NORTHERN COLORADO RALLIES TO DEFEAT WOMEN'S BASKETBALL, 64-56
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's basketball team led by as much as 18 points in the first half but Northern Colorado rallied and the Hornets lost, 64-56, on Thursday night in a Big Sky Conference game at The Nest.
Kylie Kuhns had 13 points and eight rebounds against Northern Colorado.
The Hornets (8-15, 3-7 Big Sky) were shooting nearly 60 percent during their early run to take a 29-11 lead with 8:34 left in the first half. But the Bears (13-9, 5-4) closed out the half on an 18-1 run and the Hornets' lead was just one at halftime.
Once again the Hornets jumped out to a quick lead after the break, opening the second half on a 6-0 run to take a seven-point lead, but UNC closed out the game on a 35-20 run to earn the victory.
Northern Colorado had nine more turnovers than the Hornets but the Bears also had 16 more rebounds.
Alle Moreno and Kylie Kuhns each scored a team-high 13 points for the Hornets while Mallorie Franco and Emily Christensen also scored in double figures. Kuhns, who entered the game with an NCAA-best 17 double-doubles, had eight rebounds.
D'shara Strange had a game-high 16 rebounds to go with 14 points to lead the Bears. Lauren Oosdyke also had 14 points while Kim Lockridge added 10.
Sacramento State shot 33.3 percent overall on 23-of-69 shooting, including 5-of-28 from 3-point range. The Hornets snagged 34 rebounds, committed 17 turnovers and had 21 assists. They went 5-of-10 at the free throw line.
Northern Colorado shot 42.1 percent from the field on 24-of-57 shooting, with 6-of-15 coming from beyond the arc. The Bears grabbed 50 rebounds and were pressured into 26 turnovers. They went 10-of-13 at the free throw line.
The Hornets play host to Eastern Washington for their Pack the House game at 2:05 p.m. on Saturday. A fundraiser for ALS and breast cancer research will be held in conjuction with ALS-Greater Sacramento Chapter and the Mercy Hospital Foundation. Special contests and promotions will be held throughout the game and a free children's basketball clinic will be offered after the game for up to 100 kids.