AZUSA, Calif. - Betsy Kingma nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer to lift the 21st-ranked Seattle Pacific women's basketball team to a 66-63 win against UC San Diego Friday in the first game of the West Region Crossover Classic, hosted by Azusa Pacific at Felix Event Center.
With 1:14 left in the game, UCSD forward Erin Dautremont made one of two free throws to tie the score at 63-63. The Tritons grabbed the offensive rebound on the miss, but a jumper by Megan Perry wouldn't fall and SPU collected the rebound. UCSD got the ball right back on an offensive foul call, but turned it back over with just two seconds on the clock. Following a timeout, Kingma sunk the winning shot with the assist going to Brianne Lasconia.
For UCSD, Perry finished with a career-high 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting with four three-pointers. She also added six rebounds, an assist and two steals. Miranda Seto totaled 17 points and three steals, while McKennan Bertsch doled out four assists. Dautremont and Taylor Hirz joined Perry with six rebounds apiece.
"Megan really set the tone for our team today," said UCSD head coach Heidi VanDerveer.
Three players hit double-figure point totals for SPU, including Katie Benson (game-high 26), Kingma (13) and Suzanna Ohlsen (12). Benson was 9-for-11 at the free throw line and also hauled in a game-high nine rebounds. Kingma, Lasconia and Ohlsen had four assists each.
UCSD held a solid 45-32 advantage in rebounds. The Tritons shot 34.5 percent (20-58) for the game, while the Falcons finished at 42.1 percent (24-57). Turnover totals were 18 for UC San Diego and 12 for Seattle Pacific.
The Tritons made two valiant second-half comebacks, both times trailing by 11 points. At 12:08, a layup by Stacey Lukasiewicz put SPU up by a score of 54-43. UCSD chipped away and took its first and only lead of the second half when Seto hit a three at 2:22, putting the Tritons ahead, 62-61. A jumper by Ohlsen swung the lead back to Seattle Pacific before Dautremont's free throw tied it at 63-63.
UCSD's largest lead of the game was two points in the first half. Seattle Pacific led 35-29 at halftime.
"We were down for most of the game and fought our way back," said VanDerveer. "We out-rebounded them, but had too many turnovers. We did have an opportunity to win after coming back and I'm proud of our effort."
UC San Diego dropped to 1-1 overall, while Seattle Pacific stayed perfect on the year with the win, improving to 5-0.
UCSD concludes play at the Crossover Classic Saturday by taking on 13th-ranked Western Washington at 3:30 p.m.