MISSOULA, Mont. – The Sacramento State women's basketball team (3-12, 1-3) came out firing in the second half, outscoring the Montana Grizzlies (8-8, 4-1) 34-23 after halftime. It wasn't enough to overcome a 20-point halftime deficit, however, as the Hornets fell 68-59 on the road in Missoula.
Sacramento State was quiet early, managing just eight points in the first quarter. They started to find their shot in the second quarter, putting up 17 points, but went into the half trailing 45-25, their second largest half-time deficit this season.
The second half was a different story entirely as the Hornets turned on their recognizable full-court press and all but shut down the Montana offense. The Lady Grizz scored just 23 after the break after scoring 25 and 20 in the first two quarters, respectively.
Sacramento State on the other hand, scored 34 in the second half, thanks in big part to Tiara Scott, who put up 13 points in the second half. She went just 3-of-6 from the floor, but made two three-pointers while going 5-for-6 from the free throw line.
Overall, she led the team with 17 points while collecting two steals and two assists.
Maranne Johnson also broke double-digits, scoring 13. She led the team in both rebounds (nine) and assists (five).
The biggest difference in Thursday night's game came down low, where Montana outrebounded Sacramento State 51-30 and outscored them in the paint, 50-30. 23 of those 51 rebounds came on the offensive end and turned into 22 second-chance points for the Lady Griz. On the other end, the Hornets had just eight offensive boards and 12 second-chance points.
Overall, Sacramento State shot 38.2% (21-55) from the floor and just 24.0% (6-for-24) from beyond the arc. They did convert on 11-of-15 free throws (73.3%), outperforming the Griz in that category (5-9, 55.6%).
Montana shot 42.3% (30-71) in the win and controlled the game down low. They were just 3-for-19 (15.8%) from three, scoring just nine points from outside. They were led by Madi Schoening, whose 20 points were most by any player in the game. She was 9-of-15 and also pulled in eight rebounds, second most for Montana.
With the loss, Sacramento State's falls to 3-12 overall and 1-3 against Big Sky competition. Their road trip continues through the weekend when they take on Montana State on Saturday. Tip off is scheduled for 1:05 pm PT.