The Cal Poly women’s basketball team kept rolling on Thursday night, edging UC Santa Barbara 54-51 on the road to stay undefeated in the Big West Conference.
It was the Mustangs’ first win at The Thunderdome since the 2006-07 season.
With its 8-0 start in conference play, Cal Poly (12-8 overall) tied the 2006-07 squad for the program’s longest winning streak since moving to the Division I level prior to the 1994-95 season.
With about 15 seconds left Thursday, Cal Poly senior shooting guard Rachel Clancy sank a running jumper in the lane to provide the three-point advantage, and an ensuing Gauchos shot missed at the buzzer.
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Clancy finished with a team-leading 15 points, as did Kayla Griffin, and Jonae Ervin came off the bench to post nine points and hand out a game-best six assists.
True freshman center Molly Schlemer led the Mustangs with eight rebounds, four of them offensive, to go with four points.
Schlemer, a former Righetti High star, gave Cal Poly a 24-23 lead, after an 18-13 deficit early, with a key layup in the waning moments of the first half. Ashlee Burns then drilled a 3-pointer to make it 27-23 two seconds before halftime.
For UC Santa Barbara (10-9, 4-3), Emilie Johnson had 17 points, and Mekia Valentine had 14 rebounds and six blocks.
Big West Women’s basketball standings
Big West games All games
W L W L
Cal Poly 8 0 12 7
UC Riverside 4 2 11 8
UCSB 4 3 10 9
UC Davis 4 3 14 5
UC Irvine 4 3 12 7 CS Fullerton 3 5 7 14
Long Beach St.3 6 5 17
Pacific 2 5 5 15
Northridge 1 6 1 19
Cal Poly 54, UC Santa Barbara 51; UC Irvine 59, Cal State Northridge 53; Long Beach State 73, Pacific 60; UC Riverside 72, UC Davis 50