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Schlemer Leads Cal Poly Past New Mexico State, 72-64

Schlemer Leads Cal Poly Past New Mexico State, 72-64

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Senior Molly Schlemer tied career-highs in both points and rebounds in leading the Cal Poly women's basketball team to a 72-64 win over New Mexico State in the team's 2013-14 home-opener in Mott Athletics Center on Monday night at Mott Athletics Center.

With the win the Mustangs improve to 1-3 on the season while NMSU falls to 1-3. The Mustangs will return to the court on Thursday when the team will host Nevada at 7 pm.

Schlemer scored 19 of her 28 points in the second half when she connected on nine of 14 shots from the floor. For the game she was 13 of 21 from the floor and two of four from the line. The 28 points ties her career-high set last season in the team's triple overtime win over Pacific on Jan. 12, 2013. The post player also tied her career-high of 17 rebounds she set against San Jose State on Nov. 27, 2011. For the senior it was her third double-double in four games.

Fellow senior Jonae Ervin added 11 points when she connected on five of 10 shots from the floor while junior Ariana Elegado helped out with 10 points of her own.  Elegado dished out a team-high seven assists with Ervin adding six.

Redshirt freshman Maddison Allen grabbed 10 rebounds and added four points with three assists. Ervin and Elegado each grabbed five rebounds in the game.

Elena Holguin came off the bench to lead the Aggies with 19 points when she connected on six of seven from long range. Sasha Weber added 12 points with Vanessa Garner helping out with 10.

Cal Poly shot 44 percent for the game and made six of 20 from beyond the arc (30 percent) while NMSU shot 39 percent from the floor and made 11 of 27 from long range. Cal Poly dominated the boards, 51-31 and dished out 10 more assists (21-11).

Cal Poly used a 7-0 run midway through the second half that was capped by a three pointer by sophomore Beth Balbierz to build a 12 point lead (59-47) with 8:11 left in the game.

 The Mustangs trailed at the break, 33-31, after holding a seven point lead in the first half, but took the lead for good on a three by Ervin just two minutes into the final period.

NMSU kept within striking distance until the Mustangs run that broke the game open. Cal Poly would hold its largest lead, 14 points (64-50), on a three by junior Kristen Ale with 7:25 on the clock.

NMSU would close the lead to five (66-61) with 3:40 left in the game, but Schlemer responded with a layup off an assist by Ervin and the Aggies would get no closer.