By The Bakersfield Californian
SAN LUIS OBISPO -- For the second day in a row, the Cal State Bakersfield women's basketball team battled back from a double-digit deficit in the second half, but couldn't get over the final hurdle as Cal Poly held on for a 75-71 victory in Sunday's final game of the Cal Poly Holiday Tournament.
The Mustangs (4-2) controlled most of the game, limitting the Roadrunners to 36-percent shooting. Cal Poly led by as much as 18 in the second half, but CSUB (1-5) cut the advantage down to eight, 65-57, with 5:29 to go before the Mustangs scored the next seven points to put the lead back into double figures.
With Cal Poly leading 73-62 with 1:30 to play, the Roadrunners scored the next five points to pull within five. The Roadrunners fouled Caroline Reeves with 24 seconds to go. Reeves missed both free throws and Tyonna Outland scored inside to cut the lead to 72-69 with 15 seconds to play.
CSUB fouled Jonae Ervin immediately. Ervin sank 1-of-2 attemps to make it a two-possession game. The Mustangs called timeout. Amber Williams made a layup with eight seconds left to make it 73-71. CSUB fouled Ervin again two seconds later; she converted both free throws for the final 75-71.
Williams led the Roadrunners with 21 points. Outland scored 12. Ervin scored 13 points as four Cal Poly players scored in double figures.
CSUB travels Thursday to Oregon State for a noon game.
Marcus Hall, Portland State
Hall, a former Bakersfield Christian and Cal State Bakersfield guard, had six points for the Vikings (1-3) in a 81-58 loss to No. 20 Oklahoma State. Hall also had two rebounds, two assists and a steal. He was 1-for-5 from the field -- 0-for-3 on 3-pointers -- but made all four free throws.
Korey Thieleke, Portland
The former West High star had 11 points, six rebounds, three assists, four steals and four blocked shots for the Pilots (2-3) in a 69-54 loss to New Mexico (6-0). He was 4-for-10 from the field and made 3-of-4 free throws.
Tyrone Wallace, Cal
The Bakersfield High graduate had four points, four assists and three rebounds in 21 minutes as the Golden Bears defeated Pacific 78-58 in the championship game of the DirecTV Classic. Wallace was 1-of-2 from the field and made both his free throws.
Allen Crabbe had 24 points and Justin Cobbs added 20 led California.
Cal leads 26-2 in the all-time series between the Northern California schools, which are 80 miles apart. This was the first meeting since Dec. 9, 2009.