SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento State women's basketball team (3-14, 1-5) was slow out of the gates Thursday and never did recover, falling to the Weber State Wildcats (13-4, 5-1) at the Nest. With a 12:05 pm tip off for the first ever Hornets Field Trip Day, Sacramento State went down 78-56 to Weber State.
Sacramento State managed just six points in the game's opening quarter, shooting 15.8% (3-19) to start the game. Four of those points came from Kennedy Nicholas, who finished the day with six total. Both Hannah Friend and Maranne Johnson, the team's leading scorers, went a combined 0-for-7 from the floor through the first 10 minutes.
With the six-point first quarter, the Hornets scored six points in back-to-back quarters (four quarter at Montana State, 1/13/18). It is the team's season-low for points in a single quarter.
The offense showed signs of life in the second period, putting up 15 points to Weber State's 19, but still trailed 37-21 heading into the half.
That deficit only continued to grow in the second half as the Hornets scored just eight in the third quarter. They did score 27 points in the fourth quarter, the only quarter in which they outscored Weber State, but the damage had long been done.
For the second time in three games, Tiara Scott led the team in scoring, putting up 17 points on 6-of-16 shooting, including 2-for-5 from three. The sophomore point guard also pulled in a team-high nine rebounds, coming up just shy of her first career double-double. She also had two blocks and three steals to round out her afternoon.
Despite the slow start, Johnson ended the game with 15 points scored and matched her season-best with six steals. She continues to climb higher on the all-time steals list in program history and is now just 11 steals back from matching the program leader, Fantasia Hillard (308 steals, 2011-15).
The Hornets entered today's game averaging 82 points per game at home bt only managed 56 on Thursday. It was the third straight game the Hornets failed to break the 60-point mark.
As a team, Sacramento State shot just 27% (20-74) from the floor, including 18.2% (4-22) from beyond the arc. They made 12-of-16 free throws and outrebounded Weber State 50-45, including 20 offensive boards.
On the other side of the ball, Weber State shot 44.6% (29-65) and were 11-of-30 (36.7%) from three. While they only had five steals compared to Sacramento State's 14, they more than doubled them in assists, collecting 17 to the Hornets' eight.
Kailie Quinn led the offense for the Wildcats, scoring 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting. She also had four rebounds and a steal in 34 minutes of play. Sacramento State did well to take the defending Big Sky Player of the Week, Larryn Brooks, out of the game. Despite averaging over 20 points per game, the Hornets limited Brooks to just six points.
The loss knocks the Hornets down to 3-14 overall on the season and 1-5 since the start of Big Sky play. With two more games at home before heading back out on the road, Sacramento State will look to bounce back Saturday as they welcome Idaho State to the Nest. Tip is scheduled for 2:05 pm PT on Saturday, Jan. 20.