Schlemer Scores Career-High in 96-89 Loss at UCLA

Schlemer Scores Career-High in 96-89 Loss at UCLA

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Cal Poly senior Molly Schlemer scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, but it would not be enough as UCLA prevailed, 96-89, in Los Angeles on Saturday in Cal Poly's final non-conference game. Cal Poly will open Big West Conference play on the road at Hawai'i on January 8.  

With the loss the Mustangs fall to 6-7 overall while UCLA improves to 6-6.

Schlemer's points came when she connected on 14 of 20 shots from the floor. Junior Ariana Elegado scored 21 points when she made five of nine from long range with fellow junior Kristen Ale coming off the bench to add 16 points.

Seven of Schlemer's 16 rebounds came at the offensive end of the court with senior Jonae Ervin grabbing five.

Nirra Fields led all scorers with 36 points when she connected on 13 of 18 shots from the floor. Atonye Nyingifa and Thea Lemberger each added 23 points for the Bruins.

Cal Poly shot 46 percent from the floor and made 14 of 16 shots from the line while UCLA made 49 percent of its field goals and went to the line 40 times, making 28.  UCLA scored 34 points above its season average of 62 points per game.

UCLA held a slight edge in rebounds, 40-38, with the Mustangs turning the ball over 14 times compared to 12 times for the Bruins.

UCLA opened the game, grabbing an 11-2 lead. Cal Poly came back on a 10-4 run to cut the lead to three (13:42) on a three by Ale. UCLA responded by opening a 12 point lead on a 13-4 run midway in the half. Cal Poly came back with a 13-1 run on a layup by Schlemer with 6:43 left in the game and a 29-29 score. Cal Poly held its' only of the half on a three pointer by Sarah Lipton (4:03) with UCLA settling for a 43-40 lead at the break.

The second half had UCLA opening a 10 point lead just two minutes into the second half and held a 12 point lead, 71-59, midway through the period (9:36). Cal Poly would battle back to cut the lead to three, 82-79, on a three by Elegado with 3:35 on the clock and again with 32 seconds left (88-85) on a layup by Ale, but could not get any closer as UCLA scored 14 of its final 16 points from the line.