Burns Hits for 22 in Women’s Hoop Win Over Austin Peay


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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Senior Ashlee Burns tied her career-high with 22 points in leading the Cal Poly women's basketball team to a 79-69 win over Austin Peay on Saturday in Mott Gym. With the win Cal Poly improves 2-2 while Austin Peay falls to 2-3 on the year.

The Mustangs return to the court on Sunday at 2 pm when the team will host San Jose State. 

Burns' points came when she hit eight of 15 from the floor and four of nine from long range. Burns scored 16 points in the second half. Fellow senior Christine Martin added a career-high 17 points off the bench when she hit six of nine from the field and four of five from beyond the arch.

Junior Caroline Reeves recorded a career-high in leading all players with 10 rebounds while adding six assists. 

Whitney Hanley led Austin Peay and all players with 25 points when she hit 11 of 24 from the floor.

Cal Poly shot 46 percent from the floor and 47 percent from long range while Austin Peay shot 42 percent from the floor and 24 percent on threes. 

Cal Poly's Kristina Santiago scored the Mustangs first seven points and had 10 in the first half before exiting the game with 2:24 left in the first half with an injury.

The Mustangs moved out to a 10 point lead (18-8) in the first eight minutes of the game, capped by a layup by Burns. 

Autin Peay came back to tie the game (22-22) on a 14-4 run with Hanley hit a jumper at 7:52..

Cal Poly gained an 11 point advantage (37-26) when sophomore Ariana Elegado converted a traditional three-point play.

The Mustangs went to the break holding a 37-30 lead. 

Cal Poly extended its lead to 13 (49-36) in the first four minutes of the second half on a layup by Reeves.

Austin Peay responded with a 16-3 run to tie the game at 52-52 on a layup by Leslie Martinez with 12:19 left. 

The teams battled back and fourth with a pair of lead changes until sophomore Molly Schlemer made a layup with 5:55 left in the game giving the Mustangs a 59-58 lead that they would not relinquish.

Cal Poly built up a 10 point lead (70-60) with 3:28 left on a pair of threes by Burns and settled for the 79-69 win.