SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – It was Field Trip Day on Wednesday in San Luis Obispo, so Sacramento State and Cal Poly tipped things off at 11:05 a.m. Despite another strong start and an early lead, the Hornets fell on the road Wednesday, 62-43.
With the loss, Sacramento State has now dropped back-to-back games and is 1-3. For Cal Poly, the win was its first of the year as the Mustangs improve to 1-3
Just like they have in every game this season, the Hornets came out firing, taking a 21-14 lead after the first quarter. Sacramento State was 7-for-18 in the first quarter, including 5-13 from beyond the arc. Brooke Panfili drained two of the team's triples in the first 10 minutes, her first threes of the year.
However, like in previous games this year, the early lead did not hold for Sacramento State as Cal Poly continued to chip away before going on an incredible 15-0 run to start the third quarter. The Sacramento State drought turned a one-point game into a 16-point game.
After falling behind by 16, the Hornets never managed to cut the deficit to fewer than 12.
The outside shooting was a major factor in the loss for Sacramento State. After starting the game 5-for-13, the Hornets went just 2-for-23 in the game's final 30 minutes.
In total, the Hornets shot a season low 24.2%, including 19.4% (7-33) from three. Cal Poly, meanwhile, was 49.0% overall and 45.5% (5-11) from beyond the arc.
As a team, Sacramento State forced 26 Cal Poly turnovers, keeping pace with its turnovers forced per game average. Entering Wednesday's action, the Hornets ranked fourth in the nation, forcing 28.3 turnovers per game.
A bright spot in the otherwise tough day for Sacramento State was Kennedy Nicholas making her first start of the season. The senior forward scored a team-high 13 points while securing five rebounds, tied for most on the team. She did run into foul trouble early, however, and was limited in the second half, playing just 22 total minutes.
Gabi Bade led the Hornets with 35 total minutes and, while not managing to score like usual, still finished with nine points and a team-high three assists and five rebounds.
Panfili scored six points in just five minutes for Sacramento State, going 2-for-5 from beyond the arc, while Summer Menke had five.
Wednesday's matinee was the second in a string of five consecutive road games for the Hornets. Up next, they're at UC Davis on Tuesday, Nov. 26. That game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. tipoff at the Pavilion in Davis. Details for that game will be available online at HornetSports.com and on the Hornet Sports app.