NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – For the second time in four games the Cal Poly women's basketball game was decided in overtime, this time in double overtime and with a different outcome. Cal Poly lost 80-70 on the road to Cal State Northridge in a Big West Conference game despite a double-double by junior Molly Schlemer.
With the loss the Mustangs record falls to 10-8 overall and 4-3 in conference games while CSUN improves to 11-9 overall and 5-3 in Big West games.
Schlemer scored a team-high 21 points when she made eight of 16 shots from the floor and five of seven from the line. Her 13 rebounds led all players. Senior Kayla Griffin scored 14 points when she made six of eight shots from the floor including a three-pointer. She added eight rebounds in the game.
Haley White led the Matadors with 21 points with Ashlee Guay adding 18. Janae Sharpe was the third player on the team in double figures with 12 points.
Cal Poly shot 43 percent from the floor for the game, but made just two of 15 from long range. CSUN shot 40 percent from the floor and made eight of 32 three-pointers. The Mustangs went to the line 26 times and made 14 while CSUN made eight of 14 from the line.
CSUN outrebounded Cal Poly, 50-42, with the Mustangs turning the ball over two more times, 26-24.
The Mustangs quickly moved out to a 7-2 lead on an Ariana Elegado layup with 17:47 on the clock. CSUN came back to tie the game at 9-9 when the Mustangs used an 9-2 run to grab an 18-11 lead on a pair of free throws by Griffin.
The Mustangs edged out to a nine point lead (27-18) on a Griffin layup with 6:47 left in the half. CSUN cut the lead to four late in the half when Schlemer made a layup and a field goal by Kristen Ale put the Mustangs up eight with 1:27 to play. The Mustangs settled for a five point lead at the break (35-30) after a late three by the Matadors in the closing seconds.
In the second half the Mustangs built the lead to nine, 44-35, on an Ervin layup with 12:14 in the game and made it a 10 point lead (47-37) on a Schlemer layup with 10:43 left in the game.
CSUN cut the lead to eight (54-46) and then to six with 5:18 on a Randi Friess layup as part of a 12-4 run CSUN used to tie the game at 58-58 with 29 seconds left on the clock. The Matadors had an opportunity to win the game at the buzzer, but missed a three-pointer sending the game into overtime.
CSUN made quick work in overtime scoring the first basket in the opening seconds of the period. Griffin tied the game, 60-60, on a jumper a minute later. Cal Poly took its first lead in overtime on a traditional three point play, 63-62, with 2:50 left in overtime.
Ervine gave Cal Poly a three point advantage (65-62) on a jump shot with just under a left (:57), but CSUN made a layup with 15 seconds left to pull within one. A Caroline Reeves free throw with 13 seconds left put the Mustangs up two, 66-64. Ashlee Guay sent the game into its second overtime when she made a layup with five seconds on the clock.
The second overtime opened like the first with CSUN connecting on a shot just 15 seconds in to the period. Ervin responded with a jumper to tie the game, but on the next possession, CSUN hit a three with 3:35 on the clock.
With 2:17 on the clock, CSUN held a six point lead when Sharpe connected. On the next possession the Schlemer connected on a layup, but after a pair of free throws by Sharp, the lead was five.
CSUN connected on its free throws down the stretch and pulled away for an 80-70 win.