WOMEN'S HOOPS STUMBLES VERSUS PORTLAND STATE
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's basketball team dropped a 97-73 decision to Portland State in a Big Sky Conference game on Saturday at The Nest.
Kylie Kuhns (center) had a game-high 23 points but the Hornets lost to Portland State.
The Hornets slide to 3-18 (0-8 Big Sky) after the loss while the Vikings improve to 11-9 (4-3) with the win.
Sacramento State was in an early hole, as Portland State sprinted out to an 11-2 lead. The Hornets would cut it to as little as five later in the first half, the Vikings closed out the final eight minutes of the opening period on a 23-7 run to take a 58-31 halftime lead. Sacamento State cut the lead down to 20 on a couple occasions in the second half but could not get any closer as the Vikings closed out the game with a 24-point win.
Kylie Kuhns paced the Hornets with 23 points and seven rebounds while PSU had five players in double-figures, led by Eryn Jones' 18 points. Kelli Valentine had a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
Sacramento State shot 40-percent from the floor on 28-of-70 shooting, including 6-of-19 from 3-point range. The Hornets snagged 34 rebounds, committed 17 turnovers and had 24 assists on their 28 made baskets. They went 11-of-14 at the free throw line.
Portland State shot 51.9-percent overall on 41-of-79 shooting, with 9-of-22 coming from beyond the arc. The Vikings grabbed 49 rebounds, were pressured into 16 turnovers and had 29 assists on 41 made hoops. They went 6-of-10 at the free throw line. PSU shot a blistering 63.4-percent in the first half.
The Hornets will be back in action on Thursday at Portland State. Sacramento State has just one game this weekend before hosting Montana, Montana State and Northern Colorado in a three-game homestand.