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Mustangs Win Seventh in a Row with 69-47 Win over UC Riverside

Mustangs Win Seventh in a Row with 69-47 Win over UC Riverside

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The Cal Poly women's basketball team picked up its seventh win in a row with a 69-47 win over UC Riverside  on Saturday afternoon at the Student Rec Center on the campus of UC Riverside. With the win the Mustangs improve to 13-12 overall and 9-3 in Big West Play. UC Riverside falls to 5-21 and 3-11 in conference play.

For the Mustangs, the win marks the first time since Nov. 27 that the team has had an overall record above .500.

Cal Poly was led by senior Kristina Santiago's 29 points and 11 rebounds. The 6-2 forward was seven of eight from the field and hit five of six from the line in just 19 minutes of play. Sophomore Jonae Ervin was the second Mustang in double figures with 10 points. The guard was three of four from the floor and four of five from the line.

Junior Kayla Griffin added nine points with fellow classmate Caroline Reeves scoring eight. Senior Christine Martin and junior Brittany Woodard each came off the bench to score eight.

Dynese Adams was the lone Highlander in double figures with 12 points as UCR shot a lowly 29.6 percent from the floor and was did not hit a three pointer in seven attempts.

Cal Poly shot 43.5 percent from the floor and made three of 10 from long range. Martin accounted for two of the team's three 3-pointers.

Cal Poly corralled 39 rebounds, 33 at the offensive end while URC tallied 33 rebounds. Each team turned the ball over 14 times.

The Mustangs held a two point lead (28-26) with 2:47 remaining in the half when Ervin and Woodard each went to the line twice without a miss and lifted the Mustangs to a 32-26 lead at the break.

In the half the score was tied five times with five lead changes.

Cal Poly opened the second half on a 15-2 run and held a 43-28 lead 3:44 gone on the clock.

The Mustang run continued when on a pair of free throws by Santiago with 12:09 left in the game, making it a 23-4 run.

UC Riverside never got within 17 points the rest of the game.

Cal Poly will return to the court on Feb. 23 when the team will host Long Beach State at 7 pm in Mott Gym.