Molly Schlemer had a game-high 26 points, and Kristen Ale came off the bench to score 18 as the Cal Poly women’s basketball team held off UC Davis 81-72 on Thursday in Davis to stay atop the Big West standings.
After the Mustangs (12-8, 6-1 Big West) led 43-35 at halftime, the Aggies (8-11, 3-3) kept things close throughout the second half. A layup by Taylor McGuire pulled UC Davis within 63-62 with 6:51 remaining.
But Schlemer, who was 12-of-16 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds, answered with a layup, and Taryn Garza had two of her 14 points to increase the lead back to five.
Garza made back-to-back buckets two minutes later, and field goals from Schlemer and Nwamaka Ofodu helped seal Cal Poly’s first win in Davis since Feb. 19, 2009.
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Ale, a junior from Carson, made 9 of 12 foul shots and three 3-pointers in 23 minutes. Despite shooting 2 of 10 from the floor and 0 for 5 on 3s, junior guard Ariana Elegado contributed with nine rebounds and a game-high eight assists.
Alyson Doherty led the Aggies with 20 points, and Sydnee Fipps scored 15 before fouling out.
The Mustangs had more rebounds (34-26) and assists (20-13) than Davis and also forced one more turnover (19-18).
Oregon State 22, Cal Poly 12
The Beavers and Mustangs were tied at 12 before Oregon State won the next three matches to pull away in the first outdoor dual meet held at Cal Poly’s University Union.
The final Beaver wins came from Joey Delgado by major decision, and Scott Sakaguchi and Jordan Hendrickson by decision.
Four Mustangs were victorious in front of the home crowd, including former Pac-12 champion Dominic Kastl, who beat Joe Latham by decision in the 174-pound contest to improve to 15-3.
Kastl went into the match ranked 19th nationally, and Latham was 24th.
Cal Poly’s Spencer Empey won his bout against Mick Dougharity by decision at heavyweight, and Britain Longmire won in a decision over Pat Rollins at 125.
In the 133-pound weight class, Devon Lotito topped Drew Van Anrooy by decision.
Cuesta 7, Taft 6; Cuesta 10, Bakersfield 3
Gannage Ruck had a home run, a single and three RBI against Bakersfield after striking out three in six innings of work in a win over Taft at a season-opening tournament in Bakersfield.
Ruck also was one of seven Cougars to drive in a run against Taft.
Nichole Johnson pitched a complete game for Cuesta (2-0) against Bakersfield, striking out two.
Erin Pennington hit two triples and a double on the day.