POCATELLO, Idaho – Sacramento State women's basketball saw five players score in double-figures Thursday night on the road at Idaho State, but were unable to keep pace with the Bengals' high-powered offense, falling 83-71.
Sacramento State got off to a quick start, take an early 10-4 lead in the first quarter. However, the Hornets found themselves trailing by 10, 26-16, by the end of the quarter and never recovered. Although the deficit grew to 21 by halftime, a big fourth quarter allowed Sacramento State to pull within 12 by the final buzzer.
Kennedy Nicholas recorded her fourth double-double of the season in the loss, scoring 10 points and pulling in 12 rebounds. It was her first double-double in more than a month, her last coming on Jan. 1 at home against Idaho.
Justyce Dawson finished the night with a team-high 13 points, her second time in as many games leading the team in total points. Over her last five games, Dawson has scored 14, 17, 0, 20, and 13 points, twice setting her career-high during that stretch.
Hannah Friend also finished in double figures for Sacramento State, scoring 12 points and collecting eight rebounds. Right there with her was Maranne Johnson, who added four assists and four rebounds to her 12-point night.
Tiara Scott led the team with five assists while also scoring 11 points, giving Sacramento their fifth 10-plus point scorer Thursday night.
As a team, Sacramento State shot a solid 42.6% (29-68) from the floor, including 36.7% (11-30) from three. The biggest difference in the game came at the free throw line, where Sacramento was just 2-for-2 compared to Idaho State's 10-for-17. The Hornets were also outrebounded 38 to 34.
Sacramento State committed 17 turnovers, one more than Idaho State. Those 17 turnovers turned into 21 Bengals points.
On the other side of the ball, Idaho State shot 53.2% (33-62), and were led by forward Grace Kenyon, who scored a game-high 27 points. She was 10-for-15 from the floor and made seven of 10 free throws.
Sacramento State's two-game win streak came to an end Thursday. After defeating both Montana and Montana State at home, the Hornets fall to 5-19 overall and 3-10 in conference play.
They will continute their road trip Saturday at the travel to Weber State to take on the Wildcats. Tipoff on Saturday is set for 1:05 pm PT.