NORTHERN ARIZONA SQUEAKS PAST WOMEN'S HOOPS, 82-77
Kylie Kuhns had her 12th double-double of the season but the Hornets lost to NAU.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Despite Kylie Kuhns' league-leading 12th double-double of the season, the Sacramento State women's basketball team was narrowly clipped, 82-77, by Northern Arizona in a Big Sky Conference game on Thursday night at The Nest.
The Hornets fall to 3-25 (0-15 Big Sky) in the 2010-11 season while the Lumberjacks improve to 11-18 (6-10).
Sacramento State was down by as much as 14 points in the first half and trailed by 10 with 2:48 remaining before halftime. But the Hornets rallied back with a 7-0 run to close out the half, cutting the NAU lead to just three at 44-41.
After halftime it was a frantic back-and-forth game. The Hornets were able to tie the game on two occassions, once at 46-46 just after halftime and again at 61-61 with 12:36 left in the game.
But Sacramento State could never gain the lead as NAU pulled ahead by seven, 76-69, with under two minutes to play and held on for the five point victory.
Kuhns paced the Hornets with both 17 points and 10 rebounds. Tika Koshiyama-Diaz and Sami Field-Polisso both had 13 points while Natasha Torgerson nearly posted a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds.
Amy Patton led Northern Arizona with a game-high 29 points while three other players also scored in double digits.
Sacramento State shot 45.2-percent from the floor - its highest percentage in conference play this season - on 28-of-62 shooting, including 7-19 from 3-point range. The Hornets snagged 40 rebounds, committed 24 turnovers and had 21 assists on their 28 made baskets. They went 14-of-24 at the free throw line.
Weber State shot 43.3-percent overall on 29-of-67 shooting, with 9-of-22 coming from beyond the arc. The Wildcats grabbed 41 rebounds, were pressured into 17 turnovers and had 17 assists on 29 made hoops. They went 15-of-22 at the free throw line.
Sacramento State will play its final game of the season on Saturday, with a 2:05 p.m. tip against Weber State. It will be Senior Day at The Nest, and both seniors, Koshiyama-Diaz and Jasmine Cannady, will be honored before the game.