WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FORCES OVERTIME BUT FALLS TO SAN JOSE STATE 84-81
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sayja Sumler made a driving layup and converted a free throw for a three-point play with 3.9 seconds to play in overtime, giving the San Jose State Spartans an 84-81 victory over the Sacramento State women's basketball team on Friday, Dec. 18 at the Hornets Nest.
With the loss the Hornets fall to 2-8 on the season, while the Spartans improve to 3-7.
In a back-and-forth game that saw 12 ties and 14 lead changes, San Jose State held a 76-70 lead with under a minute remaining in regulation before the Hornets stormed back to force overtime. Junior Emily Christensen (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) scored on a driving layup with :42 seconds to play, which was followed by two made free throws by junior Jasmine Cannady (Sacramento, Calif.), making the score 76-74 with :37 seconds remaining.
On the next possession, San Jose State stepped out of bounds working against the Hornets full court pressure, but got the basketball right back with :34 seconds to play following a Hornet turnover. Dribbling in the forecourt, Sumler had the ball taken away by Hornet senior Charday Hunt (Portland, Ore.) who saved the ball before crashing into the Spartan bench to junior Tika Koshiyama-Diaz (San Jose, Calif.), who drove the length of the floor to tie the game at 76-76 with :18 seconds remaining. The Spartans had one last chance to win it, but a deep three pointer was no good, and the game went into overtime.
In the extra session, the Spartans held a three-point advantage with under a minute remaining at 81-78, but Hornet senior Erika Edwards (Redmond, Wash.) knocked down a deep three-pointer from the left win with :33 seconds remaining to tie the score at 81-81.
This set the stage for Sumler, who drove to the basket with 3.9 seconds to play and connected on a layup and free throw to give the Spartans a 84-81 advantage. The Hornets did not get a shot off before the final horn, falling to the Spartans by less than three-points for the second straight season.
The Hornets struggled from the field, shooting just 25-of-89 for the contest (28.1 percent), which included 6-of-35 shooting from beyond the three-point arc. Sacramento State stayed in the contest with their free throw shooting (25-of-34, 73.5 percent) and by forcing 36 San Jose State turnovers into 36 points.
San Jose State owned the boards, corralling 74 rebounds, including 30 on the offensive glass. The Spartans did not capitalize on these opportunities however, as they turned those 30 rebounds into just five second chance points.
Sacramento State was led by Hunt, who scored 19 points and collected five steals on the contest. Christensen secured her second double-double of the season, pouring in 15 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, while also blocking a career-high five shots. Koshiyama-Diaz finished with 10 points and five assists, while freshman Kylie Kuhns (Salem, Ore.) added 10 points and nine rebounds off the bench.
The Spartans were led by Sumner, who posted a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Chasity Shavers added 21 points and seven rebounds. Shaunna Ridge secured a game-high 16 rebounds while scoring nine points.
The Hornets return to action on Monday, Dec. 21 as they host the Academy of Art Urban Knights at the Hornets Nest. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. as part of a double header with the men's team, who will tipoff against William Jessup at 7:35 p.m.