SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – San Francisco's Michaela Rakova had 26 points and 13 rebounds and the Dons took an early lead and led by double digits throughout the final three quarters in a 91-80 win.
Sacramento State (0-1) scored just eight points in the first quarter and trailed by as many as 23 points early in the third quarter but outscored San Francisco (1-0) 35-28 in the fourth quarter to get within a 10-point deficit. The Hornets could get no closer, however, as the Dons finished off the win by 11 points.
In her first official game as a Hornet, redshirt senior Emily Easom scored a team-high 16 points shooting 7-of-8 from the free throw line. She also had four rebounds while freshman Tiara Scott hit a pair of threes and had 12 points and three steals, senior Margaret Huntington had 10 points and six rebounds, and senior Ashlyn Crenshaw totaled 11 points and three steals on 5-of-7 shooting.
The Hornets shot just 5-of-30 (16.7%) from 3-point range in the game, making just two threes in the first half, and equaled their fewest made threes in a game under fourth-year head coach Bunky Harkleroad. Sacramento State did get to the free throw line 21 times but made just 13 while San Francisco had a 62-37 rebounding edge.
Sacramento State grabbed 14 offensive rebounds but the Dons had 17 and outscored the Hornets 16-10 in second chance points. The Hornets forced 30 turnovers with 18 steals but had 18 turnovers of their own.
San Francisco led 19-8 after the first quarter in which the Hornets shot 4-of-19 overall and 0-of-7 from 3-point range. The Hornets doubled their point output in the second quarter but the home team led 42-24 at the intermission.
The Dons took a game-high 23-point lead at 50-27 early in the third quarter but the Hornets cut the deficit down to as few as 10 points two minutes into the fourth quarter. Sacramento State shot 15-of-24 (62.5 %) in the fourth quarter but the Dons were 10-of-12 from the field and 6-of-6 from the free throw line in the fourth to close out the win.
Rakova shot 13-of-18 and added two blocks and a steal to her double-double. Kalyn Simon had 15 points, six rebounds, and six assists while shooting 3-of-5 from 3-point range. Rachel Howard totaled 14 points before fouling out and Anna Seilund had 11 rebounds and seven assists.
Sacramento State plays its home opener at 2:05 p.m. Sunday in The Nest hosting Cal Poly. The Mustangs lost 83-55 Friday night at No. 11 Stanford.