WOMEN'S HOOPS FALLS 97-88 TO CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD AT OREGON INVITE
EUGENE, Ore. – The Sacramento State women’s basketball team dropped a 97-88 decision to Cal State Bakersfield in their first of three games this weekend at the Oregon Invitational at McArthur Court. The Hornets fall to 1-4 on the season with the loss while the Roadrunners improve to 5-0 with the victory.
Kylie Kuhns paced the Hornets with 17 points and 17 rebounds against Cal State Bakersfield.
Kylie Kuhns had her fourth double-double in five games this season, with team-highs of 17 points and 17 rebounds on Friday morning. The sophomore from Salem, Ore. has paced the Hornets in rebounds in each game this season. Her 17 boards was one shy of her career-high 18 rebounds set against Nevada earlier this month.
Jasmine Cannady had 15 points, Mallorie Franco chipped in 11 points and seven boards and Sadie Clements had 10 points to round out Sacramento State’s double-digit scorers.
The Roadrunners were led by Amber Williams’ game-high 21 points on 10-of-24 shooting. Britney McGee added 16 points, including four 3-pointers, as six different Roadrunners scored 10 or more points.
It was back-and-forth early until CSUB broke open a seven point lead at 25-17 after a 9-2 run. Cannady and Franco combined to score the Hornets’ first 12 points.
The Hornets battled back and cut the Roadrunners’ lead to just four points at 34-30 after a 3-pointer by Clements. But CSUB would break the game open again with an 11-2 run to make the score 45-32 with 4:29 left in the first half.
The Hornets ended the half on a 13-8 run to cut the Roadrunners’ lead back to single digits at 53-45.
After the break Tika Koshiyama-Diaz nailed a 3-pointer to cut the CSUB lead to just five at 57-52 with 17:17 left to play. The Roadrunners’ lead would fluctuate from six to 10 points throughout the second half until CSUB’s Britney McGee hit a long 3-pointer to push the Roadrunner lead to 11 and the Hornets would not be able to climb their way out of the hole.
Sacramento State shot 40.5-percent from the floor on 32-of-79 shooting, including 12-of-33 from 3-point range. The Hornets snagged 49 rebounds, committed 26 turnovers and had 18 assists on their 32 made baskets.
Cal State Bakersfield shot 41.9-percent overall on 39-of-93 shooting, with 5-of-18 coming from beyond the arc. The Roadrunners grabbed 59 rebounds, were pressured into 19 turnovers and had 14 assists on 39 made hoops.
The Hornets will be back in action on Saturday at noon against Idaho. Sacramento State will battle host Oregon on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. in the final game of the tournament.