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UC Davis Snaps Six-Game Cal Poly Home Winning Streak, 75-57

UC Davis Snaps Six-Game Cal Poly Home Winning Streak, 75-57

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The UC Davis women's basketball team snapped Cal Poly's six-game home winning streak Saturday evening, pulling away for a 75-57 Big West Conference victory before a Mott Athletics Center crowd of 1,840.

There were six ties and five lead changes in the first half until a 3-pointer by freshman guard Karley Eaton with 4:38 remaining in the second quarter put the Aggies ahead 26-23.

The third-place Aggies (11-7, 4-1), who used a 10-1 run to build a 34-26 lead at the break, avenged being swept by the Mustangs a season ago.

UC Davis kept its momentum going after returning to the floor, getting out to a 44-29 advantage with 5:29 to play in the third.

The Aggies finished the quarter up 55-40 — in large part thanks to going 5-for-7 from 3-point range — and took their largest lead of the night at 65-44 on a layup from senior center Alyson Doherty with 5:59 left in the fourth.

Cal Poly (10-8, 3-2) then scored the next nine points over the ensuing 2:39, cutting the deficit to 12, but couldn't get closer down the stretch.

Mustang senior shooting guard Beth Balbierz equaled her career high with 21 points (previously reached on two other occasions, including once earlier this year), as she went 4-for-9 from behind the arc.

Cal Poly junior forward Hannah Gilbert had 12 points (her eighth consecutive showing in double-figures) and eight rebounds, while sophomore Dynn Leaupepe added 10 points.

Fellow junior forward Amanda Lovely posted her third double-digit rebounding performance this season, with 10.

Doherty scored 12 points for UC Davis, while sophomore forward Pele Gianotti finished with a team-best 15.

Cal Poly will now travel to UC Riverside (11-7, 4-0), taking on the Highlanders in an ESPN3-broadcasted matchup at 7 p.m. Thursday, before heading to Long Beach State (14-5, 3-2) for a 4 p.m. tipoff Saturday.

Photos © 2016 Matt Aguirre and David E. Holmes
• (For more photos of the team in action, click here.)