SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Junior guard Maranne Johnson became the 13th 1,000-point scorer in program history, and just the fifth to do so in only three seasons, and senior Gretchen Harrigan scored a career-high 23 points in a 72-58 Hornet loss to Idaho on Saturday in The Nest.
Johnson reached the 1,000-point plateau on a layup midway through the third quarter. She is the first Hornet to score 1,000 points since Fantasia Hilliard in 2015 and joins Kristy Ryan, Heidi Carroll, Julie Wastell, and Kylie Kuhns as Hornets to reach 1,000 points in their junior season. Kuhns was the most recent to do so, in 2013.
Unfortunately the landmark came in a Hornet loss as, for the second consecutive game, Sacramento State (8-13, 4-6 Big Sky) struggled mightily to score. After scoring just 22 points in the first half on Thursday the Hornets had only 21 in the first half on Saturday, including an eight-point second quarter for the second straight game. The Hornets shot 12-of-50 (24%) from the field through the first three quarters and had just 37 points before a 21-point fourth quarter.
Idaho (12-10, 7-4 Big Sky) beat the Hornets at their own game from beyond the arc, shooting 15-of-32 (46.9%) from three. The Hornets shot just 2-of-15 (13%) from 3-point range, failing to make a three in the first half for the first time under coach Bunky Harkleroad.
The two 3-point makes, which both came from junior Justyce Dawson, were the fewest for the Hornets since hitting just one three at Weber State on Feb. 28, 2013. The team had made no fewer than five threes in every game since. The 15 attempts were also the fewest since the 2012-13 season.
The Vandals, who entered the game fourth in Div. I in made 3-pointers (two spots behind the Hornets), Led 33-21 at halftime and outscored the Hornets 29-16 in the third quarter. The Idaho lead peaked at 28 points at 67-39 with 7:08 to play. Sacramento State ended the game on a 19-5 run but the outcome was in hand for the visitors.
Harrigan topped her previous Hornet career high of 21 points with 23 on Saturday, scoring most of them with 13-of-14 shooting from the free throw line. She also had five rebounds and two assists and Johnson finished with nine points and a team-high eight rebounds. Johnson had made at least one 3-pointer in 31 consecutive games but was 0-of-4 from the arc on Saturday.
Dawson was 3-of-3 from the field with eight points and freshman Quayonna Harris shot 3-of-4 for six points. The rest of the team combined to shoot 14-of-58 (24 %) overall and was 0-of-13 from 3-point range.
Idaho shot 44% overall and was 9-of-10 at the free throw line. Mikayla Ferenz hit five 3-pointers and had 17 points, eight rebounds, and four assists to lead the Vandals, who had points from 10 different players and held a 42-38 rebounding advantage.
The Hornets outscored the Vandals 28-18 in points in the paint and 11-2 in points off turnovers, forcing 17. Sacramento State had 14 offensive rebounds but that translated into just nine second-chance points.
With four home games and four road games remaining in the regular season, Sacramento State leaves The Nest next week for games at Weber State on Thursday and Idaho State next Saturday.