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Cal Poly Women’s Basketball Routs Wolf Pack, 82-57

Cal Poly Women’s Basketball Routs Wolf Pack, 82-57

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Cal Poly women's basketball team used a 21-2 run midway through the first half to break open the game and never looked back in defeating the Nevada Wolf Pack, 82-57, in a non-conference game on Thursday at Mott Athletics Center.

With the win the Mustangs improved to 2-3 on the season while Nevada falls to 2-2. Cal Poly returns to the court on Saturday when they travel to Moraga to face Saint Mary's for a 1 pm game.

Nevada opened the game with eight straight points before redshirt freshman Maddison Allen made a pair of free throws (17:49) to get Cal Poly on the board. Nevada scored on a layup at 17:00 and did not score another field goal until 9:22 left in the half. Cal Poly held the Wolf Pack without a field goal for 7:38 and overall went on a 21-2 run holding a 21-10 lead. The run was capped by a three by sophomore Beth Balbierz. Cal Poly held its largest lead of the half, 25 points (44-19), on a fast break layup by Amaka Ofodu and settled for a 44-25 led at the break.

Cal Poly kept the pressure up throughout the second half and never allowed Nevada closer than 17 points (15:10). The Mustangs held its largest lead of the game, 29 points, with 1:52 left in the game.

Junior Ariana Elegado had a break out game when she connected on six of nine from long range and scored 24 points. Overall she hit nine of 14 shots from the floor. Senior Molly Schlemer hit seven of 14 shots from the floor, good for 15 points. Her all-around game included four assists.  Freshman Hannah Gilbert came off the bench to score 10 points when she connected on all three of her shots from the floor and made four of five from the line.

Senior Jonae Ervin scored eight points, but handed out nine assists and grabbed a career-high eight rebounds. Allen, for the second time in two games, grabbed 10 rebounds.  She added four blocks to go along with her eight points. Balbierz was credited with two blocks off the bench.

Mimi Mungedi led the Wolf Pack with 11 points and seven rebounds. Arielle Wideman and Aja Johnson each added nine points in the loss.

Cal Poly shot 48 percent from the floor and made 10 of 23 from long range as Nevada shot 26 percent from the floor and made five of 14 shots from beyond the arc.

Cal Poly handed out 22 assists and had nine blocks, but turned the ball over 22 times. Nevada outrebounded the Mustangs, 49-44, and also had 22 turnovers.