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Balanced Attack Leads Cal Poly Past Pepperdine, 80-77

Balanced Attack Leads Cal Poly Past Pepperdine, 80-77

MALIBU, Calif. – Four players scored in double figures with the team shooting 50 percent from the floor to propel the Cal Poly women's basketball team to an 80-77 win over Pepperdine in Malibu on Monday. For the Mustangs it was the team's first win other than at home this season.

Cal Poly improves to 6-4 on the season and has won the last four games and six of the last seven. Pepperdine falls to 3-7 on the year. Cal Poly returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 18 when the team travels to Portland to take on the Pilots.

Junior Ariana Elegado led the team with 17 points and made it a double-double when she dished out 10 assists. Senior Molly Schlemer added 16 points while junior Taryn Garza came off the bench to score 13 points. Redshirt freshman Maddison Allen tallied a double-double with career-highs of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Her all-around game included four blocks.

The Mustangs shot 50 percent from the floor for the first time this season when the team made 34 of 68 of its field goals. Cal Poly made four of 13 from long range, but converted only eight of 20 from the line.

Keitra Wallace led all scorers when she scored 24 points to pace Pepperdine. The Waves shot 37 percent from the floor and made eight of 16 from long range. Pepperdine converted 19 of 22 from the line.

The game opened with Pepperdine scoring the first six points of the game before the Mustangs got on the board when Allen converted a jumper with 16:44 on the clock. Cal Poly would make it an 8-3 run and take the lead, 9-8, on a jumper by Taryn Garza at 14:58. Cal Poly held its largest lead of the half, 34-31, on a layup by Schlemer with 1:42 on the clock. The game was locked at 36-36 at the break.

In the half the game was tied eight times with 10 lead changes. Schlemer led the Mustangs with 10 points at the break with Wallace leading Pepperdine with 12.

Cal Poly opened the second half with six straight points, forcing a Pepperdine timeout. The Mustangs used an 8-0 run capped by a layup by Elegado at 9:29 to open an 11 point lead (60-49).  A jumper by Garza at 8:02 gave the Mustangs a 14 point lead, 65-51. The Mustangs held a 10 point lead with 1:45 left in the game when Pepperdine started to put the Mustangs on the line. Cal Poly made just three of eight from the line in the final minute and a half to hold on for the 80-77 win.