WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS TO CONFERENCE LEADING MONTANA ON THE ROAD
MISSOULA, Mont. - The Sacramento State women's basketball team dropped a matchup to Big Sky preseason favorite Montana, 82-52 on Sat., Jan. 12 at Dahlberg Arena.
WIth the loss, the Hornets fall to 3-13, including a 1-3 mark in the Big Sky, while the Lady Griz improve to 13-3, 3-0 in Big Sky play.
Out of the gates, the Hornets hit the first basket to take a 2-0 lead, but it would be their only lead, as Montana then went on an 18-4 run, taking an 18-6 lead with 12:41 remaining in the half. Sacramento State would cut the deficit back to single digits three times, the final of which took place with 9:19 remaining at 23-14, before the Lady Griz would go on to take a 21 point halftime lead at 47-26.
Montana continued to control the game throughout the second half, as the Hornets would only be able to cut the lead down to 17 on two occasions.
After a limited scoring outing against Montana State, freshman Sami Field-Polisso (Mountain View, Calif.) rebounded to post a team-high 15 points. Sophomore Erika Edwards (Redmond, Wash.) posted a near double-double, totalling eight points and nine rebounds before fouling out with 6:08 remaining. Freshman Tika Koshiyama-Diaz (San Jose, Calif.) scored seven points off the bench, one night after starting her first career contest.
Montana was led by Mandy Morales, who scored 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting, while Johanna Closson (14) and Laura Cote (12) each finished in double figures.
The Hornets return to action on Sat., Jan. 19 as they travel to the Walkup Skydome to take on Northern Arizona. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:05 p.m Pacific time in Flagstaff.