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Saint Mary's Pulls Away for 82-64 Home Win Over Cal Poly

Saint Mary's Pulls Away for 82-64 Home Win Over Cal Poly

MORAGA, Calif. — Lynn Leaupepe scored 21 points and had seven rebounds, and fellow Mustang senior Emily Anderson added a career-high 13 points while grabbing six boards, but the Saint Mary's women's basketball team pulled away from Cal Poly for an 82-64 win on Sunday afternoon in McKeon Pavilion.

Leaupepe hit a 3-pointer a little more than a minute into the game to put the Mustangs up 5-2, but the Gaels responded with a 9-0 run on the way to a 23-17 lead after the opening quarter.

Cal Poly closed the gap to four approaching halftime, as a 3 from senior forward Mary Kate Evans brought the Mustangs within 37-33 with 2:21 to play before the break. SMC would again use a sudden surge, however, scoring the ensuing seven points en route to a 44-36 advantage.

Saint Mary's then pulled away in the third quarter, taking a 58-40 lead on a pair of free throws by Claire Ferguson with 6:25 remaining in the period, and entered the fourth up 68-50.

For the third straight game to open the season, junior center Devin Stanback scored in double-figures for Cal Poly, shooting 5-of-9 for 10 points.

Anderson shot 5-for-10 overall, including 3-for-7 from beyond the arc. Leaupepe also had team highs of five assists and four steals.

The Mustangs (1-2) had three players foul out, altogether being whistled for 35 fouls in the game, as Saint Mary's (2-1) had a 40-18 advantage in free-throw attempts.

Sydney Raggio led the Gaels with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

Up next, Cal Poly will host the 11th annual #ShareSLO Holiday Beach Classic from Nov. 24-26. The full schedule for the tournament — which has free admission for everyone, and welcomes fans to bring non-perishable items to Mott Athletics Center for a SLO Food Bank drive — is listed below:

Friday, Nov. 24
2:00 p.m. • Robert Morris @ Cal Poly

Saturday, Nov. 25
2:00 p.m. • San Francisco vs. Robert Morris

Sunday, Nov. 26
12 noon • San Francisco @ Cal Poly

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