IRVINE, Calif. – The Cal Poly women's basketball team used a solid second half to defeat UC Irvine, 76-63, in a Big West Conference basketball game on Thursday in Irvine. With the win the Mustangs improve to 12-12 overall and 8-3 in conference games while the Anteaters fall to 11-15 and 7-6.
The Mustangs return to the court on Saturday at 3 pm when they travel to UC Riverside for a Big West Conference game.
Cal Poly made 50 percent of its floor shots and six of eight from beyond the arc in the second half in breaking open a three point game at half time (33-30) to defeat the Anteaters.
Senior Kristina Santiago scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the team. Santiago made 10 of 12 shots from the floor and both from the line in the win.
Jonae Ervin added 17 points when she hit six of 12 from the floor including a three pointer while adding to her nation leading assist to turnover ratio of seven assists and one turnover.
Senior Ashlee Burns was the third Mustang to score in double figures with 12 points when she made four of seven shots from long range.
Overall the Mustangs made 29 of 66 from the floor (44 percent) and connected on eight of 16 from long range.
UC Irvine was led by Anete Kintsone with 13 points while Kassandra McCalister and Cheyenne Cathey each added 11 points. Overall UCI made 30 percent of their shots from the floor and 36 percent from long range.
Cal Poly ourtrebounded UCI, 40-34, and committed four less turnovers (17-13) with the Mustangs credited with 10 steals.
Cal Poly went to the line and made 10 of 14 shots with UCI making 12 of 14.
The Mustangs used a 13-0 run to open the second half to break away from the Anteaters over the first five minute of the half. Santiago highlighted the run with a layup with 15:56 on the clock to build a 46-30 lead for the team.
Cal Poly would eventually build its lead to 18 points with 10:04 on the clock on a layup by Brittany Woodard, giving the Mustangs a 57-39 lead.
UCI would cut the lead to 10 with 7:40 left in the game, but would get no closer.