SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Senior forward Margaret Huntington had 14 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, and four steals and, after a slow start, Sacramento State outscored Holy Names 51-21 in the second half in a 92-55 win an in exhibition game Sunday in The Nest.
"I was encouraged and its was nice for us to have the opportunity to play against some outside competition," Sacramento State head coach Bunky Harkleroad said after his team's first of two exhibition games leading up to the 2016-17 season. "I saw some good things and I saw some bad things but I think we have a lot to look forward to. They got off to a strong first period and their second period was ok but we were able to get to their legs in the second half."
Holy Names, an NCAA Div. II school located in Oakland, got off to a terrific start, leading 6-0 and taking a 12-5 lead midway through the first quarter. The Hawks still led, 24-22, at the end of the first but the team scored just 31 more points through the remaining 30 minutes of the game.
Sacramento State outscored Holy Names 19-10 in the second quarter, 26-12 in the third quarter, and 25-9 in the fourth. The Hornets ended the game on a 14-0 run, making each of their last six field goal attempts, and outscored the Hawks 22-4 over the last 6:35 of the contest.
Huntington was one of five Hornets to score in double figures. The fifth-year senior, who has seven career double-doubles, would have set career highs with her five assists and four steals if the game was official.
Sophomore Raegen Rohn scored a would-be career-high 15 points, knocking down five of Sacramento State's 11 made 3-pointers in the game to lead the Hornets in scoring. Senior Emily Easom tallied 14 points and six rebounds while freshman Tiara Scott had 11 points and three assists and newcomer Alexia Mefi had 10 points and four rebounds.
The Hornets shot 38.5% for the game, including a blistering 9-of-17 (52.9 %) in the fourth quarter. They held Holy Names to 32.9% from the field and forced 28 turnovers with 18 steals, outscoring the Hawks 38-5 in points off turnovers.
Sacramento State got to the free throw line 16 times while permitting only nine free throws, but Holy Names had a 59-52 rebounding edge. Both teams had 23 offensive rebounds but the Hornets outscored the Hawks 25-10 in second chance points.
Though the Hornets have 16 eligible players this season, just 11 were dressed for Sunday's game with five players nursing injuries. All 10 Sacramento State players that saw double-digit minutes scored in the game and all had at least one rebound with eight players tallying a steal.
Jeana Magaña led Holy Names with 16 points while forward Tatiana Howard had a double-double with 10 points and 19 rebounds. Onjalise Carley-Hilliard had 14 rebounds off the bench and had three of her team's seven blocks.
Now just 12 days away from the regular season opener at San Francisco, Sacramento State plays one more exhibition game next Sunday hosting San Francisco State at 2:05 p.m.