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CSUN Avenges Earlier-Season Loss Against Cal Poly at Home, 70-58

CSUN Avenges Earlier-Season Loss Against Cal Poly at Home, 70-58

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Despite Taryn Garza's third double-double over her past four games, CSUN picked up a 70-58 Big West women's basketball home win over Cal Poly in The Matadome on Thursday night, moving within a half-game of the Mustangs in the conference standings.

Playing on ESPN3, Cal Poly (6-4, 11-11) got out to a 15-11 lead in the opening six minutes, but Northridge scored the final 16 points of the half to head to the break ahead 38-24. The Matadors then added to their lead after returning to the court, going up 47-26 with 15:18 left.

The Mustangs (who won the earlier meeting between the two, 63-54 in San Luis Obispo on Jan. 17) didn't go away, though, using an 18-4 run spanning seven-and-a-half minutes to cut a 58-36 deficit all the way to 62-54 with 2:13 remaining. CSUN (6-5, 16-9) would regroup in the closing moments, however, to hold on to improve its home record to 10-2.

Ashlee Guay led CSUN with 17 points.

While playing all 40 minutes, Garza matched her career high with 18 points (also previously set this year), and also grabbed a career-best 16 rebounds.

The senior forward is now averaging 13.8 points and 11.5 boards over the most recent four-game stretch.

Cal Poly sophomore center Hannah Gilbert also equaled her collegiate high with an 18-point performance, in addition to five rebounds and three blocks.

Kristen Ale also added 10 points for Cal Poly.

The Mustangs will stay on the road through Saturday, when they'll visit Long Beach State (7-3, 20-4) for a 4 p.m. tip-off.

Photos © 2015 David E. Holmes