SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Cal Poly women's basketball team broke open a 33-24 half time lead by scoring 45 second half points and blowing out Cal State Fullerton, 78-40, in a Big West Conference game on Thursday at the Mott Athletics Center. With the win the Mustangs improve to 11-8 overall and 5-3 in conference games while CSF falls to 7-13 overall and 3-5 in Big West Conference games.
Cal Poly returns to the court on Saturday when the team will host UC Riverside at 4pm. Saturday's game will be the Play 4Kay day as an opportunity for coaches and players to raise breast cancer awareness by wearing pink in their uniforms.
Junior Molly Schlemer led all scorers with 19 points, her seventh-straight double figure game and ninth in the last 10 games. The center scored her points when she hit eight of 10 shots from the floor and three of four from the line. She also added a team-high seven rebounds.
Junior Jonae Ervin tied her season-high with 15 points and grabbed a season-high six rebounds. Ervin hit six of 13 shots from the floor and dished out eight assists with only one turnover.
Nikol Allison came off the bench to add eight points with eight rebounds in 21 minutes of play. She hit four of five shots from the floor. Sophomore Ariana Elegado scored just six points but dished out six assists without a turnover.
Overall the Mustangs shot a season-best 57 percent from the floor including 66 percent in the second half. CSF was limited to just 29 percent from the floor and made only three of 13 from long range. Cal Poly outrebounded CSF, 40-28, and dished out 23 assists to 10 by the Titans.
In total, 13 different Mustangs scored in the game.
The Mustangs trailed, 8-4 early in the game, but used a 16-4 run to build a 20-12 lead capped by a layup by Shlemer with 7:59 left in the half. The Titans would close to four (23-19) when Cal Poly used a 10-3 to hold its largest lead of the half, 33-22, on a Beth Balbierz three pointer with 59 seconds remaining. Cal Poly would settle for a 33-24 lead at the break.
Cal Poly would open the second half on a 10-2 run to open up a 17 point lead (43-26) just five minutes into the half. The Mustangs would build on the momentum and hold a 35 point lead, 67-32, with 6:29 left in the game.
Cal Poly would hold its largest lead of the game, 39 points, on a layup by Paige Brown with 1:57 left in the game. In the end the Mustangs would settle for a 38 point win (78-40) at the buzzer.