Humboldt State women’s basketball opened California Collegiate Athletic Association play with a conference win and looks forward to adding a pair of road victories this weekend at Cal State San Marcos and Cal State San Bernardino.

The Lumberjacks (1-0, 3-1) split last weekend’s schedule with a one-point loss at home against Concordia (Ore.) before picking up CCAA win No. 1 at Sonoma State. Junior forward Alexia Thrower had a pair of double-doubles last week, her third and fourth of the season while junior guard Madeline Hatch continued her strong start with a career-best 26 points against the Seawolves. Hatch has been a dynamic playmaker for the Green and Gold and she has connected on 53.6 percent of her 3-point opportunities.

“One thing I talked to the team about after the Sonoma game is having the same fight and grit we showed in the Concordia game in every game,” Humboldt head coach Michelle Bento-Jackson said. “We need to have a killer instinct, step on the gas pedal and extend our leads.”

San Marcos is off to an impressive start and is 2-1 in games played on its home court. A 68-58 victory last week over Cal State East Bay was the Cougars’ third consecutive win and their fourth of the season. Freshman Dynnah Buckner turned in a 19-point scoring performance against the Pioneers and she hit on 60 percent of her shot attempts. Buckner is averaging 9.8 points per game, and she joins Emma Forel (15.8 ppg) and Jo’Nae Vermillion (13.2 ppg) as one of the Cougars top three scorers.

The Coyotes have struggled in the early going and are off to a 1-3 record. San Bernardino has lost back-to-back games entering Thursday’s game against Cal State LA, including a 32-point loss to Central Washington its last time out. Senior guard Jasmine Sauser is the Coyotes’ leading scorer averaging 12.3 points per game.

HSU swept last season’s series with San Bernardino and split last year’s series with San Marcos as each team captured a home win.

Men’s basketball

Humboldt State men’s basketball continues its string of road games with a SoCal road swing this weekend. The Lumberjacks visit Cal State San Marcos Thursday followed by Cal State San Bernardino on Saturday.

The Green and Gold face their fifth and sixth consecutive road games this weekend as they continue their challenging road schedule. HSU is 3-3 overall and 0-1 in CCAA play after last week’s 69-66 loss at Sonoma State. The Jacks bounced back from a disappointing first half that saw the North Coast squad trail by as many as 18 points to have a chance for victory in the game’s closing minute. Senior Justin Everett has been the team’s leader through the early going and is averaging 16.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

“I thought we did a great job showing some character and toughness down the stretch,” HSU head coach Steve Kinder said. “We certainly had chances to win the game and Sonoma did a great job holding on for the win.”

Thursday’s game will pit the Green and Gold against the talented Cougars team that is off to a slow start. San Marcos is 2-4 overall and 0-1 against conference opposition. The Cougars got thumped in their last outing, a 29-point loss at Cal State East Bay. Khalil Fuller, a transfer from Division I North Texas, has made a big impact in his first season in San Marcos. Fuller leads the team averaging 18.3 points per game and is shooting 52.8 percent from the field.

HSU will visit Coussoulis Arena on Saturday night and face the Coyotes. San Bernardino has a 3-2 record and dropped its conference opener at UC San Diego by 34 points. Four Coyotes registered double-digit scoring efforts in the team’s last game, a seven-point victory over West Region foe Seattle Pacific. Guards Naradain James (21) and Garrett Baggett (23) turned in high-scoring performances in the Saturday’s win versus the Falcons.

The Jacks split last season’s series with San Marcos with each team winning on the road and went 0-2 against San Bernardino.

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