BOZEMAN, Mont. - Despite a game-high 25 points from senior Michelle St. Clair and a 7-0 run in the final 49 seconds, the Sacramento State women's basketball team fell to Montana State, 64-60, in a Big Sky Conference matchup Friday evening at Worthington Arena.
St. Clair, who finished 8-of-15 from the floor, connected on five three-pointers and scored 21 of her 25 points in the second half. It marked the seventh time this season St. Clair has notched at least 20 points in a game.
Montana State post players Jessica Blake and Isabel Stubbs finished with 19 and 18 points, respectively while Stubbs also recorded a game-high nine rebounds. With the victory, the Bobcats improved to 14-7 overall and 7-3 in the Big Sky. Sacramento State, which has now lost four-straight, dropped to 3-17 and 1-9 in the conference.
Montana State jumped out to an early 14-8 lead at the 10:45 mark of the first half. Sacramento State, however, answered with a 14-3 run to take its largest lead of the game at 22-17 with 5:05 remaining in the half. The Bobcats ended the first stanza on a 10-2 run to take a 27-24 lead at halftime.
The Bobcats opened the second half on an 8-2 run to take a 35-26 lead with 16:17 remaining following a lay-up by Blake. MSU increased its lead to 54-39 with 6:48 left on a Stubbs' basket. Down 11 points with 49 seconds remaining, the Hornets ended the game on a 7-0 run to lose by four points.
Sacramento State shot 40.0 percent from the field (24-60) and went to the free throw line just six times, knocking down all six. Conversely, Montana State shot 44.8 percent (26-58) from the floor while finishing 11-of-17 from the charity stripe.
Junior Sephora Scoubes (12 pts.) and sophomore Rexanne Rodriguez (11 pts.) rounded out the Hornet threesome in double figures. Sacramento State used just six players in the contest as Scoubes, St. Clair and Rodriguez each played all 40 minutes.
The Hornets, who have six games remaining on their regular season schedule, host Montana State (Thursday, Feb. 15, 7:05 p.m.) and Weber State (Saturday, Feb. 17, 7:05 p.m.) next week.