The Cal Poly women’s basketball team fell in the quarterfinals of the Big West Conference Tournament 55-48 to Cal State Fullerton in the Wednesday night in Fullerton.
The third-seeded Mustangs trailed by as many as nine points in the first half, but capitalized on an 11-2 run to close out the half and cut the seventh-seeded Titans’ lead to 26-24 at halftime.
Cal Poly entered the game with a 7-0 season record when holding opponents to under 60 points.
This was Cal Poly’s second loss in three games against the Titans (13-18) this year and the Mustangs struggled to string wins together against conference opponents, never winning more than two in a row this year.
For the first time since 2009, Cal Poly (15-14) wasn’t one of the top two seeds for the Big West Tournament and had an automatic bye in the conference semifinals.
Senior Taryn Garza led Cal Poly with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Ariana Elegado had 12 points but was 5 of 16 from the field in her last game in a Cal Poly uniform.
Cal Poly was unable to take advantage of Cal State Fullerton’s 2-of-16 shooting from 3-point range.
The Titans managed 28 free throw attempts —making 21— to Cal Poly’s 8 of 13 from the line. The Mustangs were 18 of 62 from the floor overall, good for 29 percent. Cal Poly had 20 offensive rebounds and had 14 second-chance points.
Cal State Fullerton will play top-seeded Hawaii in Friday’s noon semifinals at the Honda Center in Anaheim.