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Women’s Basketball Defeats Akron, 84-74

Women’s Basketball Defeats Akron, 84-74

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Cal Poly women's basketball team had four players score in double figures, two players with 10 or more rebounds and outrebounded Akron by 18 on Friday night in the team's opening game of the Holiday Beach Classic in Mott Athletics Center. Cal Poly defeated the Zips, 84-74, to improve to 3-4 on the season while Akron fell to 3-3.

Cal Poly will host the University of San Francisco at 7 pm on Saturday while Akron will play UC Davis at 5 pm. USF defeated UC Davis 69-67 earlier in the day.

Senior Molly Schlemer led the team with 23 points and recorded her fourth double-double of the season when she tallied 11 boards. Junior Ariana Elegado added 16 points when she connected on three of six from long range. Senior Jonae Ervin recorded her own double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. She added a team-high six assists. Junior Taryn Garza came off the bench to score 13 points when she made six of eight from the floor. Freshman Sarah Lipton scored eight points in six minutes of play off the bench.

Akron was led by Rachel Tecca's 28 points while Hanna Luburgh added 24 points. Carly Young and Anita Brown each added eight points in the loss.

Cal Poly shot 46 percent from the floor, but made just four of 13 from beyond the arc. Akron shot 41 percent from the floor and made just three of 19 from long range. Cal Poly struggled from the line, making 12 of 24 attempts while Akron made 17 of 23.

The Mustangs dominated on the boards, outrebounding Akron, 53-35, with 21 rebounds coming at the offensive end of the court. The Mustangs dished out 17 assists while committing only 13 turnovers. Akron had 14 assists and three blocks while turning the ball over 13 times.

Seven minutes into the game, Akron held a seven point lead (15-8). Cal Poly battled back and took the lead, 26-25, with 8:38 left in the half. The Mustangs held their largest lead of the half, seven points (48-41), with 48 seconds left in the half. Cal Poly would settle for a 49-44 lead at the break. For Cal Poly it was the team's highest scoring half of the season.

Four minutes in to the second half, Cal Poly had built an 11 point lead (55-44) and held its largest lead, 13 points (69-56) with 9:00 minutes left in the game.  Akron would get no closer the seven points (70-63) the rest of the game.