The Cal Poly women’s basketball team ended the Holiday Beach Classic with a 76-65 win over the San Francisco at Mott Athletics Center on Saturday.
Center Molly Schlemer recorded her fifth double-double in eight games this season for the Mustangs (4-4). Schlemer scored 21 points against the Dons (2-4), shooting 9 of 12 from the floor and 3 of 5 from the free-throw line. Schlemer grabbed 10 boards.
Ariana Elegado had 15 points for the Mustangs, Kristen Ale 12 points, and freshman Hannah Gilbert, from Morro Bay High, scored seven points off the bench.
The Mustangs were unable to pull away from the Dons until the end, when Elegado hit a 3-pointer with 4:25 left in the game, and the Mustangs went on a 12-3 run that put the score 74-60 with 1:51 on the clock.
Pacific 73, Cal Poly 71
At the Global Sports Hardwood Challenge at Oregon’s Matthew Knight Arena, Tony Gill scored 14 points, including a go-ahead layup and a free throw with 30 seconds left, and Pacific defeated Cal Poly.
Chris Eversley recorded his ninth career double-double for Cal Poly (2-4) with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Khalil Kelley added 12 points for the Tigers (5-1) Pacific led 36-28 at halftime, but Cal Poly pulled in front 50-49 after Anthony Silvestri’s 3-pointer midway through the second half.
Gill and Kelley made consecutive jumpers to give the Tigers a 64-60 lead with 4:09 left. Pacific held on until Eversley’s tip put the Mustangs ahead 68-67 with 2:24 to go.
Pacific reclaimed the lead on Trevin Harris’ 3-pointer, but Eversely answered with his own 3 for Cal Poly for a 71-70 lead with 44 secnds left.
Gill came back with a conventional three-point play for the winning margin after Kyle Odister missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer and then a game-tying shot for the Mustangs. Odister had 14 points, and Nwaba added 11 points.
Cal Poly wraps up play in the round-robin tournament tonight at 7 against No. 14 Oregon (6-0).
Long Beach State 3, Cal Poly 0
The 49ers got off to a quick start and swept the Mustangs 25-12, 25-16, 25-14 to end Cal Poly’s season.
The Mustangs (12-17, 6-10 Big West) did not have a lead until the third set, when a kill by senior Megan McConnell put them up 3-2.
The final set continued to go back and forth until Long Beach State (18-11, 11-5 Big West) pulled away from 9-7 lead and went on a four-point run. The 49ers dominated the rest of the set.
McConnell led the Mustangs with nine kills and ended with 333 kills in her final season. McConnell also added five digs.
Freshman Taylor Gruenewald followed with eight kills, putting her at 266 on the season.
Senior Steffi Sooter led with 15 digs in the match for Cal Poly, which gave her 345 digs for the season.