Humboldt State took a big early lead, let it slip away and then put on the jets midway through the second half Friday night to pull away from Cal State San Bernardino for a 69-51 CCAA conference women’s basketball victory in Coussoulis Arena.
The Lumberjacks improved to 18-6 on the season and 13-4 in the CCAA to remain in second place. The West Region No. 5-ranked ‘Jacks were led by Brittney Taylor with 16 points and six rebounds. Andrea Bobic contributed 10 points and five rebounds.
It was the fifth straight win for HSU and their ninth in their last 10 games.
Katie Franci had another all around game with nine points, six assists and a team-high seven rebounds for Humboldt State. Trisha Alaba had five assists to go with six points.
The Coyotes, coming off back-to-back wins over regionally-ranked UC San Diego and Cal Poly Pomona, dipped to 9-14 on the season and 7-10 in the CCAA. CSUSB was led by junior Krystal Urzua with 16 points and four steals. Jaclyn Rainville and Artaisha Waters each had eight points. Rainville led the team in rebounding with eight.
HSU shot 45 percent from the field (27 of 60) and outrebounded the Coyotes 41-37, forcing 16 turnovers. CSUSB had a miserable night from the field, shooting just 24 percent (12 of 50) but the CCAA’s worst free throw shooting team (60%) came through at the foul line, sinking 22 of 29 (76 percent), factor that kept them in the game until the final minutes.
The ‘Jacks bolted to a 22-9 lead with 11:30 left in the first half and led 31-15 with 7:44 to go before intermission, but the Coyotes went on a 10-0 run to close the gap to six (31-25) on a three-pointer by Urzua and a free throw by Emily Vore.
The Coyotes actually caught HSU and took the lead 35-34 at the 18:07 mark of the second half on a layup by Vore and Urzua sank a free throw at 15:26 for a 36-34 lead.
Paige Peterson hit a jumper to tie it at 36-all with 14:51 to go and then HSU went on to score the next 11 points for a 47-36 edge a Taylor’s layup with 10:25 left. Alaba’s three-pointer with 7:31 left booted the lead to 55-39 and the Coyotes never got closer than 13 points after that.
CSUSB will host Sonoma State at 5:30 p.m. Saturday while HSU is at Cal Poly Pomona for a battle of regionally-ranked teams.