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Katie McElree poured in 30 points to lead Cal State Bakersfield to an 80-72 victory over Cal Poly in an exhibition women’s basketball game Friday night in Mott Gym.

Krista Arase added 11 points and Jessie Loring 10 for the Roadrunners, who also defeated 10-time Big West Conference champion UC Santa Barbara in another exhibition last Sunday in The Thunderdome.

Sarah Grieve scored 25 points and Michelle Henke added 10 off the bench to lead Cal Poly, which split its two exhibition games. The Mustangs beat Azusa Pacific 87-68 last week.

Cal State Bakersfield scored the first six points of the game, but Cal Poly later went on an 8-0 run for a 24-19 advantage and settled for a 37-32 lead at the break.

The Mustangs led 48-44 early in the second half before the Roadrunners turned the game back around in their favor with a 17-4 run, building a 61-52 cushion with 8:22 to play.

Cal Poly pulled to within four points at 74-70 on a putback by Henke with 2:18 to play, but could get no closer.

Cal State Bakersfield made 44.1 percent of its floor shots, including each of its four three-point tries, while Cal Poly was 39.1 percent from the floor, sinking just two of 20 treys.

Cal Poly outrebounded Cal State Bakersfield 51-37, led by Henke with 13 and Grieve with 12, but could not overcome its 34 turnovers. The Roadrunners committed 29 turnovers.

Cal Poly officially opens the 2005-06 season next Friday at home against Cal State Los Angeles at 4:30 p.m. in Mott Gym.

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