The Cal Poly women’s basketball team opened Big West play on the road and stumbled in the second half, losing 62-52 to Long Beach State on Thursday night.
Brittany Woodard led the Mustangs (6-6, 0-1 Big West) with 14 points, and Kayla Griffin added 12 points.
Alex Sanchez had 15 points for Long Beach State (8-5, 1-0), which has won four games in a row.
Cal Poly shot only 28 percent from the floor making just 20 shots on 71 attempts and only hit only three of 20 from long range.
The score was tied at 29-29 at halftime, as Cal Poly got 10 points in the half from Woodard. Jonae Ervin had six of her 11 points in the first half, and Ashley Cascio came off the bench to score all five of her points in the half.
Long Beach gained the advantage in the second half, extending their lead to seven points with 7:48 left in the game.
Cal Poly responded with a 3-pointer by Griffin but was never able to regain the lead as the 49ers pulled away in the final minutes of play.
Woodard and Caroline Reeves led Cal Poly with seven rebounds apiece. Griffin hit two 3-pointers, and Reeves and Ariana Elegado had a team-high three assists each.
Cal Poly returns to the court Saturday when the team travels to UC Irvine for a Big West game at 4 pm.