A low scoring second half led to Sacramento State''s 70-50 loss to Saint Mary''s, Sunday afternoon at McKeon Pavilion.
The Gaels (4-3) had only a 26-24 lead at the half, but shot 65 percent (15-of-23) in the second half and went on a 14-3 run in the final 16 minutes of the game to pull away from the Hornets.
For the fourth time this season, Sacramento State was led by senior guard Tyeisha Brown, who scored a team high 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Brown came off the bench early in the first half and in 31minutes had the team lead or shared it in three other categories, finishing with five rebounds, five assists and four steals. Brown now leads the team with 12.0 points per game.
Sophomore guard Kim Sheehy also scored in double figures, finishing with 12 points, scoring all her baskets from behind the arc. Sheehy is now averaging 7.0 points per game.
The Hornets (1-4) held Gaels'' forward Triola Jackson to six points in the first half, but Jackson scored 13 points in the second half for a game-high 19 points. Jackson was 8-of-12 from the floor and was just one rebound shy of a double-double finishing with a game-high nine, of which three were on the offensive end.
The Hornets scored 22 of their points off of Saint Mary''s 22 turnovers, but in the second half Sacramento State struggled stopping Jackson in the paint. Fourteen of the Gaels second half points were scored inside.
Saint Mary''s also had guards Evynn Van Burger and Casey Noakes finish in double figures, scoring 14 and 10, respectively.
Sacramento State forced a game-high 11 steals, bringing its season total to 55, an average of 11.0 per game, but the Hornets were outrebounded 35-28 and also called for 19 personal fouls.
The Gaels shot 54 percent for the game, while Sacramento Sate finished 32 percent (20-of-62) from the floor.
In the first half Saint Mary''s jumped off to an early 10-0 lead before Brown came off the bench and broke Sacramento State''s scoring drought with a jumper in the lane at the 13:15 mark, making the score 10-2.
In the first half Brown led all scorers with 10 points and two steals. She was aided offensively by sophomore Kim Sheehy, who hit three 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes.
Sacramento State''s defense forced a Saint Mary''s scoring drought of over nine minutes that allowed the Hornets to close the gap to 10-7 with less than 10 minutes left in the first half.
A 16-11 run that ended the half for Sacramento State was capped off with Brown tying the game at 24-24 on a breakaway lay-up after she had cleanly stolen the ball at midcourt from a Gael guard.
A lay-up from Saint Mary''s Eghosa Obaiza with three seconds left gave the Gaels the 26-24 lead at the break.
Sacramento State returns to the Hornets Nest on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 7:05 p.m. to play Ohio.