CSUN freshman Channon Fluker scored 31 points to lead the Matadors to a 63-60 comeback victory over the University of Hawaii women’s basketball team today in Northridge, Calif.
Fluker, a 6-foot-4 center, made 11 of 17 shots from the field, and 9 for 11 from the free-throw line and grabbed 11 rebounds and CSUN picked up its first conference victory of the season.
The Rainbow Wahine fell to 10-9 overall and 3-3 in the Big West with a split of its second road trip of the conference schedule.
Nine days after rolling to a 77-50 win over CSUN at the Stan Sheriff Center, UH outscored the Matadors (3-16, 1-4 Big West) 18-6 in the second quarter and took a 30-23 lead into halftime. UH led by as many as 14 in the third quarter before Fluker led the CSUN comeback .
UH led 52-49 on a Megan Huff layup with 6:21 left, but Fluker scored the Matadors’ next six points to give CSUN the lead for good.
The Matadors went up 60-54 on Emily Cole’s 3-pointer with 3:01 left and Wahine guard Briana Harris drained a 3 to bring UH back to within three at the 1:57 mark. But the Wahine missed their next three shots and Fluker put the game out of reach with two free throws with 9 seconds remaining.
Huff and Kalei Adolpho led UH with 12 points each and Harris hit three 3-pointers to finish with nine points. Huff shot 6-for-11 from the field and grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds. Ashleigh Karaitiana added eight points and nine rebounds.
UH returns to the Sheriff Center to face Cal State Fullerton on Thursday and UC Irvine next Saturday.