Taryn Garza and Hannah Gilbert both scored 18 points, but the Cal Poly women’s basketball team hit a cold shooting stretch midway through the first half that proved the difference in a 70-58 loss at CSUN on Thursday.
The Mustangs (11-11, 6-4 Big West) were outscored 16-0 in the final 6:11 of the first half after Gilbert gave them a 24-22 lead, falling behind 38-24 at the break and by as many as 22 in the second half.
Ariana Elegado, who scored 22 points in a 63-54 home win over the Matadors (16-9, 6-5) on Jan. 17, was 0-for-7 shooting in the rematch with no points and five assists, and Kristen Ale was 3 for 13 from the floor with 10 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Garza also grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds as Cal Poly won the points in the paint battle 40-24 but was just 1 of 8 on 3-pointers.
After trailing 58-36 with 9:35 to play, the Mustangs cut the lead to single digits with a Gilbert layup with 2:13 to go.
But CSUN made its next six free throws, and finished 13 of 19 from the foul line compared to 5 of 10 for Cal Poly.
The Matadors made 9 of 20 3-point attempts, including three each by Cinnamon Lister and Katelin King.
Ashlee Guay led three CSUN players in double figures with 17 points.