Mustangs Win Title, Santiago Breaks Record in, 88-66, Win over Pacific

Mustangs Win Title, Santiago Breaks Record in, 88-66, Win over Pacific

STOCKTON, Calif. --  The Cal Poly women's basketball team captured the Big West Conference Regular Season Championship while senior Kristina Santiago broke the school record for points in a career in the 88-66 in over Pacific in Stockton on Saturday.

With the win the Mustangs head into the Big West tournament with a 16-13 overall record and finish the conference season 12-4. Pacific, with the loss, concludes the regular season 16-12 overall and 9-7 in conference games. Cal Poly will host Cal State Fullerton, the No. 8 seed, on Tuesday, March 6, at 7 pm in the first round of the conference tournament.

Santiago broke the school record, recoding her 1,844 point, with her second field goal of the game at 17:27 of the first period when she converted a layup to give the Mustangs an early, 6-5, lead.

She broke the record held by Laura Buehning when she played at Cal Poly between 1979 to 1982.

Santiago led the Mustangs with her 16th double-double of the season when she tallied 33 points and 10 rebounds. The forward converted 13 of 16 from the floor and made six of eight from the line.

Her all-around game included a new career-high of five blocks, three assists and one steal with just one turnover.

Caroline Reeves scored a season-high 13 points while Brittany Woodard came off the bench to tie her career-high with 11 points.

Kendall Rodriguez led a group of four Pacific players in double figures with 17 points.

Cal Poly shot 58 percent from the floor when they hit 33 of 57 shots from the floor. The Mustangs hit only four of 14 from long range, but made 18 of 23 from the line.

Pacific shot 31 percent from the floor and made just five of 22 from beyond the arc and converted 19 of 28 from the line.

Cal Poly committed only 12 turnovers while dishing out 17 assists led by Jonae Ervin's four. Pacific turned the ball 16 times and dished out 10 assists.

The first half was a bit of a back-and-forth battle with five ties and five lead changes. Pacific built a four point lead (10-6) on a three-pointer by Erica McKenzie with 16:23 on the clock.

The Mustangs marched right back and took a nine point lead (22-13) on a Woodard three-pointer at 9:49. Pacific then went on a 9-0 run and tied the game at 22-22 with 8:28 in the first half.

The teams traded leads until the Mustangs used a 7-0 run to close the half and take a 39-32 lead into the break.

In the second half the Mustangs quickly built a 19 point lead (56-37) just 5:23 into the final period on a layup by Ervin.

The Mustangs never looked back and held their largest lead of the game, 26 points, on a Ashlee Burns three with 3:56 left in the game.

Pacific would not get closer then 22 points.