WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FORCES 34 TURNOVERS IN VICTORY OVER SAN FRANCISCO
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's basketball team forced 34 turnovers and Kylie Kuhns led the way with 21 points and 18 rebounds as the Hornets defeated San Francisco, 68-60, in a non-conference game on Wednesday night at The Nest.
Kuhns had 21 points and 18 rebounds in the Hornets' win over San Francisco.
The Hornets (3-2) won their third straight game, despite shooting just 31.6 percent from the floor. San Francisco (3-3) entered the game averaging 19.6 turnovers per game but had 20 in the second half alone against the Hornets.
Sacramento State was down, 31-22, at halftime but its full-court press came to life to start the second half. The Hornets forced seven consecutive turnovers and tied up the game before the Dons took their first shot of the half at the 18:01 mark.
The game went back-and-forth until the Hornets took a 57-55 lead on a Kuhns layup with two minutes left to play and never trailed again. Sacramento State went 9-of-10 at the free throw line in the final minute to put away the Dons.
Sacramento State's 34 forced turnovers was the third most in school history and just shy of the single-game school record of 36, which was set against San Jose State on Dec. 18, 2009 in head coach Jamie Craighead's first season. With all the extra posessions, the Hornets took 79 shots in the game compared to 57 by the Dons.
While the Hornets had a dominant defensive effort on Wednesday night, their offensive production was lacking. Sacramento State went just 25-of-79 from the field and 4-of-28 on three-point attempts. The Hornets did perform admirably at the line, hitting 14-of-18 free throws, and used 19 offensive rebounds to score 17 second chance points.
Kuhns had eight of the Hornets offensive boards en route to a season-high 18 rebounds. The senior from Salem, Ore., also scored a season-best 21 points. Kuhns has been outstanding in her last three games against the Dons, averaging 20 points and 17 boards, including a school-record 23 rebound performance as a sophomore. Kuhns broke the all-time school record of 931 rebounds last week against Utah Valley and now has 952 career boards. She is on pace become just the fifth player in Big Sky Conference history to reach 1,000 career rebounds.
The Hornets had two other players score in double figures as Alle Moreno tallied 12 points and Se'nyce Parrish finished with 11. Sadie Clements had nine points and five rebounds to go with a career-high seven steals.
San Francisco was paced by Mel Khlok's 13 points and Denae Williams' nine rebounds.
Sacramento State shot 31.6 percent overall on 25-of-79 shooting, including 4-of-28 from three-point range. The Hornets snagged 44 rebounds, committed 18 turnovers and tallied 15 assists. They went 14-of-18 the free throw line.
San Francisco shot 42.1 percent from the field on 24-of-57 shooting, with 5-of-19 coming from beyond the arc. The Dons grabbed 48 rebounds and were pressured into 34 turnovers with 10 assists. They went 7-of-12 at the free throw line.
After a brief homestand, the Hornets will take their three-game winning streak on a five-game road trip. Sacramento State will play at Oregon State on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. before visiting Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Eastern Illinois, Montana State and Montana. The game against the Beavers will be streamed live on Pac-12.com.
The Hornets' next home game is against rival UC Davis on Dec. 30.