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Santiago Breaks School Record in Mustangs Win over UC Riverside

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Senior Kristina Santiago broke the school record for career rebounds, set in 1987, in the Mustangs 71-43 win over a short handed UC Riverside team Thursday evening in Mott Gym.

With the win, Cal Poly remains unbeaten in Big West play with a 3-0 record and improves to 6-9 overall. UC Riverside, with eight players available for the game, fell to 2-14 overall and 0-5 in conference games. 

The Mustangs return to the court on Saturday when the team will host UC Irvine at 4 pm.

Santiago scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds in leading the team to victory. The forward corralled her 693rd career-rebound off a blocked shot by Ashlee Burns with 11:06 left in the first half. She broke the record set by Sherrie Atteberry who played at Cal Poly from 1983 to '87. Santiago currently has 699 career rebounds. 

Santiago's points came when she hit 12 of 18 shots from the floor in 28 minutes of play. Redshirt freshman Ariana Elegado came off the bench to add a season-high 11 points when she hit four of six shots from the floor including a three-pointer.

Sophomore Jonae Ervin added eight points with junior Kayla Griffin scoring six. Burns collected a career-high eight rebounds in the game.
Dynese Adams and Natasha Hadley each scored 13 points for the Highlanders while no other player scored more then five points.
The Mustangs shot 40 percent from the floor, but made only three of 17 from long range. UCR made 29 percent of its field goals and 23 percent long range.
The Mustangs held a 51-39 advantage in rebounding with 22 coming at the offensive end. Cal Poly forced 24 turnovers while committing 13.  

Cal Poly gained its first double figure lead (16-5) with 8:32 on the clock in the first half when Santiago converted a layup. The Mustangs kept the pressure on and held their largest lead of the half, 16 points (28-12), with 3:30 on the clock when Elegado made a layup.

Cal Poly settled for a 34-19 lead at the break. 

The Mustangs used an 11-0 run to take a commanding 57-37 lead when Ervin made a layup off an Elegado assist.

Cal Poly held its largest lead of the game, 36 points, when Christine Martin converted a field goal with 5:21 left in the game.