Karina Figueroa scored 18 points as Long Beach State sprinted to a 19-point first-half lead and coasted to a 78-58 victory over Cal Poly in a Big West Conference women’s basketball game Monday night at The Walter Pyramid.
Jeannie Saunders added 15 points while Jayme Connors contributed 10 points and 16 rebounds as the 49ers improved to 9-5 for the season and 2-0 in the Big West.
Cal Poly, led by Megan Harrison’s 18 points off the bench, fell to 8-5 and 3-1, its three-game winning streak coming to an end. Emilie Ravn added 12 points while Jessica Eggleston had 10. Sparkle Anderson had a team-high four assists for the Mustangs.
Long Beach State led 47-28 at the break and opened up a 29-point cushion in the second half, never letting Cal Poly get any closer than the final 20-point margin of victory.
Cal Poly, which leads the Big West in three-point shooting, connected on just two of 16 treys Monday and 32.9 percent of its floor shots for the game. Long Beach State made 43.3 percent of its field goal attempts.
The 49ers also out-rebounded Cal Poly 54-39 and were able to win despite turning the ball over 27 times, six more than the visiting Mustangs.
Eggleston, named Big West Conference Player of the Week earlier in the day for scoring 46 points in two games last week, grabbed seven rebounds Monday for Cal Poly. Eggleston also had a team high four steals.
Harrison complemented her offensive output with seven rebounds. She made seven of 17 floor shots and all of her three free throws en route to her career-high scoring total.
Cal Poly hosts UC Davis for a non-conference game Friday at 7 p.m. in Mott Gym.