The Vikings got hot from long-range in the second half, connecting on nine three-pointers, to take down the CSUN Matadors, 83-77, Sunday afternoon at the Peter W. Stott Center.
The Vikings connected on just 3-of-15 from three-point range in the first half but things changed in the second half. Portland State hit 9-of-12 three-pointers over the final 20 minutes.
The Vikings got on a roll at the end of the third quarter hitting three-straight three-pointers to end the quarter. Freshman G Kian McNair hit a half-court shot at the buzzer to pull the Vikings within three points at 58-55 at the end of the third.
Portland State continued its run of three-pointers to start the fourth quarter. The Vikings’ first four field goals of the fourth all came from distance as the Vikings took a five-point lead at 67-62.
Three-pointers gave the Vikings the lead, but it was free throws that clinched the win. A pair of free throws by freshman G Michaela Kay with 25 seconds left secured the six-point win for the Vikings.
CSUN lead the entire first quarter, going up by as much as nine points at 15-6 following a 6-0 run. The Vikings came back with a 7-0 run to pull within two at 15-13. Portland State took its first lead of the game after a layup by sophomore G Cici West with 6:20 remaining in the first half.
The Vikings held the lead through much of the second quarter and led 36-35 at the break. Portland State is now 2-0 when leading at the half.
Portland State’s three-point shooting barrage in the second half propelled the Vikings to the victory. Freshman G Kian McNair went a perfect 4-for-4 from three-point range in the second half to lead the Vikings. She finished the game with 18 points for her fifth double-digit scoring game of the season.
Kay led the Vikings with 21 points for her sixth double-digit scoring game. It was also her second 20-point game this season. Kay went 6-for-11 from the floor with four three-pointers. She also went 5-for-5 from the line with five assists and a pair of steals.
West posted her third double-double of the season with 11 points and 14 rebounds. She went 5-for-6 from the floor.
Portland State shot 43.8 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from three-point range, both season highs. After a slow first half, the Vikings shot 55.6 percent from the floor in the second half and 75.0 percent from distance. Portland State moved the ball extremely well, recording 20 assists on 28 field goals for the game.
Portland State improved to 2-9 on the season, while CSUN fell to 2-9.
The Vikings will have nearly two weeks off before they open Big Sky Conference play on Jan. 2 at Sacramento State.
NOTES: Portland State started Pia Jurhar, Kian McNair, Cici West, Corey James, and Michaela Kay for the sixth straight game … Portland State led at the half for the second time this season … Portland State scored a season-high 23 points in the second quarter … Portland State scored a season-high 28 points in the fourth quarter … Portland State set a season high in three-pointers made with 12 … Michaela Kay recorded her sixth double-digit scoring game …Cici West recorded her third double-double of the season … Kian McNair recorded her fifth double-digit scoring game.