WOMEN’S HOOPS COMES FROM BEHIND TO DEFEAT HAMPTON, 65-61, IN NON-CONFERENCE FINALE

WOMEN’S HOOPS COMES FROM BEHIND TO DEFEAT HAMPTON, 65-61, IN NON-CONFERENCE FINALE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Highlighted by a 6-0 run to close Thursday night's game, the Sacramento State women's basketball team came from behind to defeat the Hampton Pirates, 65-61. The Hornets led for just 10 minutes of the game, but pulled away late to clinch the win.

With the win, the Hornets climb back to .500 at 4-4 for the season in what was their final non-conference matchup of the year. The loss knocks Hampton down to 4-5.

After falling behind by seven in the first quarter, the Hornets began to claw their way back, cutting the deficit to two at the half. Although Sacramento State took back the lead midway through the third quarter, they entered the game's fourth quarter trailing by tree, 47-44.

It came down to the final three minutes before Sacramento State took a lead that they would not relinquish. Trailing 61-59 with 3:13 remaining on the clock, the Hornets went on a 6-0 run to conclude the game and seal the 65-61 win.

Junior Hannah Friend again led Sacramento State in scoring, putting up a team and game-high 25 points. She also pulled down seven rebounds – four offensive – while adding two assists and a block.

Kennedy Nicholas, who remains one of the nation's top rebounder with 12.8 per game, pulled down a game-best 12 boards while also scoring eight points. The junior forward also had two blocks and two steals without committing a turnover.

Tiara Scott continued to lead the team in assists, dishing out six in Thursday night's win while also scoring 11 points, extending her double-digit scoring streak to four straight games.

As a team, Sacramento State shot 36.8% (21-57) from the floor, including 25.0% (6-24) from beyond the arc. The Hornets were strong from the free throw line, as well, making 17-of-23 attempts (73.9%).

Hampton was nearly identical, shooting 36.2% (21-58), 23.5% from three (4-17), and 75.0% from the free throw line (15-20). They were led by Kayla Lupoh and Laren Van Arsdale, each with 16 points.  

Sacramento State finished the Lobo Invitational 1-1 while Hampton fell to 0-2 in the four-team tournament. New Mexico (1-0) and Stephen F. Austin (1-0) play for the tournament championship following the Hornets' win over Hampton.

Conference play is up next for the Hornets as they travel to Northern Colorado on Saturday, Dec. 29 to open the Big Sky season against the Bears. Tip off for that game is set for 1:05 pm PT. Sacramento State's first home conference game is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 3 against Montana.

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