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New Mexico State Pulls Away for 79-65 Home Win Against Cal Poly

New Mexico State Pulls Away for 79-65 Home Win Against Cal Poly

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The Cal Poly women's basketball team opened its week-long road trip by leading New Mexico State 36-33 at halftime Tuesday night in the Pan American Center, before the Aggies rallied for a 79-65 win, avenging a Mustang victory last year in San Luis Obispo.

It was the first road loss since the season opener for Cal Poly, which was coming off back-to-back wins away from home.

Beth Balbierz had a fast start, as the junior shooting guard scored 10 of the Mustangs' first dozen points, including a jumper that provided a 12-11 lead nearly five minutes in, overcoming an early 11-5 deficit with a 7-0 run.

Senior guard Ariana Elegado had 17 points for Cal Poly — 12 of which came before intermission on a 4-for-5 half from 3-point range.

After another 3 by senior guard Kristen Ale regained the lead for the Mustangs at 51-50 with 12:37 to play, NMSU pulled away down the stretch for its fourth consecutive win.

Senior forward Taryn Garza had 15 points and nine rebounds for Cal Poly, and Balbierz, who made all four of her free throws on the evening, finished with 12 points and a career-high five assists. Sophomore forward Rachel Koehler added five points and six rebounds off the bench.

The Mustangs' three-game stretch outside of Mott Athletics Center will continue at New Mexico at 6 p.m. PST Thursday, the first-ever meeting between the two programs.