WOMEN'S BASKETBALL STUMBLES AT OREGON
EUGENE, Ore. – The Sacramento State women’s basketball team lost 110-60 to Oregon on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Oregon Invitational at McArthur Court.
The Hornets fall to 1-6 with the defeat while the Ducks improve to 5-1. The game featured the return of Sacramento State head coach Jamie Craighead to her alma mater. Craighead graduated from Oregon in 2002 after a standout four-year career. The game also featured Oregon assistant coach Dan Muscatell, the former head coach of the Hornets before Craighead took over on May 1, 2009.
The Ducks clinched the Oregon Invitational title with their win over the Hornets, going 2-1 in three games. Idaho took second at 2-1 and Cal State Bakersfield also went 2-1 and placed third. Total points scored by each team was used to break the three-way tie. Sacramento State was fourth after going 0-3.
Kylie Kuhns continued her fantastic rebounding streak in 2010, grabbing 11 rebounds against the Ducks. The sophomore forward has had at least 11 rebounds in every game this season. She chipped in a team-high 14 points as well, adding her fourth double-double of the season.
Jasmine Cannady scored in double figures for the third straight game, tallying 10 points against the Ducks. Freshman Sadie Clements had a career-high 11 points.
Oregon was led by Kristi Fallin’s 26 points on 9-of-13 shooting, including 6-of-8 on 3-pointers. The Ducks had four other players in double-figures scoring and all 14 players that saw playing time scored at least one point.
The score was tied at 4-4 early in the game but the Ducks used a 22-2 run over 7:18 to jump out ahead at 28-6. The Hornets turned the ball over eight times in that stretch as Oregon used a full-court press.
At the half Sacramento State was down 62-29 with Cannady leading the Hornets with eight points. The Hornets shot 23.9-percent from the floor and hit five 3-pointers while the Ducks shot 44.6-percent in the opening half and knocked down eight shots from downtown.
It was more of the same after the break, as the Ducks opened up the second half with a 13-4 run to push their lead to 75-33.
Sacramento State shot 27.3-percent from the floor on 24-of-88 shooting, including 8-of-34 from 3-point range. The Hornets snagged 61 rebounds, committed 35 turnovers and had 17 assists on their 24 made baskets.
Oregon shot 40.7-percent overall on 46-of-113 shooting, with 12-of-31 coming from beyond the arc. The Ducks grabbed 75 rebounds, were pressured into 20 turnovers and had 26 assists on 46 made hoops.
The Hornets will be back in action at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday against San Francisco. Sacramento State will then go on a three-game road trip, traveling to Santa Clara, Cal State Fullerton and Boise State.
All-Oregon Invitational Team
Yinka Olorunnife – Idaho
Derisa Taleni – Idaho
Nia Jackson – Oregon
Amanda Johnson (MVP) – Oregon
Kylie Kuhns – Sacramento State
Amber Williams – Cal State Bakersfield