JOHNSON SCORES 37, EASOM 25 AS WOMEN’S HOOPS BEATS STANISLAUS STATE 102-72

JOHNSON SCORES 37, EASOM 25 AS WOMEN’S HOOPS BEATS STANISLAUS STATE 102-72

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Junior Maranne Johnson made eight 3-pointers and scored a career-high 37 points, the ninth highest single game scoring total in program history, and senior Emily Easom hit six threes and dropped 25 to lead Sacramento State to a 102-72 win over Stanislaus State on Tuesday in The Nest.

Johnson had 27 points just in the first half, shooting 6-of-8 with 16 points in the first 10-minute quarter. She became just the second Hornet this millennium to score 37 or more points, posting the team's highest total since Se'nyce Parrish scored 39 against Oregon State in 2012. Johnson finished eight points shy of the single game scoring record of 45, set by All-American Kristy Ryan in 1993.

"I couldn't have done it without my team," Johnson said. "They kept on finding me for the open look and they would always make that extra pass. I had a pretty good game but I couldn't have done it without my teammates."

Johnson's point total tied for the 12th most points an NCAA Div. I player has scored in a game this season. She shot 13-of-22 overall and 8-of-16 from 3-point range, falling one 3-point make shy of that program record. She also grabbed eight rebounds and had three assists and three steals in 28 minutes.

Easom, who is playing her first season as a Hornet after transferring from Portland State, scored a Hornet career-high 25 points, scoring her most points since totaling 27, coincidentally against the Hornets in Sacramento, in her junior season as a Viking in 2015. She was 6-of-12 from three and 7-of-7 at the line with six rebounds and three assists.

Sacramento State (3-4) finished with 21 made 3-pointers, four shy of their own NCAA record of 25 made threes achieved twice last season. The Hornets were a season-best 17-of-20 at the free throw line and had a 52-42 rebounding advantage with 25 offensive boards leading to 17 second-chance points. Sacramento State made 21 3-point field goals in the game compared to just 11 made 2-point shots.

Stanislaus State (2-6), an NCAA Div. II team, shot a solid 42.4% from the field but was just 4-of-16 from beyond the arc and 12-of-19 at the line. The Warriors had four players score in double figures with Ana Burch and Cassidy Sanders-Curry leading the way with 13 points apiece.

The Hornets held just a 3-point lead at 12-9 past the midway point of the first quarter but ended the period on a 14-5 run to move ahead 26-14. Leading 26-18 at the 9:31 mark of the second quarter, Sacramento State used a 17-2 run over the next five minutes to blow the game open at 43-20.

Sacramento State led 55-30 at the half. Stanislaus State more than doubled its point total with 31 points in the third quarter but the Hornets scored 30, shooting 7-of-15 (46.7%) from 3-point range. Sacramento State led by at least 20 points for the entire second half and won the game by 30 points despite shooting 2-of-15 from 3-point range in the fourth quarter and not making a field goal over the last 5:48 of the game.

"I was just happy we took care of business tonight," Sacramento State head coach Bunky Harkleroad said. "Stanislaus played hard and fortunately we got off to a good start shooting the basketball. Obviously the more threes we can get up and the better we can shoot it helps, but our offensive rebounding was also a little bit better tonight and that's something we need to build on."

Sophomore Raegen Rohn knocked down three shots from long range and scored 13 points for the second consecutive game while also producing a team-high four steals. Junior Alexia Mefi scored 10 points off the bench while senior Margaret Huntington pulled down nine rebounds and junior Justyce Dawson had a team season-high eight assists.

The Hornets also got preseason all-Big Sky selection Brianna Burgos back on the floor for the first time since a knee injury in February. Burgos, who was the team's top returning scorer from last season and ranked eighth in NCAA Div. I in made three pointers per game last year, played four minutes in her return on Tuesday.

Sacramento State hosts Pac-12 power USC at 7:35 p.m. Saturday night in The Nest. The game will be the second of a home doubleheader as the Hornet men will host UC Merced at 5:05.