TURLOCK -- Shristy Kumar thought for a moment about how to describe what the Cal State Stanislaus women's basketball team is struggling with.
"We don't have the confidence to build up that lead and hold it," the senior guard said. "Those things should come hand in hand, but right now it's not working out."
A 12-point halftime lead slipped away from the Warriors in a 67-57 loss to UC San Diego on Saturday.
A triumphant return to Warrior Arena after five away games also escaped the Stanislaus men, who fell to the Tritons 75-58 in a California Collegiate Athletic Association game.
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UC San Diego took advantage of its free-throw opportunities in both contests. The Triton women were 22-of-33 while their Stanislaus counterparts were 8-for-11.
A 3-pointer from Kumar five minutes into the game set the Warriors off on a 13-2 run.
"We came out with intensity in the first half," said Kumar, who hit the 800-career point milestone Thursday against Chico State. "We're always like that. When we're up, we come out flat. Nothing was falling in."
Stanislaus (5-13, 3-9 CCAA) led 33-21 at halftime. But the Tritons (16-6, 8-4 CCAA) opened the second half with an 11-0 run. Stanislaus was scoreless in the first six minutes of the half, and suffered other droughts while the Tritons kept pounding away.
While UC San Diego went 2 for 10 from the line in the first half, it sank 20 of 23 free throws in the second half.
"If you cut those in half, we're still up at the end," Kumar said. "They got those calls because they came out more aggressive."
Kumar led Stanislaus with 21 points. Christin Gowan had 11 points and six rebounds.
Michelle Osier had 28 points and 13 rebounds for UC San Diego.
UC SAN DIEGO 75, STANISLAUS 58 -- The Warriors were all around the hoop, but couldn't consistently get shots to fall. Uncontested layups bounced off the rim. Only six of their 15 3-pointers fell through.
The only thing Stanislaus could count on was its free throws, but it didn't go the line that often, making 14 of 15 shots. UC San Diego made 22 of 28 foul shots.
Stanislaus forward Heath Colvin, who hit the 600-career point mark in a victory at Chico State on Thursday, said the frequent stops in action upset the pace of the game.
"It seemed like every time down there was a whistle," Colvin said. "Basketball is a game of runs. You've got to get in a rhythm. When you stop, it totally takes you out of your rhythm."
Colvin wishes he knew how to turn things around for Stanislaus (4-15, 3-9 CCAA). San Diego (12-6, 8-4 CCAA) is a good team, he said, but the Warriors are good, too.
"We shot well against Chico, so we know we're not bad shooters," Colvin said. "Everybody is going to go into lulls."
The Warriors' bad shooting night affected their rebounding, as well. Stanislaus had just 15 rebounds compared to the Tritons' 38.
Rick Cardoso led the Warriors with 20 points and four rebounds. Duane Jones added 14 points, three rebounds and five assists.