Hot-Shooting Pioneers Defeat HSU Women’s Basketball

Humboldt State University Athletics

ARCATA, Calif. – Humboldt State women’s basketball couldn’t overcome a slow start as Cal State East Bay dealt the Lumberjacks a 79-71 home loss Friday. “We have dug ourselves a hole in four or five games now and we have fought like cats and dogs to come back. That is kind of getting old at this point,” said Head Coach Michelle Bento-Jackson. “When a team comes in and shoots 58 percent against us, that is the number that stands out to me. We had a lot of defensive breakdowns particularly in the first half, and we came out flat in the third quarter. It’s a 40-minute game, we have talked about this, and we can’t continue to make the same mistake over and over again.” The Pioneers (6-6, 3-2 CCAA) led by 10 points, 22-12, after closing out the first period on a 7-2 run. Seven points from Lynnzy Troxell helped HSU keep pace with Cal State East Bay in the second period, and the Jacks (2-10, 1-4 CCAA) trailed 42-29 at the half. The Green and Gold shot 40.7 percent from the field in the first half, but the Pioneers connected on 62.1 percent of their attempts. Cal State East Bay put together another impressive 10 minutes and outscored HSU 23-12 in the third period. A pair of free throws by Bri Guillroy gave the Pioneers a 25-point advantage with 10 seconds left in the period. Tyra Turner scored nine of her team-high 14 points in the fourth period and helped the Jacks trim the Pioneers’ lead to eight. Turner was 6-of-12 shooting, grabbed six rebounds, dished out three assists and swiped three steals. HSU finished the game shooting 45.8 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from outside the arc. Kindall Murie (13) and Troxell (11) joined Turner with double-digit scoring totals. Six Pioneers scored in double figures, and Morgan Greene led the way with 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting. The …

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