LA JOLLA, Calif. - Erin Dautremont scored a game-high 26 points to lead the UC San Diego women's basketball team to a narrow 62-61 overtime victory against Metro State Friday in UCSD Thanksgiving Classic play at RIMAC Arena.
UCSD improved to 3-1 overall on the young season, while MSU dropped to 1-2. It was the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
Dautremont had a hot hand all night, making 8 of 12 shots from the field, including all four of her three-point attempts. The forward was 6-for-8 from the free throw line and collected a team-high six rebounds as well.
For the Roadrunners, Amy Nelson had 21 points, seven boards and two steals. She went 7-for-18 from the floor and 6-for-8 from the free throw line. Tai Jensen totaled nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Tritons shot 42 percent (20-for-48) in the game, while the Roadrunners finished at 35 percent (20-for-58). Both teams turned the ball over 20 times. UCSD made seven of its 14 three-point attempts.
UC San Diego scored the first five points in overtime on a jumper by Seto and a three-pointer by Dautremont. A free throw by Anderson with 1:32 left put the Tritons up by six, 62-56, their largest lead of the night. However, MSU scored back-to-back layups and, with two seconds remaining, had a chance to tie it with a pair of free throws, but made just one.
UCSD trailed by as many as seven points in the first half. MSU led by just two, 30-28, at halftime. Down by two, 54-52, with just six seconds on the clock in the second half, Dautremont was fouled and made a pair of free throws to tie the game and send it into overtime.
In the tournament's first game, Azusa Pacific (2-2) handily defeated Cal State San Bernardino (0-4) by a score of 65-50. APU's Kelly Hardeman led all players with 20 points, while Sendy Valles added 18. For CSUSB, Tayllor Gipson recorded a double-double with 18 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
The UCSD Thanksgiving Classic concludes Saturday with a pair of games. At 4 p.m., Metro State takes on Cal State San Bernardino, while UC San Diego plays Azusa Pacific at 6 p.m.