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Cal Poly women's basketball team gets rare win at San Francisco

After a month-long homestand that saw its record drop to .500, the Cal Poly women’s basketball team started off a four-game road trip with a historic 73-52 victory at San Francisco on Sunday.

Kristina Santiago, who leads the Big West Conference with 19.1 points per game, scored a game-high 25 points and led the Mustangs (4-3) with eight rebounds, and guard Rachel Clancy poured in another 12 and grabbed six rebounds for Cal Poly, which had not beaten the Dons on the road since Dec. 15, 1981. A Clancy layup gave the Mustangs the lead less than a minute into the game and Cal Poly never trailed. San Francisco (4-8) hung around at 21-16, but the Mustangs pulled away with a 14-4 run to end the first half and a 7-0 run to start the second.

Freshman Kayla Griffin and former San Jose State transfer Christine Martin scored eight points apiece for Cal Poly. In just 7 minutes, Griffin went 4 for 4 from the field and grabbed six rebounds. Martin, who also had six rebounds, and Clancy each accounted for two of the team’s five 3-pointers.

Rheina Ale led the Dons with 14 points.

Cal Poly finished with a 45-44 edge in rebounds — the first time the Mustangs have beaten a team on the boards all season, but Cal Poly could not keep San Francisco’s Donnisha Taylor off the glass. Taylor had a game-high 17 rebounds, including six offensive, and finished with eight points.

Mustangs point guard Ashlee Stewart was scoreless but dished out a game-high five assists and tied the game high with two steals.

Clancy, Santiago and Brittany Lange also had two steals apiece for Cal Poly, which was able to play all 16 of its active players in the blowout.

San Francisco shot 40 percent from the field in the second half but was just 9 of 39 on field goals in the first. The 23.1 percent mark from the field before the break included 0 for 8 from 3-point range. The Dons shot just seven free throws the entire game.