SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Idaho State's Lindsey Reed scored a game-high 19 points and the Bengals handed the Sacramento State women's basketball team its first home loss of the season, 62-52, on Thursday in a Big Sky Conference game at The Nest. (Radio Highlights)
The Hornets (8-7, 3-3 Big Sky) was a perfect 5-0 at home this season, including two league games last weekend, but suffered their first home loss to Idaho State. The Bengals (9-7, 4-3) have won back-to-back games on their current three-game road trip.
A game after scoring a season-high 85 points in a win over Eastern Washington, the Hornets scored a season-low 52 versus the Bengals.
Sacramento State was down early on Saturday but kept the deficit respectable until Idaho State took a 41-31 lead with 13:47 left in the game. But the Hornets were able to rally and were down just two points at 49-47 with 3:41 remaining. That's when Ashleigh Vella buried a 3-pointer on the next possession and the Bengals went 6-for-6 at the free throw line to salt the game away.
Including the six free throws in the final minute, Idaho State went 21-of-27 at the foul line while Sacramento State went just 9-of-13.
Kylie Kuhns led the Hornets with 15 points and seven rebounds while added nine points and five assists.
Reed paced the Bengals with 19 points while Kaela Oakes had 14 and Cydney Horton chipped in 12. Horton and Jessa Jeppesen each had a game-high nine points.
Sacramento State shot 33.9 percent overall on 20-of-59 shooting, including a 3-of-11 from 3-point range. The Hornets snagged 33 rebounds, committed 10 turnovers and tallied 11 assists. They went 9-of-13 at the free throw line.
Idaho State shot 36.4 percent from the field on 18-of-50 shooting, with 5-9 coming from beyond the arc. The Bengals grabbed 43 rebounds and were pressured into 15 turnovers with 10 assists. They went 21-of-27 at the free throw line.
Sacramento State will look to get back to its winning ways on Saturday at 2 p.m. against Weber State at The Nest.