Kristina Santiago and Brittany Lange had 15 points apiece to lead the Cal Poly women’s basketball team to a 73-60 win over Cal State Northridge on Saturday in the Matadome.
Santiago, a junior forward, also collected a game-high 13 rebounds while hitting 7 of 8 from the free-throw line.
The Mustangs (12-6, 5-2 Big West Conference) took the lead for good on a 3-pointer by Lange midway through the first half that began a 21-4 run that ultimately gave Cal Poly a 36-19 lead.
Junior guard Rachel Clancy added 13 points for the Mustangs, who assured themselves at least a share of second place in the conference with the win.
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Cal State Northridge (3-13, 1-5) was led by Bridgette Conejo’s 15 points and seven rebounds.
Cal Poly won despite shooting just 34.3 percent from the field and 25 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
The Matadors hit on 40.6 percent of their shots.
Moorpark 56, Cuesta 43
Raleigh O’Brien had a team-high 13 points and eight rebounds for the Cougars (4-14, 1-3 Western State Conference).
Trailing 9-8 with 10 minutes remaining in the first half, Moorpark went on a 14-2 run to take control the game.
Valerie Gee scored 10 points for the Cougars, and Kayla Cribbs added nine.
Bev Lamphlear had a game-high 17 points to lead Moorpark (11-10, 3-3).
Moorpark 64, Cuesta 60
Roger Guardia led the Cougars with a team-high 20 points and 13 rebounds.
Cuesta (17-5, 5-1 WSC) led 18-4 five minutes into the game.
“(After five minutes), that was the last time that Cuesta College showed up for the basketball game,” Cougars head coach Rusty Blair said. “The last 35 minutes we played absolutely terrible basketball.”
Former Templeton High standout Seth Koenig added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Cougars, who Blair said missed a lot of uncontested opportunities.
Moorpark climbed to within a game of Cuesta for first place in the WSC with the win.
“We’ve simply put the entire league back into the championship picture,” Blair said. “We’ve let everybody get back into the race.”
The Cougars had a chance to tie late, but Henok Yigzaw’s 3-pointer rimmed out with two seconds remaining and Moorpark (4-2 WSC) hit a free throw to close it out.
Cuesta will host Santa Barbara City College at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a conference game.
Cal Poly sweeps
The Cal Poly men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams beat UC Santa Cruz at the Anderson Aquatic Center.
Kylie France won three events to lead the Cal Poly women to a 174-114 win. France won the 100 breaststroke in 1 minute, 7.82 seconds, the 200 butterfly in 2:09.02 and 200 breaststroke in 2:22.14.
Katrina Anderson won two events for Cal Poly, placing first in the 200 freestyle (1:56.34) and 100 butterfly (1:00.37), while Amy Morales took the 100 backstroke (59.30) and 100 freestyle (54.24).
Matt Waggoner, Chase Nick, David LaFlamme and Josh Cutts each won a pair of events as the men’s team posted a 178-110 win.
Waggoner won the 1,000 freestyle (9:53.93) and 500 freestyle (4:44.39), while Nick claimed the 200 freestyle (1:46.02) and 200 backstroke (1:54.69).
LaFlamme took the 100 backstroke (52.23) and 100 freestyle (47.65), while Cutts claimed the 50 freestyle (22.18) and 200 breaststroke (2:08.07).
The Mustangs will next compete in the Big West Conference Championships beginning Feb. 17 in Long Beach.
The California Winter Invitational in Berkeley was cancelled after the tournament was rained out for the second consecutive day.
Cal has no plans to reschedule the event.
The Mustangs will next host Santa Clara on Feb. 6.