Dec 16, 2012 9:47 PM by Bill Halter
San Diego State is joining the Big West Conference next year and the Aztecs womens basketball team proved it is going to be a handful. SDSU won at Cal Poly, 73-56 on Sunday afternoon to imrpove to 6-3, The Mustangs fall to 5-4 in non-conference play.
Cal Poly forward Nikol Allison scored a career-high 16 points off the bench, the senior from Davis was 8-11 shooting. As a team the Mustangs shot poorly, making just 39 percent of their shots from the field (24-61) and the free throw line (7-18). San Diego State shot 55 percent from the field. The Aztecs were led by guards Chelsea Hopkins and Courtney Clements who both scored 17 points. Hopkins added ten rebounds and nine assists.
Both teams had 35 rebounds and 12 turnovers.
Cal Poly will play two more home games to finish non-conference play. The Mustangs are host the University of San Francisco on Tuesday night and Loyala Marymount on Thursday night. Both games are set to start at 7:00pm.
The two-time defending Big West champion Mustangs will begin conference play on January 3rd at Long Beach State. The 49ers eliminated the Mustangs in the conference semifinals last year.
Cal Poly will return to the court on Tuesday, Dec. 18th when the team will host the Univ. of San Francisco for a 7 pm game.
Allison scored a career-high 16 points when she hit eight of 11 from the floor. Her previous best was 14 points against CSU Bakersfield earlier this season. Allison was the lone Mustang in double figures with Caroline Reeves adding nine points and Ariana Elegado scoring seven. Brittany Woodard recorded a career-high 12 rebounds with six coming at the offensive end of the court.
SDSU was led by Chelsea Hopkins who missed a triple-double by one assist. She scored 17 points with a team-high 10 rebounds. Courtney Clements also scored 17 points with Malia Nahinu adding 13 points. Danesha Long was the fourth Aztec in double figures with 10 points.
SDSU shot 55 percent from the floor and made four of eight from long range. Cal Poly shot 39 percent from the floor, but made only one of seven from beyond the arc. The teams each had 35 rebounds and 12 turnovers. SDSU had four blocks to the Mustangs one and held a 7-5 advantage in steals.
In the first half, SDSU edged out to an eight point advantage (25-17) with 7:27 on the clock when Elegado hit the team's only three of the game and Reeves converted a traditional three point play to cut the lead to two (27-25) with 4:9 on the clock. SDSU then used a 13-0 run to break open the game over the next three minutes and settled for a 40-27 lead at the break.
In the second half SDSU opened up an 18 point lead (45-27) less than two minutes into the half. Cal Poly battled back and cut the lead to 12 (53-41) on a layup by Elegado with 14:47 left in the game. Cal Poly would get no closer than 13 points with 4:36 left in the game.
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