February 1, 2014

CSUN Downs Hawai'i in Overtime Thriller

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---

The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (10-12, 6-2 Big West) scored the last eight points of overtime to capture a 75-72 Big West victory over Hawai'i Saturday afternoon at The Matadome. Janae Sharpe scored a career-high 27 points, Ashlee Guay added 26 and the Matadors defeated the Rainbow Wahine for the first time in program history.

Saturday's contest was a big game in terms of the league standings and the play on the court matched that importance. CSUN led nearly the entire game until Ashleigh Karaitiana buried two deep 3-pointers in the last minute of regulation to send the game into overtime tied at 65.

Hawai'i rode that momentum to a five-point lead (72-67) with 2:26 left in the extra period. CSUN responded with a lay-up by Sharpe and clutch free throws from Breeyon Alexander to climb back within one.

Briana Harris missed a pair of free throws at the other end for Hawai'i and Guay knocked down both of her attempts to give CSUN a one-point lead (73-72). Destiny King turned the ball over on the next Hawai'i possession and Cinnamon Lister knocked down two free throws to settle the game's scoring. A 3-pointer by Karaitiana was missed with four seconds left with Lister grabbing the final carom.

Sharpe finished the contest 8-of-20 from the field with three 3-pointers. She was 8-of-11 from the free throw line and added a team-high eight rebounds in 41 minutes of action. Sharpe surpassed her previous career high of 19 points, a total she had reached on five occasions.

Guay was 9-of-15 from the field and 4-of-5 from downtown. She finished 4-of-5 at the free throw line with three assists and six rebounds while playing all 45 minutes.

Lister overcame a tough night from the field (3-of-16) to finish with 10 points, her 15th game in double-figures this season. She dished out a team-high six assists in 37 minutes of action.

Northridge led by as many as 16 early in the second half after carrying a 39-27 advantage into halftime. Hawai'i connected on 5-of-9 3-point attempts in the second half and finished 7-of-12 from beyond the arc.

Karaitiana led Hawai'i with a game-high 28 points. Kamilah Jackson finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Rainbow Wahine. Although UH won the rebounding battle (41-33), CSUN posted 16 points off turnovers and saw its bench finish with a 10-7 scoring advantage for the contest.

The Matadors return to action Thursday, Feb. 6 with a home contest against UC Davis. Tip off is slated for 7 p.m from The Matadome.

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