The Humboldt State women’s basketball team hosts a pair of conference rivals in Lumberjack Arena this weekend for its first pair of conference home games of the season. The Lumberjacks will host Cal State Monterey Bay Thursday night before facing Stanislaus State on Saturday. Both games are scheduled to tip off at 5:30 p.m.

Following a two-point 71-69 loss on the road at Cal State San Marcos last Thursday, the Green and Gold responded with a dominant 69-49 victory against Cal State San Bernardino to round out the weekend. Junior forward Alexia Thrower continued to collect double-doubles over the weekend and coming into this week’s slate of games the junior is averaging 18.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. She currently ranks second in the California Collegiate Athletic Association in scoring and fourth in rebounding.

Humboldt (2-1, 4-2) has also shown the ability to wreak havoc from deep as they boast two of the top three 3-point shooters in the CCAA. Junior guard Madeline Hatch is connecting on a red-hot 53.1 percent of her long-range attempts and averages 2.8 per game. Senior forward Isamar Conde is also a reliable sharpshooter as she converts on 42.9 percent of her shots from outside the arc, and she is second on the team with a 15 ppg average.

Monterey Bay has struggled in the early going and is in the midst of a seven-game losing streak to begin the season. The Otters were victims of a 22-point loss against Cal State Dominguez Hills their last time out. Senior guard Jordana Price leads Monterey Bay with 12 points per game.

“They are a very different team from the past,” Humboldt head coach Michelle Bento-Jackson. “No. 1 they have a new head coach, and No. 2 the personnel is completely different. From a personnel standpoint, they are different and their style of play is different.”

Stanislaus State enters the weekend with a 1-4 record with their lone win coming against Sonoma State last Thursday. Junior forward Lizzy Alexander is the Warriors’ leading scorer averaging 16 points a contest. Junior guard Angelica Baylon second in the conference with 5.4 assists per game.

Men’s basketball

The Humboldt State men’s basketball team will look to climb several games above .500 in the next few weeks as it prepares to play the first of five consecutive home games this Thursday. The Jacks begin their homestand as they face off against Cal State Monterey Bay Thursday night followed by Stanislaus State Saturday night with both games scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. tip off.

Last week the Jacks (1-2, 4-4) captured their first conference win of the year when they defeated Cal State San Marcos 86-75. The Lumberjacks, however, failed to complete the SoCal sweep as they ended the weekend with an 83-73 loss to Cal State San Bernardino. With eight games played, Humboldt State is the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s top scoring offense averaging 87.9 points per game. Senior forward Justin Everett leads the North Coast squad with 14.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

“Our starting lineup is playing good basketball,” Humboldt head coach Steve Kinder said. “They take care of the basketball. We’re not turning it over and we’re defending well. Our guys are also prepared with their scouts. They identify the other team’s best players and try to defend them the best way they can.”

Cal State Monterey Bay (0-8) enters the weekend fresh off a heartbreaking 86-84 loss to Cal State Dominguez Hills — the Otters’ eighth straight defeat. The Otters are statistically the league’s worst defense and allow 83.5 points per game. Junior guards Jahvon Johnson and Charlie Tooley will look to carry the offensive load for the Otters as they lead the team with 14.3 and 13.3 points per game, respectively.

“Don’t let Monterey Bay’s record fool you,” said Kinder. “They have had extremely close games lately against UC San Diego and Dominguez Hills. They have very capable players and some weapons. We are going to have our hands full on Thursday night.”

Stanislaus State will look to build off its exciting 78-71 overtime win over No. 7 Cal Poly Pomona last Saturday. The Warriors are 4-3 overall and sit at 1-2 in CCAA play. Stanislaus State boasts a well-balanced offense with three of the top 10 scorers in the conference with Andy Cleaves (16.1 points per game), Vasilije Saraba (15.7), and Ty Davis (15.3) leading the way.

HSU split last season’s series with both programs. The Jacks won at home against the Otters, but lost on the road. Stanislaus State was unable to defend its home court, and the Warriors picked up a victory in Lumberjack Arena.

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