Pacific Women's Basketball: Tigers Sweep Cal State Northridge On Season With 93-89 2OT Win
Pacific has now swept the Matadors on the season after two contests as their record improved to 6-22 and 4-12 in the Big West. Cal State Northridge dropped to 4-24 overall and 2-14 in conference action at the conclusion of the Matadors' season.
Trailing 40-32 into the second half, Pacific saw the Matadors' lead extend to as much as 12 points (51-39) with 14:28 remaining in the game. Cal State Northridge used an 11-7 lead to get to that point. Over the course of the next three minutes the Tigers would show a great deal of heart despite the two extra periods and come within striking distance of the Matadors.
A trey by freshman Jordan Rogers (Sparks, Nev.) at 11:08 brought the Matadors back down to a single-digit lead for the last time of the contest as Pacific trailed 59-51. That sparked a 10-4 run until the second half's final five minutes when Rogers tied the contest 63-63 after a fast break layup. Cal State Northridge took the lead three more times until its final 72-70 lead with 14 seconds left to play. Unwilling to end the regulation season there, sophomore Christina Thompson (Sacramento, Calif.) sank a jumper with three seconds on the clock and pushed the game into overtime.
Tied 72-72 heading into the next five minutes for the first overtime period, Pacific struck first in overtime with a jumper by Rogers at 4:22 to give Pacific the 74-72 advantage. But 12 seconds later, the Matadors knotted up the score for the sixth time in the game after a response jumper from Amanda Thompson brought the score to 74-74. Both teams went on to lead by only three points until Cal State Northridge put a three-point separation between the Tigers after a pair of free throws from Janelle Nomura with 23 seconds left on the clock. Cal State Northridge looked to have the game locked up for the second-straight time at the end of the period, leading 84-81.
However, the Tigers once again chose to rewrite their own story as freshman Erica McKenzie (Sparks, Nev.) successfully landed a three pointer with five seconds on the clock to tie the game, 84-84 and push a second overtime period.
Pacific was finally able to distance itself between Cal State Northridge in the second overtime period, but the Matadors jumped out ahead first. As senior Emma Head (San Diego, Calif.) fouled out of the game 30 seconds into the second overtime period, Nomura went to the foul line to make one of two shots.
Amanda Thompson followed that up at 3:58 when she sank a jumper to give the Matadors a three-point lead, 87-84. Pacific immediately responded and cut the lead down after a jumper from sophomore Eliza Dy (Chino Hills, Calif.) at 3:45 reeled Cal State Northridge back to a one-point lead, 87-86. Jasmine Erving then made a pair of free throws to widen the gap to three points once more. Cal State Northridge would see its last lead at 2:38, when Dy made a layup to put the Tigers back within one, 89-88.
Pacific then went on a 5-0 run to close out the game and seal the 93-89 victory in double overtime.
McKenzie led all players with 22 points off 6-for-8 three-point shooting, while Dy tallied her first career double-double thanks to 18 points and 11 assists in the contest. Four Tigers finished in double-digits scoring as Thompson sank 16 points and Rogers rounded out the top four with 15.
Pacific next returns to action for the first round of the Big West Conference Tournament in Anaheim, Calif. The Tigers will take on the No. 5 seed (to be determined after tonight's final conference game) at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10 in the Anaheim Convention Center.