Theresa Henderson did it again. She notched another career best night, but once again in a losing effort as the Cal State Stanislaus women's basketball team dropped to San Francisco State, 72-62, Saturday night.
In a match-up of the conference's two bottom teams, as projected by the coaches in a preseason poll, SF State picked up its first win of the season by holding off the Warriors. Cal State Stanislaus fell to 2-3 overall and 0-3 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association while SFSU won its first in seven tries and are 1-2 in the CCAA.
Henderson turned in a career-high 23 points and 11 rebounds for her third double-double. She surpassed her previous scoring best of 21 set a week ago at home against Dominican. Henderson was 9-for-17 from the floor with a three-pointer to lead the charge. She also had nine defensive rebounds.
Briana Cotton added 12 points (her career high) off the bench and Lauren Godde pulled 10 rebounds.
San Francisco State got off to a quick start with a 13-2 lead in the game's first six minutes - some of that could be attributed to nine Warrior turnovers during that time, coupled by early sharp shooting of the Gators.
Cal State Stanislaus, however, would battle back to pull within six on a Cotton three-pointer - one of her four on the night - at 22-16 with 7:27 left to play in the opening half.
After a 36-26 score at the break in favor of SF State, the Gators would start the second half on fire with a 9-0 run to take control with a 45-26 lead at 15:32. The Gators would lead by as many as 20 points on two occasions.
The Warriors put on a late surge and got as close as within 10 with about four minutes left to play but two straight buckets by SF State answered the call as the Gators held on.
San Francisco State was led by Nicole Hicks with 21 points with Lauren Varney chipping in 15. Angela Van Sickel scored 11 by providing three key three-pointers.
Cal State Stanislaus did out-shoot San Francisco State, 8-3, from behind the arch but the Gators took nine more shots and made eight more than the Warriors. The Warriors also committed 21 turnovers to help the SFSU side.
The Warriors will return to The Swamp at San Francisco State on Friday to participate in the CCAA/PacWest Challenge. The Warriors will face Grand Canyon and Notre Dame de Namur in the tournament.