Thousand Oaks, CA --- Jessica Salotollo (Anaheim, CA) was a perfect 7-of-7 from the field including five three-pointers as she scored 19 points and led Cal Lutheran to a 78-50 non-conference women's basketball victory over WPI during the final day of the Posada Royale Winter Classic at Gilbert Arena Monday afternoon.
Dani Davis (East Granby, CT) led the Engineers with 14 points while Amaia Gritsko (Milford, CT) was a pair of rebounds shy of a double-double as she pulled down eight boards and added 10 points. Siena Mamayek (Melrose, MA) and Kelly Morgan (Brookline, NH) each pitched in with seven points. Jessica Larsen (San Diego, CA) had five points and two rebounds off the bench for a total of eight points and four caroms in a pair of games in her home state.
The Regals shot 52 percent from the floor (33-63) and made a season-high nine three pointers. WPI shot over 40 percent from the field but CLU held the Engineers to just 8-of-23 shooting in the second half.
The first half was closely contested with both teams holding the lead before Cal Lutheran used three three-pointers from Salotollo to gain a 36-30 advantage headed into intermission. The Regals led for the first seven minutes of the game before Davis and Yasmeen Luna (North Providence, RI) each scored baskets to put the Engineers up at 13-12.
The lead was short-lived however when Keeley Anderson (Lake Forest, CA) found Salottolo for an open three-pointer. Salotollo then sent a cross-court pass to Sofia Cruz (Las Vegas, NV), who then laid it up and in to put CLU ahead by four. Cal Lutheran came up with a defensive stop and Salottolo hit her second three-pointer from the corner after a skip pass from Natalie Stone (El Dorado Hills, CA). The freshman then capped the run on the next possession as she hit a three-pointer from well behind the three-point arc and the shot-clock winding down that pushed CLU ahead at 20-13.
Cal Lutheran would cruise after coming back from halftime, outscoring the Engineers 42-20 in the second half. Leading 55-41 with 11:02 left to play in the game, CLU went on an 18-5 run over the six minutes to put the game out of reach. Katy Lindor (Seattle, WA) had four points to start the run while Cruz poured in five more to aid the run.
In addition to Salotollo, Cruz was second on the team with 16 points. Trianna Owen (San Diego, CA) was also perfect from the field (3-3) as she sunk both three-pointers she attempted and ended with eight points. Haley Hodgson (Cypress, CA) tied Owen with eight points of her own while Chelsea Jacoby (Thousand Oaks, CA) had seven to go along with a team-high five rebounds and five assists.
WPI drops to 3-6 after the loss and will head back to the East Coast for a 2pm NEWMAC contest at Smith on Saturday. Cal Lutheran (4-7) will resume action after the New Year when it heads back into SCIAC play on Saturday, Jan. 4, when it hosts Occidental at 7:00 p.m.
Portions Release Courtesy Cal Lutheran Sports Information