PORTLAND, Ore. –
The Hornets (13-9, 8-5 Big Sky) tallied its third highest point total of the season against the Vikings (11-12, 5-9) a game after netting its lowest output of the year (49) at Eastern Washington on Thursday.
Sacramento State led by as much as 15 points in the second half but Portland State made it a three-point game at 67-64 with 7:32 left on the clock. The Hornets responded, however, with a 9-0 run over the next three minutes to push their lead to 76-64. Sacramento State hit 7-of-8 free throw attempts in the final 2:30 of the game to ice the victory. The Hornets went 22-of-25 at the line overall.
Hilliard scored 32 percent of the Hornets' points on Saturday. The sophomore point guard scored a career-high 28 on 10-of-16 shooting, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range. She was also 6-of-8 at the free throw line. Hilliard set her previous career-high of 24 points just last weekend against Southern Utah.
Hilliard is averaging 20.3 points per game over the Hornets' last three contests.
The Hornets saw three other starters reach double figures in scoring. had 15 points and five rebounds while and each had 12 points. posted nine points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals.
Megan Kritscher, fresh off breaking a new program single-season record for blocked shots on Thursday at Eastern Washington, had five more blocks on Saturday versus Portland State.
Kritscher now has 90 blocked shots this season and needs just 10 more to match the Big Sky single-season record of 100.
Portland State was paced by Emily Easom's 25 points while Courtney VanBrocklin chipping in 20 and Allison Greene scored 11. Angela Misa, second only to Kuhns in the Big Sky rebounding rankings, grabbed a game-high 17 boards to go with nine points.
Sacramento State shot 41.4 percent overall on 30-of-73 shooting, including 6-of-21 from 3-point range. The Hornets snagged 36 rebounds, committed 11 turnovers and tallied 18 assists. They went 22-of-25 (88 percent) from the free throw line.
Portland State shot 43.5 percent from the field on 27-of-62 shooting, with 8-of-14 coming from beyond the arc. The Vikings grabbed 47 rebounds and were pressured into 20 turnovers with 13 assists. They went 20-of-33 at the free throw line.
The Hornets return home next week to play host to North Dakota and Northern Colorado.
scored a career-high 28 points on 10-of-16 shooting and the Sacramento State women's basketball team defeated Portland State for the fourth straight time, 88-82, in a Big Sky Conference game at the Peter W. Stott Center on Saturday afternoon.
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