SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Cal Poly women's basketball team defeated Long Beach State, 68-41, in a shortened game. With the win the Mustangs improve to 10-3 in conference games and 14-12 overall while LBSU falls to 6-7 in BWC play and 11-15 overall.
The Long Beach State coaching staff requested that the game be halted with 5:11 remaining in the game when one of the team's players went down with an injury and needed to be transported to the hospital where she was being evaluated.
For the Mustangs it was the team's eighth straight win and coupled with conference-leading Cal State Northridge's loss (61-44) at UC Santa Barbara, vaulted Cal Poly into a one-half game lead in the Big West standings over the Matadors.\
Cal Poly will host Cal State Northridge on Saturday, senior day, at 4 pm. Prior to the start of the game, Cal Poly will honor the team's five seniors.
The Mustangs used a 12-0 run early in the game to hold a 15-3 lead with 13:04 on the clock. Long Beach State came right back with a 13-2 run of its own to cut the lead to one, 17-16, with 6:44 left in the half.
Cal Poly used an 18-7 run the remaining 6:44 to take a 35-23 lead into the half. Kristina Santiago accounted for 20 of the team's first half points.
In the second half the Mustangs held a 53-30 lead with 12:55 left in the game on a pair of free throws by Arian Elegado.
Cal Poly held its largest lead of the game, 27 points (68-41) when the game was called with 5:11 left to play.
Santiago put a major dent in her pursuit of Laura Buehning's all-time scoring record when she hit for 29 points. She has now scored 1,829 points in her Cal Poly career, leaving her 19 points shy of tying Buehnig for the record.
Santiago was 11-16 from the floor and seven of 11 from the line. Fellow senior Ashlee Burns and Elegado each added 12 points in the win.
Cal Poly shot 50 percent from the floor and made six of 14 from long range while Long Beach State shot 31 percent from the floor and hit just two of 16 from beyond the arc.