GREELEY, Colo. – Sophomore
The Hornets (10-8, 5-4 Big Sky) ended the game on a 19-4 run over the final 5:38 but couldn't catch the Bears (9-9, 6-3), who led by as much as 31 points in the second half in winning their 11th straight home game.
Sacramento State trailed early in the game but was able to make it a 4-point game with 8:31 left in the first half. However, Northern Colorado responded with a 21-7 run heading into halftime and its lead was never fewer than double digits for the remainder of the game.
Burse shattered her career high in points, which was five before Saturday's game. The East Palo Alto, Calif., native went 8-of-8 at the free throw line and 2-of-3 from the field for a team-high 12 points.
Senior also scored in double digits with 10 points, but tied her career-low with one rebound. Kuhns has grabbed just one rebound only one other time in her career, against Eastern Washington on Dec. 31, 2009 during her freshman season. She has, however, tallied at least one board in every single game of her career.
Sacramento State, which entered the contest ranked No. 2 in the nation averaging 6.6 blocked shots per game, did not register a block against the Bears. The Hornets, the Big Sky leaders in steals per game at 12.6, had only four steals on Saturday.
Northern Colorado had three players in double figures, led by Lauren Oosdyke's game-high 21 points. D'shara Strange chipped in 18 in reaching 1,000 career points.
Sacramento State shot 37 percent overall on 20-of-54 shooting, including 4-of-14 from 3-point range. The Hornets snagged 32 rebounds, committed 14 turnovers and tallied 10 assists. They went 19-of-21 at the free throw line.
Northern Colorado shot 44.9 percent from the field on 31-of-69 shooting, with 7-of-23 coming from beyond the arc. The Bears grabbed 45 rebounds and were pressured into 11 turnovers with 23 assists. They went 10-of-13 at the free throw line.
After a two-game road trip the Hornets will return home next week to play Northern Arizona at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Southern Utah at 2 p.m. on Saturday.