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Charleston attempts 3-pointer in final three seconds with no payout

Christal Jeff soars past SWOCC defenders on her way to the hoop.
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Christal Jeff soars past SWOCC defenders on her way to the hoop.

The Riverhawk women (5-4 season, 15-7 overall) came into the nest hoping to end a three game losing streak against the SWOCC Lakers Wednesday, Feb. 6. With a missed three-point shot at the buzzer, those hopes were crushed.

The Riverhawks played their signature high tempo offense, and early in the game kept the game close. The Lakers’ small, quick lineup could not match up with the bigger Umpqua players in the post, but they played to their strengths as an outside shooting team.

That shooting meant the Riverhawks trailed SWOCC 41-30 going into the break as a result of numerous turnovers in the first half.

Then, as the second half started, there was a renewed energy in the ’Hawks, and they managed to tie the game with six minutes left in the game. The three-point shooting of the Lakers was still a factor, however.

The lead bounced back and forth until a tie with 15 seconds left on the clock.

The Lakers ran time down and scored under the basket with three seconds to go. After several timeouts, the Riverhawks had possession and just enough time for one last shot.

Kyndal Charleston attempted a three-point attempt but missed the mark and notched a fourth consecutive loss on the Umpqua women’s record.

Asia Smith had 20 points and 13 rebounds. Leilani Morris added 11 rebounds and five blocks for the Riverhawks.

Umpqua will host Clackamas Sat. 23 in the nest at 2 p.m. for the women’s game. The men’s game will begin promptly afterwards at 4 p.m.

These will be the last home games of the season and the last time the sophomores will play on Umpqua’s court.

Admission to the games is $1 for students and $5 for the public.