OGDEN, Utah – Kylie Kuhns grabbed 20 boards (10 offensive, 10 defensive) to eclipse the Big Sky Conference's career rebounds record while Megan Kritscher swatted five shots to claim the league's single-season blocks record as the Sacramento State women's basketball team defeated Weber State, 63-57, on Thursday night in a Big Sky game at the Dee Events Center.
Kuhns now has 1,178 rebounds in her illustrious four-year career with the Hornets. The previous Big Sky career rebounds record was 1,174, set by Idaho State's Natalie Doma (2004-08). Kuhns already owns the program records for career rebounds and steals and ranks in the Hornets' all-time top-five in points (1,436), field goals (577), assists (281) and blocks (121).
"Kylie has put in hours of work for every single one of those rebounds," said head coach Jamie Craighead. "She is an undersized forward who plays so much bigger than her height. Holding an all-time conference mark like this truly sets her apart in the league and solidifies what she has meant for our program. The numbers speak for themselves."
Kuhns, a senior, has grabbed at least one rebound in all 116 games of her career and is averaging 10.2 per contest. This year she is averaging a Big Sky-best 11.0 rebounds per game. Kuhns recorded her 13th double-double of the season and 49th of her career with 21 points and 20 rebounds on Thursday night against the Wildcats. It was her third career 20-20 game and second this season.
Kritscher's five blocks against the Wildcats gives her 101 this year, breaking the previous Big Sky single-season mark of 100, set by Eastern Washington's Brenda Souther during the 1983-84 campaign.
"Meg has a gift and has been the anchor of our halfcourt defense this year," Craighead said. "I am so proud of how hard she worked to be ready to help us this season and her determination paid off with her own Big Sky record. She allows our perimeter players the luxury of playing tough on-ball defense knowing they have such a great shot blocker behind them."
Kritscher already broke the program's single-season blocks record and ranks No. 3 all-time with 144 career rejections. Kritscher, a senior, transfered to Sacramento State from UC Santa Barbara and has played just two seasons with the Hornets.
Sacramento State (16-10, 11-6 Big Sky) locked up a Big Sky Tournament bid with their win at Northern Arizona last weekend and are now tied with Idaho State and Eastern Washington for third in the league standings. The Hornets visit Idaho State on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT.
The Big Sky Tournament takes the top seven teams in the standings and is hosted by the No. 1 seed, who earns a first-round bye. With three regular season games remaining, Montana, Northern Colorado, Idaho State, Eastern Washington and the Hornets have all secured bids. The Lady Griz currently have a half-game lead on UNC for first place.
On Thursday against the Wildcats, Sacramento State never trailed and led by as much as eight points in the second half but could never pull away. The Hornets beat Weber State by 43 points, 103-60, at home on Jan. 19. Sacramento State led by just four, 57-53, with 3:35 left in the game but back-to-back baskets by Mallore Franco pushed the lead back up to eight points and the Hornets held on down the stretch.
Kuhns led the Hornets in both points and rebounds but three other players scored in double figures. Kritscher added 13 points while Fantasia Hilliard and Franco each had 10.
Weber State was led by Kalie Matthews' 15 rebounds and Kia Rhodes' 14 points off the bench.