Santiago Leads Mustangs to 74-64 Win over Pacific

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Senior Kristina Santiago recorded her 10th double-double of the season in leading the Cal Poly women's basketball team to a 74-64 win over Pacific in a Big West Conference game on Thursday in Mott Gym in front of 378 fans.

With the win the Mustangs improve to 7-12 overall and 4-3 in conference games. Pacific falls to 10-9 overall and 3-4 in conference games. For the Mustangs the win snapped a three game conference winless streak. 

Cal Poly will return to the court on Saturday, Jan. 28 when the team will host UC Davis at 4 pm.

Santiago scored a game-high 25 points, 19 coming in the second half, when she made eight of 14 shots from the floor. In the second half alone she was seven of 10. She completed her double-double with 14 rebounds, 11 in the second half.

Fellow senior Christine Martin came off the bench to score 14 points while a total of 10 Mustangs scored in the game. 

Kendall Rodriquez led the Tigers with 17 points while Gena Johnson added 14. Kendall Kenyon and Sam Pettinger each led Pacific with seven rebounds.

Cal Poly shot 42 percent from the floor and made four of 11 from long range while Pacific shot 36 percent and made 33 percent from beyond the arch. 

Cal Poly forced Pacific into 21 turnovers while committing 16 of its own. The Mustangs were credited with 13 steals and four blocks in the game.

Cal Poly dished out 15 assists led by Caroline Reeves with five. 

The game opened with the Mustangs grabbing 16-0 lead (14:46) and never looking back as the team led wire to wire.

Cal Poly eventually gained a 20-1 advantage with 13:38 left in the half when Pacific finally got on track. The Tigers closed the lead to three (32-29) with 3:23 on the clock, but the Mustangs held a 40-32 advantage at the break when Kristen Ale and Jonae Ervin made back to back layups to close the half.

In the second half with 13:26 left in the game, Cal Poly built a nine point advantage (49-48) on a Martin three-pointer. Pacific would never get closer then eight (57-49) the rest of the game with Cal Poly holding its largest lead of 17 points three times with the last coming at 2:28. 

Cal Poly broke the game open when Santiago had three fast break layups in a row with the first coming at 5:32. Ervin fed Santiago for the first one with Reeves getting credit for the last two.

Cal Poly settled for the 10 point win (74-64) as Pacific made the last three field goals of the game.