The Cal Poly women’s basketball team remained undefeated in the Big West Conference and picked up its fifth straight win in beating UC Irvine 72-70 on Saturday in Irvine.
The win gave Cal Poly its best start since joining the Big West Conference for the 1996-1997 season.
The Mustangs (9-7, 5-0) were down eight points with 11 minutes left in the game and used a 14-3 run to take a 62-59 advantage with 5:37 remaining in the game.
They never lost the lead again as they held off UC Irvine (11-6, 3-2), which cut the lead to two with 36 seconds left. The Anteaters had a chance to tie the score with Kiara Belen going to the free-throw line for a one-and-one with three seconds left but she missed the front end, and the Mustangs held on.
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Cal Poly went 20 of 22 at the free-throw line and also made 8 of its 14 3-point attempts.
Rachel Clancy was the top performer for the Mustangs, netting 24 points, including six 3-pointers. Abby Bloetscher had 16 points and nine rebounds, and Caroline Reeves added 15 points and eight rebounds.
Hancock 70, Cuesta 56
The Bulldogs (8-9, 2-1 Western State Conference) downed the Cougars (3-14, 1-2) at Joe White Gym in Santa Maria.
Kati Sheldon led the way for Cuesta with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Anika Bauermeister added 13 points for the Cougars.
Camille Zumbro led Hancock with 28 points and nine rebounds, seven of which were offensive.
Hancock 87, Cuesta 70
The game was all but over at halftime as Hancock led 51-29 at the break.
Malte Kramer made 10-of-16 field goals en route to 25 points for Cuesta (10-11, 1-3). He also had five steals and five rebounds. Marc Hopkinson added 10 points for the Cougars.
Cal Poly 7, UC Santa Cruz 0
The Mustangs opened the season with a sweep at home.
The Mustangs were short handed because of injuries and personal commitments and had to start five freshman, including Jocelyn Davis, who played No. 1 singles and doubles.
“Jocelyn Davis did a great job of providing energy and leadership at the No. 1 spot in the singles and doubles,” Cal Poly head coach Hugh Bream said.
Davis registered a 6-1, 6-1 singles win over Ariana Mokhtari, and teamed Florence Lehane defeated Taylor Mannix 6-3, 6-2. Davis and Lehane teamed for an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles.
Santa Cruz never earned more than three points in a set.
National Collegiate Classic
In his first action as a Mustang, freshman Marco Comussa made it to the semifinals of the National Collegiate Classic in La Quinta.
He earned his spot in the semifinals by beating Boise State’s Nathan Sereke 6-4, 6-4. Brennan Boyajian of North Carolina beat Comussa 6-2, 6-2 in their semifinal match.
In the consolation bracket, Andre Dome was able to advance to today’s finals with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Kieren Thompson of Arizona.
The doubles team of Dome and Comuzzo advance to play today after beating a doubles team from Arizona.