SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Freshmen Gigi Hascheff and Hallie Gennett combined for 35 points and the Hornets held Weber State to 37.7% shooting, their best defensive performance in Big Sky play this season, in a 76-60 win on Thursday night in The Nest.
In the game the Hornets broke the NCAA single-season record for 3-point attempts, surpassing the previous record of 981 set by Morehead State in 2010. With 12 three-point makes on Thursday, Sacramento State is now just 17 made 3-pointers away from that NCAA season record.
For the first time this season Sacramento State (17-9, 9-8 Big Sky) deviated from its usual frenetic subbing and used just eight players in the game, with six players totaling 24 or more minutes. Weber State (6-20, 2-15 Big Sky) stayed with the Hornets through most of the first half before Sacramento State used a 20-3 run early in the second half to pull away.
"We've had a hard time scoring the ball lately and we played our better scorers more minutes tonight," Sacramento State head coach Bunky Harkleroad said. "This is the first time that most of our team members have gone through this full grind of a season, so we decided to mix it up and slow the pace of the game down a little bit. When you do that, the substitution patterns obviously changed. We want to win and We'll do whatever we can to get to the postseason."
There were three ties and four lead changes in a mostly even first half, though Sacramento State did lead by as many as 12 points with three minutes remaining in the opening period. Weber State did end the half on an 8-1 run, however, to trail by just a 36-31 margin at the intermission.
The Wildcats extended to a 10-1 run to cut their deficit to three points with the first hoop of the second half, but Sacramento State then used its 20-3 spurt over the next seven minutes to open up a 56-36 lead. Weber State could get no closer than a 13-point deficit for the remainder of the game as the Hornets out-shot the wildcats 50% to 34.5% in the second half to record a comfortable win.
Hascheff scored a game-high 18 points while equaling her career high of five 3-point makes while playing a career-high 39 minutes. Gennett hit four 3-pointers to tally 17 points and junior Takara Burse had 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Senior Alle Moreno also finished in double figures with 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and three steals while Regina Okoye led Weber State with 16 points, eight rebounds, and four steals.
For just the second time this season Sacramento State outrebounded its opponent (42-40) and for just the third time this season the Hornets had a higher field goal percentage than their opponent (.435-.377). Weber State was just 3-of-16 from 3-point range and had 16 turnovers with nine Hornet steals.
Sacramento State plays its final home game of the season on Saturday hosting Idaho State at 2 p.m. in The Nest. Seniors Moreno, Sadie Clements, and Se'Nyce Parrish will be honored prior to their final home contest.