Despite a game-high 28 points, eight rebounds and five assists from junior forward Kristina Santiago, the Cal Poly women’s basketball team fell 77-72 at UC Davis on Saturday night in a Big West Conference matchup.
The Mustangs led 50-45 midway through the second half, but a 13-0 run by the Aggies put them on top 58-50 with nine minutes remaining.
A Santiago layup cut the lead to three with 7:53 remaining, but the Mustangs (9-5, 2-1) would get no closer.
Former Atascadero High standout Haylee Donaghe finished with 13 points, including a key layup with 1:54 remaining that boosted UC Davis’ lead back to eight points.
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Cal Poly’s Ashlee Burns finished with 13 points, and Rachel Clancy added 12 and six rebounds.
The Aggies (10-6, 3-1) were paced by Heidi Heintz’s 16 points.
Cal Poly lost despite outshooting UC Davis 49.1 percent to 43.5 percent.
The Aggies forced 25 Cal Poly turnovers.
Ventura 64, Cuesta 25
The Pirates, California’s top-ranked community college team, had no trouble with Cuesta, holding the Cougars to just eight points in the first half.
Valerie Gee was Cuesta’s leading scorer with four points.
The Cougars (19-1) were held to just 16 percent shooting and 10 percent in the first half. Ventura shot 56 percent from the field.
Cuesta 60, Ventura 53
Roger Guardia led Cuesta (16-4, 2-0 Western State Conference) with 21 points, and Seth Koenig added 12. The Cougars led 32-24 at halftime, holding off a second-half rally by Ventura.
Cuesta suffered through what head coach Rusty Blair called a sloppy game, committing 22 turnovers.
“Both teams struggled from the field,” Blair said. “We’re glad to get the win, and I think it’s a good sign that the players showed they weren’t satisfied with the level of play they put out there.”
The Cougars will face Oxnard on Wednesday.