MONSTER SECOND HALF LEADS MONTANA STATE PAST WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

MONSTER SECOND HALF LEADS MONTANA STATE PAST WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - In a game that was tied 42-42 at halftime, Montana State outscored Sacramento State 62-40 in the second half for a 104-82 win on Saturday in The Nest.

Montana State (19-6, 12- Big Sky) shot 21-of-34 (62%) overall and 5-of-10 (50%) from 3-point range in the second half while the Hornets shot 13-of-36 (36%) overall and 5-of-25 (20%) from long distance over the final two quarters. Sacramento State (9-16, 5-9 Big Sky) had allowed just 71.5 points per game over its last 10 contests and permitted just 69 Montana points on Thursday.

The Bobcats had won seven straight games before a loss at Portland State on Thursday. Montana State is the second highest scoring team in the Big Sky and the top rebounding team and showed both on Saturday, recording a 61-39 advantage on the glass.

The Hornets did well to stay with the Bobcats in the first half. Despite shooting just 5-of-27 (19%) in the first quarter Sacramento State trailed just 18-14 after one. The second quarter was the best of the game for the home team, who shot 44% and had six points off turnovers to tie the game at 42-42 going to the half.

Montana State led by just one point, 55-54, with six and a half minutes left in the third quarter. The Bobcats would use a 12-2 run over the next three minutes to take an 11-point lead and led 74-63 going to the fourth quarter.

The Bobcats couldn't miss in the fourth, opening the final period on a 20-6 run, including a 13-1 spurt, to blow the game open. Montana State led by more than 20 points for the last five minutes.

Freshman Tiara Scott was a bright spot for the Hornets, as the point guard scored a career-high 25 points shooting 9-of-14 overall and 7-of-11 from 3-point range. She also had four rebounds and two assists while senior Emily Easom chipped in 14 points and senior Ashlyn Crenshaw had 12 points, five assists, and four rebounds.

The Hornets shot just 11-of-54 (20%) from 3-point range for the game. Both teams had 19 offensive rebounds and the Bobcats outscored the Hornets 23-20 in second chance points. Sacramento State did force 18 turnovers with just seven of their own and had a 25-11 edge in points off turnovers.

For Montana State Riley Nordgaard hit four 3-pointers and had 25 points and 11 rebounds and Peyton Ferris also had 25 points and eight boards. Three other Bobcats scored in double figures while Blaire Braxton had 14 rebounds.

Sacramento State plays its final road games of the season next week, facing Northern Arizona on Thursday and Southern Utah on Saturday. The Hornets beat both the Lumberjacks and Thunderbirds at home in January.