Entering the second quarter tied with the Portland State Vikings, the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks appeared to be making a run at an upset in Reno, Nevada.
However, an ice-cold second quarter sent the Lumberjacks (7-23) to the offseason as the Vikings (18-12) pulled away for the 77-61 victory in the first round of the Big Sky Conference tournament. Portland State will face No. 3-seeded Eastern Washington Wednesday at 9:05 p.m.
Missing their final nine shots of the half, the Lumberjacks scored just five points in the second quarter, turning a 16-16 tie into a 37-21 lead for the Vikings. Northern Arizona didn't score for the final 5:27 of the second quarter while Portland State rolled to a 13-0 run.
The Lumberjacks attempted 11 more shots than the Vikings in the first half, but shot just 20.9 percent (9 for 43) to 46.9 percent as they fell out of reach.
An 8-0 to start the second half briefly put the Lumberjacks back in contention, as Kaleigh Paplow and Khiarica Rasheed each scored four straight points respectively.
Portland State answered with its own 8-0 run, and traded baskets for two minutes before starting a second 8-0 run in the quarter. The Vikings opened the fourth quarter leading 59-43, the same 16-point advantage they had entering halftime, while topping out at a 20-point lead at one point.
Northern Arizona finished 28.9 percent from the field, with a 54-47 advantage on the boards. Despite the advantage, including 23-12 on the offensive end, the Lumberjacks were outscored 13-5 in second-chance points. The Vikings also turned 15 Lumberjacks turnovers into 16 points, while allowing just seven points on their own 11 turnovers.
Paplow led the Lumberjacks with 15 points and added 12 rebounds, while Rasheed added 13 boards to go with seven points.
Olivia Lucero scored 14 points, adding eight assists and seven rebounds in her final collegiate game. Kenna McDavis also scored 14 in her final game, adding seven rebounds as well.