The Cal Poly women’s basketball team rallied from a 15-point deficit to briefly take the lead before faltering late in a 72-65 Big West Conference road loss to Long Beach State on Thursday.
Kristina Santiago scored a team-high 23 points, adding nine rebounds and six assists, while Becky Tratter added 14 points.
The Mustangs (15-8, 8-3) trailed 39-24 early in the second half but took a 48-46 lead on a 3-pointer by Ashlee Burns with nine minutes remaining.
The two teams battled back and forth with Santiago tying the score at 65 with 1:32 remaining, but Cal Poly would not score again.
The 49ers (10-13, 6-4) scored the final seven points to seal the win.
Karina Figueroa paced Long Beach State with a game-high 26 points.
Cuesta 9, Riverside 2
Cuesta reliever John Tiedemann tossed six innings of hitless relief to pick up his first win of the season.
The Cougars (1-1) had seven doubles, including two by Austin Cunningham, and scored at least one run in five of the first six innings.
Cuesta College sophomore guard Roger Guardia has been named the California Community College Athletic Association’s Male Athlete of the Month.
Guardia was named Western State Conference Player of the Week twice over the past month and has earned the honor four times this season.
An all-conference honorable mention selection as a freshman, Guardia is averaging 15.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and two assists per game this year.
The Cougars (23-5, 9-1) have clinched at least of the share of league title and can claim the outright title when they host Moorpark on Wednesday.