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Roufosse Nets Career-High 20, But UCSB Prevails in Blue-Green Clash

Roufosse Nets Career-High 20, But UCSB Prevails in Blue-Green Clash

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Cal Poly's Alicia Roufosse scored a career-high 20 points Saturday, lifting the Mustang women's basketball team to an 11-point fourth-quarter lead over UC Santa Barbara at The Thunderdome, but the Gauchos rallied down the stretch to pick up a 52-50 Blue-Green Rivalry win at home.

Sierra Campisano gave the Mustangs their largest lead of the day with 1:53 left in the third quarter, when the redshirt junior forward made a jumper to put Cal Poly up 42-30 while capping a 6-0 run.

Cal Poly stayed in control early on in the fourth, as a 3-pointer by freshman point guard Abbey Ellis provided a 47-36 lead with 7:57 remaining.

The Gauchos would mount a furious rally, however, scoring 13 straight points over the ensuing 5:13. Coco Miller finished off the game-changing sequence by sinking a 3 giving UCSB the lead — 49-47 — with 2:44 to play.

Cal Poly took the lead once more, though, as junior guard Chantel Govan answered with a 3 of her own at the 2:00 mark to make it 50-49, the seventh lead change of the game.

From there, each side made multiple defensive stands late, until only 26 seconds remained. Coming out of a timeout, the Gauchos (1-1 Big West Conference; 6-9 overall) put the ball in the hands of Danae Miller, who drove the lane and was able to score on a layup, plus the foul, to switch the lead back one final time. She then added the free throw for what would ultimately prove to be the final score.

The Mustangs called timeout to draw up a final play with a chance to tie or win, but Ellis' attempt at a 3 rimmed off in the final seconds, and the rebound bounced astray of both teams as time expired, leaving the Gauchos with the thrilling comeback.

Earlier in the afternoon, Cal Poly (0-2 BWC; 3-10) had responded to an 18-10 UCSB first-quarter lead to rally for a 28-24 halftime advantage. 

Roufosse shot 8-of-16 overall, plus 4-for-8 at the free-throw line, and added 12 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season, while also claiming three steals (tying another career-high performance). Govan finished 3-of-4 from 3-point range on the way to a season-high 9 points.

Up next, Cal Poly returns to San Luis Obispo to host a three-game homestand. The Mustangs welcome UC Irvine at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, before also taking on UC Riverside and UC Davis in Mott Athletics Center on Jan. 23 and Jan. 25.

Photos © David E. Holmes