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Women's Basketball Falls in Season Opener at LBSU Despite Late Rally

Women's Basketball Falls in Season Opener at LBSU Despite Late Rally

LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's basketball team overcame a 13-point halftime deficit to tie the game with less than three minute remaining but couldn't finish off the comeback in a 74-71 loss at Long Beach State in the Hornets' non-conference 2012-13 season opener at Walter Pyramid.

The Hornets (0-1) shot 47.1 percent from the field in the second half and outscored the 49ers (1-0) by 10 after halftime.

Senior forward Kylie Kuhn scored on a lay-up to tie the game, 69-69, with 2:37 left in the game but after a free throw and a lay-up, the 49ers regained a three-point lead with 1:21 remaining. Junior forward Se'nyce Parrish hit a pair of clutch free throws to cut the LBSU lead to just one with 57 seconds left on the clock. But the Hornets missed two more free throw chances while the 49ers connected on a pair down the stretch. Up by three points with only one second left, a desperation three-pointer by the Hornets missed and LBSU won.

Alle Moreno, who was second on the team in scoring a season ago, led the team with 15 points against Long Beach State. Senior forward Megan Kritscher came off the bench to score 14 points and grab a team-high nine rebounds in just 21 minutes. Kuhns had 11 points while sophomore guard Fantasia Hilliard, the reigning Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year, added 12 points as four Hornets scored in double-figures. In addition to her 12 points, Hilliard added a team-high seven assists and six steals.

Long Beach State was led by Chantel Dooley's 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting while four other 49ers scored in double-figures. The 49ers had eight players enter the game and each played 20-or-more minutes.

Sacramento State shot 43.5 percent overall on 27-of-62 shooting, including 7-of-25 from 3-point range. The Hornets snagged 42 rebounds, committed 30 turnovers and tallied 11 assists. They went 10-of-16 at the free throw line.

Long Beach State shot 41.5 percent from the field on 27-of-65 shooting, with 9-of-21 coming from beyond the arc. The 49ers grabbed 34 rebounds, were pressured into 27 turnovers and had 17 assists. They went 11-of-15 at the free throw line.

Sacramento State will stay in SoCal this weeked with a game at Cal State Fullerton on Sunday at 2 p.m.