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COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP : CSUN Women Get It Half Right but Lose Again

Had the game lasted 20 minutes, the Cal State Northridge women’s basketball team would have posted its first victory of the season Saturday in Tulsa, Okla.

The Matadors led by five points at halftime and a victory seemed within their grasp. But they were outscored by 13 points in the second half and fell to Oral Roberts, 64-56.

Guard Tiffany Kelley scored 14 points for Oral Roberts (8-7), while Hardisha Burgess and Trina Davis came off the bench with 11 points and six assists each in the decisive second half.

Northridge (0-14) lost despite 24 points from guard Shannon Crouse and 13 more by reserve forward Maureen Batiste.

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Crouse made only five of 10 free throws, but grabbed seven rebounds, had two assists and a steal in 33 minutes.

Crouse’s effort wasn’t enough to overcome Oral Roberts’ second-half explosion.

The outcome was decided outside the three-point line, as Oral Roberts hit five of 12 beyond the arc down the stretch to finish nine of 24. Northridge was two for eight from long range, zero for three in the first half.

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Valley 64, Santa Barbara 56--Center Erika Upton came off the bench to score 17 points, grab 10 rebounds and block five shots for the Monarchs in the Western State Conference game at Santa Barbara. The sophomore made all five of her free throws.

Sophomore forward Nikki Hamilton added 11 points and 13 rebounds for Valley (15-7, 5-1 in conference play).

Valley fell behind, 11-6, but led by as many as 14 points in the second half.

Ventura 93, Canyons 67--Julie Hardy scored 30 points for the Pirates in a WSC interdivision game at Ventura.

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Tori Anderson added 17 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, Amber Magner had 16 points and six assists, Amy Blackburn had 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Marina Reyes had 12 points and eight steals for Ventura (16-1, 5-0).

Tytra Brown had 15 points for Canyons (18-5, 2-2).

Moorpark 56, Santa Monica 54--The Raiders overcame a 31-27 halftime deficit in the WSC game and upset the state’s 13th-ranked team on Janette Oriza’s basket with seven seconds left.

Oriza had 19 points for Moorpark. Khrlysla Scanlon had 24 points for the Raiders (5-15, 3-3) and Oriza added 19. Issia Lincoln had 24 for the Corsairs.

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Desert 66, Antelope Valley 49--Valesha Fletcher had 19 points and 17 rebounds for Antelope Valley (2-17, 1-2) in a Foothill conference loss at Lancaster.

Sophomore guard Nancy Pinzon had 29 points for Desert (10-11, 3-1).

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Hancock 87, Glendale 81--The Vaqueros blew a seven-point lead at halftime and saw Hancock sink eight three-pointers and make 12 of 18 free throws in the final 20 minutes.

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Charlie Garcia scored 21 points and Maurice McIntosh had 17 for Glendale (10-9, 2-4).

Cal Lutheran 61, Occidental 53--Center Paul LaMott had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the Kingsmen outscored the Tigers, 34-19, in the second half to pull away. Cal Lutheran improved to 9-4.


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