Kristen Ale scored a game-high 20 points, Ariana Elegado added eight in the second half after battling early foul trouble, and the Cal Poly women’s basketball team improved to 4-1 in Big West play with a 57-48 win at Cal State Fullerton on Thursday.
Ale was 7-of-13 shooting and 5 for 5 on free throws, taking over as the main scoring option after Elegado was forced to sit with the game’s first two fouls.
Elegado and Beth Balbierz both hit a pair of 3-pointers, Taryn Garza grabbed a team-high six rebounds, and the Mustangs (9-8) finished 14 of 15 from the foul line compared to 10 of 26 by the Titans (8-9, 2-2).
Cal Poly gave up 12 offensive rebounds and turned the ball over 17 times, but the Mustangs outscored Fullerton in bench points (14-7) and points in the paint (20-12).
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Cal Poly led 30-19 at halftime and led by as many as 17, 49-32, on a pair of Balbierz free throws with 7:16 to play.
The Titans pulled within six twice in the final two minutes, but Ale answered both times with a pair of free throws, and Elegado iced the game by making both of her attempts from the line with 30 seconds left.
TRACK AND FIELD
Torres sets meet record
San Luis Obispo High graduate and Colorado junior Abrianna Torres won the women’s pentathlon at the Air Force Invitational with a meet-record 3,882 points.
Torres won the shot put with a throw of 43 feet, 3 inches — nearly 10 feet farther than her nearest competitor. She finished second in the long jump and third in both the 60-meter hurdles and the high jump, giving her enough breathing room to finish 10th in the 800 meters and still win by more than 200 points over unattached competitor Marsha Mark-Baird (3,679).