SACRAMENTO, Calif. - For the second consecutive home game Sacramento State shattered the program and Big Sky scoring record, tallying 132 points in an easy 132-91 win over Portland State to open Big Sky play.
After breaking the record with 126 points two weeks ago against UC Irvine, Sacramento State (4-8, 1-0 Big Sky) was six points better on Saturday. The record had been 123 points before the UC Irvine game, and that came in a 123-77 Hornet win over Portland State (2-10, 0-1 Big Sky) when the teams met in The Nest last February.
"We just wanted to come out strong in our first game of conference," said Sacramento State junior forward Margaret Huntington, who recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, eight of which came on the offensive glass. "We played really well and really hard. I'm just trying to get boards and help the team out as best I can so it feels good."
In their last three games against Portland State the Hornets have totaled 347 points and are +119 in scoring margin. Sacramento State had a higher field goal percentage than its opponent for the first time this year (.463-.444) and killed the Vikings on the glass with a 64-43 rebounding advantage including 32 offensive rebounds.
"We shot better today and played well," Sacramento State head coach Bunky Harkleroad said. "It's just a matter of putting the experience we had in the pre-conference schedule to use now. It's a new season and a new time of year so we're trying to get better every day. Every Big Sky game is huge, especially at home, and you have to take advantage of playing at home because travel is so hard."
In addition to breaking the program and league scoring records the Hornets also established a new team record with 50 made field goals, three more than they had in their last game against Portland State. The Hornets actually shot poorly from 3-point range at 27.3% but made 12 long balls and were 38-of-64 (59.4%) on 2-point shots.
Six Hornets scored in double-figures led by 19 points from junior Brianna Burgos. Senior Adella Randle-El tallied 18 points, seven rebounds, a game-high six assists, and four steals while junior Gretchen Harrigan shot 8-of-12 for 18 points and had seven boards.
Sophomore Maranne Johnson had 17 points, five assists, and five steals despite fouling out at the end of the third quarter and senior Sydonia Daniels had a career-high 11 points and seven rebounds with three blocks. Thirteen Hornets scored in the game including redshirt freshman Kelli Robinson, who scored her first career points on a late 3-point make.
Sacramento State had huge advantages in bench points (73-48), points in the paint (64-40), points off turnovers (37-12), and second chance points (32-13). The squad forced 27 turnovers with 17 steals and had season-highs of 33 assists and five blocks.
The Hornets led 33-20 at the end of the first quarter but were up just 55-50 with less than a minute remaining in the second quarter. The team ended the first half on a 7-0 run with the run extending to 15-2 to take a 70-52 lead three minutes into the third quarter.
Another 14-2 run in the third put the Hornets up 27 and the lead reached 30 with 5:30 to play in the fourth quarter. Sacramento State outscored Portland State 70-41 in the second half, including a 34-19 edge in the fourth quarter, and led by as many as 44 points in the final minute.
Sacramento State has two more home Big Sky games next week, hosting Montana State at 7:05 p.m. next Thursday and Montana at 2:05 p.m. next Saturday in The Nest.