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Mustangs Win Eighth Straight at Home, Improve to 5-1 in BWC

Mustangs Win Eighth Straight at Home, Improve to 5-1 in BWC

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

HEAD COACH FAITH MIMNAUGH

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Cal Poly women's basketball team improved to 8-0 (11-8 overall) at home this season and 5-1 in Big West Conference games when they defeated UC Riverside, 89-72, Saturday evening at the Mott Athletics Center. With the loss UCR falls to 4-15 overall and 0-6 in conference games.

Cal Poly best-ever start at home came during the 2003-04 season when they opened the year, 9-0.

Cal Poly will return to action on Jan. 30 when they travel to UC Davis for a conference game at 7 pm

Junior Ariana Elegado led the team with 18 points when she connected on seven of 14 from the field and four of eight from long range. She added a team-high seven assists with two steals. Senior Jonae Ervin added 14 points on a six of 10 night with five assists. Kristen Ale was the third Mustang in double figures with 10 points off the bench. In all, 12 different Mustangs scored in the game.

UCR was led by Simone DeCoud with 20 points while teammate Annelise Ito added 13 points.

Cal Poly shot a season-high 53 percent from the floor, connecting on 35 of 66 shots. It was the third time this season the Mustangs have shot 50 percent or better in a game. The Mustangs hit on eight of 17 shots from long range (47 percent) and made 11 of 16 shots from the line.

UCR shot 34 percent for the game and made just three of 12 from beyond the arc. They were 19 of 29 from the line.

Cal Poly outrebounded UCR, 49-41, and dished out 24 assists, but committed 21 turnovers in the game.

The Mustangs used an 11-0 run early in the first half to open a 15-4 lead capped by an Elegado three with 13:57 on the clock. Cal Poly's lead hit 20 (39-19) on an Elegado layup with 3:33 left in the half and held its largest lead, 22 points, on a layup by Hannah Gilbert with 34 seconds on the clock and settled for a 45-26 lead at the break.

In the half the Mustangs shot 50 percent from the field with Elegado leading the team with 15 points and Ervin adding 14 points of her own.

In the second half Elegado hit a three, her fourth of the game, with 15:01 on the clock to give the Mustangs a 55-34 advantage.

Molly Schlemer picked up her fourth foul of the game just seven minutes into the final period. She was limited to seven minutes in the first half due to foul trouble. Gilbert, subbing in for Schlemer, picked up her third foul just a minute later.

But the Mustang long range shooting stayed hot with Ale connecting on a pair to give the Mustangs a 65-41 lead. Beth Balbierz kept the hot hand giving Cal Poly a 68-43 lead at 11:30.

Cal Poly held its largest lead of the game, 28 points (78-50), with 7:47 left in the game on a traditional three point play by Paige Brown.

The Mustangs settled for a 17 point win, 89-72, with 13 seeing action for the Mustangs.