League-Leading Matadors Edge Aggies in Thriller

Lauren Juric scored a season-high 11 points. (Wayne Tilcock)
 
Lauren Juric scored a season-high 11 points. (Wayne Tilcock)
 

Feb. 18, 2012

Final Stats

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Samantha Meggison hit a career-high 11 free throws en route to 19 points, but Cal State Northridge rallied with just four minutes left in the game to claim a 63-60 women's basketball victory in a thriller at The Matadome in Northridge on Saturday.

UC Davis moves to 15-10 overall and 7-6 in the Big West. Cal State Northridge, who entered the game in first place in the Big West, improves to 16-10 on the year and 10-3 in league play.

Meggison was 11-of-12 from the free throw line and grabbed six rebounds, while Lauren Juric added a season-high 11 points and had two blocks. Freshman Sydnee Fipps was the third Aggie to finish in double-digit scoring, hitting 3-of-5 from three-point range for 10 points, while also pulling down four boards.

Cal State Northridge was led by Jasmine Erving's 25 points, 15 of which came in the first half, while Camille Mahlknecht and Violet Alama each finished with seven rebounds.

UC Davis jumped out to a 15-8 lead after Meggison scored on a layup then went 4-of-4 from the free throw line in the opening minutes of the first half. Fipps added a three pointer, then hit again from long range to put UC Davis up 18-8 with 10:43 to go.

Erving singlehandedly kept Cal State Northridge in the game, though, scoring nine straight points to bring the Matadors within just one. Juric answered with back-to-back buckets to extend the Aggie lead to 24-19 with 3:43 left in the first half, but Janae Sharpe and Ashlee Guay capped off a 12-4 Matador run with baskets of their own and Cal State Northridge was back to within one with three minutes to go.

From there, Blair Shinoda provided a few heroics of her own. With just one second on the shot clock and UC Davis inbounding the ball from the base line, Hana Asano found Shinoda running through the lane. The junior caught the ball on the run and released it, banking the shot in as the shot clock expired.

 

 

Shinoda answered again for UC Davis as halftime neared. With just four seconds left in the first half, Meggison inbounded a sideline pass to Shinoda, who took a few dribbles, then heaved up a three while on the run. The shot swished through as the halftime buzzer sounded and UC Davis took a 29-23 lead into the locker rooms.

Out of halftime, UC Davis remained in control, attacking the basket and getting to the free throw line where the Aggies would score eight straight from the charity stripe before Asano and Fipps knocked down back-to-back treys with 13:05 left in the game. Juric added a trey of her own at the 10:29 mark, giving UC Davis its largest lead of the game at 45-30.

Cal State Northridge came roaring back, however, outscoring UC Davis 14-2 over the next five minutes until Meggison returned to the free throw line and hit another pair to keep the Aggies in front 49-44 with 5:17 to play.

The teams traded free throws with UC Davis maintaining a 53-48 advantage with 4:12 to play, but the Matadors held the Aggies scoreless while going on another scoring run, starting with a jumper from Erving at the 3:08 mark. Jessica Duarte took a steal coast-to-coast to tie the game at 53, then Erving grabbed a defensive rebound and found Duarte running towards the Matador end of the court for a fastbreak layup to give Cal State Northridge its first lead of the game since the 19:23 mark of the first half.

The Matadors opened up a six-point lead at 59-53 with a pair of free throws from Guay, then Sharpe hit two more from the line to give Cal State Northridge a 61-54 lead with under 30 seconds to play.

With only 11 seconds on the clock, Cortney French sank a three to bring the score to 63-59. Shinoda would add in a free throw, but with just one second left on the clock, the Aggies fell 63-60.

UC Davis faces Pacific in a lone game on Saturday, Feb. 25 in Stockton.