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UC Irvine Tops Cal Poly 107-66 to Stay in Second Place in Big West

UC Irvine Tops Cal Poly 107-66 to Stay in Second Place in Big West

IRVINE, Calif. — The Cal Poly women's basketball team established a 24-13 lead early at UC Irvine on Thursday night with second place on the line in the Big West Conference standings, but the Anteaters soon took control in the second quarter, evening the season series between the two with a 107-66 win at Bren Events Center.

UC Irvine (17-8), which outscored the Mustangs 35-5 in the second quarter, moved to 9-2 in Big West play, a game-and-a-half ahead of Cal Poly (14-10, 8-4), which remained in third place.

Cal Poly senior guard Dynn Leaupepe made a layup with 54 seconds left in the first quarter, giving the Mustangs the 11-point advantage, their largest lead of the evening.

Anteater freshman guard Haleigh Talbert responded with a 3-pointer on the next possession, however, to close the first by bringing UCI back within single digits (24-16).

The pivotal second quarter was all Anteaters, as UCI opened the period with back-to-back 3-pointers, before taking the lead at 28-26 on a jumper by freshman forward Jordan Sanders with 6:42 to play until the break, part of a 20-0 run.

The Anteaters stayed hot through the end of the half, heading to intermission on another 3, as redshirt freshman guard Autumn Baumgartner connected from behind the arc to make it 51-29.

UCI kept rolling in the second half, closing the third quarter up 78-46, en route to avenging a 79-76 loss at Mott Athletics Center on Jan. 18.

Senior forward Emily Anderson finished with 11 points to lead Cal Poly, shooting 4-for-8 overall and 3-for-7 from 3-point range, while also collecting seven rebounds. Leaupepe and freshman guard Ayzhiana Basallo added 10 points each for the Mustangs. 

Cal Poly stays on the road Saturday, visiting CSUN (13-12, 6-5) at 4 p.m. in The Matadome.