ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Sacramento State women's basketball team went head-to-head with the Mountain West-leading New Mexico Lobos Wednesday night for two quarters before a big New Mexico third quarter put the game out of reach for the Hornets.
Sacramento State fell by a score of 85-53 to the Lobos and will face the Hampton Pirates tomorrow for their second game of this week's tournament.
The loss is the fourth of the season for Sacramento State as they fall to 3-4 on the year. New Mexico climbed to 9-1 overall on the season with the win.
Sacramento State matched the Lobos for the first 20 minutes of Wednesday night's game. After one quarter of play, the Hornets trailed by just four, 23-19. Although that deficit grew to seven, 41-34, at the half, Sacramento State was keeping pace with New Mexico.
At the half, the Hornets went into the break shooting 30.6% compared to New Mexico's 43.2%, though Sacramento State made seven threes while the Lobos made none.
The third quarter proved the difference-maker, however, as the Lobos outscored Sacramento State, 23-11, and put the game out of reach. That continued into the fourth quarter, where the Hornets were outscored again, 21-8.
Hannah Friend led the team with 14 points while also pulling down six rebounds. Kennedy Nicholas again led the Hornets in rebounds, collecting a game-high 11 rebounds, including three offensive rebounds. Scott also reached double-digits for the Hornets, scoring 10.
In the first game of her Hornets career, redshirt junior Gabi Bade played 23 minutes while leading the team with six assists. She added nine rebounds in her debut.
As a team, Sacramento State scored a season-low 53 points after entering Wednesday averaging 87.0 points per game. They shot 23.9% while also taking a season-low 67 shots from the floor. The Hornets pulled down 43 rebounds as a team, including 17 off the offensive glass.
New Mexico shot 40.8% overall, though they were just 3-for-17 from three, and had 60 rebounds as a team. Jayla Evertt and Asia Robertson led the Lobos with 18 points and 16 points, respectively.
The Lobo Invitational continues for the Hornets tomorrow as they take on the Hampton Pirates, who also lost Wednesday. Thursday's game is scheduled for a 3:30 pm PT tip. Live stats will be available online at HornetSports.com.