Feb. 23, 2012
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - The Long Beach State women's basketball team had its two-game win streak snapped Thursday evening as it fell to Cal Poly, 68-41, at Mott Gym.
The 49ers were trailing with 5:11 remaining in the second half when freshman Bianka Balthazar went down with an injury. After the game was delayed while she was being attended to by medical staff, Long Beach State requested to end the contest when the ambulance arrived to take Balthazar to the hospital to be evaluated.
Long Beach State struck first with a pair of free throws from Devin Hudson, but Cal Poly answered with a 3-pointer to take the lead. After the 49ers tied it up with a Sanchez free throw, the Mustangs proceeded to go on a 12-0 run to pull ahead, 15-3.
Sanchez eventually ended a five-minute scoring drought with LBSU's first field goal of the night as she drained a 3-pointer at the 12:03 mark. That sparked a 13-2 spurt, which cut the deficit to 17-16 with 6:44 remaining.
Cal Poly (14-12, 10-3 Big West) then responded with 10 straight points to rebuild a double-digit advantage. The Mustangs went up by as many as 17 before the 49ers scored the last five points of the half to close the gap to 35-23 at the break.
In the first period, Long Beach State shot just 28.6 percent from the floor and went 1-for-10 from beyond the arc. Sanchez led the way with eight points.
Sanchez started off the second half with a 3-pointer that brought the 49ers within nine, but Cal Poly then went on an 18-4 run to go up, 53-30, at the 12:54 mark. The Mustangs led by at least 18 the rest of the way.
Cal Poly shot 50.0 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from 3-point range. Kristina Santiago led the Mustangs with 29 points and nine rebounds.
Long Beach State returns to the hardwood on Saturday, Feb. 25, when it heads to UC Santa Barbara for a 2 p.m. Big West showdown.
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