HONOLULU – After trailing by 10 points in the first quarter Sacramento State bolted ahead to a 12-point lead in the third and was up nine points going to the fourth, but Youngstown State outscored the Hornets 35-18 in the final period for a 102-94 win.
Sacramento State (1-4) finished its weekend in Hawaii playing in the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic. A 21-win team last season, Youngstown State (1-3) earned its first win of the year.
After trailing 26-16 late in the first quarter, the Hornets outscored the Penguins 26-16 in the second quarter and led 44-42 at halftime. The team went up by as many as 12 points in the third quarter, leading 67-55 after making eight consecutive shots into the last four minutes of the period. Sacramento State totaled 32 points in the quarter and led 76-67 going to the fourth.
Sacramento State led by nine points at 85-76 with seven minutes left, but Youngstown State then went on a 21-3 run to turn the game around. The run, over just five minutes, was punctuated by a six-point possession in which Youngstown State's Jenna Hirsch made two free throws, made two more after the Hornets were assessed a technical foul on the second make, and then made a layup on the ensuing inbounds pass, scoring six points with a total of four seconds coming off the clock.
After shooting 60% overall and making three 3-pointers in the third quarter the Hornets shot 30% in the fourth and were 0-of-9 from 3-point range. The Penguins shot 10-of-17 (61.5%) form the field and were 13-of-15 (86.7%) from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to get the comeback win.
Senior Margaret Huntington, who pulled down 17 rebounds against New Mexico State on Friday, posted nine points and 13 rebounds on Sunday shooting 3-of-5 from the field. For her performance over the weekend Huntington was named to the Bank of Hawaii Classic all-tournament team.
Junior Maranne Johnson hit three 3-pointers and scored a team-high 13 points while senior Ashlyn Crenshaw and freshman Tiara Scott both scored 11. Junior Justyce Dawson had 10 points and five assists and junior Dajhae Mullins had seven points and six boards.
Sacramento State made just one less field goal than Youngstown State and had nine made threes to the Penguins' six, but Youngstown shot 24-of-30 from the free throw line while the Hornets were 15-of-23. The Hornets outrebounded the Penguins 40-39 with 14 offensive boards and forced 24 turnovers but had 18 of their own.
Six Youngstown State players scored in double figures led by 21 points and five assists from point guard Indiya Benjamin. Mailee Jones scored 18 points and was 9-of-10 at the free throw line and Hirsch had 17 points shooting 8-of-8 at the stripe.
The Hornets return to the Nest for three straight home games starting with a post-Thanksgiving matinee hosting Hofstra at 2:05 p.m. on Friday.