The Cal Poly women’s basketball team failed to score in the last two minutes and fell to Cal State Northridge 79-77 on Thursday night for its second straight Big West Conference loss.
Violet Alama scored a layup to give the Matadors (10-8, 5-1) a 78-77 lead with 30 seconds remaining, but Caroline Reeves missed a layup on the Mustangs’ last possession.
Senior Kristina Santiago led Cal Poly (6-11, 3-2 Big West) with 20 points and added seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Ashlee Burns and Kayla Griffin each put up 11 points for the Mustangs.
The Matadors’ Ashley Guay scored a game-high 23 points and made all seven of her 3-point attempts, while Jasmine Erving added 19 points and game-highs in rebounds (11) and blocks (5).
Cal Poly’s bench outscored Cal State Northridge’s 25-5 with Christine Martin and Brittany Woodard scoring nine and seven points, respectively.
The Mustangs led by as many as 10 in the second half, but the Matadors’ 3-point shooting brought them back in the game as they converted 7 of 9 in the second half.
Cal Poly shot 42.4 percent in the second half but could not match Cal State Northridge’s 50 percent shooting for the half.