The Cal Poly women’s basketball team lost to Oregon by a score of 124-87 on Friday night in Eugene, Ore.
The nonconference game was against the nation’s top scoring team as the Ducks jumped out to a 60-37 lead by the half.
Oregon (8-2) was averaging almost 105 points per game this season entering the contest and beat Southern University 130-90 earlier in the week.
Cal Poly (6-6) cut the halftime lead to 12 points with 9:27 left in the first half but a timeout by Oregon halted the run, as the score would not get any closer.
Kristen Ale came off the bench to score a career-high 25 points, shooting 8 of 9 from the free-throw line for the Mustangs, while Molly Schlemer and Taryn Garza each added 14 points.
Oregon’s Chrishae Rowe led all scorers with 27 points, and teammate Lexi Petersen added 25 off the bench.
Cuesta 63, Saddleback 41
The Cougars outscored the Gauchos 33-17 in the second half of the Costa Christmas Classic game described by coach Ron Barba as a “character game” as Cuesta had suffered its first loss of the year in a blowout the night before.
The Cougars placed third in the tourney in Costa Mesa.
Courtney Chadwick had 18 points for Cuesta (13-1), and Miriam Zabinsky had 14 points and was named to the All-Tournament team.
Cuesta 51, Reedley 50
In a back-and-forth game, Brett Hartshorne hit a jump shot in the finals seconds to give Cuesta (7-5) the lead in its opener in the San Joaquin Delta Tournament.
It was a one-possession game for most of the second half. Reedley led 27-26 at halftime.
Kyle Geer was the Cougars’ leading scorer with 11 points as they move into the semifinals today at 5 p.m. against Sierra College.
Cal Poly ranked in preseason poll
The Collegiate Baseball’s Fabulous 40 NCAA preseason poll has Cal Poly ranked 27th.
The Mustangs were 40-19 last season, finished second in the Big West Conference and lost in the UCLA Regional. Last season’s Big West champion, Cal State Fullerton, is ranked No. 1 in the poll.
Cal Poly returns 19 players from last season’s team, including closer Reed Reilly and third baseman Jimmy Allen. Both players were selected in the MLB draft, but chose to return to school for another season.
Mississippi State is ranked No. 2. LSU, Oregon State and Florida round out the top 5. Reigning NCAA champion UCLA is ranked No. 15, and UC Santa Barbara is No. 39.
Cal Poly opens its season at home Feb. 14-16 against No. 28 Kansas State.