POCATELLO, Calif. – Taking on one of the Big Sky's top defensive teams on the road Saturday, the Sacramento State women's basketball team fell to the Idaho State Bengals, 73-43. Under the constant pressure of the Bengal's defense, the Hornets shot a season-low 22.4%.
The loss drops Sacramento State to 4-8 on the season and 0-4 in conference play. Idaho State, one of the conference's top teams, improves to 10-5 overall and 5-1 in the Big Sky.
After a competitive first quarter in which the Hornets trailed by just two, 18-16, the Idaho State defense shut down Sacramento State the rest of the way. Over the game's final three quarters, the Hornets were outscored 55-27.
Coming into Saturday's game, Idaho State was holding their opponents to just a 38.8 field goal percentage, third best in the Big Sky. On Saturday, the Hornets were held to a season-low 22.4% shooting while being forced into 21 turnovers, their second-most this season.
Summer Menke led the Hornets in scoring, putting up a team and career-best 12 points. The freshman guard was 3-for-5 overall from the floor, including 3-for-4 from three. She also added three free throws and three rebounds.
Kennedy Nicholas led the Hornets in rebounding, her ninth time doing so this season. The junior forward had seven on Saturday. She also added a team-high three blocks against the Bengals, bringing her season total to 19. She has multiple blocks in five of her last six games.
For the first time this season, Hornets leading scorer Hannah Friend was held under 10 points, snapping her streak of double-figure scoring at 11 games. She scored just five on Saturday, though she added six rebounds and a team-best three steals.
Saturday's loss dropped the Hornets to 0-4 to start the Big Sky portion of the season. Their 0-4 conference start is their first since the 2010-11 season.
Sacramento State will have a chance to turn things around next Thursday when they return home to host the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks in a home matinee contest. Thursday game is scheduled for a 12:05 pm tip off and is the team's annual "Field Trip Day." Local students from around the region will attend Thursday's game with their classmates and enjoy poster giveaways.
For more details on all upcoming Sacramento State women's basketball games, visit the 2018-19 schedule online at HornetSports.com.