WBB | Gators Cut it Close But Fall Late At San Bernardino

SF State Athletics

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif – The shorthanded San Francisco State women’s basketball team battled late to tie things up against Cal State San Bernardino but the Gators couldn’t close out the contest, falling 75-61. Amani Alexander dropped a career-high 18 points on 54 percent (7-of-13) shooting and a season-best five boards. Jhaina Stephens led all scorers with 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Kaleigh Pugh added seven and eight boards, Tyiteyana Jefferson dropped six with Rachel Iozzia, three, and Erica Nilsen, two rounding out the Gator (5-17/3-16 CCAA) scoring. Iozzia tied things up 5-5 with a three-pointer off an assist from Pugh. The Coyotes (11-13/9-11 CCAA) push their lead to 14-6 following Genaya Wilkinson’s jumper midway through the quarter. Alexander hit back-to-back buckets to cut it to four in the closing minute of action, and dropped a layup with seven seconds remaining to make it 18-14. Down 23-18, the Gators brought the deficit to two capped off by a Stephens’ jumper three minutes into the second quarter. The Coyotes continued to hold off the Gators with a run of their own, making it 28-21. Alexander’s first three of the evening brought the Gators to within one with 2:34 left in the half, which came off an assist from Jefferson. Alexander drained another from beyond the arc to start the third quarter, which tied the contest at 32-all. San Bernardino then put together seven-straight points to regain a formidable lead. The gritty Gators continued the battle in hopes of taking the contest, and Stephens hit a jumper a minute into the fourth to tie things once again at 46-46, and later gave SF State its first lead of the day on another layup to make it 48-47. However the Coyotes took the lead right back on a series of baskets by Sabrena Coleman. Stephens again cut it to one halfway through the quarter, but San …

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