BOZEMAN, Mont. – Despite a promising end to the first half, the Sacramento State women's basketball team (3-13, 1-3) was unable to keep pace with Montana State Bobcats (9-8, 3-3) in the second half Saturday afternoon, falling 85-50 on the road.
The Hornets fell behind again early after scoring just 12 points in the first quarter. For Sacramento State, it was the third straight game in which the team trailed after one quarter of play.
Things seemed to turn around in the second quarter, however, as Sacramento State outscored the Bobcats 19-15. They trailed by as few as three late in the second quarter and went into the half down six.
That was as close as the game would get, though, as Montana State outscored the Hornets 48-19 in the second half. That second half featured a nine-minute and 15-second scoreless stretch for Sacramento State. Hannah Friend scored an easy layup with 1:06 left on the clock in the third and didn't get another point until a successful Maranne Johnson free throw with 1:51 left in the game.
In total, the Hornets made just eight baskets in the second half, going 8-for-33. Their six-point fourth quarter is their second lowest scoring quarter of the season (a four-point first quarter at #12 West Virginia), though the 19-point half is their lowest scoring half of the year.
Johnson was the only Sacramento State player to score in the game's final quarter, scoring six of her 20 points in the game's final two minutes. Overall, the senor guard was 7-of-22 (31.8%) while going 4-for-14 (28.6%) from beyond the arc. All four of her threes came in the first half.
As a team, Sacramento State shot just 30.8% from the floor (20-65) and 15.6% (5-32) from three. They collected 26 rebounds and had just eight assists. They did only commit five turnovers, a new season low.
Kennedy Nicholas continued to shine defensively for Sacramento State, racking up four more blocks just one game after recording a career-high six. The sophomore forward now has 25 blocks on the season and is fifth in the Big Sky Conference in total blocked shots.
On the other side of the ball, Montana State was led by Delaney Junkermier, who scored a career-high 23 points on 7-of-12 shooting. She was 5-for-6 from beyond the arc and a perfect 4-for-4 at the free throw line.
Behind her, every other Montana State player scored at least one point with four scoring in double-digits.
The Hornets will now return home after two games in the state of Montana. Their next action comes Thursday at the Nest against Weber State. That game is scheduled for a 12:05 pm tip and is the first ever Sacramento State women's basketball Field Trip day.
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