ARCATA – A career performance from Catharine Rees helped Humboldt State women’s basketball rebound from Thursday’s loss with a 73-65 win over Stanislaus State Saturday night in Lumberjack Arena.
“This is a huge win for us, and I am really proud of the team for responding from the other night,” said Head Coach Michelle Bento-Jackson. “I challenged them in a lot of different areas and they responded. We got a little bit sloppy in the third quarter, but I told them to weather the storm, and we did a terrific job.”
Rees led all scorers with a career-high 26 points on 9-of-14 shooting. The junior connected on eight 3-pointers which matched a single-game program high last reached by Jae Shin on Nov. 29, 2014.
“As a shooter once you hit a couple you get into a rhythm and you feel it,” said Rees. “My teammates were making great passes and reading the defense perfectly, and I was open and feeling good.”
The Green and Gold got in an offensive rhythm early and led by as many as 14 points in the first half. HSU held an eight-point advantage at intermission.
Stanislaus State responded in the second half. The Warriors’ (10-10, 8-3) press allowed them to close the gap late and knot the score at 44-44 with 2:10 left in the third quarter.
Tyra Turner scored nine of her 14 points in the fourth quarter to seal the win for the Jacks.
“We closed the game very well in a number of different ways,” said Bento-Jackson. “It got to a point where we just had to take care of the ball, make free throws and really lock in on the defensive end and make defensive rebounds. We continued to put the pressure on Stanislaus instead of ourselves.”
HSU travels to Hayward, Calif., to face Cal State East Bay on Friday, Jan. 27. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.