WOMEN'S HOOPS WINS SECOND STRAIGHT GAME, DEFEATS SANTA CLARA 78-65
Kylie Kuhns had 24 points and eight rebounds in a 78-65 victory over Santa Clara on Sunday.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's basketball team won its second straight game by defeating Santa Clara 78-65 on Sunday afternoon at the Leavey Center. The Hornets improve to 3-6 on the season while the Broncos fall to 0-7.
Sacramento State was outrebounded in its first seven games but in its last two contests, both wins, the Hornets have outrebounded their opponents by five per game.
The Hornets scored 34 points in the paint and scored 23 points off turnovers to fuel their third win of the season.
Kylie Kuhns, the nation's No. 1 rebounder at 14.8 per game, pulled down eight boards against the Broncos but had a game-high 24 points. Mallorie Franco became the first player other than Kuhns to lead the team rebounds with 10 versus Santa Clara. She also had six points. Natasha Torgerson had 11 points and Shanti Smith added 10 as three Hornets scored in double figures.
Four players had 10+ points for Santa Clara with Lena Gipson's team-high 16 leading the way.
Sacramento State led by as much as 10 points in the first half after Sami Field-Polisso knocked down a 3-point basket with 6:59 remaining before halftime. In the second period, the Hornets were up seven points with 10:48 left and went on a 14-4 run to go up 70-53 with 5:59 left and never looked back.
Sacramento State shot 44.1-percent from the floor on 30-of-68 shooting, including 5-of-22 from 3-point range. The Hornets snagged 46 rebounds, committed 19 turnovers and had 13 assists on their 30 made baskets. They went 13-of-17 at the free throw line.
Santa Clara shot 31.4-percent overall on 22-of-70 shooting, with 7-of-36 coming from beyond the arc. The Broncos grabbed 45 rebounds, were pressured into 20 turnovers and had 13 assists on 22 made hoops. They went 14-of-19 at the free throw line.
The Hornets will stay on the road with games at Cal State Fullerston and Boise State coming up next.