Despite the early exit in the Big West Conference Tournament, the Cal Poly womens basketball teams season continues.
The Mustangs (17-14) will travel to face Washington (17-13) for the schools first-ever meeting Wednesday in the first round of the WNIT.
Game time will likely be announced today.
After winning the Big West regular-season title with a 12-4 record, top-seeded Cal Poly beat Cal State Fullerton 71-53 to open the conferences postseason tournament before a stunning 51-48 loss to Long Beach State in the semifinals. The Mustangs had beaten Long Beach State twice this season.
The winner of the tournament, UC Santa Barbara, will open the NCAA Tournament on Sunday as a No. 16 seed and go up against the tournaments top overall seed in Baylor (34-0) and Brittney Griner, the nations top player.
Cal Poly is led by two-time conference player of the year Kristina Santiago, the senior forward who enters the WNIT with 23.3-point and 10.1-rebound averages. Teammate Ashlee Burns is averaging nine points and shoots 41 percent from the 3-point line.
The Mustangs face a Washington team that defeated Oregon a team that beat Cal Poly 102-93 in the season opener in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament before losing 76-57 to Stanford in the quarterfinals. The Huskies are 3-1 against Big West opponents, falling 69-68 to UC Davis to open the season and then beating Cal State Northridge (74-67), UC Santa Barbara (46-37) and Long Beach State (80-46).
Washington has a pair of double-digit scorers in center Regina Rogers and point guard Jazmine Davis, who both average 16.2 points.
The winner will move on to the second round of the WNIT to face either Utah or Utah State sometime during March 17-19.
Torres named Big West player of the week
Cal Poly baseball player Nick Torres was named the Big West Conference player of the week Monday after hitting .500 with two home runs in four games last week.
In that stretch, the freshman right fielder also went 8 for 16 with eight RBI, two doubles and one triple. The Mustangs finished 2-2 in those four games, including two wins over Washington.
Torres, a Lakewood High graduate, is leading Cal Poly with a .381 batting average, 24 hits, eight doubles, 40 total bases, a .635 slugging percentage and a .435 on-base percentage. He is also second on the team with 15 RBI.
Cuesta players named all-state in basketball
Forward Malte Kramer and guard Calen Coleman were named to the all-state first team after leading the Cuesta College mens basketball team to the Western State Conference title and the Southern California Regional playoffs, where the Cougars lost 83-79 to top-seeded Citrus College in the semifinals.
Only three other schools had two players named to the all-state first team.
Kramer, also the WSC player of the year, averaged points (16.5) and rebounds (5.3) with a school-record 47.2 percentage from the 3-point line.
Coleman averaged 16.1 points and 5.8 rebounds with 51 3-pointers.