Mustangs Secure Share of Big West Conference Title on Senior Day
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Cal Poly women's basketball team secured a share of the Big West Conference Regular Season Title with a 70-56 win over Cal State Northridge on Saturday in front 1,108 fans in Mott Gym on senior day.
With the win the Mustangs improve to 15-12 overall and 11-3 in conference games while Cal State Northridge falls to 16-12 and 10-5 in Big West games. The only team with the opportunity to tie the Mustangs for the title is Cal State Northridge.
For the Mustangs it was the team's ninth-straight win.
Kristina Santiago led the Mustangs with her 14th double-double of the season with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Santiago's pursuit of Laura Buehning's all-time scoring record at Cal Poly will have to wait for one more game as the senior fell short of surpassing the mark by four points. The Santa Maria native has scored 1,840 points in her Cal Poly career while Buehning tallies 1,843.
Redshirt freshman Ariana Elegado, making her second start in as many games, added 12 points and five assists while senior Ashlee Burns helped out with 11 points when she hit three of seven from beyond the arc.
Sophomore Molly Schlemer came off the bench to add 12 points when she made five of seven from the floor and both attempts at the line in just 14 minutes of play.
Janae Sharpe led the Matadors with 14 points with Jianni Jackson adding 12 and Ashlee Guay 10.
Cal Poly shot 42 percent from the floor and made five of 15 from long range while CSUN shot 31 percent from the floor and made 32 percent of its three pointers.
The Mustangs dominated the boards, holding a 49-35 advantage, but committed five more turnovers, 15-10.
Cal Poly held a six point lead (10-4) on a layup by Santiago 3:37 into the game and expanded it to eight points (19-11) on a three by Burns midway the half (10:48).
CSUN cut the lead to five points five different times with the Mustangs holding a 10 point lead at the break, 33-23.
In the second half the Matadors cut the lead to 39-37 (15:16) when Burns hit a three and Schlemer scored the next eight to give the Mustangs an 11 point lead (11:06)..
Cal Poly continued to build on its lead when Santiago made a layup at 8:44 and a 57-41 lead.
The Mustangs held their largest lead of the game (18 points) with 3:38 remaining on a Elegado layup.