CHENEY, Wash. – Megan Kritscher snapped the single-season program record for blocked shots but the Sacramento State women's basketball team was held to a season-low in points as the Hornets lost, 63-49, at Eastern Washington in a Big Sky Conference game at Reese Court.
Kritscher swatted six shots against the Eagles but needed only five entering the game to break Heidi Carroll's previous record of 83 blocks. Kritscher now has 85 blocked shots this season and ranks No. 2 in the NCAA, averaging 4.0 per game. She is 15 blocks away from matching the Big Sky Conference record of 100, set by Eastern Washington's Brenda Souther during the 1983-84 season.
While Kritscher shined on the defensive end, the Hornets (12-9, 7-5 Big Sky) struggled on the offensive side of the court.
The Eagles (13-9, 9-4) slowed the pace of the normally hyperspeed Hornets. Sacramento State shot just 32.8 percent from the floor and attempted only 61 shots. The Hornets are 2-6 when attempting 65 or fewer shots.
The Hornets led by as much as nine points with 6:37 left in the first half but Eastern Washington closed out the opening period on an 18-5 run and never trailed in the second half. The Eagles shot just 38.5 percent from the field, but knocked down 7-of-14 from 3-point range.
Sacramento State was paced by ' 10th double-double of the season on 12 points and 11 rebounds. Se'nyce Parrish also scored in double figures, with 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting, including three 3-pointers.
Eastern Washington was led by Lexie Nelson's game-high 17 points while Carrie Ojeda had a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds.
Sacramento State shot 32.8 percent overall on 20-of-61 shooting, including 5-of-23 from 3-point range. The Hornets snagged 39 rebounds, committed 15 turnovers and tallied 13 assists. They went 4-of-6 at the free throw line, a season-low for both makes and attempts.
Eastern Washington shot 38.5 percent from the field on 25-of-65 shooting, with 7-of-14 coming from beyond the arc. The Eagles grabbed 43 rebounds and were pressured into 14 turnovers with 12 assists. They went 6-of-10 at the free throw line.
The Hornets will stay on the road this weekend with a visit to Portland State on Saturday.