The Cal Poly women’s basketball team beat UC Irvine 74-58 at Mott Athletics Center on Saturday afternoon to stay in first place in the Big West Conference ahead of Long Beach State and Hawaii.
Dynn Leaupepe and Hannah Gilbert both had 14 points with seven and eight rebounds, respectively, for the Mustangs (11-9, 6-2 Big West Conference), who went up 7-4 in the first five minutes and never relinquished the lead.
Cal Poly had its largest lead over the Anteaters (4-18, 1-6) at 59-38 with 10 minutes left in the second half.
Ariana Elegado had nine points on three 3-pointers for the Mustangs to move into seventh in Big West history with 223 career 3s.
Ventura 64, Cuesta 59
Anika Rovig and Kaylee Williams had 20 points apiece, but Cuesta could not complete the comeback against the defending state champions as Ashley Gamber missed a shot that would have pulled the Cougars within one in the final minute.
Cuesta trailed 29-23 at halftime despite shooting 8 of 26 in the first half at home against Ventura (20-6, 7-0 Western State Conference North Division).
With the loss, the Cougars (19-6, 5-2 WSC) dropped into a tie for second place with Moorpark (13-9, 5-2 WSC).
UC Davis 81, Cal Poly 78, OT
Despite a career-high 27 points by forward Brian Bennett and a 10-point halftime lead, the Mustangs were unable to pull off a victory in overtime against the Big West tri-leader.
Bennett added nine rebounds, but the Mustangs (10-10, 3-5 Big West) couldn’t close it out in the second half. Joel Awich and Ridge Shipley both missed 3-point attempts in the last 36 seconds of regulation that would’ve won the game.
In overtime, UC Davis got out to its first lead since the Aggies were up 9-8 with 13:35 left in the first half, going up 72-71 halfway through the period. They proceeded to go up 79-76 before Shipley drew a foul on a 3-point shot attempt with six seconds remaining.
Shipley proceeded to make two of three free throws before fouling Avery Johnson, who made both free throws to give the Aggies (16-4, 6-1) an 81-78 lead with three seconds left.
David Nwaba’s long 3-point shot clanked off the rim as time expired for the Mustangs.
Cuesta 67, Ventura 50
Keshawn Liggins paced the Cougars with 23 points and five rebounds as Cuesta pulled away in the second half to win its fifth straight game.
Tayler Thompson added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Cougars (16-7, 6-1 WSC North), who moved into a three-way tie for first in the division with L.A. Pierce and Allan Hancock.
Hancock 102, Moorpark 97, OT
Arroyo Grande High graduate Matt Willkomm had 24 points and a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime to help keep the Bulldogs in a tie for first place
Paso Robles graduate Alex Chaidez made two free throws to give Hancock (11-10, 6-1) a three-point lead with eight seconds left in overtime.
San Diego 7, Cal Poly 0
Despite close matches at No. 3 and No. 6 singles, the Mustangs fell at San Diego.
At No. 3 singles for Cal Poly, Corey Pang took the first set 6-4 before losing the final two sets, while Karl Enander won the first set 6-2 before dropping the next two at No. 6 singles.
Fresno State 5, Cal Poly 2
Molly Reed won at No. 4 singles 6-2, 6-4 for the Mustangs before Zoe Oedekerk won 7-6, 7-6 in No. 6 singles, but that wasn’t enough for Cal Poly (1-2) to pull out a victory on the road.
The No. 3 doubles team of Reed and Sayaka Tsugai won 6-2, but the Mustangs couldn’t win the doubles point overall.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
MEN: UC Santa Barbara 169, Cal Poly 110; WOMEN: Cal Poly 152, UC Santa Barbara 135
Cal Poly won 10 of 16 events on the women’s side, while the men’s side took four victories in the latest edition of the Blue-Green Rivalry.
For the men, Mickey Mackle won the 200 individual medley in 1 minute, 53.03 seconds, and Brady Shutt won both of the diving competitions.
For the women, Bonnie Diamond set the third-best time in school history in the 1,000-yard freestyle in 10:23.63 before winning the 500 free in 5:06.24.
Lauren Pierce took both diving competitions, while six other swimmers won events for the Mustangs.
INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
Cal Poly’s Danielle Bryan and Kendal Nielsen were the top women’s collegians in their events, while Mishe’ Scott placed well in the long jump in Seattle.
Bryan cleared 5 feet, 8 inches in the high jump for third overall and first for collegiate performers. Nielsen had a triple-jump mark of 39-11 1⁄2, finishing third behind two non-college entrants.
Scott placed eighth in long jump with a mark of 17-6 3⁄4.
Riverside 4, Cuesta 3
The Cougars surrendered a 3-0 lead when Riverside scored twice in the fifth inning and twice in the seventh.
Dustin Miller and San Luis Obispo High graduate Garrett Giovannelli both went 2 for 5 for the Cougars (0-3).
Santa Rosa 5, Cuesta 4
Ami Hood’s two-run home run in the fifth inning gave Cuesta a 4-3 lead before Santa Rosa scored two runs in the seventh.
Marissa Tabaris pitched a complete game for the Cougars (0-3), allowing seven hits while striking out two and giving up no earned runs.