The Cal Poly women’s basketball team lost its hold on first place in the Big West Conference on Thursday after the Mustangs lost an eight-point lead with 6:30 left to play on the road in a 70-63 upset loss to Cal State Fullerton.
Junior forward Kristina Santiago had game highs with 29 points and 14 rebounds, but Cal Poly (17-9, 10-4 Big West) hit just one field goal in the final four-and-a-half minutes and fell a half game behind UC Davis for the conference lead.
All the Aggies (18-8, 10-3 Big West) or UC Riverside (12-14, 9-4 Big West) would have to do is win out to finish ahead of the Mustangs in the final regular season standings.
A 3-pointer by Ashlee Burns put Cal Poly ahead 58-50, but over the final six minutes, the Titans (13-15, 7-7 Big West) finished the game on a 20-5 run.
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Santiago became the first Mustang in program history to record 500 points and 200 rebounds during a single season.————
L.A. Valley 7, Cuesta 3
After a 10-day layoff, the Cougars (3-7-1) returned to the diamond with a four-run loss in Santa Maria.
Alyssa Giordanengo batted 2 for 3 with 2 RBI for Cuesta, but L.A. Valley was able to get to Cougars starter Rachel Thompson for four runs in the first two innings. Thompson gave up six hits in seven innings and struck out six.