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Third-Quarter Run Helps CSUN Women's Basketball Top Cal Poly 86-66

Third-Quarter Run Helps CSUN Women's Basketball Top Cal Poly 86-66

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. — Cal Poly jumped out to a 10-point lead early in the first quarter Saturday at CSUN, but the Matador women's basketball team rallied at home, using a 15-0 third-quarter run to key an 86-66 Big West Conference win at The Matadome.

Tessa Boagni scored a team-best 26 for the Matadors, who went 38-for-49 from the free-throw line.

The 49 free-throw attempts for CSUN are the third-highest single-game total across Division I in 2017-18, and six shy of the all-time Big West record (set in 2009).

The Mustangs started quickly, asserting a 12-2 lead 4:25 into the game on a layup from senior guard Dynn Leaupepe. CSUN would close the first quarter with a 5-0 run, though, to head to the second down just 22-18.

The Matadors then took their first lead at 33-32, moving in front on a free throw from Hayley Tanabe 1:29 before halftime, before carrying a 35-32 edge into the break.

Cal Poly tied it back up at 35-35 just over two minutes after returning to the floor, but CSUN answered by scoring the next 15 points — providing a 50-35 lead with 3:23 remaining in the third.

After beginning the fourth quarter down 58-44, the Mustangs narrowed the deficit to 70-62, pulling within eight points on a pair of free throws from senior guard Gabby Grupalo with 4:07 to play.

CSUN (14-13, 7-6) responded with six straight points, however, to push the gap back to 76-62 with 3:07 left, on the way to avenging an 84-71 loss in San Luis Obispo on Jan. 13, snapping a six-game skid against the Mustangs.

Leaupepe finished with a game-high 29 points, while fellow senior Mary Kate Evans scored a career-high 15 (shooting 5-of-6 from 3-point territory).

Cal Poly (14-11, 8-5) is one game up on CSUN for third place in the standings, with UC Santa Barbara (set to face UC Irvine later Saturday evening) in-between by a half-game at 7-5.

Cal Poly returns home to face UCSB for the Blue-Green Rivalry at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21 (also Greek Night at Mott Athletics Center), before hosting Cal State Fullerton at 2 p.m. Saturday. In addition to Senior Day, Feb. 24 vs. the Titans will also be Poly Play Day at Mott, as kids are invited to an annual pregame carnival at 1 p.m. in the Stampede Club Tent, followed by free admission for youth 13-and-under.