NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - New Orleans' Michelle Simmons driving layup with two seconds left gave the Privateers a 65-63 win over the Cal State Northridge Matadors Monday evening in the Matadome.
With the win, New Orleans improves to 4-4, while the Matadors fall to 1-5.
Northridge's LaJoyce King scored a game-high 19 points and Krisztina Fuleki added 12. Fuleki tied the score at 63-63 with a baseline jumper with eight seconds left setting up Simmons' heroics.
For the Privateers, Jeanette Jimenez had a team-high 14 points, while Simmons and Jasmine Smiri added 10 points each.
The Matadors trailed 34-32 at halftime after leading by as many as four in the opening frame. King's 12 points led Northridge in the first half and Fuleki had seven.
In the second half, Northridge led by six (44-38) with 13:52 to go when New Orleans went on a 17-4 run to go up by seven with 8:49 remaining. Despite several chances, the Matadors could not take back the lead, but did manage to tie the score 63-63 on Fuleki's jumper.
Northridge wound up with a 37-32 edge in rebounds, but was out-shot 46.2% to 35.1%. The Matadors did convert a season-high 20 of 24 free throws.
Cal State Northridge returns to action this Sunday, Dec. 28 as the Matadors host Denver at 2 p.m.