SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's basketball team used its most prodigious scoring output of the season to improve to 5-0 at home and defeat Eastern Washington, 85-70, on Saturday afternoon in a Big Sky Conference game at The Nest.
The Hornets (8-6, 3-2 Big Sky) have surpassed the 80-point mark in back-to-back conference wins while the Eagles (7-8, 3-3) have lost two straight after starting league play with a 3-1 record.
After suffering an 83-68 loss at Northern Arizona on Thursday, it appeared Eastern Washington had righted the ship in the early going against the Hornets. The Eagles jumped out to a 14-5 lead over the first 3:35 of the contest but that 9-point lead would be their biggest of the game.
Sacramento State used a 14-0 run over the next 4:41 to take a 19-14 lead with 11:54 left in the first half. Eastern Washington stormed back to take a 27-21 lead with 6:59 remaining before halftime but once again the Hornets rallied and lead 43-38 at the break.
Fantasia Hilliard led the Hornets with 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting in the first half , who scored 11 consecutive points in the first half against Portland State on Thursday, tallied seven straight points in the first half on Saturday.
Sacramento State closed out the first half strong and carried over that momentum into the second half. The Hornets sprinted ahead with a 13-3 run over the first 5:38 of the second half and they never led by less than eight points for the remainder of the game.
Hilliard finished with a career-high 22 points and seven assists while shooting a blistering 7-of-9 from the field. The sophomore from went 3-for-3 from 3-point range and was also a perfect 5-for-5 at the line. had her best scoring night in over a month as the junior tallied 21 points, including three 3-pointers.
Sadie Clements chipping in 11 points while Torgerson finished with 10. Senior tallied a game-high 11 rebounds to go with five assists, three steals and two blocks. , who entered the game second in the NCAA averaging 4.1 blocked shots per game, had three versus the Eagles.
Eastern Washington was led by Ashley Huerta's 14 points while four others also scoring in double figures. Melissa Williams matched Kuhns with a game-high 11 rebounds.
Sacramento State shot 43.1 percent overall on 31-of-72 shooting, including a 10-fo-21 from 3-point range. The Hornets snagged 46 rebounds, committed 19 turnovers and tallied 19 assists. They went 13-of-15 (86.7 percent) at the free throw line.
Eastern Washington shot 38.6 percent from the field on 27-of-70 shooting, with 7-of-18 coming from beyond the arc. The Eagles grabbed 41 rebounds and were pressured into 20 turnovers with 15 assists. They went 9-of-14 at the free throw line.
Sacramento State will try to stay undefeated at home next weekend when the Hornets play host to Idaho State on Thursday night and Weber State on Saturday afternoon.
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