ARCATA, Calif. - Daisy Feder hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 14 seconds remaining to lift the UC San Diego women's basketball team to 63-61 come-from-behind victory over conference rival Humboldt State on Saturday evening at Lumberjack Arena.
The Tritons trailed by three points with less than two minutes to play, but closed the game on a 7-2 run to end a three-game losing streak against the Lumberjacks and even the season series at one game apiece.
UCSD improves to 12-9 on the season and 10-4 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association with the win. The Tritons, who also defeated Sonoma State on Thursday evening, picked up a pair of huge road victories this week after losing to Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona at home last week.
Head coach Charity Elliott squad is currently tied with Chico State for the fourth spot in the league standings, three games behind first place Cal State Monterey Bay with eight regular season games remaining.
Junior center Lauren Freidenberg tallied her fourth double-double of the season -- and the second and three games -- with game-highs of 20 points and 17 rebounds to pace the Tritons. She was 9-for-20 from the field and also tallied a blocked shot and two steals. Feder finished with 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting, including 3-of-4 from behind the three-point line.
Bree Halsely and Kayla Williams scored 10 points apiece to lead Humboldt State (10-8, 7-7 CCAA). Halsey also finished with a team-high eight rebounds, while Williams dished out three assists.
After trailing by as many as nine points in the opening half, UCSD was in control for most of the second stanza, leading by five on four occasions. The last of those came following back-to-back baskets from Friedenberg that put the Tritons in front 56-51 with 3:44 left to play.
Halsey answered with a layup on the other end for the Lumberjacks, sparking an 8-0 HSU run over the next two minutes that put the home team in front, 59-56, with 1:42 remaining.
Elaina White hit a jumper for UCSD and Friedenberg followed with another big basket to give the lead back to the Tritons, 60-59. Jeannette DeWitt drew a foul for the Lumberjacks on the ensuing possession and calmly sank both free throws to set the table for Feder's heroics.
With the shot clock winding down and the Tritons trailing by one, Nicole Anderson-Jew found Feder coming off a screen and the junior guard rose up and knocked down her fourth triple of the game, putting the Tritons on top by two, 63-61, with 14 ticks left.
The Lumberjacks would get two more cracks in the final 10 seconds, but Halsey missed a mid-range jumper and DeWitt's potential game-winning three missed the mark.
UCSD shot just 34% in the game, but hit 8-of-19 from beyond the arc and recorded 17 assists on 24 field goals. The Tritons also turned in a dominant performance on the glass, 54-38.
Humboldt State shot 37% for the game and held a 28-24 edge in points in the paint.
The Tritons had lost four of their past five meetings with the Lumberjacks, including a heartbreaking double overtime decision on December 19 in La Jolla. HSU was also responsible for eliminating UCSD from both the CCAA Tournament and NCAA West Regional in 2009-10.
UCSD's victory came on a night when Chelsea Carlisle, the CCAA's second-leading scorer, finished with just nine points on 2-of-10 shooting. She did grab five boards and dish out a game-high eight assists.
Winners of 10 of their last 13 games, the Tritons will now return to RIMAC Arena for four straight beginning next week. UCSD will take on San Francisco State on Thursday, before entertaining league leader Cal State Monterey Bay on Spirit Night Saturday.