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3-Point Shooting, Forced Turnovers Lift UCI to 73-57 Win vs. Cal Poly

3-Point Shooting, Forced Turnovers Lift UCI to 73-57 Win vs. Cal Poly

IRVINE, Calif. — Cal Poly junior forward Alicia Roufosse scored in double-figures for her second straight road game, but UC Irvine forced 30 turnovers on Saturday while knocking down 15 shots from 3-point range, carrying the Anteater women's basketball team to a 73-57 victory at Bren Events Center.

Senior guard Andee Ritter led UC Irvine (13-4, 3-2) with 24 points, making 8 of 21 shots from behind the arc, pacing the Anteaters to a 15-for-34 performance from deep as a team, overcoming a season-best 57.5-percent overall shooting outing by Cal Poly.

The Mustangs, shorthanded playing their second consecutive game without senior point guard, captain and Big West Conference leader in minutes played, Dye Stahley, out with an injury, got out to a 9-7 lead early on.

Freshman guard Alli Hallberg, coming off her first career start filling in for Stahley, drove for a layup 3:12 into Saturday's game to provide the Mustangs (4-13, 1-5) the two-point advantage.

The lead was short-lived, though, as Preseason All-Conference forward Jordan Sanders answered with a jumper on the next possession, igniting a 10-0 run capped by a Tahlia Garza layup with 4:14 to play in the opening quarter. After starting the second period up 22-11, junior point guard Lauren Saiki delivered a 3 with 1:24 elapsed in the quarter to push the UCI margin to 27-13, en route to a 34-22 halftime upper hand.

Mustang senior center Devin Stanback scored on the first possession of the second half to cut the deficit to 10, but UCI quickly responded with a 7-0 spurt, pulling ahead 41-24 on a Sanders jumper just over two minutes into the third. 

The Anteaters, staked to a 53-35 lead heading into the fourth quarter, extended the gap to 67-44 on a Ritter 3 with 4:14 remaining in regulation, before Cal Poly closed out the rest of the way with a 13-6 stretch for the final score.

Roufosse went 4-for-6 off the bench, adding a 3-for-5 day at the foul line, on the way to 11 points in her 22 minutes.

Stanback and junior forward Hana Vesela each added 10 points, combining to shoot 9-for-15 to key Cal Poly to a 23-for-40 shooting performance altogether, which surpassed the 27-for-54 game against UCSB on Jan. 12 as a season-best percentage (57.5).

Cal Poly returns to the floor visiting Hawai'i on Saturday, Feb. 2. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PST at the Stan Sheriff Center.

File Photo © David E. Holmes