Senior guard Brittany Lange’s 3-pointer with 39 seconds remaining gave the Cal Poly women’s basketball team a four-point lead as the Mustangs held on to beat Santa Clara 63-55 at the Leavey Center in Santa Clara on Tuesday.
The Mustangs (6-4) got a game-high 21 points from junior forward Kristina Santiago while junior guard Rachel Clancy added 12 points and nine rebounds.
After leading for most of the second half, Cal Poly found itself in a dogfight down the stretch. With the score tied at 47, Santiago corralled her own missed shot and got a putback to give the Mustangs the lead for good.
After a 3-point play by Santiago gave Cal Poly a 53-47 lead, Santa Clara (2-10) rallied to within a point at 56-55 before Lange’s 3-pointer put it out of reach.
Meagan Fulps paced Santa Clara with 16 points while Lena Gipson had a double-double, scoring 10 and adding a game-high 14 rebounds.
Cal Poly forced 19 Santa Clara turnovers and held the Broncos to 36.8 percent shooting from the floor. The Mustangs controlled the lane, outscoring Santa Clara 30-16 in the paint.
Cal Poly announces 2010 schedule
Coming off arguably its best season, the Cal Poly softball team announced its 2010 schedule Tuesday.
The Mustangs will play 19 games against opponents who qualified for last year’s NCAA postseason, including games against 2009 Women’s College World Series representatives Arizona and Arizona State.
Cal Poly, winners of two Big West Conference championships in the past three years, finished 41-12 in 2009, advancing to the Palo Alto Regional final against Stanford.
The Cardinal ended Cal Poly’s season with a 4-0 win to advance to the Super Regionals. The Mustangs will get a shot at redemption when the two teams meet at the Louisville Slugger Classic in Palo Alto on March 21.
Cal Poly will play its first 17 contests away from Bob Janssen Field, where the team lost just one game all of last year. They will host the fourth annual Mustang Classic starting March 12 with games against Iowa State, Sacramento State and Cal State Bakersfield.
Returning four All-Big West Conference selections from last year’s team, the Mustangs will open the season Feb. 19 at the UCLA-hosted Stacy Winsberg Memorial Invitational against Portland State.