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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL BEATS SAN FRANCISCO STATE 81-46 IN FINAL EXHIBITION GAME

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL BEATS SAN FRANCISCO STATE 81-46 IN FINAL EXHIBITION GAME

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State held San Francisco State to 27.1% shooting and the Hornets blew the game open with a 30-point fourth quarter in an 81-46 victory Sunday in an exhibition game.

In similar fashion to its 92-55 exhibition win over Holy Names last week, Sacramento State started slowly but eventually wore down their opponent with offensive energy and suffocating defense.

"I thought San Francisco State did a very good job, especially early in the game," Sacramento State head coach Bunky Harkleroad said. "We were fortunate to play against a different look (defensively) and have to make some adjustments on the fly. We have to do a better job of executing and rebounding the ball. We have to get better at that and just cleaning some things up to get better at we do."

San Francisco State's matchup zone defense confounded the Hornets early as Sacramento State shot just 21.7% in the first quarter and trailed the Gators 18-12. San Francisco State built a game-high 10-point lead at 22-12 one minute into the second quarter, but the Hornets then went on a 17-0 run over the next seven minutes. The Hornets held the Gators without a made field goal over the last 8:56 of the quarter and took a 33-25 lead into halftime.

After San Francisco State made nine field goals over the first 11 minutes of the game, the Gators made just seven shots over the last 29 minutes. The Hornets outscored the visitors 18-10 in the third quarter and 30-11 in the fourth, shooting 12-of-19 (63.2%) overall and 6-of-12 (50%) from 3-point range in the final 10-minute period. San Francisco State shot 3-of-18 (16.7%) in the fourth as the Hornets led by as many as 38 points in the final minutes.

The Hornets shot 40.5% for the game while the Gators finished at 27.1%. Sacramento State had a 50-49 rebounding edge with 15 offensive boards leading to 16 second-chance points. The Hornets finished 11-of-37 (29.7%) from 3-point range while both teams struggled mightily at the free throw line, combining to shoot 14-of-30 (46.6%).

Senior Margaret Huntington had her second double-double in as many exhibition games, finishing with a team-high 15 points and 11 rebounds while adding an assist and a steal with no turnovers in 23 minutes. In the two Hornet exhibition games Huntington totaled 29 points and 27 rebounds while shooting a solid 11-of -24 (45.8%) from the field.

Three other Hornets finished in double figures on Sunday, with freshman Tiara Scott scoring 13 points on 3-of-5 shooting from 3-point range, senior Ashlyn Crenshaw posting 11 points in her first game action of the season, and senior Emily Easom adding 10 points and five rebounds.

Junior Alexia Mefi chipped in six points and 10 rebounds while sophomore Raegen Rohn had a team-high five assists and four steals. The Hornets forced 32 turnovers in all with 20 steals and had a 29-7 edge in points off turnovers.

Jasmine Black was the lone Gator to score in double figures with 12 points and seven rebounds, but she shot just 4-of-14 from the field and had five turnovers. The NCAA Div. II Gators had just nine healthy players for the game.

Sacramento State opens the regular season on Friday, Nov. 11, at San Francisco. The Dons won the West Coast Conference (WCC) tournament last season and played in the NCAA Tournament.