The California Lutheran University women’s basketball team forced an overtime period but came out on the losing end of a 68-61 decision against the University of Redlands on Saturday in Gilbert Arena. Freshman Danika Briggs tied the game with six seconds to play in regulation but the Regals went 1-for-8 from the field in overtime and had their three-game win streak snapped.
CLU came out aggressive early with a full-court press defense and held the Bulldogs to 23 first half points and 25 percent shooting from the field (7-for-28). By halftime the Regals had built a nine point advantage thanks to a last second shot by Briggs to end the first half. They shot 51.9 percent in the first half connecting on 14-of-27 attempts.
In the second half, a three by freshman Kendra Carter put CLU up by 10 with 15 minutes remaining and Redlands quickly erased its deficit with a 10-0 run and tied the game at the 12:32 mark.
Redlands retained the lead for most of the final 12 minutes and held a five point advantage with a minute to play when CLU freshman Shana Moore nailed her first three-point attempt of the season from straight away and cut the Regal’s deficit to two. On its next possession CLU went to junior Nita Sims and her shot came off the rim and into the hands of Briggs who laid it in to tie the game at 56-56 with six seconds to play.
After a timeout by the Bulldogs, sophomore Mariah Barbetti-Cort took the ball the length of the court and had her layup ricochet too hard off the backboard as time expired.
Redlands freshman Courtney Carroll scored six points on three layups in overtime and on her third with 1:14 to play she put the Bulldogs up four. The Regals missed three-pointers on consecutive possessions and time would run out and the Bulldogs came away with the 68-61 win.
Bulldog junior Ali Bueno tallied a game-high 18 points and hit on 3-of-4 three point attempts in the second half and played 44 minutes.
Sims was CLU’s high scorer with 16 points on 6-for-19 shooting to go along with eight rebounds. Sophomore Kourtney Jones added 14 points and Carter finished with eight.
After shooting 51.9 percent in the first half, the Regals connected on 29.2 percent of their attempts in the second half.
Cal Lutheran (4-13, 2-4 SCIAC) will host Pomona-Pitzer Colleges on Jan. 29 in another conference matchup. The game will be available live online at www.KADYTV.com.