DAVIS, Calif. – Sacramento State outscored UC Davis 33-2 in points off turnovers and junior Brianna Burgos hit six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 26 points as the Hornets earned a 92-77 win over the Aggies on Sunday in Davis.
Sacramento State (2-5) forced 27 turnovers with just seven turnovers of their own, including just one turnover in the entire first half. Senior Adella Randle-El had 23 points and sophomore Maranne Johnson recorded her team's first double-double of the year to help the Hornets end a six-game winning streak by UC Davis (6-3).
"We did a pretty good job taking care of the basketball and I thought we played with poise," Sacramento State head coach Bunky Harkleroad said. "We were able to get some stops and hit some shots when needed to. We've been through some tough battles so far and today it looked like some of that has been paying off for us."
The Hornets shot a season-best 41.8% from the field and made 13 3-pointers in 41 attempts, 39 less 3-point shots than the team hoisted in their last game at No. 17 California. The Hornets brought down 16 offensive rebounds and had a 15-8 edge in second chance points.
After there were 10 ties and 17 lead changes in a very tight first half the Hornets led throughout the second half. Neither team led by more than three points until the Hornets went on a 9-1 run over the last three minutes of the second quarter, turning a 43-41 deficit into a 50-44 halftime lead.
The Hornets had a two-possession lead throughout the second half but the Aggies did make a late push. UC Davis trailed by just six, 81-75, with three and a half minutes left in regulation time but Sacramento State responded with consecutive field goal makes, punctuated by Burgos' sixth 3-point strike of the game, to go back up by 11. With UC Davis fouling the Hornet lead ballooned to 17 points in the final minute.
Burgos topped her previous career high of 19 points, shooting 10-of-16 overall and 6-of-11 from 3-point range. She scored 18 points in the second half and also had three rebounds, two steals, and zero turnovers in a team-high 25 minutes played.
Randle-El came within one point of her career-high while hitting four 3-pointers in the game. Johnson had 13 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, recording the team's first double-double of the season. She also had six steals while junior Gretchen Harrigan had five steals and scored 11 points.
UC Davis shot 56.1% and had a 43-34 rebounding edge, but with 27 turnovers and only 10 offensive rebounds the Aggies attempted 22 fewer shots than the Hornets. Morgan Bertsch shot 11-of-17 for 25 points and had eight rebounds for the Aggies.
The road team has now won three straight games in the Causeway series between the rivals. Sacramento State has won three of the last four meetings between the teams overall.
After playing six of their first seven games of the season away from Sacramento the Hornets now play six of their next seven games in The Nest, including their first three Big Sky conference games.
Sacramento State faces No. 20 UCLA at 7:05 p.m. Friday as the Hornets will host a Pac-12 team for the first time since 2000. It will be the first of three home games over a five day stretch as the team will also host Hawaii next Sunday and UC Irvine the following Tuesday.