Ariana Elegado led the Mustangs with 20 points, but Cal Poly's women's basketball team lost its season opener against Duquesne, 84-69 on Friday at the Maggie Dixon Classic in Chicago.
The Mustangs were outshot 56.4 percent to 34.4 percent. Wumi Agunbiade was 8 for 12 from the field for 20 points, and Raegan Moore was 8 for 11 shooting for 19 points to lead the Dukes.
The Mustangs were only down 29-26 at halftime, but the Dukes shot 67 percent in the second half to break open the game. Cal Poly committed 20 turnovers.
Jonae Ervin had 19 points on 5-of-14 shooting and was 8 for 9 from the foul line and had six rebounds and four assists.
Molly Schlemer had nine points on 3-of-13 shooting and a game-high 12 rebounds.
Maddison Allen had nine points and eight rebounds.
Hawaii 3, Cal Poly 0
The Mustangs were swept 25-16, 25-19, 25-19 by No. 12 Hawaii. Hannah Schleis had seven kills to lead Cal Poly (10-13, 4-6 Big West Conference). Taylor Gruenewald and Chelsea Hardin each added six kills.
Nicole Kessler and Steffi Sooter each provided nine digs.
Nikki Taylor and Tai Manu-Olevao led Hawaii (19-4, 8-3), which had 12 and 11 kills, respectively.
The Mustangs came closest in the third, when there were six ties and three lead changes, with Cal Poly leading as late as halfway through the set. Hawaii was able to outlast the Mustangs on the strength of Manu-Olevao, who had five kills in that set alone.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Cal Poly at Mustang Invitational
The Mustangs built a comfortable lead on the opening day of the Mustang Invitational at Andersen Aquatic Center.
Cal Poly has 1,107 points through 32 events, and is in front of Pepperdine (624) and Azusa Pacific (556).
Taylor Spivey won the 1,650-yard freestyle race in 17 minutes and 50 seconds, and the 500 free (5:13).
Rachel Cleak swam the 100-butterfly in 58.33 and the 50-fly in 26.76, coming in first in both races. Allison de Peralta won both the 50 backstroke in 27.49 and 100 backstroke in 59.14.
Both Cleak and de Peralta were on the 200 medley relay team, which won with a time of 1:49.
Cuesta Athletes of the Month
Sophomore wrestler Julian Purdy received the male honor after he won the 141-pound title in the San Francisco State Invitational, where he was 3-0. Purdy is ranked second in the state and leads the team with 20 wins.
Haley Shafer of the water polo team is one of the top scorers in the state and is the school’s October Female Athlete of the month.
She has 56 goals, which is among the top 20 in the state and is a major part of the state’s third highest-scoring offense.
In the TruWest Tournament in Cypress on Oct. 15, Shafer tied the Cuesta College one-day scoring total record with 13 goals on 15 attempts.