CHENEY, Wash. – On her birthday, Sacramento State sophomore guard Maranne Johnson broke a 91-91 tie with a long 3-pointer with one second left as the Hornets picked up a huge road win over Eastern Washington, the No. 2 team in the Big Sky standings, on Thursday night in Cheney.
After the Eagles tied the game with two free throw makes with 11 seconds left, Johnson knocked down an NBA range 3-pointer. After video review the officials put one second on the clock, and EWU's 3-point attempt to tie the game from in front of their own bench was blocked by Hornet junior Ashlyn Crenshaw to seal the win.
Sacramento State (10-14, 7-6 Big Sky) won its third straight game following a four-game losing streak. The Hornets avenged a loss to Eastern Washington (17-9, 11-3 Big Sky) in The Nest in January, handing the Eagles just their third home loss of the season.
The Hornets led for most of the game and were up 81-74 with five and a half minutes left in regulation time. Eastern Washington then went on an 11-0 run, holding the Hornets scoreless for more than three minutes to pull ahead 85-81.
The visitors drew back even at 85-85, and back-to-back 3-point strikes from Adella Randle-El matched two Eagle layups to put the Hornets back up 91-89. Hayley Hodgins drew a foul and made both shots to tie the game at 91-91 with 11 seconds left, and Hornet senior Ericka Magaña brought her team into the front court and found Johnson for the winning shot.
The Hornets made their last four field goal attempts of the game, with the last three all coming from 3-point range. The Eagles made just two of their last eight field goal attempts over the final three minutes of the contest.
Johnson made four of 15 total made 3-pointers by her team in the game, finishing with 15 points. Randle-El had 24 points, seven rebounds, six steals, and four assists in another stellar performance and Magaña established a new career high with 18 points, shooting 7-of-12 from the field.
The Hornets outrebounded the Eagles for most of the game with junior Margaret Huntington matching her team season high with 14 boards and senior Sydonia Daniels bringing in 10 rebounds. Randle-El had her sixth 20-point game of the season and had her third straight game with six or more steals. She picked up her fourth foul in the third quarter but managed to avoid fouling out until the final seconds of the game.
Sacramento State had 22 offensive rebounds and forced 23 Eastern Washington turnovers. The Hornets shot 41% and led by as many as 13 points in the contest. The Eagles had an early 17-9 lead but ended up leading for just over eight minutes of game time while the Hornets led for more than 30 minutes.
Hodgins had 27 points and seven rebounds for the Eagles, who had won four of their last five games. Four other Eastern Washington players scored in double figures as the home team shot 47% and were 14-of-18 (77.8%) from the free throw line.
For the second consecutive season, Sacramento State and Eastern Washington split their regular season series with both teams winning on the road. The Eagles dropped into a tie with Idaho for second place in the Big Sky with both squads at 11-3.
The Hornets move on to face Idaho, which is 19-7 overall after an 84-63 win over Portland State on Thursday, at 2 p.m. Saturday in Moscow.