WOMEN'S BASKETBALL DROPS DECISION TO PACIFIC
STOCKTON, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's basketball team fell to the Pacific Tigers by a score of 76-64 on Monday, Dec. 22 at the Alex G. Spanos Center.
With the loss, the Hornets fall to 2-9 on the season, while the Tigers improve to 5-5.
Pacific started strong, opening up a 12 point lead at 21-9 with 11:45 remaining in the first half. The Hornets rebounded, going on a 23-10 run over the next 7:58 to take a 32-31 lead with 3:47 remaining in the half. The lead would expand to two points at 36-34 on back-to-back layups from senior Atty Boyer (Sacramento, Calif.) and sophomore Tika Koshiyama-Diaz (San Jose, Calif.), before Pacific outscored the Hornets 7-2 to end the half, taking a 41-38 lead into intermission.
To start the second half, the Tigers again went on a big run, outscoring the Hornets 14-2 over the first 4:52 of the half to take a 15 point lead. The Hornets would chip away late, cutting the lead to six points at 70-64 with 1:11 remaining on the heels of a 11-2 run before Pacific pulled away to win by 12.
The Hornets were led by junior Charday Hunt (Portland, Ore.), who was one shy of her career-high with 24 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the field, 4-of-8 from behind the three-point arc and 4-of-4 from the foul line. Boyer finished with eight points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore Sami Field-Polisso (Mountain View, Calif.) scored nine points and added five assists.
Both teams shot 43 percent from the field, but Pacific made seven more shots from the field on 16 more attempts. Amber Simmons led the Tiger charge with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Janae Young posted 14 points and 10 rebounds.
The Hornets return to action on Sunday, Dec. 28 as they travel to the Surf-n-Slam Tournament in San Diego, Calif., playing the host San Diego State Aztecs in first round action at 2:05 p.m.