WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS TO SAN DIEGO STATE IN FIRST ROUND OF SURF-'N-SLAM TOURNAMENT
SAN DIEGO - The Sacramento State women's basketball team fell to the San Diego State Aztecs by a score of 75-47 on Sunday, Dec. 28 at Cox Arena in the first round of the Surf-'N-Slam Tournament.
With the loss, the Hornets fall to 2-10 on the season, while the Aztecs improve to 8-3.
The game was tight in the first half, with the Hornets trailing 29-23 with 3:18 left, before San Diego State went on an 8-0 run to end the half, taking their largest lead of the game to that point at 37-23.
The Aztecs extended the lead, opening the second stanza with a 16-2 run over the first 6:21 to take a 28 point lead from which they wouldn't look back, taking as large as a 37 point lead in the second half. The Hornets held San Diego State to just five points over the final 6:23 to pull closer, falling by 28 points.
Senior Atty Boyer (Sacramento, Calif.) led the way for the Hornets with a team-high 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field and a 4-for-4 performance at the foul line. Junior Charday Hunt (Portland, Ore.) also posted double figures with 15 points on 4-of-11 shooting, 1-of-3 from beyond the three-point arc and a perfect 6-of-6 from the foul line. The game also marked the first action of the year for sophomore forward Emily Christensen (El Dorado Hills, Calif.), who had missed the previous 11 games following off-season meniscus surgery. She scored three points on 1-of-3 shooting from the field, including 1-of-1 from beyond the three-point arc.
San Diego State was led by Paris Johnson, who posted a double-double with 27 points and 13 rebounds. Johnson was 11-of-12 from the field and 5-of-12 from the foul line. For the game, the Aztecs outshot the Hornets 50.9 percent (27-of-53) to 32.7 percent (16-of-49). The Hornets held an advantage at the charity stripe, as the Aztecs hit just 17-of-36 free throws (47.2 percent), while the Hornets connected on 12-of-16 (75.0 percent).
The Hornets will face the loser of the first round game between the UTEP Miners and the No. 4 ranked Texas Longhorns in the tournament's third place game on Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 5 p.m.