Photo Courtesy Mackenzie Kasper
OGDEN, Utah – Freshman Gigi Hascheff scored a career-high 27 points and was one of five Hornets to score in double figures as, for the second time this season, Sacramento State broke the Big Sky single game scoring record in a 111-104 win at Weber State.
Sacramento State (14-5, 6-4 Big Sky) topped its previous Big Sky record of 110 points, scored last Thursday against North Dakota, and equaled the program record of 111 points. The 215 combined points also broke the conference record as Weber State (4-15, 0-10 Big Sky) dropped its 48th consecutive Big Sky game dating back to 2011.
Hascheff drained five 3-pointers in the game as did senior Alle Moreno, who tallied 22 points before fouling out. Freshman Hallie Gennett hit three 3-pointers and had 19 points while junior Fantasia Hilliard had 16 points and nine assists and senior Sadie Clements finished with 11 points. The Hornets made 12 three-pointers in the first half and 18 for the game, the 15th time this season that the team made 11 or more 3-pointers.
The Hornets hit three 3-pointers and pair of free throws in the first minute and a half of the contest to jump to an 11-0 lead. Sacramento State led by 12 at 14-2, but Weber State went on a 17-4 run over three and a half minutes to pull ahead 19-18. The game was played within five points for the remainder of the half, with five ties and 13 lead changes in the first period, as the Wildcats took a slim 57-56 halftime lead on a late 3-pointer.
The game was level at 74-74 with 12:42 to play before the Hornets pulled away. Sacramento State went on a 19-7 run over the next four and a half minutes, with 11 of the 19 Hornet points scored by Hascheff, to open up a 93-81 lead with just under eight minutes to play. The Hornets extended to a game-high 14 point lead off another Hascheff three with 4:25 remaining and Weber State got no closer than its final margin through the remainder of the game.
Sacramento State forced 28 turnovers with 17 steals, with five apiece coming from Hascheff and Hilliard, and outscored Weber State 30-13 in points off turnovers. The Hornets had 17 offensive rebounds and shot 42.4% from the field while also making 21 free throws. Hornet freshman Casey Williams played in her first collegiate game and tallied two points and one rebound.
Saturday's game ended the first half of Big Sky play before the Hornets will face each conference team a second time. Sacramento State remains on the road next week with games Thursday night at Northern Arizona and Saturday afternoon at Southern Utah. The Hornets beat Northern Arizona and lost to Southern Utah when the teams met in Sacramento.