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Cal Poly falls 75-58 at Hawaii; Mustangs to face LBSU in tournament

Posted at 12:41 AM, Mar 08, 2020

Sierra Campisano scored 17 points to lead the Cal Poly women’s basketball team on Saturday night at Hawaii, but the Rainbow Wahine made 12 of 26 attempts from 3-point range on their Senior Night, closing the regular season with a 75-58 win at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Campisano shot 6-of-15 overall for the evening, including 2-for-2 from behind the arc. While finishing just three points shy of her 12th 20-point performance of the year, the junior forward added a 3-for-4 night at the free-throw line.

As the No. 8 seed to the Big West Conference Tournament, the Mustangs (6-10 BWC; 9-18 overall) will face No. 5-seeded Long Beach State (8-8 BWC; 13-16) at 6 p.m. in Tuesday’s first round at LBSU’s Walter Pyramid.

Long Beach wrapped up its regular season with back-to-back home wins, including 66-57 over top seed UC Davis in the finale. (Cal Poly and LBSU split during the year, with The Beach winning 72-69 at home on Jan. 9 before the Mustangs earned a 61-41 victory in San Luis Obispo on Feb. 8.)

En route to improving to 10-6 playing in O’ahu this year, Hawaii (9-7; 15-14) sprinted out to a 9-0 lead 3 minutes & 16 seconds from Saturday’s opening tip.

After starting the second quarter down 21-9, Cal Poly pulled as close as 32-24 midway through the second period, as a 6-0 run comprised of a Campisano basket in the key, and a layup followed by a jumper by freshman point guard Abbey Ellis cut the gap to an eight-point margin with 3:52 remaining to halftime.

The Wahine, however, re-established the double-digit lead approaching the break, and pushed the advantage to 42-29 thanks to a Nae Nae Calhoun 3-pointer on their last possession of the half.

UH then extended its lead to 61-39 by the end of the third quarter, before the Mustangs narrowed the deficit to 64-50 with 3:43 remaining on a pair of free throws by Ellis. Shortly afterward, though, Julissa Tago — twice a conference player of the week this year — knocked down a 3 to stretch Hawaii's lead back to 17, at 69-52 with 2:27 left.

Ellis finished with 15 points and six rebounds for Cal Poly, while grad forward Alicia Roufosse added 12.

Tago, who shot 7-for-14 overall and 4-of-8 from 3-point range, paced the Wahine with 19 points & nine boards.

Tournament action, in addition to being telecast by ESPN3/the WatchESPN app, will also be broadcast on ESPN Radio 1280 AM/101.7 FM The Ticket with Zachary Anderson-Yoxsimer, available to stream via GoPoly.com.

-Provided by Cal Poly