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Balanced Attack Leads Cal Poly to 71-66 Home Win Over CSU Bakersfield

Balanced Attack Leads Cal Poly to 71-66 Home Win Over CSU Bakersfield

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Beth Balbierz hit five of her seven 3-point shots on Saturday afternoon for the Cal Poly women's basketball team, keying a 32-6 advantage off the bench while the Mustangs finished non-conference play with a 71-66 win over CSU Bakersfield in Mott Athletics Center.

While upping her overall season percentage from long range to .435 by knocking down multiple 3s in a game for the fifth time on the year, Balbierz finished with a team-best 15 points.

Senior teammate Ariana Elegado added 14 points, seven assists and four steals in the backcourt, and sophomore center Hannah Gilbert had 11 points and eight rebounds. Senior forward Taryn Garza also had eight rebounds, as well as nine points.

Joining Balbierz off the bench, freshman wing Dynn Leaupepe had eight points, and sophomore forward Rachel Koehler added nine points and five rebounds.

The Roadrunners (10-4), the preseason favorite in the WAC, got out to a 16-6 lead through the opening six minutes, but Cal Poly (5-7) went on a 13-0 run over an ensuing stretch of three minutes, culminating with a Lynn Leaupepe 3-pointer to make it 25-20 with 7:09 remaining until halftime. The Mustangs led 37-32 at the break.

Although Bakersfield got within 54-51 at the 8:04 mark, Cal Poly scored the game's next 12 points for a 66-51 cushion that paid dividends down the stretch.

Senior guard Tyonna Outland, an All-America honorable mention last year, led CSUB with 22 points.

Cal Poly will open Big West Conference play by hosting Hawai'i (8-5) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8. Fans are encouraged to dress in white that evening as part of White Out Night.