SAN FRANCISCO – After scoring a combined 15 points in the first half, Humboldt State women’s basketball looked as if it would suffer its fifth straight loss Tuesday. But a halftime wakeup call helped the Green and Gold rally from a 17-point deficit to earn a 52-48 road win over San Francisco State.
“I am just really happy for the girls that they fought really hard and finished the game off,” said Head Coach Michelle Bento-Jackson. “We have been in this situation before where we dug ourselves a hole and we fought, but just didn’t finish the game off. Tonight they did, and I am very proud of them.”
The Lumberjacks (3-11, 2-5 CCAA) shot 55.6 percent from the field in the second half, and Lynnzy Troxell scored 12 of her season-high 14 points in the fourth quarter to clinch the win.
“Lynnzy was a big part of getting us back in the ball game,” said Bento-Jackson. “They had no answer for her during that run, and we were going to ride that out as long as we could.”
SF State led 41-29 through three quarters, but the Gators (2-10, 0-5 CCAA) were limited to just one field goal in the final five minutes by the Jacks’ stout defense.
HSU edged SF State in the rebounding battle 28-27, and the total marked just the second time this season the Jacks outrebounded an opponent. Tyra Turner led the North Coast team with six boards to go with seven points, five assists and four steals.
Ashlynn Cox finished the game with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting. She joined Troxell as the only Jacks to reach double-digit scoring totals.
The Gators’ Lauryn Catching led all scorers with 19 points.
HSU travels to face Cal State Dominguez Hills on Saturday, Jan. 7. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.