SAN MARCOS, Calif. – The Cal State San Marcos women’s basketball team clinched a 64-57 victory in its home opener against Hawaii Pacific on Friday night in The Sports Center.
Jon’Nae Vermillion – 18 points | 11 rebounds | 6-of-12 from field
Dynnah Buckner – 14 points | 7 rebounds
Emma Forel – 10 points | 5 rebounds
Akayla Hackson – 9 points | 7 rebounds | 4 steals | 3 assists | 2 blocked shots
HOW IT HAPPENED •CSUSM held a 16-14 advantage after the first quarter. HPU only sunk 1-of-8 from the 3-point line.
•The Cougars went into the half with a 32-28 lead behind Vermillion’s 10 points after outscoring the Sharks, 16-14.
•The third quarter was tightly contested as the Cougars outscored the Sharks, 15-14.
•CSUSM took its largest lead of the game in the fourth quarter as it went up 64-55 with 15 seconds left to play.
FAST BREAKS •CSUSM improved to 1-0 on the season while Hawaii Pacific dropped to 0-1.
•The Cougars’ victory was the first season-opening win in program history.
•CSUSM was 22-of-57 (38.6 percent) while Hawaii Pacific was 16-of-60 (26.7 percent).
•The Cougars held the advantage in rebounds (48-39), assists (8-6) and blocked shots (4-3) while they made one less turnover (14-13).
The Cougars will take on Simon Fraser of Canada on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m. in The Sports Center.