PORTLAND, Ore. – Raegen Rohn hit the big go-ahead three-pointer with under a minute to play in the fourth quarter, but the lead didn't hold as Sacramento State women's basketball fell 74-73 to Portland State in the team's Big Sky Conference opener Saturday afternoon.
The Hornets trailed by as much as eight late in the third quarter, but battled their way back in the game's final period. After cutting the deficit to one on a Hannah Friend jumper, Rohn made the biggest basket of the game for Sacramento State, burying a three from the top of the key to put the Hornets up 72-69.
Two Friend free throws made it a 73-69 game with 18 seconds to play, but a five-point Portland State run, ending with two Ashley Bolston free throws with under a second left, dashed any hope of the comeback win.
Maranne Johnson led the way for Sacramento State, scoring 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting. She was 7-for-13 from three for the second straight game, again coming up just shy of her single-game record of eight made three-pointers. Johnson also led the team with nine rebounds and 38 minutes played.
After averaging less than 15 points through the first 10 games of the season, Johnson is averaging 27 in her last two. She is also collecting a career-high 6.1 rebounds per game and has 19 in her last two.
Hannah Friend put up 19 in the effort, bumping her team-leading scoring to 18.6. She also had eight rebounds in today's game and was 3-of-4 from the free throw line. Her four free throw attempts were the only ones of the game for Sacramento State. She also contributed a team-leading three steals.
After back-to-back games with fewer than five assists and a combined five points, sophomore point guard Tiara Scott returned to form, dishing out nine assists while committing just one turnover. For the season, Scott now has 1.76 assist/turnover ratio after entering today's game seventh in the conference with a 1.50 mark.
Overall, the Hornets shot 46.0% (29-63) from the floor, one of their best marks this season. As a team, they pulled in 32 rebounds while totaling nine steals and 18 assists. They were 12-for-30 (40.0%) from the three-point line.
Portland State was led by Bolston, who scored 25 points on 9-for-15 shooting. She was also 5-for-6 from the free throw line, including the final two points of the game. Sidney Rielly contributed 17 for the Vikings while Kylie Jimenez put up 14. Overall, Portland State shot 49.1% (28-57), including 47.8% (11-23) from beyond the arc.
Sacramento State women's basketball is now 2-10 on the season and 0-1 to open Big Sky play. Their next two games will come at home as they welcome Idaho and Eastern Washington to the Nest at Sacramento State. The game against Idaho is Thursday, Jan. 4 with a 7:05 pm tip.