Dec. 17, 2006
Corpus Christi, TX- Saint Mary's senior center Sheridan Arredondo tallied a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds, both career highs to lead the Gaels past the Cal Poly Mustangs 77-64 Sunday afternoon from the American Bank Center. With the win, SMC ends its six-game skid and tallied its first road victory on the season. The Gaels are now 3-7 on the year while the Mustangs fall to 4-7.
On top of Arredondo's career night, fellow senior Eghosa Obaiza tied a career high with 10 rebounds in just 13 minutes of action.Obaiza also tallied five points and three steals.
Five Gaels poured in double-figures including sophomore Jontelle Smith who tallied 15 points with three three's. Junior Maija Lahde recorded 11 points and three steals while Lauren Shaughnessy and Kira Kojola added 10 a piece.
Shaughnessy nearly recorded a triple-double, adding nine rebounds and seven assists. Kojola in her first career start hit two treys and was 4-of-10 from the floor.
Cal Poly was led by Jessica Eggleston and her 16 points and five rebounds. Kaysen Brennan and Bria Fields tallied 12 a piece.
With just over eight minutes to go in the first half the Mustangs were holding onto a 17-27 lead. The Gaels then held Cal Poly scoreless for seven minutes and rallied off a 23-0 run to take a 40-27 lead with one minute remaining.
Smith sparked the run for SMC, tallying nine of her 15 in the seven minute span including a three.
Saint Mary's took its largest lead with 13:11 left, sporting a 19 point cushion with the score 61-42.
The Gaels finished the game shooting 45 percent from the floor, 30 percent from beyond the arc and 60 percent from the charity stripe.
The Mustangs shot 38 percent from the floor, 17 percent from three and 72 percent from the free throw line.
SMC out-rebounded CP 48-36 including 31 defensive boards. The Gaels had 15 steals compared to the 12 of the Mustangs.
Shaughnessy was named to the All-Tournament Team after averaging nine points and seven assists in the two contests.
Saint Mary's will return to action on Wednesday, December 20 to host Eastern Washington. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from McKeon Pavilion.