SEATTLE, WA – Three Mustangs scored in double figures, but it would not be enough to defeat the Pac-12 Washington Huskies, falling 90-71, in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday in Seattle.
With the loss the Mustangs conclude the season 17-15 overall while Washington improves to 18-13 and will advance to the second round.
Senior Kristina Santiago led the team with 28 points when she hit 12 of 27 from the floor. She concludes her record-breaking career at Cal Poly with 1,953 points and 850 rebounds.
Redshirt freshman Ariana Elegado tied the Cal Poly school record with 13 assists set by Sparkle Anderson in 2006.
Regina Rogers led the Huskies with 27 points while Jazmine Davis added 25.
Cal Poly shot 44 percent from the floor and made nine of 19 from long range. UW shot 55 percent from the floor and made seven of 13 from beyond the arc.
Washington outrebounded the Mustangs 42-25 while Cal Poly committed two less turnovers, 16-14.
The Mustangs opened the game moving out to an 8-2 lead on three's by Griffin and Ariana Elegado two and a half minutes into the game. Washington then went on a 12-0 run over the next two plus minutes (14:06) and held a 14-8 lead when Santiago made a free throw to snap the run.
Washington then built up a nine point lead (22-13) on a jumper by Rogers with 11:51 left in the half.
Cal Poly then went on a min-run and cut the lead to three (22-19) on a pair of jumpers by Santiago forcing a UW timeout.
At that point Washington turned it up a notch and closed the half on a 29-9 run and a 51-28 lead at the half.
UW shot 66 percent for the half with Davis scoring 20 points hitting four of five from long range. Cal Poly shot 34 percent in the half.
The Mustangs opened the second the second half out scoring UW 15-7, forcing a quick timeout by the Huskies at 16:29
With 13:08 to play the Mustangs had cut the lead to 15 (62-17) with Santiago scoring 18 points.
At 7:32 the lead remained at 15 (73-58) with Burns hitting three 3-pointers in the second half.
The Mustangs could never get closer then 13 points in the second half with Washington settling for a 90-71 win.