SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – UC Santa Barbara women's basketball scored 46 second half points and shot 57 percent from the floor in downing the Cal Poly Mustangs 78-64 in a Big West Conference game on Saturday at Mott Gym in front of 2,552 fans. With the win over the Mustangs, UCSB earned a share of the Big West Conference regular season championship with the Mustangs, with both teams finishing the regular season with a 12-4 mark. Overall UCSB improved to 19-10 while Cal Poly dropped to 16-11.
Cal Poly, the No. 1 seed, will open the first round of the Big West Basketball Tournament at home on Tuesday when the Mustangs host Cal State Fullerton (No. 8 seed) at 7 pm in Mott Gym.
UCSB's hot second half shooting broke open a one point lead at the half, 32-31, while the Mustangs struggled from the field shooting 38 percent from the floor and hitting only one of six from long range.
Freshman Jonae Ervin led the Mustangs with 17 points while junior Abby Bloetscher added 16.
Mekia Valentine led all scorers with 27 points for the Gauchos while Emilie Johnson scored 18 and Kelsey Adrian adding 17.
Bloetscher recorded her fifth double-double of the season when she led the Mustangs with 12 of the team's 32 boards. Valentine tallied 20 of UCSB's 36 rebounds.
Cal Poly tied its season best with only nine turnovers while UCSB committed 13.
UC Santa Barbara used a 16-5 run midway in the final period to pull away from the Mustangs as Cal Poly could get no closer then nine points over the remaining four minutes of play.
Prior to the game Cal Poly honored the team's three seniors: Rachel Clancy, Desiray Johnston and Tamara Wells.