LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego women's basketball team erased a 17-point second half deficit, but ended up falling in overtime, 68-67, to Cal State Dominguez Hills Friday at RIMAC Arena in front of 1,504 Spirit Night fans.
UCSD fell to 10-5 overall and 7-4 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), while CSUDH improved to 11-4 on the season and 7-4 in the league.
With 11:46 left in the game, a three-pointer by Tayler Champion put the Toros up by 17, 50-33. However, the Tritons stormed back, crafting a 22-5 run to keep themselves in it. A pair of free throws by Megan Perry with 17 seconds left tied it at 55-55. CSUDH regained the lead with a layup with four seconds remaining in regulation, but the Tritons weren't done. With just .4 seconds on the clock, Stephanie Yano inbounded the ball to Perry, who hit a 10-foot jumper to send the crowd into a frenzy and the game into extra time.
UCSD got out to a four-point lead, 62-58, in the opening minute of the overtime period. However, three straight free throws by Shomari McCorkle and a steal and layup by Talia Rayford gave the Toros a 63-62 lead and they would not trail again. With five seconds left, Perry drained a three to get the Tritons back within a point at 68-67, but CSUDH successfully ran out the clock.
McKennan Bertsch and Miranda Seto each finished with a game-high 17 points for UCSD. It was a career-best for Bertsch, who was 8-for-11 from the floor while adding a team-high seven rebounds. Perry ended up with 11 points and Yano and Cassie MacLeod both had five assists.
Rayford and Amber Wharton led Cal State Dominguez Hills with 16 points apiece.
UCSD out-shot CSUDH 48.1 percent to 37.9 percent. The Tritons made just under 62 percent of their shots in the second stanza. The Toros stole 28 points off of 19 UCSD turnovers and had a 41-33 advantage in the rebounding battle, including a decisive 15-6 edge on the offensive glass.
Prior to tonight's loss, UCSD had won the previous 19 meetings against CSUDH, dating back to the 2004-05 season.
The crowd was the fifth largest to attend a women's basketball game at RIMAC Arena.
UCSD hosts Cal State L.A. Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The Golden Eagles defeated Cal State San Bernardino, 64-51, on the road Friday to improve to 10-5 overall and 7-4 in the CCAA.