Humboldt State’s Alexia Thrower led the ‘Jacks with 18 points in Friday’s 70-54 win over Seattle Pacific, at Lumberjack Arena. (Jose Quezada — For the Times-Standard)
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Gabrielle Carbajal finished off a 19-4 game-breaking Lumberjacks run with a 3-pointer as the third-quarter buzzer sounded and the Humboldt State women’s basketball team won its season opener against visiting Seattle Pacific 70-54, Friday night in the night cap of the West Region Crossover Classic at Lumberjack Arena.

Carbajal had a trio of 3-pointers in the third frame, the first two coming back-to-back and igniting the decisive ‘Jacks run, as Humboldt turned a slim 32-29 halftime lead into a comfortable 58-39 advantage heading into the fourth. She finished 4-5 from behind the arc.

Humboldt’s Alexia Thrower led the ‘Jacks with 18 points and 9 rebounds.

“I liked our offensive flow in the second-half,” Humboldt State head coach Michelle Bento-Jackson said. “(Carbajal) did a tremendous job tonight. I thought (Thrower), from beginning to end, was aggressive.”

Tyra Turner, a senior and the ‘Jacks starting point-guard, left the game midway through the third-quarter with an apparent right ankle injury. Up to that point Turner, a true floor general, had played 25 minutes and had not once left the court.

Thrower ensured the ‘Jacks would not crumble after seeing their leader make a rare exit from play. After 3 scoreless minutes following Turner’s injury Thrower put up 6 quick points via a converted and-1 opportunity and a 3-pointer with just under 3 minutes to play in the third, giving Humboldt its first double-digit lead of the night.

“Tyra is our best point-guard…she’s our bread and butter,” Thrower said. “When she went down someone had to step up…we just needed to stay composed and play hard for the rest of the game.”

After a slow first-quarter saw Seattle storm out to an 18-10 lead heading into the second, Humboldt responded with a 12-2 run over the first 3:21 of the second-quarter.

Molly Dixon sparked the ‘Jacks run with a 3-pointer just a few dribbles into the quarter before Turner tied it with a shifty drive to the basket. Sandin Kidder capped off the run with a layup, marking the final lead change of the evening as Humboldt would control the game from there on.

Dixon and Carbajal both finished with 12 points. Ma’Ata Makoni chipped in another 8 and Turner, 6 to go with 4 rebounds and 3 assists.

Ashlynn Burgess led Seattle (0-1) with 18 points while Abril Rexach finished with 9.

Humboldt (1-0) was helped in part by a solid night on the offensive glass. Humboldt gathered 14 offensive rebounds to Seattle’s 9, despite being out-rebounded 29-28 overall.

Up next

Humboldt will host Western Washington Saturday night at 7 p.m. as the ‘Jacks wrap up Crossover Classic play. Western Washington beat Fresno Pacific 86-82 Friday night.

“It’ll be a different ball-game with Western Washington,” Bento-Jackson said. “I’ll be up all night tonight watching film and making a game plan.”

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