Kristina Santiago led all scorers with 22 points to propel the Cal Poly women’s basketball team to a 76-63 victory at UC Irvine on Thursday night that kept the Mustangs in second place in the Big West Conference standings.
After leading 33-30 at halftime, Cal Poly (12-12, 8-3 BWC) boosted its lead on 50 percent shooting in the second half, hitting six of eight from 3-point range.
Cal Poly built an 18-point lead with a 13-0 run in the first 5 minutes of the second half.
The Mustangs’ Jonae Ervin added a game-high seven assists and four steals to go with 17 points, and Ashlee Burns scored 12 points on four 3-pointers.
Four different Anteaters (11-15, 7-6) scored in double-digits, but UC Irvine was held to 34 percent shooting in the second half.
Cal Poly remains a half-game back of first-place Cal State Northridge, who defeated Pacific in the same night.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships
Lacey Buck led the Mustangs on the second day of competition, finishing fifth in the 500-yard freestyle finals in a time of four minutes and 54 seconds to earn 14 points for the team.
In the 200-yard medley finals, Katrina Anderson finished seventh in 2:04.93 and Angie Haven finished eighth in 2:05.23.
The Cal Poly 400-yard medley relay team of Gloria Benefield, Haven, Rachel Cleak and Andrea Voigt finished fourth with their time of 3:45.62.
Two Cal Poly divers advanced to the finals in the 3-meter event. Sami McIntyre scored 268.00 to finish fourth and Meaghan O’Meara scored 226.20 to finish in seventh place.