Katy Paterson finished with a game-high 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Cal Poly to a 77-64 win over the Sacramento State womenâ€™s basketball team, Friday evening at Mott Gym. It marked the first game of the 2003-04 regular season for both teams. It also marked the first contest for Sacramento State first-year head coach Dan Muscatell.
Though Cal Poly took an early lead, Sacramento State never trailed by double-digits until the Mustangs took a 27-17 lead at the 6:03 mark of the first half. The Hornets cut the margin to 34-30 with 2:06 remaining in the half but the Mustangs went on an 8-2 run to take a 42-32 halftime advantage.
In the second half, Sacramento State opened up with an 8-2 run to cut the deficit to 44-40 at the 17:31 mark but Cal Poly answered back with a 14-3 run to put the contest away.
Senior Danielle Iceman tallied a team-high 15 points and 10 rebounds the lead the Hornet offense. The Redding, Calif., native finished 5-for-9 from the field while also making 5-of-8 from the free-throw line. Juniors Samania Black (nine points) and Tyeisha Brown (eight points) and sophomore Katelyn Ciampi (eight points) also contributed to the squad. Ciampi and senior Diane Peterson also tied with a game-high three steals apiece.
Paterson went 5-for-8 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line to lead Cal Poly. Heidi Wittstrom also added 10 points to round out the Mustangs in double-figures.
As a team, Sacramento State finished 22-for-59 (.373) from the floor and 20-of-29 (.690) from the free-throw line while the Mustangs shot 25-63 (39.7) from the field and 22-of-32 from the line. Defensively, the Hornets recorded 14 steals and forced the Mustangs into 21 turnovers. Sacramento State finished with only 20 turnover in the contest.
The Hornets will next travel to Cedar City, Utah, to face Southern Utah on Monday, Nov. 24, at 7:05 p.m. in The Centrum.