The Cal Poly women’s basketball team keeps getting key contributions from different players, but the performances just aren’t transforming into wins.
Against Arizona State on Friday, it was guard Caroline Reeves, who had a career-high 14 points, but the Mustangs couldn’t fend of the Sun Devils as they fell 69-58.
It marks the third time this season the Mustangs (2-3) have had a different leading scorer. Guard Desiray Johnston led the Mustangs with 16 against Illinois, guard Rachel Clancy led the Mustangs with 18 against Seattle and guard Ashlee Burns led the Mustangs twice this season. She scored 14 against Loyola Marymount and 22 against Fresno State.
Against the Sun Devils, Reeves tied for a team-high with Clancy, who also scored 14, while adding 10 rebounds for a double-double.
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Center Abby Bloetscher had nine points.
Arizona State had four players in double-figure scoring. Guard Kimberley Brandon scored a team-high 16 points, while guard Dymond Simon scored 13. Tenaya Watson and Janae Fulcher added 10 points apiece.
Barstow 69, Cuesta 59
The season is still young, but a trend is already emerging for the Cougars.
The Cougars (1-6) can play with just about anybody — they just have trouble closing games.
Playing host at the Cuesta Conoco Philips Tournament, the Cougars fell behind Barstow 34-27 at the half, but broke out for 10 unanswered points to start the second half to take a 37-34 lead.
Barstow hung tough, however, and hit three straight 3-pointers down the stretch to pull away.
“We have the exact same thing happen, we get down, come back, take the lead, and then” Cuesta head coach Ron Barba said. “All the games have been in reach, but so far they haven’t gone our way.”
Southwestern 78, Cuesta 64
The Cougars led 40-31 at halftime but were done in by poor 3-point shooting in the second half at the Grossmont College Tournament in El Cajon.
Cuesta hit just 4-of-17 3-point attempts for 23.5 percent in the second half. They finished 9 of 34 from beyond the arc.
Malte Kramer finished with a game-high 20 points for Cuesta, shooting 3 of 13 from 3-point range and grabbing six rebounds.
Casey Rogers added 15 points and four rebounds for the Cougars (4-3).
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Peter Kline’s seventh-place finish. and Kylie France’s school record highlighted Cal Poly’s day at the AT&T Short Course National Championships in Columbus, Ohio.
Kline, a Big West Conference champion in the 200 backstroke and 400 individual medley last season, posted a time of 3:50.23 in the men’s 400 individual medley.
Kline also placed 19th in the 100 backstroke, finishing with a time 18.96 seconds.
Kline was not the only one to have success at the event. France broke the school record — twice — in the women’s 400 individual medley.
She broke her own record of 4:21.87, which she set in the USA Swimming Grand Prix last January, with a 29th fastest 4:21.22.
But in the evening session, she finished nearly two seconds faster with her time of 4:19.31 in the bonus final, to finish 26th.
Cal Poly at Las Vegas Invitational
Cal Poly 141-pounder Boris Novachkov advanced to the semifinals of the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, winning three matches in the process.
Novachkov improved to 8-0 on the season with pins over Ohio State’s Randall Languis in 3 minutes, 52 seconds and Adam Orton of Dickinson State in 1:33.
In the quarterfinals, Novachkov scored a 6-1 decision victory over Vicente Varela of Hofstra. He will face No. 1 seed Zack Bailey of Oklahoma today in the semifinals.
Novachkov was one of five Cal Poly wrestlers to advance to the quarterfinals, but the only one to advance further.
The quartet of Mustangs who lost their quarterfinal-round matches were Filip Novachkov at 133, Barrett Abel at 157, Ryan DesRoches at 165 and Atticus Disney at 285.
Semifinal and consolation final action starts at 10 this morning.