WOMEN'S HOOPS FALLS SHORT, 92-82, TO SEATTLE
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's basketball team cut a 19-point Seattle University lead to just five with 1:44 left to play but could not complete the comeback and the Hornets fell to the Redhawks, 92-82, on Friday night at The Nest.
Shanti Smith scored 10+ points for the fifth time this season, but the Hornets lost to Seattle.
Sacramento State falls to 3-9 on the season with the loss, while Seattle improves to 4-7 with the victory.
Jasmine Cannady stood out for the Hornets, as the senior posted her first career double-double with 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds.
Kylie Kuhns paced the squad with 20 points and the NCAA's leading rebounder chipped in seven boards, her lowest output on the glass this season. Freshman Shanti Smith had 11 points, the fifth time in 12 games that the rookie has posted 10+ points.
Sylvia Shephard had 22 points to lead five Redhawks in double-figures. Salena Dickerson pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds to go with 13 points while Amani Butler also had a double-double for Seattle with 10 points and 10 boards.
Seattle University outrebounded the Hornets 71-37 in the game and lead by as much as 19 points with 12:58 left in the second half but the Hornets were able to put together a rally late. Sacramento State went on a 25-11 run over the next 11:14 to cut the Seattle lead to just five at 87-8 with 1:44 remaining in the game.
But Kacie Sowell hit a jumper to put the Redhawks up seven and the Hornets turned the ball over and, with Sacramento State forced to foul late, Seattle hit on 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch to ice the game.
Sacramento State shot 41.3-percent from the floor on 31-of-75 shooting, including 10-of-28 from 3-point range. The Hornets snagged 37 rebounds, committed 23 turnovers and had 23 assists on their 31 made baskets. They went 10-of-17 at the free throw line.
Seattle shot 38.5-percent overall on 37-of-96 shooting, with 7-of-28 coming from beyond the arc. The Redhawks grabbed 71 rebounds, were pressured into 24 turnovers and had 23 assists on 37 made hoops. They went 11-of-16 at the free throw line.
The Hornets will have to turn around quickly, with rival UC Davis up next at 2:05 p.m. at The Nest on Sunday. It will be the final non-conference game of the 2010-11 campaign for head coach Jamie Craighead's squad as the Hornets will have a long break before resuming the season on Jan. 6, 2011 at Montana State for their Big Sky Conference opener.