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Women's Basketball: Shooting woes continue for UCI women

Anteaters start slow and are blown out by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, falling to 0-2 in conference.

January 05, 2013|By Matt Szabo

IRVINE — The first 11 shots clanged off the rim at the start of Saturday's game for the UC Irvine women's basketball team.

Junior forward Jasmine Bernard finally made the 12th shot, a layup on Kelly Meggs' assist. But the Anteaters were already in a big hole against visiting Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

UC Irvine Coach Doug Oliver has seen the poor shooting for much of the early season. So far, the lack of scoring is making it difficult for UCI to score wins in the Big West Conference.

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Cal Poly cruised to a 64-46 win at Bren Events Center, and it really wasn't that close. The game was essentially over by halftime, when Cal Poly had a 36-15 edge.

The 15 points were the Anteaters' lowest output for a half in more than a year, since a nonconference game against Wyoming on Dec. 21, 2011 (14 points). And the 18-point loss tied a December setback to Idaho as the worst of the season.

"Our offensive struggles have been ongoing," Oliver said. "We only had 17 points in the first half on Thursday [in a 51-46 loss to UC Santa Barbara], but at least we were in fighting distance. But [tonight] Cal Poly played with so much energy. We had a lot of good, open shots early in the ballgame and couldn't get anything to fall. We lost energy on the defensive end, and they took advantage of it. Cal Poly reacted like you'd anticipate a team reacting after a loss Thursday. Unfortunately, we did not do that."

Bernard ended with a team-high 13 points off the bench for the Anteaters (4-10, 0-2 in conference). If UCI didn't have her, it would have been even worse. She made four of six shots in the opening half, while the rest of the team was a combined two for 22.

Ariana Elegado, a sophomore guard for Cal Poly (7-6, 1-1), matched UC Irvine in the first half by scoring 15 points, all of them on three-pointers. She finished with a game-high 20 points.

UC Irvine, which fell to 0-6 at home this season, shot just 15 of 53 for the game (28%). Its leading scorer coming into the game, junior point guard Jennifer Tsurumoto, missed all nine of her field-goal attempts and was held scoreless.

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