LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Senior Kristina Santiago scored 33 points and grabbed 11 rebounds with Christine Martine coming off the bench to add 11 points as the Cal Poly women's basketball team's rally fell short, 73-72, to Loyola Marymount on Monday in Los Angeles.
With the loss the Mustangs fall to 3-8 overall and will return to the court on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 2 pm when the team travels to San Diego State to take on the Aztecs. LMU improves to 4-8 with the win.
Santiago's points came when she hit 14 of 27 shots from the floor with 10 defensive rebounds. Martin came off the bench and hit four of seven shots, two of three from long range, to account for her 11 points.
Santiago also added four assists and two blocks in the game.
Junior Caroline Reeves hit four of five shots from the floor and accounted for 10 points in the loss as the Mustangs shot 47 percent from the floor and shot 40 percent from long range.
Monica DeAngelis came off the bench to score 27 points for LMU while Courtney Collishaw and Alex Cowling each added 15 points in the win.
LMU shot 39 percent from the floor and made 10 of 26 from long range.
The Mustangs held a one rebound advantage (36-35), but turned the ball over two more times (15-13).
LMU recorded seven blocks compared to the Mustangs two.
The Lions moved out to a 5-0 lead when Santiago converted a layup at 18:28 left in the first half.
LMU made it 7-2 on a jumper by Danielle Pruitt with 17:16 left, but the Mustangs went on a roll and tied the game at, 7-7, on a three pointer by Martin at the 16:29 mark.
The Mustangs took their first lead at 13:47 when Martin hit a three to give Cal Poly a 10-9 lead.
Cal Poly made it 15-11 when Santiago hit a jumper at 11:59 left in the half.
LMU retook the lead with a three pointer by DeAngelis with 10:37 left on the clock.
The Lions commanded a 21-15 lead when DeAngelis hit another three with 9:13 left.
Cal Poly cut the lead to two when Ashlee Burns hit a three to cut the lead to 28-26 with 5:58 left on the clock and tied it up when Burns converted a layup at 4:59.
After a fast break layup by Martin (34-32) with 56 seconds left on the clock, LMU went on a 5-0 run to close the half and held a 39-32 lead at the break.
In the second half the Mustangs cut the lead to two (48-46) when Molly Schlemer converted one of two free throws with 13:37 on the clock, but LMU maintained a five point lead when Cowling converted a three with 12:17 remaining in the game.
The Mustangs rallied on a layup by Kayla Griffin and a free throw by Santiago to tie the game at 51-51 at 9:51.
Cal Poly went on a 5-0 run to hold a 56-51 lead on a fast break layup by Santiago with 9:25 left.
LMU retook the lead, 63-62, on a three by DeAngelis with 5:19 left in the game. The Mustangs came right back at 5:07 on a jumper by Santiago, giving the Mustangs a 64-63 advantage.
The Lions retook the lead with 4:41 left in the game when Cowling hit a pair of free throws after an Ariel Gregerson foul.
Cal Poly cut the lead to one (67-66) on a layup by Reeves with 2:12 left but Cowling made it a three point lead for LMU on a layup with 1:57 left.
Santiago made it a one point lead (69-68) when she hit a jumper with 41 seconds left on the clock and took the lead with 17 seconds left on a layup giving the Mustangs a 72-71 lead.
Following a 30 second timeout by the Mustangs, LMU converted a jumper by Collishaw with10 seconds remaining giving the Lions a one point lead (73-72).
Santiago's jumper with two seconds remaining missed and the clock ran out giving the Lions the win.