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Nov 23, 2012 8:08 PM by Andrew Masuda

Woodard, Griffin set career-highs in Cal Poly's tournament opening win

Brittany Woodard scored a career-high 18 points to lead the Cal Poly women's basketball team to a 75-64 win over Stephen F. Austin on Friday to open the annual Cal Poly Thanksgiving Tournament in Mott Gym.

Woodard made 5 of her 10 shots from the floor and converted 8 of her 10 free throws to lead the Mustangs with 18 points. The junior added 6 rebounds. Kayla Griffin scored 10 of her 16 points in the first half and led the team with a career-high 14 rebounds. Caroline Reeves was a perfect 10 for 10 at the free throw line and finished with 12 points to give the Mustangs three players with 12 or more points in the game.

The Mustangs improved to 3-2 on the season, while the visiting Ladyjacks fell to 3-2. Cal Poly plays Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday at 2pm to close out the three-day tournament.

The Mustangs took a 38-18 lead into halftime after holding the Ladyjacks to 21% shooting and forcing 9 turnovers in the first half.

The Mustangs took 44 free throws in the game, many of them came in the final two minutes of the game. Cal Poly made 34 of them for a 77 percent clip. The Mustangs shot just 26 percent from the floor in the second half and finished with a 36 percent mark for the game.

The two teams finished with 47 rebounds apiece. Stephen F. Austin managed to corral 24 offensive rebounds, but made just 21 of its 70 shots for a 30 percent mark. Daylyn Harris led the Ladyjacks with 16 points, while Porsha Robert added 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Cal Poly sophomore Ariana Elegado added 8 points and 3 steals, while Taryn Garza added 6 points.

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