JOHNSON SCORES 30 IN TOURNAMENT OPENER, BUT MONTANA DEALS WOMEN’S HOOPS A FIRST ROUND LOSS, 87-80

JOHNSON SCORES 30 IN TOURNAMENT OPENER, BUT MONTANA DEALS WOMEN’S HOOPS A FIRST ROUND LOSS, 87-80

RENO, Nev.Maranne Johnson capped an incredible career with a 30-point performance Monday afternoon against Montana in the first round of the Big Sky Women's Basketball tournament. Unfortunately for Sacramento State, the performance wasn't quite enough as Montana handed the Hornets an 87-80 defeat.

Johnson started slow on Monday afternoon, making just two of her first six shots in the first quarter. She started to settle in in the second period, though, going 4-for-7 from the floor, including 1-for-2 from three. She scored 11 points in what was a 23-point quarter for the Hornets.

The senior guard stayed hot in the third quarter, putting up nine more points while draining two of three three-point attempts in the quarter. She added two more threes in the fourth quarter, bringing her total to 30 for the game.

In total, Johnson went 11-for-25 from the floor, including 5-for-14 from beyond the arc. She added eight rebounds and two steals to her season-ending performance.

The Hornets also had strong performances from Hannah Friend and Raegen Rohn, both of who scored double-digits in the loss. Friend was good for 14 points on 5-of-16 shooting and pulled in a team-high nine rebounds. The team's leading scorer this season, Friend struggled from range today, making just one three point shot in 10 attempts.

Rohn scored 10 points for Sacramento State in just 20 minutes, making 4-of-6 shots from the floor, including two three point field goals.

Overall, Sacramento State shot above their season averages, shooting 42.3% from the floor and 33.3% from three. Where they struggled was from the free throw line. A 70.3% free-throw team, the Hornets were just 8-for-14 (57.1%) from the line Monday against Montana.

Sacramento State jumped out to an early lead, scoring the game's first points on a Friend three-pointer. They pushed ahead, going up 9-5 at the midpoint of the first quarter before Montana closed the gap, making it a one-point Hornets lead at the end of the first period.

Both offenses really came alive in the second quarter, as the teams combined for 48. 25 of those points were Montana's who took a 39-38 lead into the halftime break.

Montana continued to be just a little bit better in the third quarter, extending their lead to six by the end of the period. Taking a six-point lead into the game's final quarter, Montana kept the pressure on, scoring 26 fourth-quarter points. Although the Hornets match the Lady Griz with 25 points of their own, Sacramento State was unable to close the gap, ultimately falling by seven.

As a team, Montana 45.2% from the floor, scoring 56 of their 87 points in the paint. They also took advantage of 25 second chance points and beat the Hornets at their own game, scoring 11 fast break points to Sacramento State's zero.

Monday's game was the final time in a Hornets jersey for Johnson, Justyce Dawson, and Kyhonta Doughty, as well as team manager Kelli Robinson. Johnson finishes her Hornets career as the third all-time scorer in program history as well as the program's leading three-point scorer. Dawson finishes sixth in program history with 312 assists.

As a group, Johnson, Dawson, Doughty, and Robinson combined for over 330 games played as Hornets.