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Women's Basketball Eclipses Century Mark in 103-60 Vicotry over Weber State

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's basketball team eclipsed the century mark for the ninth time in school history and posted its largest margin of victory ever against a Div. I opponent in a 103-60 win against Weber State in a Big Sky Conference game on Saturday at The Nest.

The Hornets (9-7, 4-3 Big Sky) never trailed the Wildcats (0-17, 0-8) in the game and all 12 players who saw the court tallied at least one point and one rebound. Sacramento State knocked down a school record 41 field goals and tied the school record with 30 assists.

The 103-point output is tied for the fifth most in school history and and the fourth most in regulation. It's the third most points scored by the Hornets under head coach Jamie Craighead, behind a 104-point effort at Northern Arizona and a 106-point performance versus San Francisco in 2010. The 43-point win doesn't crack the program's top-10 largest margins of victory overall (all Div. II wins or against Div. II opponents) but is the largest against a Div. I opponent and the third largest since the Hornets themselves moved to the Div. I ranks prior to the 1991-92 season.

After suffering their first home loss of the season on Thursday against Idaho State, the Hornets came out with a vengence on Saturday versus Weber State. Sacramento State took its first double-digit lead, 16-4, with 15:25 left in the first half on one of Alle Moreno's six 3-pointers.

Weber State eventually trimmed the lead to eight at 20-12 with 13:06 on the clock in the first half. But the Hornets responded with a whopping 17-0 run over the next 5:07 to take a 25-point lead and never looked back.

The Hornets led by 34 points at the break and by as much as 48 in the second half before the buzzer sounded on a 43-point victory.

Moreno matched her season-high with 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting, including 6-of-11 from 3-point range. The junior loves to play against the Wildcats, as she has scored 65 points and knocked down 14 3-pointers over her last three games against Weber State.

Megan Kritscher (13), Sadie Clements (12), Natasha Torgerson (11) and Kylie Kuhns (10) also scored in double figures for the Hornets. Torgerson had a team-high eight rebounds while Fantasia Hilliard nearly had the second double-double of her career with eight points and 10 assists.

Jalen Carpenter and Kalie Matthews each scored a team-high 12 points for the Wildcats.

Sacramento State shot 53.2 percent overall on 41-of-77 shooting, including a 8-of-27 from 3-point range. The Hornets snagged 47 rebounds, committed 18 turnovers and tallied 30 assists. They went 13-of-19 at the free throw line.

Weber State shot 33.3 percent from the field on 20-of-60 shooting, with 2-of-13 coming from beyond the arc. The Wildcats grabbed just 34 rebounds (tied for the fewest by an opponent this season) and were pressured into 30 turnovers with just eight assists (season low by an opponent). They went 18-of-25 at the free throw line.

Sacramento State went 3-1 in the friendly confines of The Nest during its four-game homestand but will have to hit the road for its next two games. The Hornets will visit Big Sky newcomer North Dakota on Jan. 24 before heading to Northern Colorado on Jan. 26.

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