BOISE, Idaho --- Senior Kea Cuaresma and freshman Taylor Jacob each won a pair of individual event titles to help lead Boise State to a 194.500-193.200 victory over Sacramento State, Friday evening at Taco Bell Arena.
The loss dropped the Hornets to 8-9 overall and gave the team its first loss in Western Athletic Conference competition (4-1) this season. The Broncos improved to 10-3 overall and 3-1 in league action.
The meet was close throughout as Boise State opened the competition with a 48.625 on vault and Sacramento State scored 48.500 on bars. Cuaresma scored 9.900 to win the vault title while the Hornets were paced by senior Carrie Kinghorn and sophomores Alexis Tsurumoto and Amber Basgall who each scored 9.750 to tie for fourth on bars.
In the second rotation, the Broncos scored a season-high 49.000 on bars, including a 9.900 from Jacob. The Hornets stayed close with a 48.475 team score on vault. The score marked the fifth consecutive meet that the team has crossed the 48-point plateau. Individually, Basgall scored a career high 9.775 to tie for third.
Sacramento State took its only lead of the meet following the third rotation. The Hornets scored a season best 48.985 on floor while Boise State struggled on beam resulting in a 47.625. The scores gave Sacramento State a seven-tenths lead heading into the final rotation.
On floor, Marina Borisova scored 9.875 to tie for second and Tiffany Bass finished sixth with a 9.825 to lead the Hornets. All five of the teamâ€™s counting scores were at least 9.750.
While Boise State had some troubles on beam --- the team was forced to count two falls, Jacob, Kristin Aldrich and Lindsay Ward were steady. Jacob won the event title with a 9.850 while Aldrich and Ward scored 9.775 to tie for second.
The Broncos regained their momentum on floor to win the meet in the final rotation. The team tallied a 49.250 while the Hornets scored 47.250 on beam. Cuaresma scored 9.900 to finish first and Katie Dinsmore tied Borisova for second at 9.875.
For Sacramento State, Melissa Genovese scored 9.775 to tie for second and Borisova added a 9.575 to pace the team.
In the all-around, Jacob led the way with 39.225. Cuaresma finished second at 38.650 and Borisova was third with a career best 38.625.
Sacramento State will close out the home portion of its season on Sunday, March 12, against UC Davis. The meet will begin at 2 p.m. in the Hornets Nest.