But the Occidental women's basketball team missed six free throws late in the fourth quarter, coming up a little short of a comeback win against NAIA Northern New Mexico in a 65-62 loss at Rush Gymnasium on Saturday.
Season Impact: The Tigers fall to 3-3 on the season. Northern N.M. improves to 5-6.
Krishia Artieda scored a game-high 22 points, including a pair of three pointers as the Eagles took control of the game with a 21-9 third quarter. Ashley John also hit a pair of threes during the 10 minutes.
The Tigers chipped away and made it interesting at the end of the fourth quarter. Trailing by eight with a little more than 1 minute to play, Dru Ishibashi hit a pull up three-pointer, cutting the Eagles' lead to 65-60. Oxy pressured Northern N.M. next offensive possession, forcing a turnover that that turned into a 2-on-1 opportunity. Green scooped up the loose ball and threw the outlet pass to Triana Anderson, who found Matsumoto for an easy layup, cutting the lead to 65-62 with 47.5 seconds remaining.
After both teams traded missed free throws, the Tigers had the ball and a chance to tie as time was winding down, but couldn't get a look at the basket before the buzzer sounded.
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