December 29, 2009

South Dakota's Last-Second Shot Sinks Matadors, 47-46

Dec. 29, 2009

Final Stats

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - South Dakota's Amber Hegge banked home a jumper with 0.4 seconds left in the second half to lift South Dakota to a 47-46 victory over the Cal State Northridge women's basketball team (2-7) Tuesday night at The Matadome. Sophomore Jasmine Erving led the Matadors with 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds to post her fourth career double-double.

The story of the game was CSUN's free throw shooting, or lack thereof. The Matadors finished 1-of-11 from the charity stripe in the game, missing all seven of their attempts in the second half.

Leading 46-43 with under a minute to play, Janelle Nomura and Bridgette Conejo both missed the front-end on a pair of 1-and-1 free throw opportunities to keep the Coyotes in the game. South Dakota responded with a pair of field goals, including Hegge's game winner, to stun Northridge. It was the only lead change of the entire game.

Freshman Amanda Thomson was the only Matador to make a free throw. Nomura missed all three of her attempts and Conejo, Anna Simmons and Felicia Walker all missed a pair of attempts.

In the process, CSUN wasted Erving's fourth career double-double and career-high 13 rebounds. She added two assists and a block in 31 minutes of action. Conejo and Analee Viena-Lota each had nine points in the defeat. Freshman Violet Alama had a season-high three blocks and seven rebounds for CSUN.

Neither team shot especially well from the field in the contest. Northridge finished 21-of-55 (38.2 percent) compared to a 32.2 percent rate (19-of-59) for South Dakota. The Matadors out-rebounded the Coyotes, 45-37, but committed 17 turnovers compared to only 10 Coyote miscues.

Northridge took a 28-21 lead into halftime after opening the game on an 8-0 run. They would lead by as many as 13 as Erving had seven points and seven rebounds in the frame.

Hegge was the only Coyote in double-figures, finishing with 10 points.

The Matadors must now rebound before the start of Big West Conference play, which begins Saturday with a home contest against Pacific. Tip off between the Tigers and Matadors is slated for 4 p.m.

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