Fresno State pulled within one possession in the final seconds at Cal Poly, but fell short in a 64-60 loss to the Mustangs on Saturday afternoon at Mott Athletics Center.
The Bulldogs (3-5) rallied by forcing six turnovers in the final 6 minutes to cut a 14-point deficit to two when freshman Breanne Knishka hit a three-pointer with 11 seconds remaining to make it 62-60.
Cal Poly’s Lynn Leaupepe was fouled on the in-bounds and made two free throws to secure a third straight win for the Mustangs (5-3).
Knishka finished with a game-high 13 points, including 3 of 9 from long range. It was her first double-digit scoring game as a Bulldog.
The Mustangs had four players in double figures. Dynn Leaupepe, Lynn’s twin sister, led with 12 points, half from the charity stripe (6 of 8). Cal Poly’s Emily Anderson, a freshman out of Clovis West High, made a three-pointer in the second quarter for her only points.
20 Number of turnovers committed by both Fresno State and Cal Poly
The Bulldogs were unable to utilize their usual inside game, held to 16 points in the paint for their second-lowest total of the season.
Redshirt sophomore Bego Faz Davalos, who entered averaging 13.4 points and 11.1 rebounds, had eight points and six boards. Senior Toni Smith came off the bench in favor of Moriah Faulk. Faulk, in her first start of the season, shot 1 of 7 from the field and finished with four points and five rebounds.
The Bulldogs did have a bright spot at the foul line, making 21 of 24 attempts, their best free-throw shooting night of the season.
The Bulldogs still lead the all-time series 29-13.
FRESNO STATE VS. CAL STATE STANISLAUS
- Tuesday: 7 p.m. at Save Mart Center
- Records: Bulldogs 3-5, Warriors 6-2
- Webcast/radio: Mountain West Network (themwc.com)/KFPT (790 AM)