Lady Red Hawks defeat Northwest University for first win
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University's women's basketball team earned their first win of the season against Northwest University on Saturday, Nov. 12. The Lady Red Hawks defeated Northwest 70-68.
The Red Hawks opened the first half trailing early by as many as six points, but they were able to come back and take the lead with some outstanding shooting in the period. They ended up shooting 42.9 percent (12-for-28) from the field. Charissa Murakami led the Red Hawks offensively. She came up with some big shots and rebounds to spark the offense for the Red Hawks, which helped her team have a 34-30 lead going into the half.
The second half started with the Red Hawks taking control of the game and gaining a nine-point lead over the Eagles. However, the Eagles battled back. Both teams tightly contested the majority of the half, and neither team could quite gain control of the game. The Eagles did lead by four with under two minutes to play. Simpson's Bekah Eppler put the Red Hawks back in the lead by scoring five unanswered points. Then with 1:09 to play, Northwest's Carol Howard hit a shot to take back the lead. Simpson's Nichole Jones then took two trips to the free throw line and converted two of her four attempts to give Simpson back the lead with 36 seconds remaining. The Eagles had a chance to win when Howard had a shot. She missed her shot, but teammate Jessalyn Jackson grabbed the offensive rebound. Jackson also missed her shot, and the Red Hawks were able to hold on for the win.
Eppler led the Red Hawks offensively with 15 points and seven rebounds. Brook Blaisdell and Ariassa Wilson each added 12 points in the win. Howard finished with 11 points for the Eagles, and Emily Drivstuen led all scorers with 18 points in the losing effort.
The Red Hawks improved their record to 1-3 on the season. They will look to build on this success against the OIT Owls on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m. in Redding.
Written by Dan Anderson
Photo by Paige Barrett
Pictured Above: Bekah Eppler
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.