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Elegado, Schlemer Lead Mustangs to, 76-36, Win over UC Irvine

Elegado, Schlemer Lead Mustangs to, 76-36, Win over UC Irvine

GAME HIGHLIGHTS
HEAD COACH FAITH MIMNAUGH POST GAME

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Sophomore Ariana Elegado and junior Molly Schlemer scored 20 and 18 points respectively while the Cal Poly team used a hot second half to propel the team to a 76-36 Big West Conference women's basketball win over UC Irvine on Thursday at the Mott Athletics Center on the Cal Poly campus.

 

With the win the Mustangs improve to 13-4 in Big West play and 19-9 overall. Cal Poly is now tied with Pacific for first place in the conference with one game to play. With a win, Cal Poly will win its third-straight Big West regular season title and the No. 1 seed at next week's conference tournament. The Mustangs have secured the No. 2 seed regardless of Saturday's outcome.  UC Irvine falls to 9-20 overall and 5-12 in conference games.

 

The Mustangs will host Long Beach State on Saturday with tip set for 4 pm. Prior to Saturday's game, Cal Poly will honor the team's five seniors.  Pacific will be on the road Saturday at UC Davis with tip set for 4:30.  

 

Elegado's points came when she hit four of six from long range and sank all eight attempts at the line. Schlemer hit nine of 13 shots from the floor as she scored in double figures for the 15th time in the last 16 games.  Nikol Allison added eight points off the bench with Caroline Reeves adding seven.

 

Schlemer and Allison led the team with nine rebounds each with Jonae Ervin and Kalya Griffin collecting six rebounds each.

 

Camille Buckley was the lone Anteater in double figures with 10 points and corralled a team-high nine rebounds.

 

Cal Poly shot 48 percent from the floor while hitting a hot 57 percent in the second half. The Mustangs made six of 11 from the beyond the arc and made 14 of 18 from the line.

 

UCI shot 22 percent from the floor and made just four of 24 shots in the second half and were one of 17 from long range.

 

Cal Poly dominated the boards, 46-25, and dished out 11 more assists (16-5). The Mustangs turned the ball over 17 times compared to 22 by UCI.

 

Cal Poly opened the game scoring the first 11 points of the game, helped out by three 3-pointers by three different players (Reeves, Griffin and Elegado). UCI scored its first field goal of the game with 16:25 on the clock.

 

At 11:54 in the half, Cal Poly held its largest lead, 16 points, on a jumper by Amaka Ofodu. UCI battled back and closed the half on an 11-4 run and Cal Poly held a 27-22 lead at the break.

 

The second half saw the Mustangs rebuild its lead to 10 on a three-pointer by Elegado at 15:43 and held a 24 point lead, 54-30, on a 13-0 run, capped by a layup by Schlemer with  8:40 in the clock.

 

Cal Poly held its largest lead of the game on an 18-0 run,72-32, with 1:56 left when Taylor Spears converted a layup.

 

And held the margin for a final, 76-36, win.

Elegado, Schlemer Lead Mustangs to, 76-36, Win over UC Irvine

 

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Sophomore Ariana Elegado and junior Molly Schlemer scored 20 and 18 points respectively while the Cal Poly team used a hot second half to propel the team to a 76-36 Big West Conference women's basketball win over UC Irvine on Thursday at the Mott Athletics Center on the Cal Poly campus.

 

With the win the Mustangs improve to 13-4 in Big West play and 19-9 overall. Cal Poly is now tied with Pacific for first place in the conference with one game to play. With a win, Cal Poly will win its third-straight Big West regular season title and the No. 1 seed at next week's conference tournament. The Mustangs have secured the No. 2 seed regardless of Saturday's outcome.  UC Irvine falls to 9-20 overall and 5-12 in conference games.

 

The Mustangs will host Long Beach State on Saturday with tip set for 4 pm. Prior to Saturday's game, Cal Poly will honor the team's five seniors.  Pacific will be on the road Saturday at UC Davis with tip set for 4:30.  

 

Elegado's points came when she hit four of six from long range and sank all eight attempts at the line. Schlemer hit nine of 13 shots from the floor as she scored in double figures for the 15th time in the last 16 games.  Nikol Allison added eight points off the bench with Caroline Reeves adding seven.

 

Schlemer and Allison led the team with nine rebounds each with Jonae Ervin and Kalya Griffin collecting six rebounds each.

 

Camille Buckley was the lone Anteater in double figures with 10 points and corralled a team-high nine rebounds.

 

Cal Poly shot 48 percent from the floor while hitting a hot 57 percent in the second half. The Mustangs made six of 11 from the beyond the arc and made 14 of 18 from the line.

 

UCI shot 22 percent from the floor and made just four of 24 shots in the second half and were one of 17 from long range.

 

Cal Poly dominated the boards, 46-25, and dished out 11 more assists (16-5). The Mustangs turned the ball over 17 times compared to 22 by UCI.

 

Cal Poly opened the game scoring the first 11 points of the game, helped out by three 3-pointers by three different players (Reeves, Griffin and Elegado). UCI scored its first field goal of the game with 16:25 on the clock.

 

At 11:54 in the half, Cal Poly held its largest lead, 16 points, on a jumper by Amaka Ofodu. UCI battled back and closed the half on an 11-4 run and Cal Poly held a 27-22 lead at the break.

 

The second half saw the Mustangs rebuild its lead to 10 on a three-pointer by Elegado at 15:43 and held a 24 point lead, 54-30, on a 13-0 run, capped by a layup by Schlemer with  8:40 in the clock.

 

Cal Poly held its largest lead of the game on an 18-0 run,72-32, with 1:56 left when Taylor Spears converted a layup.

 

And held the margin for a final, 76-36, win.