KUHNS GRABS SCHOOL RECORD 23 REBOUNDS; WOMEN'S HOOPS BEATS USF, 106-88
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State's Kylie Kuhns, who leads the NCAA in rebounding at 14.6 per game, set a new single-game school record when she pulled down 23 boards against San Francisco on Wednesday night in the Hornets' 106-88 victory at The Nest.
Kylie Kuhns set a school record with 23 rebounds against USF in a 106-88 victory.
The Hornets improve to 2-6 on the season while San Francisco falls to 2-4.
The previous single-game rebound record of 22 was held by Kellie Kuelper, which she set at home versus Saint Mary's on Dec. 6, 1996.
Her 23 boards also tied the Big Sky Conference record, previously set by Northern Arizona's Michelle Kirby on Nov. 28, 1989.
Kuhns led the NCAA in rebounding at 13.4 per game before Wednesday night's game versus the Dons, but is now averaging 14.6 rebounds in 2010-11 and has had at least 11 rebounds in all eight games this season.
The sophomore forward from Salem, Ore., also ranks second in the nation in double-doubles as she tallied her sixth of the season after scoring 23 points in addition to her 23 boards against the Dons. She was just two assists and four steals shy of a quarduple double as she dished out eight dimes and made six steals.
Tika Koshiyama-Diaz also had a career night for the Hornets. The senior point guard recorded her first ever double-double with career-highs in both points, 23, and assists, 10.
A number of team records were either eclipsed or matched in the victory against San Francisco.
The Hornets dished out 30 assists, breaking the previous school record of 29 set last season on Dec. 21, 2009 against the Academy of Art. The Hornets tied a school record with 61 rebounds. Sacramento State also set that record against Saint Mary's on Dec. 6, 1996. They also tied the single-game record for field goals made with 38. They set the record with 38 field goals last season against Northern Arizona on Feb. 25, 2010.
Against the Dons, Sami Field-Polisso also scored in double-figures for the Hornets, with 18 points on six 3-pointers. Jasmine Cannady notched 10 points, her fourth straight game in double digits, and Natasha Torgerson added 12 points. All five Hornet starters scored 10+ points.
San Francisco's Rheina Ale had a team-best 18 points and Donnisha Taylor paced the Dons with 11 rebounds.
On Wednesday night, the game started off well for the Hornets as they sprinted out to a 17 point lead before the Dons put on a run themselves, pushing the score to 31-29 before a 3-pointer by Ale gave San Francisco its first lead of the night at 32-31. The Dons would lead by as much as three with 5:22 left in the first half, but the Hornets would storm into halftime much like they started the first period. Sacramento State scored nine unanswered points before the break to take a 56-44 lead at halftime.
The Hornets carried their hot finish to the first half into the second frame. They put together a 13-4 run in the first 2:46 of the second half to take a 21 point lead. The Dons would chip it down once again, to a 12-point Hornet lead with 9:18 left to play but the Hornets would finish strong, leading by as much as 22 points before finishing with an 18-point victory.
Sacramento State shot 46.9-percent from the floor on 38-of-81 shooting, including 14-of-34 from 3-point range. The Hornets snagged 61 rebounds, committed 21 turnovers and had 30 assists on their 38 made baskets. The Hornets made seven more free throws than the Dons, knocking down 16-of-24 shots at the charity stripe.
San Francisco shot 35.7-percent overall on 35-of-98 shooting, with 9-of-34 coming from beyond the arc. The Dons grabbed 52 rebounds, were pressured into 13 turnovers and had 22 assists on 35 made hoops.
The Hornets will now go on a three-game road trip, traveling to Santa Clara (12/5), Cal State Fullerton (12/9) and Boise State (12/11).