Cal State San Marcos Athletics
TURLOCK, Calif. – The Cal State San Marcos women’s basketball team collected its second consecutive come-from-behind victory with a 69-65 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) win at Stanislaus on Thursday night at the Ed & Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena. TOP PERFORMERSJon’Nae Vermillion – 24 points | 15 reboundsStephanie Custodio – 17 points | 7 assists | 11-of-11 at free throw lineAkayla Hackson – 12 points | 2 blocked shots | 2 stealsEmma Forel – 11 points | 8 reboundsHOW IT HAPPENED
The first quarter had five lead changes with CSUSM coming out on top at 16-14 on a 3-pointer by Kelsey Forrester.
A 10-0 run by Stanislaus gave the Warriors the lead at 26-23 with 4:20 remaining in the second quarter.
The Cougars trailed 37-32 at halftime after shooting 38.5 percent from the field to Stan State’s 50.0 percent.
A Vermillion layup and free throw after a foul cut the Warrior lead to 48-44 with 5:34 remaining in the third quarter.
Hackson’s 3-pointer, followed by a layup, gave the Cougars their first lead in in the second half at 60-58 with 8:03 on the clock.
CSUSM opened the fourth quarter on a 8-0 run before the Warriors got a bucket at 5:28.
Hackson knocked down a 3-pointer with 30 seconds remaining to put CSUSM up 69-65.
CSUSM’s defense held the Warriors off from scoring in the final 30 seconds.
With the win, the Cougars (10-4, 7-3 CCAA) slide into third place by themselves in the CCAA standings. The Warriors fall to 3-10 overall and 2-7 in conference.
Vermillion notched her fifth double-double of the season and her third double-double in the last four games.
CSUSM tallied 16 points in three of the four quarters and matched Stanislaus’ 21 points in the third quarter.
Custodio’s 17 points matched her season-best set against Cal State L.A. on Dec. 29.
Vermillion’s 24 points was also a season high and her third time to score 20 or more points in a game.
CSUSM had a slight edge in rebounding at 33-29 over the Warriors.
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