Kristina Santiago, the sixth-leading scorer in the nation with 22.7 points per game, suffered a concussion in Saturday’s win over Long Beach State and was forced to sit out the Cal Poly women’s basketball team’s 65-61 road loss to UC Davis on Thursday.
The Mustangs offense suffered with its star player on the bench.
Cal Poly shot just 38.5 percent from the field, and with the loss the Mustangs (15-13, 11-4 Big West Conference) had a nine-game winning streak that took them to first place in the Big West Conference standings snapped.
Ashlee Burns matched a game-high with 15 points and nine rebounds for Cal Poly, shooting 4 for 8 from behind the 3-point line. Ariana Elegado scored 12, and Christine Martin had 10.
Cal Poly out-rebounded the Aggies (17-12, 9-6), who moved into a third-place tie with Pacific with the win, but had more turnovers (16 to 11) and nearly half the points in the paint (34 to 18) as UC Davis.
The Mustangs, who have already clinched at least a share of the Big West regular season title, wrap up the regular season at UC Irvine on Saturday at 4 p.m.
San Diego State 4, Cal Poly 3
The Aztecs (4-6) rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the final two innings to beat the No. 22 ranked Mustangs (7-2) on the opening day of the Aztec Invitational.
Reliever Chase Johnson worked his way out of a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam in the eighth inning but the Mustangs fell in the ninth after Johnson gave up a walk and a pair of singles.
Kyle Anderson started for the Mustangs and went seven innings, striking out three and allowing just three hits and one unearned run.
Mustangs catcher Chris Hoo tied the score in the second inning on a sacrifice fly, and Jordan Brower gave Cal Poly the 2-1 lead in the fourth with an RBI single.
Nick Torres added to the Mustangs lead in the eighth, scoring from third base on a wild pitch. Torres finished 2 for 4 with two doubles for Cal Poly.
However, Nick Grim replaced Anderson in the eighth and give up three hits and a walk, allowing the Aztecs to tie it at 3.
PAC-12 MEN’S SWIMMING
After the second day of competition, Cal Poly sits in eighth place with 67 points. Stanford is in first (324.5), Cal second (257) and Arizona is third (181).
The Mustangs’ Mackey Hopen, Christian Renfro, Drew Casier and Omar Dwidar finished the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:23.78, placing eighth.Cal Poly did not advance to the finals in the 500 freestyle, 50 freestyle or the 200 individual medley.