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Cal State Fullerton Earns Season Split with Third-Place Cal Poly, 74-60

Cal State Fullerton Earns Season Split with Third-Place Cal Poly, 74-60

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Despite a 15-point game (on 7-of-10 shooting) from senior forward Taryn Garza, the Cal Poly women's basketball team couldn't complete a regular-season sweep of Big West Conference rival Cal State Fullerton on Thursday night, as the Titans prevailed for a 74-60 win in Mott Athletics Center.

Cal Poly, now locked in a four-way tie for third place in the league standings, got out to an early 6-2 lead, with five of those points coming from senior guard Kristen Ale. CSF, though, went on a 10-1 run over the ensuing three minutes to take a 12-7 lead four-and-a-half minutes in.

The Mustangs (7-5, 12-12) closed the first half on a 12-5 surge of their own, heading to the locker room tied at 33.

After the teams traded baskets to start the second half, the Titans used a 12-4 stretch to go ahead 58-48 with 5:24 remaining. The Mustangs cut the gap to single digits on five separate occasions afterward, but Fullerton made most of its free throws late to put the game away.

With her second rebound on the evening, Garza surpassed the 500 boards mark for her collegiate career.

Ariana Elegado added 12 points for the Mustangs.

CSF (4-7, 10-14), which avenged its 57-48 home defeat at the hands of Cal Poly from Jan. 22, got 36 points from senior guard Chante Miles, who was 10 of 18 overall (including a 6-of-10 performance from 3-point range) and 10 for 10 from the free-throw line.

Cal Poly will continue its home stand against UC Riverside (also 7-5, 16-10) at 4 p.m. Saturday. As part of the Play 4 Kay initiative, fans who wear pink to the game get in for free.

Photo © Paul B. Brenneman