Cal Poly Women’s Basketball took down CSUN 52-41 Saturday, Feb. 1 inside Matador Gymnasium. Cal Poly held the lead from the first points of the game to the last as redshirt junior forward Sierra Campisano scored team-high 21 points and 12 rebounds, resulting in her seventh double-double of the year.
Cal Poly (5-13, 2-5 Big West) held CSUN (9-12, 4-3 Big West) to 29 percent shooting from the field and just 11.1 percent shooting from the three-point range.
Cal Poly opened the first quarter with an 11-2 run behind three straight three-pointers. A three-pointer by Matador guard Jordyn Jackson cut CSUN’s deficit to four points at 18-14 with 38 seconds remaining in the quarter.
CSUN opened the second quarter with a quick layup to cut its deficit to two points. This would be one of just two times in the quarter that CSUN came within two points of tying the game. Cal Poly went on a 7-0 run capped off by a three-pointer from junior guard Malia Holt to put the Mustangs ahead 29-20 at the halftime buzzer.
The second half was more of the same as Cal Poly maintained its lead throughout the remainder of the game.
Campisano scored back-to-back buckets in the first two minutes of the third quarter for a 13-point Cal Poly advantage. A Campisano jump shot later in the quarter maintained Cal Poly’s 13-point lead at 41-28 with 2:25 remaining. CSUN ended the quarter on a 5-0 run to cut its deficit to eight points at 41-33. The third quarter was the only quarter in which CSUN outscored Cal Poly (13-12).
The pace of the game slowed down significantly in the fourth quarter as the Mustangs shot 12 of their 14 total free throws in the final quarter alone. The closest CSUN came to tying the game was a six-point deficit before Cal Poly extended its lead back to eight points on several occasions. Holt put the dagger in the game by going 4-4 from the foul line in the final two minutes as Cal Poly came out on top, 52-41.
Campisano went 9 of 17 from the field and 3 of 4 from outside the arc to set the tone for the Mustangs. Cal Poly also won the rebound battle 43-32 in the victory.
Cal Poly will look to carry its momentum into its next game against Hawai’i on Thursday, Feb. 6 inside Mott Athletics Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.