No. 3 Cal Poly, No. 6 Cal State Fullerton Head To Semifinals Of Big West Tournament
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No. 3 Cal Poly Tops No. 8 Cal State Northridge, 74-65
No. 3 Cal Poly defeated No. 8 Cal State Northridge, 74-65, in a Big West Tournament quarterfinal Thursday afternoon at the Anaheim Convention Center. Kristina Santiago led four Mustangs in double figures with 16 points. Megan Harrison and Lisa McBride each added 14 point and nine rebounds. Cal Poly shot 47 percent while holding CSUN to just 31 percent.
The win improves Cal Poly to 20-10 and advances the Mustangs to Friday’s semifinals to face No. 2 UC Riverside. Whitney Ligon led CSUN (8-23) with 16 points.
Cal State Northridge opened with a 9-2 lead, but Cal Poly countered with a 12-3 run and led 14-12 with 12:24 left in the half. Later in the half, the Matadors made three-pointers on three consecutive possessions and had the lead back at 26-21 with 8:55 remaining. A layup by Jasmine Erving at the 5:06 mark kept CSUN in front 32-30, but the Mustangs closed the half with an 11-2 blitz and led 41-34 at the half.
Cal Poly shot 58 percent in the first half while holding Cal State Northridge to 36 percent. Each team made five treys in the half, but the Mustangs took only seven attempts from long range compared to 14 for the Matadors.
In the second half, Cal Poly slowly increased its lead to 62-44 by the 8:50 mark, and the Matadors were unable to get closer than six the rest of the way.
For the game, the Mustangs went an efficient 8-for-18 from beyond the arc while the Matadors shot 6-for-26.
Cal Poly’s Becky Tratter finished with 10 points, and Ashlee Stewart dished out a team-high five assists. Ashley Blake scored 12 points for the Matadors, and Bridgette Conejo added 11. CSUN’s Tonica Tademy finished with a game-high six assists.
Tomorrow’s semifinal action begins at noon with No. 1 UC Santa Barbara taking on No. 6 Cal State Fullerton. Cal Poly and UCR will tip 30 minutes following the conclusion of that game.
No. 6 Cal State Fullerton Holds Off No. 4 Pacific To Advance To Semifinals
No. 6 Cal State Fullerton held off No. 4 Pacific, 64-62, Thursday in Big West Conference Tournament quarterfinal action at the Anaheim Convention Center. With the score tied at 62 with 5.6 seconds remaining, the Titans’ Jenna Breite made two free throws to clinch the win. Cal State Fullerton (10-19) led most of the game before Pacific (14-16) battled back to tie late in the second half. Lauren Chow led the Titans with a game-high 17 points, and Megan Richardson added 14. A trio of Tigers finished with 10 points, including Amy VanHollebeke, Amber Simmons and Janae Young.
Chow scored 11 of Cal State Fullerton’s first 25 points as the Titans led by as many as 13 points in the first half before settling for a 33-27 lead at halftime. The Titans dominated early with a 15-2 run in the opening minutes to lead 15-5 at the 13:19 mark. Three minutes later, Chow made three free throws to up the lead to 20-8.
The Tigers closed within 27-20 on a jumper by Emma Head with 5:04 remaining before the Titans used a 6-0 run to build a 33-20 cushion with under four minutes remaining in the half. Pacific countered with a 7-0 run in the final 1:58 to draw within six.
The Titans led by as many as eight points in the second half, but the Tigers slowly chipped away and tied the game at 49-49 on a Jennifer Fath three-pointer with 7:12 left. Cal State Fullerton ran off seven straight points, with five coming from the free throw line, and pushed the lead back to 56-49 with 3:54 remaining. Pacific then went on a 13-6 run and tied the game at 62-62 on a steal and layup by Whitney Price with 14 seconds left. The Titans promptly drove the floor, and Breite was fouled seconds later to set up the decisive free throws.
Pacific outshot Cal State Fullerton 43 percent to 36 percent. The Tigers were hurt by 16 turnovers compared to 11 for the Titans. In addition, Cal State Fullerton took advantage of 25 Pacific fouls, which helped lead to a 23-for-27 effort from the line. Pacific finished 6-for-10 from the stripe.