SEASIDE, Calif. – Humboldt State women’s basketball fell behind early and never recovered as it dropped its second meeting of the season versus Cal State Monterey Bay, 56-43, Saturday night in the Kelp Bed.
“We didn't do what we needed to do on the defensive end,” said HSU Head Coach Michelle Bento-Jackson. “We never took Monterey out of its comfort zone. We will learn from these two games this weekend and get back at it on Monday.”
The Otters (5-15, 2-11 CCAA) got out to a 7-0 lead and controlled the first 10 minutes of action. HSU trailed 15-5 at the end of the first quarter.
Monterey Bay increased its lead to 10 points, 24-14, with 3:06 left in the half. An Ashlynn Cox 3-pointer and Kindall Murie layup trimmed the Otters’ advantage to five, 24-19, at intermission.
Mikaela Shannon sank a jumper midway through the third quarter to pull the Jacks (6-14, 5-8 CCAA) within two points of the Otters. Monterey Bay closed the quarter on a 9-5 run and led 36-30 through three quarters.
Things went from bad to worse for the Jacks in the final 10 minutes. HSU was limited to one field goal through the first 5:17, and Monterey Bay extended its lead to a game-high 16 points.
Cox ended the game with one of her team-high three 3-pointers. She led the Jacks with nine points on 3-of-8 shooting. Shannon matched her season-high with eight points in 34 minutes.
HSU shot 30.4 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from outside the arc.
Three Otters scored in double figures, and Courtney Keaton recorded a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
The Jacks return to the North Coast and will host Cal State Los Angeles Thursday at 5:30 p.m.