SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Cal Poly women's basketball team dropped its fifth game in a row and its fourth in a six-game road trip when the team lost to the University of San Diego 69-52 on Saturday. With the loss the Mustangs fall to 3-7 overall while San Diego improves to 8-2.
The Mustangs return to the court on Monday, Dec. 17, when the team travels to Loyola Marymount for a game at 7 pm.
Senior Kristina Santiago led the team with 13 points and 10 rebounds while fellow senior Christine Martine came off the bench to add eight points.
San Diego had three players in double figures led by Morgan Woodrow with 22 points while Dominique Conners scored 20.
Cal Poly shot a dismal 26 percent from the floor and made just four of 14 shots from long range while USD hit 45 percent from the floor and 40 percent from beyond the arch.
The Mustangs turned the ball over just 13 times, one more then USD. But San Diego managed to block 10 Cal Poly shots and recorded eight steals.
Kayla Griffin hit a three pointer to give the Mustangs a 3-2 point lead with 18:29 on the clock but Woodrow answered with a three of her own to give the home team the lead and San Diego never looked back.
San Diego held its largest lead in the first half when Sophia Ederaine hit a jumper with 2:46 left in the half and a 26 point advantage (39-13).
USD went into the break with the same 26 point lead (45-19) and holding the Mustangs to their lowest first half total of the season.
In the second half the Mustangs would outscore USD 33-24, but it would not be enough.
The Mustangs cut the lead to 17 points on a layup by Santiago with 3:20 left in the game and settled for a 17 point defeat , 69-52.