LONG BEACH, Calif. – Sophomore Beth Balbierz came off the bench to spark the Mustangs with 16 points while junior Arian Elegado scored 30 points to lead the team to a 107-102 overtime win on the road over Long Beach State on Saturday.
With the win the Mustangs improve to 3-1 in Big West Conference play and 9-8 overall while Long Beach State falls to 2-2 in conference games and 10-8 overall. Cal Poly returns to action when they return home to host Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 23 at 7 pm.
Elegado's points came when she hit 11 of 22 shots from the floor and made four of eight from long range. She also hit four of five from the line and dished out six assists. Senior Jonae Ervin added 17 points while fellow senior Molly Schlemer tallied her ninth double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Balbierz came off the bench to connect on four of eight shots from the floor and two of four from long range. She made all eight shots from the line while grabbing three rebounds in just 17 minutes of play. Junior Taryn Garza had another solid performance with nine points and eight rebounds in the win.
Cal Poly shot 45 percent from the floor and made six of 17 shots from long range. From the line the team hit 29 of 24 shots.
LBSU shot 47 percent from the floor and made 11 of 28 from long range. The team connected on 25 of 34 shots from the line.
Cal Poly turned the ball over just 12 times while LBSU committed 21 turnovers.
Cal Poly hit the first field goal of the game and gained a 14-8 advantage 14:48. LBSU came back to take a 19-17 lead, but a layup by Balbierz tied the game at 19-19. LBSU was up six 27-21 with 8:59 left on the clock. Cal Poly came right back on a 12-0 run capped by a pair of free throws by Schlemer, 33-27. LBSU cut the lead to one, 33-32, on a three by Hallie Meneses with 5:47 on the clock. LBSU came right back to take a 38-35 lead with 3:43 on the clock on a jump shot by Lauren Spargo. A three by Elegado tied the game at 38-38 but after a turnover and LBSU was back up by two, 40-38. A three by Balbierz gave the Mustangs a 45-40 lead and settled for a 47-40 lead at the break.
To open the second half, Cal Poly held a 58-54 lead on an Elegado jumper with 15:16 on the clock. A Schlemer layup with 13:59 put the Mustangs back up by five, 62-47, with 13:36 left on the clock. Cal Poly took a 67-62 lead on a layup by Maddison Allen and made it a 71-61 lead on a layup by Ofodu forcing a LBSU timeout. After the break Schlemer made it 75-62 lead on a layup off an assist from Ervin.
Ervin made it a 10 point game, 77-67, on jumper with 9:26 on the clock. But LBSU cut it to 77-73 on a pair of free throws by Madison Mongomery, but a layup by Allen with 7:31 put the Mustangs up 79-73. Garza kept the lead at 82-79 on a layup at 4:27. But a three by Hallie Menees with one second left on the clock tied the game and sent it into overtime at 91-91.
In the overtime period, Cal Poly took over and outscored LBSU, 16-11, to pull out the win when the team hit 10 of 11 free throws to seal the win, 107-102.
Cal Poly Prevails in Overtime, 107-102, Over Long Beach State
Long Beach State
|Cal Poly (9-8, 3-1 BWC)||47||44||16||107|
|Long Beach State (10-8, 2-2 BWC)||40||51||11||102|
Posted: Jan 18, 2014