Women’s Basketball Looks to Re-Establish Momentum This Weekend

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ARCATA, Calif. – The Humboldt State women’s basketball team will host a pair of CCAA games at Lumberjack Arena beginning Thursday night, as they seek to recapture the mojo that saw them forge a seven-game winning streak earlier in the season.The Jacks welcome Cal Poly Pomona into town on Thursday night, and then face off against Cal State San Bernardino on Saturday evening. Both contests have a 5:30 p.m. tip time.HSU is coming off a difficult weekend that saw them fall at UC San Diego on Friday night via two last-second free throws, 64-63, and then suffer a defeat at the hands of Cal State San Marcos on Saturday night, 68-63. The results ran the Jacks’ record on the season to 8-7, 7-3 in conference.The San Diego contest pitted what were the top two teams in the CCAA against each other, with the Tritons undefeated in conference and the Jacks at 7-1 in league play. Head Coach Michelle Bento-Jackson said, “It was a battle, just as we expected it to be, and it came down to the wire. In that last 20 seconds, I thought our team did everything we needed to do as far as executing on the defensive end, and unfortunately we came up short and they got two free throws. It was definitely a heartbreaker to say the least; we put ourselves in a position to win the game and just didn’t finish it off.”With a tough 24-hour turnaround before their next game, the Jacks, in the words of Bento-Jackson, were “emotionally drained and exhausted,” heading into the San Marcos game.Heading into this weekend, Bento-Jackson sees reason for optimism: “I feel like we’ve been much sharper in these last couple practices, and getting back to what we were doing before.”Pomona comes in with an overall mark of 10-4 and 7-2 against …

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