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Cal Poly holds off CSU Bakersfield in women's basketball

The Cal Poly women’s basketball team had four players score in double figures as the Mustangs raced out to a big lead and held on to beat CSU Bakersfield 75-71 on Sunday at Mott Gym.

Cal Poly shot 61 percent in the first half and led 44-29 at halftime. The Mustangs stretched the lead to 52-33 with 15:46 left in the second half, then held off a furious comeback in the final 7 minutes of the game.

Nikol Allison and Caroline Reeves scored 14 apiece for the Mustangs (4-2), and Brittany Woodard and Jonae Ervin added 13 points each.

Allison had a team-high eight rebounds, and Ariana Elegado had five assists to lead Cal Poly.

Amber Williams scored 21 points for the Roadrunners (1-5).

Cal Poly held CSU Bakersfield without a field goal for more than eight minutes early in the game to build a 23-10 lead with 9:47 in the first half. The Mustangs held their largest lead of the half, 38-20, with 3:40 left in the half on a jumper by Elegado.

Cal Poly maintained a double-digit lead until the 7:17 mark when CSU Bakersfield’s Dajy Vines hit a three pointer cutting the lead to 62-53.

The Mustangs surged back to a 15-point lead, 72-57, on a jumper by Ervin with 4:27 left in the game, but CSU Bakersfield used a 10-0 run to trail by five with 26 seconds left in the game.

The Mustangs are scheduled to host St. Mary’s on Thursday at 7 p.m.