SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Maranne Johnson made two three-pointers in Friday night's game against the San Francisco Dons, setting a new all-time program record with 240 career threes. Unfortunately, the Hornets were unable to take down a tough San Francisco team on the road, falling 90-76 to the Dons at War Memorial Gym.
Johnson entered the night tied with former Hornet Alle Moreno (2010-14) with 238 made three-pointers in her career. With 3:45 on the clock in the second quarter, she made her first three of the night, giving her career three-pointer number 239 and moving her into the top spot in program history.
She finished the night 2-for-12 from three, putting her at 240 total in her career.
The senior guard also finished the night with a team-high 17 points and shot 32% (7-for-22) from the floor before fouling out with just over three minutes to play.
Just one game after scoring a career-high 17 points against Antelope Valley, Kennedy Nicholas put together another great game for the Hornets, recording her first career double-double. The sophomore forward pulled in a career-high 14 rebounds while scoring 14 points.
After averaging just 2.0 points and 3.1 rebounds through her first seven games, Nicholas is averaging 10.5 rebounds and 15.5 points in the team's last two contests.
Dana DeGraffenreid and Tiara Scott both finished in double-digit points for Sacramento State, with 14 and 11, respectively. Both were efficient with there shots, as DeGraffenreid shot 50% (5-for-10) and Scott shot 45% (5-for-11) in the loss.
It was a quiet night for guard Hannah Friend by Hannah Friend standards. Averaging 19.8 points per game for the season and 30.3 points over her last three games, the sophomore guard was held to just 11 points as the Dons defense and foul trouble took her out of the game early.
The Hornets opened the scoring Friday night, taking a 5-0 lead early on. They were unable to hold that lead, however, and the Dons took it back, 10-9, at the 5:59 mark. They extended the lead and the Hornets finished the first quarter down 24-16 while shooting just 33% from the floor.
They cut the deficit with a strong second period, outscoring San Francisco 28-23 and going into the half trailing by just three, 47-44. They took the lead back 40 seconds into the second half on back-to-back baskets from Kennedy Nicholas and Tiara Scott.
The third quarter continued to be back-and-forth, as the teams traded leads 11 times in an exciting 10 minutes.
The fourth quarter made the difference as San Francisco went on two separate 9-0 runs and outscored Sacramento State 27-14.
Overall, the Hornets shot 36.4% (28-77) from the floor, including 29.6% (8-27) from three. As a team, they pulled down 40 rebounds but had just eight steals.
Anna Seilund stole the show for San Francisco, scoring a career-high 34 while also dishing out eight assists. The senior guard was 10-for-14 (from the floor, including 4-5 from three. She was also a perfect 10-for-10 at the free throw line.
The Sacramento State women's basketball team will continue their road trip, jumping on a plane immediately after tonight's game to depart for Puerto Rico. The Hornets will take part in the 2017 Puerto Rico Classic, which will take place at the Colesio Ruben Zayas Montanez in Trujillo, Alto. They play Monday, Dec. 18 against Miami (Fl.) and Wednesday, Dec. 20 against Northern Illinois University.