MISSOULA, Mont. - The Sacramento State women's basketball team was
outrebounded, 44-28, while shooting just 36.7 percent from the field
as Montana dealt the Hornets a 93-51 loss in a Big Sky Conference
game Thursday evening in Dahlberg Arena.
The 42-point margin of defeat tied for the seventh-worst loss in
Sacramento State history. The Hornets, who have now lost three in a
row, dropped to 3-16 overall and 1-8 in the Big Sky. With the
victory, Montana improved to 15-6 and 7-3 in the conference. The
Grizzlies have now won all nine meetings over the Hornets since
Sacramento State joined the conference prior to the 1996-97 season.
The Grizzlies' Julie Deming came off the bench to record a team-high
16 points and 10 rebounds as Montana shot 52.1 percent (38-73) from
the field and forced the Hornets into 21 turnovers.
Sacramento State was led by senior Torilynn Boyd's game-high 19
points while junior Sephora Scoubes finished with 11 points and a
team-high nine rebounds. Michelle St. Clair scored five points on
2-of-8 shooting, marking just the fifth time this season the senior
did not score in double figures.
Montana, which led 42-29 at halftime, used an 18-2 run to start the
second half to put the game out of reach. The Grizzlies made six of
their first seven shots of the second period, while the Hornets
missed their first three attempts. That bumped UM's lead to 60-31
with 15:43 left in the game.
Montana led by as many as 44 points at 91-47 with three minutes to
play. All 11 players who suited up for the Grizzlies scored,
including five in double figures. Deming led the way followed by
Linda Cummings and Laura Valley with 14 points apiece. Cheryl Keller
and Jamie Fariss each finished with 11 points.
Sacramento State, which entered the game averaging 12.4 three-point
attempts per game, put up just five treys in the game while
The Hornets wrap up their Montana two-step Friday, Feb. 9, when they
play at Montana State.