Simpson loses first conference match in last seconds of the game
Simpson University Sports News
ATHERTON, Calif. - The Red Hawks women's basketball team was looking to get off to a good start in California Pacific Conference play as they took on the Oaks from Menlo College on Thursday, Jan 5. Last season the Oaks dominated the Red Hawks in the season series, taking both games from the Red Hawks by an average margin of victory of 27 points. Tonight was a much different story as the teams played a very close game, but the Oaks still found themselves on the winning side (72-71).
The game opened with the Oaks going on a 9-0 run after just 3:40 ticking off the clock. However, the Red Hawks responded when Bekah Eppler scored back-to-back baskets which sparked a 10-0 run for Simpson. Charissa Murakami made some big shots to help the Red Hawks take the lead with 13:02 to play in the half. After that, the teams traded baskets for the rest of the way. The largest lead of was a three-point Menlo lead. Eppler was a force for the Red Hawks. Her 18 points led the Red Hawks to a one-point lead at the half (39-38). Murakami added 11 points, and Ariassa Wilson put in nine. Oaks forward Lauren Adamek led her team in scoring with 10 points in the half.
The second half began just as the first half had ended with neither team able to seize control of the game. The Oaks were able to slowly open up a seven-point lead with seven minutes to play in the game. The Red Hawks stormed back and took a one-point lead with just over two minutes to play (69-68). Then with 40.3 seconds to play Adamek gave the Oaks a three-point lead after a trip to the free throw line. The Red Hawks could not score on the ensuing possession as Eppler’s shot fell just short. However the Oaks missed their next free throw giving the Red Hawks a chance to tie with 3.6 seconds to play in the game. Wilson inbounded the ball to Murakami who hoisted up a shot which missed the mark. She was fouled with just .4 seconds on the clock giving her three free throw attempts to try and tie it up. Murakami missed the first and made the next two, but the Red Hawks needed a miracle to pull out the win. That miracle would not come and the Red Hawks fell 72-71.
Eppler finished the night with 24 points to lead all scorers.
The loss drops the Red Hawks record to 4-13 and 0-1 in the Cal Pac. They will be in action again next Thursday, Jan. 12 when they host on the Keelhaulers from CSU Maritime at 5:30 p.m.
Written by Dan Anderson
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