Red Hawks win in overtime on homecoming

Simpson University Sports News


REDDING, Calif. - You could hear a pin drop. This was the case in the Heritage Student Life Center as Madison Cox stood at the free throw line, with .03 seconds left, with the outcome of the game in her hands.

The Simpson University women’s basketball team hosted the Warriors of William Jessup University, Homecoming Weekend on Friday, Jan. 7th at 5:30 p.m. resulting in a 86-71 victory in overtime.

In the first half, the Red Hawks led at the most by 9 points as they came out aggressive, with the Hawk fans in the crowd cheering them on. Going into halftime, ahead 37-30, Simpson would carry their momentum into the second half.

Forcing the Warriors to make 15 turnovers in the first half, the Red Hawks would look to force even more in the second half as they continued to put the pressure on William Jessup.

But the Warriors answered back with a full court press allowing them to tie the game at 63-63 with 2:09 minutes left to play in regulation.

A series of events including an injury and substitution of Nichole Jones with four seconds left, Jessup’s Ashley Rose hit two free throws to gain the lead 69-67.

On a hail Mary pass to Madison Cox, she would get fouled as the buzzer goes off.

Thinking the game’s over, the teams walk back to their benches only to hear the referee blow his whistle to call the foul sending Cox to free throw line with 2 free throws and .03 seconds now left in regulation.

With the game in her hands, every fan on their feet hushing each other for silence, and Cox calm as can be, she hits both of her free throws sending the Red Hawks into overtime with 5 more minutes left to play.

In overtime, three of Jessup’s starters would foul out and Simpson would go on a 17-2 run, winning the game 86-71.

Nichole Jones finished the night with 19 points, and Madison Cox finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Esther Wofford finished the night with 17 points and Kaity Hahn finished with 12.

The Red Hawks will prepare for their next game against CSU Maritime at home on Feb. 13th at 5:30 p.m.


Written by Nichole Jones

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