The Cal Poly women's basketball team committed 16 turnovers in its season ending loss against Cal State Fullerton. | David E. Holmes/Courtesy Photo

Mustang News Staff Report

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In one of the sloppier games of the season, the Cal Poly women’s basketball team was eliminated from the Big West Tournament by No. 7 seed Cal State Fullerton, losing 55-48 in Titan Gym.

Turnovers were the downfall of the Mustangs, who committed 16 over the course of the game. The Titans capitalized on the opportunities, scoring 15 points off of Cal Poly’s mistakes.

Forty-eight points is the Mustangs’ lowest score of season. Cal Poly shot 29 percent from the floor — the worst it has shot this year.

Both teams played poorly — Cal State Fullerton only shot 33 percent. The two teams combined went 6-for-32 from 3-point range, with the Mustangs sinking four of those.

Cal Poly made a comeback at the end, pulling within three points with less than two minutes to play. But the Titans converted on the majority of their free throws, while the Mustangs were unable to sink a 3.

Senior forward Taryn Garza finished with a double-double, dropping in a team-high 14 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Ariana Elegado finished with 12 points, while senior guard Kristen Ale finished with six.

The loss marks the end of Cal Poly’s season and the last game for Elegado, Ale and Garza. All three seniors earn All-Big West Conference honors in their final season.

The Mustangs finish with an overall record of 15-14.

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