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Feb 8, 2013 1:39 AM by Andrew Masuda

Schlemer sparks Cal Poly's come-from-behind win at first place Pacific

Santa Maria native Molly Schlemer scored 12 second half points and junior Jonae Ervin made two free throws down the stretch to lead the Mustangs to a 62-59 come-from-behind win over the Pacific Tigers in a Big West Conference game in Stockton on Thursday night. Cal Poly improves to 13-8 overall and 7-3 in Big West play while Pacific falls to 18-4 and 8-2 in conference game with both conference losses coming at the hands of the Mustangs.

Cal Poly returns to the court and continues Big West Conference action when the team travels to UC Davis to take on the Aggies on Saturday at 2 pm.

Sophomore Ariana Elegado led the Mustangs with 15 points, hitting six of 18 shots from the floor. Schlemer, a junior, was six of nine from the floor with all 12 of her points coming in the final period. Nikol Allison came off the bench to add 10 points when she made five of six shots from the floor. Senior Kayla Griffin led the team with 10 rebounds and five assists while Allison added nine rebounds.

Cal Poly shot 36 percent from the floor, but made just three of 12 from long range. The Mustangs made nine of 11 shots from the line. Cal Poly dominated the boards with 47 rebounds with 19 coming at the offensive end of the court.

Cal Poly trailed 32-25 at the break. The 25 points in the first half was the fewest of the season for the Mustangs, surpassing 27 points against San Diego State on Dec. 16.

Schlemer opened the second half with a pair of buckets, cutting the lead to 34-29. For Schlemer it was her first points of the game. After a 5-0 run by the Tigers, Schlemer made her fourth field goal of the half to keep the Mustangs within six (39-33) and Ervin followed with a jumper to make it a four point game (39-35). Amaka Ofodu made it a two point game when she broke away for a layup. Allison tied the game (43-43) with 13:31 on the clock with a layup and took the lead, 56-45, on a free throw by Ervin.

Midway through the period, Cal Poly maintained a one point advantage, 48-47, on a layup by Elegado, but Pacific responded and took the lead, 52-50, on a Rodriguez three with 8:07 left in the game. Cascio made a layup and Allison backed it up on the next possession to give the Mustangs a 54-52 lead forcing a Pacific timeout with 5:30 on the clock. Out of the timeout, Griffin converted a jumper with five minutes left in the game and a 56-52 Cal Poly lead.

With 3:40 left in the game, Pacific cut the lead to one (56-55) on a free throw and a Johnson layup. An Elegado layup put Cal Poly back up by three (3:29), but Pacific responded with a field goal of its own to stay within one.

Elegado hit a clutch jumper with 1:54 left to give the Mustangs a three point lead (60-57). After three possessions that resulted in no scoring, Pacific had the ball after a missed jumper by Elegado and called timeout with 29 seconds left in regulation. Kristina Johnson hit a jumper with 20 seconds left, cutting the lead to one. Pacific fouled Griffin and she missed the front end of a one and one with the Tigers grabbing the rebound, but Ervin stole the ball before Pacific could cross mid-court with five seconds remaining. Ervin went to the line after she was fouled by Pacific and made both free throws for a three point lead. Pacific's three point attempt to tie the game at the buzzer fell short.

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