SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Molly Schlemer had game highs of 20 points and 12 rebounds Saturday afternoon at the Mott Athletics Center, and Ariana Elegado hit a go-ahead 3-pointer late in the second half to lead the Cal Poly women's basketball team to a 47-43 Big West Conference win over Hawai'i.
With the victory, the Mustangs (16-9, 10-4) moved into sole possession of second place in the Big West standings, while the Rainbow Wahine (14-12, 10-5) dropped to third. Pacific (21-6, 11-4) topped UC Riverside 74-66 on Saturday to stay in first place by a half-game.
Cal Poly improved to 7-0 in Big West games at home this season.
With the Mustangs trailing 43-42 with 1:54 remaining, Elegado, a sophomore guard, sank a 3-pointer from a few feet to the left of the top of the arc to regain the lead for good.
Elegado then found Schlemer, a junior center, underneath the basket with eight seconds left, and Schlemer layed it in to provide the final margin.
It was the 12th time in the past 13 games that Schlemer has scored in double figures. Her double-double Saturday was her fifth of the season.
Schlemer, who was 9 of 13 from the floor, keyed a 30-14 advantage for the Mustangs in the paint. Elegado finished with 12 points and three assists.
The Mustangs took their largest lead of the game at 13 with two seconds remaining in the first half, as a pair of free throws by Jonae Ervin put Cal Poly ahead 28-15 heading into intermission.
Cal Poly also led 36-23 with 12:36 to play, but Hawai'i reeled off a 16-2 run over the ensuing 5:22 to take a 39-38 lead. There were four more lead changes before Elegado hit her clutch 3.
Kamilah Martin played all but one minute and led the Rainbow Wahine with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Shawna-Lei Kuehu added 10 points for Hawai'i.
Ervin added six points and six rebounds in the win.
Cal Poly will return to the court at UC Riverside (11-14, 4-10) at 4 p.m. Thursday.