Turnovers cost Lady Red Hawks game against Northwest Christian
Simpson University Sports News
Redding, Calif. - It was opening night for the Lady Red Hawk basketball team Wednesday, Nov. 11. In front of a packed crowd in the Heritage Student Life Center, the Red Hawks (0-5) clashed with the Northwest Christian Beacons (3-2). This was a classic shoot-out from the start of the game, but the Beacons eventually pulled out an 81-76 victory in overtime.
The first half saw the Beacons jump out to an early 12-3 lead after they hit their first four consecutive 3-pointers. Simpson bounced back with a consistent offensive attack that eventually gave them the lead 10 minutes into the first half. Simpson guard senior Leslie Hirshfield came off the bench and hit three big three’s in the first half to help fuel Simpson’s comeback. Senior Alyssa Foster also scored nine first half points. The Red Hawk’s went into the locker room at halftime with an 11 point lead.
The Beacons came back with a furry at the start of the second half. Northwest Christian was able to take a four point second half lead. Simpson did not go away quietly and with less than 10 seconds left on the game clock and down three points, Simpson junior Kylie Shaw hit a three from the top of the key to tie the game. Simpson sophomore Paige Barrett poked away the ball on the Northwest Christian inbound to give the Red Hawks a look at a game winner, but the shot fell short.
Overtime was all Beacon basketball, as they rattled off the first six points in a matter of two minutes. Playing from behind Simpson had no choice but to foul. The Beacons were able to get the ball into the hands of Lori Renner who went 4-4 from the free throw line to seal the game for the Beacons. Renner led the way for the Lady Beacons with 33 points and 11 rebounds.
Foster who accounted for 20 points and nine rebounds led Simpson. Shaw also had a solid game with 15 points and eight rebounds from the point guard position. The Red Hawks shot well from the field at 42 percent, but it was the 30 turnovers that gave the Beacons too many opportunities to score the eventually led to the Red Hawks’ downfall.
Simpson now travels to Southern California to face Cal Baptist on Nov.13 and The Master’s College on Nov. 14. Tip-off for both games will be at 5:30 p.m.
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.