ST. CLAIR'S 22 POINTS NOT ENOUGH AS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL IS NARROWLY DEFEATED BY WEBER STATE
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Michelle St. Clair's desperation three-pointer at the buzzer went wide left as the Sacramento State women's basketball team fell to Weber State, 62-59, in a Big Sky Conference game Saturday evening in Hornet Gym.
Weber State's Kristen Hesselbach made 1-of-2 free throws to put the Wildcats up, 62-59, with seven seconds to play. St. Clair, who scored a game-high 22 points, took the inbounds pass and dribbled the length f the floor before hoisting up a 30-footer with two Wildcat defenders on her. The shot went left as time expired.
In a game which featured 13 lead changes and eight ties, Weber State took its largest lead of the contest at 55-48 with 6:57 to play. The Hornets responded with a 7-0 run on a three-pointer by St. Clair and pair of buckets from Sephora Scoubes to tie the score at 55-55 with 4:21 to play.
Weber State retook the lead after a free throw by Crystal Howe and a lay-up by Kris Clyder-Gardner put the Wildcats up, 58-55, with 2:08 left. Both teams traded baskets until a St. Clair lay-up drew the Hornets within one with 28 seconds to play. After another Wildcat free throw made the score 61-59, the Hornets' Torilynn Boyd had a chance to tie but missed a 10-footer from the baseline with 10 seconds left. Hesselbach grabbed the rebound and was fouled with seven seconds left.
With the victory, Weber State, which has now won four of its past five, improved to 11-13 and 8-6 in the Big Sky. Sacramento State has now lost six in a row and dropped to 3-19 and 1-11 in the conference.
St. Clair's 22-point effort came on 9-of-16 shooting including 4-of-6 from beyond the three-point line. Scoubes added 15 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots for the Hornets.
Weber State was led by Jamie Peterson's 13 points while Stephanie Stanger added 10 points and Howe grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. Weber State shot 37.9 percent from the floor (22-58) while converting 17-of-26 free throws. Conversely, Sacramento State went to the free throw line just four times (2-4) on the night while shooting 44.1 percent (26-59) from the floor.
Sacramento State, which has now been mathematically eliminated from Big Sky playoff contention, has four games left on the schedule including two road contests next week against Portland State (Feb. 22) and Eastern Washington (Feb. 24).