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Strong Second Half Downs Cal Poly, 77-69

Strong Second Half Downs Cal Poly, 77-69

MORAGA, Calif. – The Saint Mary's Gaels used a strong second half to overtake the Mustangs and pull away for a 77-69 win Saturday afternoon in Moraga. Saint Mary's, who is receiving votes in the national polls, improved to 5-0 while the Mustangs fall to 2-4.

Cal Poly returns to action at the 2013 Holiday Beach Classic hosted, by the Mustangs, on Friday, Nov. 29 at 7pm when the team takes on Akron. UC Davis will play the University of San Francisco in the 5 pm game. The second day of the tournament will feature UC Davis taking on Akron at 5 pm followed by Cal Poly hosting Univ. of San Francisco at 7 pm. This is a Community Corral Weekend with no admission charge to any game.

Saint Mary's outscored the Mustangs by 20 points (53-33) in the second half to erase a, 36-24, Mustang lead at the break.

Cal Poly held a five point lead seven minutes into the game when sophomore Beth Balbierz converted a three-pointer. Junior Kristen Ale hit a three with 6:45 in the half to give Cal Poly its first double digit lead of the game, 22-11.

The Mustangs held their largest lead of the half, 14 points (33-19), when Ale connected on another three-pointer with 1:45 left in the half with the Mustangs settling for a 36-24 lead at the break.

Ale connected for her third three of the game, helping the Mustangs maintain a 10 point lead, 44-34, four minutes into the second half. SMC whittled away at the lead, but Jonae Ervin kept the Mustangs up seven (58-51) on a layup with 8:42 left in the game. SMC would go on an 8-0 over the next two minutes to take a 59-58 lead.

The teams traded points with the scored tied for the last time (66-66) with 2:29 left in the game. SMC went on a 7-1 run to take a 73-67 lead and close the game, 77-69, as the Mustangs sent SMC to the line 10 times over the last 36 seconds of the game.

Junior Ariana Elegado led the Mustangs with 14 points and seven assists. Elegado made seven of 15 shots from the floor, but did not convert any of her five attempts from long range. Ale came off the bench to spark the team with nine points when she made three of four from long range. Redshirt Maddison Allen scored 10 points for her first game as a Mustang in double figures.

Balbierz and Molly Schlemer each added nine points with Ervin scoring eight. Schlemer and Balbierz led the team in rebounds with eight boards each. Allen added seven rebounds.

SMC's Danielle Mauldin led all scorers with 22 points with teammate Kate Gaze adding 21 points. Mauldin made it a double-double with 22 rebounds.

Cal Poly shot 40 percent from the floor and made six of 20 shots from long range. The Mustangs converted nine of 16 from the line. SMC shot 37 percent from the floor and made three of 10 from long range, but made 30 of 42 from the free throw line. Cal Poly was outrebounded, 53-37, but turned the ball over two less times, 12-10.