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Ofodu Scores Career-High in Leading Cal Poly to 69-65 Win over Titans

Ofodu Scores Career-High in Leading Cal Poly to 69-65 Win over Titans


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Senior Amaka Ofodu scored a career-high 17 points while the Mustangs converted five of six free throws in the final minute of play to ice Cal State Fullerton,69-65, in a Big West Conference game on Thursday at Mott Athletics Center.

With the win the Mustangs improve to 10-8 overall and 4-1 in conference games while CSF falls to 6-11 overall and 2-2 in conference games. For the Mustangs it was the team's seventh-straight win at home without a defeat. Cal Poly returns to the court on Saturday when the team will host UC Riverside at 4 pm.

Ofodu's points came when she hit eight of 16 from the floor and one of three from long range. Her all-around game included two blocks and four rebounds. Fellow senior Jonae Ervin added 17 points of her own when she hit five of 11 from the floor and made seven of eight from the line. She dished out a team-high eight assists.

Senior Molly Schlemer scored 12 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds while junior Taryn Garza also scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Alex Thomas led CSF with 19 points while Chante Miles added 16 and Hailey King had 13 points.

Cal Poly shot 44 percent from the floor, but made just three of 13 from long range. The Mustangs converted eight of 11 from the line. CSF shot 38 percent from the floor and made 11 of 33 from beyond the arc. Cal Poly outrebounded CSF, 46-49, while each team turned the ball over nine times.

Cal Poly opened the game with the hot hand and quickly built a 16 point lead (19-3) with 12:44 on the clock.  The Mustangs maintained a 23-10 lead with CSF hitting only one of 11 from long range. The Titans made three of their next four 3-pointers and were right back in the game. CSF closed the half on a 20-9 run with the Mustangs settling for a 32-30 lead at the break.

Six minutes into the second half, Cal Poly had upped its advantage to eight, 44-36, but CSF would battle back and take a 56-55 lead with 9:10 left in the game. The team's would battle with either team gaining more than two point advantage until a jumper in the  paint by Garza put Cal Poly up, 64-61 with 2:26 on the clock. In the final 32 seconds of the game, Ervin went to the line five times and made six to hold off the CSF push.