Cal Poly’s women’s basketball team was unable to overcome Harvard despite a double-double from center Molly Schlemer, falling 83-76 on Saturday night in the Maggie Dixon Classic in Chicago.
Trailing 41-40 at halftime, the Mustangs (0-2) were outlasted by Christine Clark and Harvard, who led the Crimson with 23 points.
Schlemer had 16 points in the first half, but just five in the second. She had five rebounds in both halves. Guard Jonae Ervin finished with a team-high 23 points, playing all 40 minutes.
The Mustangs’ bench was outscored 18-10. Harvard (1-1) also had a 46-33 rebounding advantage. Melissa Mullins had 12 rebounds, and Temi Fagbenle had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Harvard.
The Crimson outshot the Mustangs 54 percent to 38.6 percent. Harvard shot 40 percent (6 for 15) on 3-point attempts while Cal Poly shot just 26.9 percent (7-for-26) on 3-pointers. Harvard also attempted 21 more free throws than Cal Poly.
UC Santa Barbara 2, Cal Poly 0
The Gauchos (12-4-3, 7-0-1 Big West Conference) scored their second goal of the night in the 86th minute to secure their victory over the rival Mustangs (10-8-2, 3-5-2).
UC Santa Barbara’s Goffin Boyoko passed the ball across the field to Charlie Miller, who scored his fourth goal of the season. The Gauchos’ first goal came in the 61st minute on a Boyoko header off a corner kick by Drew Murphy for his seventh goal of the season.
The Mustangs’ leading scorer, Mackenzie Pridham, was held to one shot the entire game, and it was not on goal. Ari Lassiter had both of Cal Poly’s shots on goal. Wade Hamilton made six saves.
Josh McNeely made two saves for the shutout for the Gauchos, who outshot the Mustangs 19-7.
Cuesta 70, Santa Barbara 64
Oscar Pedroso and Brett Hartshorne scored 19 points apiece to lead the Cougars over Santa Barbara in the consolation semifinals of Cuesta’s Rabobank Tournament.
Pedroso also added four assists and eight rebounds, while Hartshorne had three assists and four rebounds.
Tied at 31 at the half, the Cougars were able to slip ahead of Santa Barbara (0-2) despite 10-for-18 free-throw shooting. Alonzo McCain led Santa Barbara with 18 points.
Cuesta (1-1) will play College of the Sequoias in consolation final at 1 p.m. today.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Cal Poly wrapped up the second day of the women’s meet by sealing an 815-point, first-place victory.
Cal Poly’s combined two-day total was 1,922, in front of Azusa Pacific (1,073) and Pepperdine (1,015).
Sami McIntyre won by more than 95 points in the 3-meter diving competition, with a score of 287.10, and nearly broke the Cal Poly school record she set last year of 288.70.
Taylor Spivey won the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 58 seconds for the Mustangs.
Cal Poly’s Rachel Cleak won the 50 free in 24.74.