SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Montana State jumped out to a 12-0 lead and never looked back as the Bobcats defeated Sacramento State, 69-45, in a Big Sky Conference women's basketball game Saturday night in Hornet Gym.
The Hornets shot just 19.2 percent and converted on only five field goals in the first half as Montana State led big at the half, 36-11. After jumping out to the 12-0 lead, the Bobcats never trailed by anything less than nine points the rest of the night.
With the win, Montana State improved to 16-10 overall and 10-3 in the Big Sky. Montana State's win coupled with Montana's overtime loss at Northern Arizona moves the Bobcats and Grizzlies into a first-place tie in the conference standings with two games to play. Sacramento State dropped to 0-25 and 0-12 in the conference.
Sacramento State outscored Montana State, 34-33, in the second half but couldn?t overcome the first half dry spell. The Bobcats? Isabel Stubbs led all players with 16 points as the junior knocked down 6-of-11 shots from the field. Jessica Blake (13 points), Rebecca Alvidrez (seven points, eight assists, four steals) and Cassie Johnson (team-high seven rebounds) also chipped in for MSU.
Montana State converted on 12 more field goals than the Hornets and finished the game shooting 43.1 percent (28-65) from the floor. The Bobcats also forced the Hornets into 28 turnovers while recording 14 steals.
Sacramento State outrebounded MSU, 42-41, but converted on only 16-of-55 field goal attempts (29.1 percent) for the game. The Hornets were led by sophomore Sydney Gatson?s 12 points while Danielle Iceman chipped in 10. Freshman Kristine Knowlton led all players with 11 rebounds and three blocked shots.
All 19 players that appeared in tonight's game cracked into the scoring column (11 Bobcats and eight Hornets).
Tonight's contest marked the final home game of the season for the Hornets and seniors Lori Kerswell and Ciara Jenkins. The team finishes out the season next week on the road at Eastern Washington (Friday, March 1) and Portland State (Saturday, March 2).