the game, but Cal Poly would build the lead back to 22 with 1:34 on the clock and settle for a 66-47 win.   


Cal Poly returns to the court on Jan. 24 when the team will travel to Hawai'i for a conference game at 9 pm local time.