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Women's Hoops Falls to Northern Colorado

Women's Hoops Falls to Northern Colorado

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's basketball team lost at home for just the second time this season, 81-73, to Northern Colorado in a Big Sky Conference game on Saturday afternoon at The Nest.

The Hornets (14-10, 9-6 Big Sky) entered the game tied for third in the conference standings while the Bears (15-9, 12-3) were in second.

The two teams were knotted up, 34-34, at halftime but Northern Colorado used a late run to create separation and hit 7-of-8 free throws in the final minute to put the game away.

The Bears led by just two points at 67-65 with 3:29 remaining but went on a 7-0 run to pull ahead by nine with just 1:22 left. Sacramento State scored six points in the final minute on back-to-back 3-pointers by Mallorie Franco and Alle Moreno but Northern Colorado converted at the stripe to ice it.

Northern Colorado shot a blistering 57.4 percent from the field, led by center Stephanie Lee's career-high 29 points on 12-of-17 shooting. Lee tallied 23 points in the second half alone.

Sacramento State was paced offensively by Kylie Kuhns and Moreno, who each netted 19 points. Kuhns tallied her 11th double-double of the season and 47th of her career as she added a game-high 12 rebounds to her 19 points. Kuhns needs just 30 more rebounds to break the Big Sky's career record of 1,174.

Sacramento State shot 38.2 percent overall on 29-of-76 shooting, including 10-of-31 from 3-point range. The Hornets snagged 36 rebounds, committed 13 turnovers and tallied 20 assists. They went 5-of-10 from the free throw line.

Northern Colorado shot a whopping 57.4 percent from the field on 31-of-54 shooting, with 3-of-7 coming from beyond the arc. The Bears grabbed 40 rebounds and were pressured into 21 turnovers with 19 assists. They went 16-of-19 at the free throw line.

The Hornets will have a bit of a break next weekend, playing just one game. Sacramento State will visit Northern Arizona at 5:35 p.m. on Saturday.