Women’s basketball team devastates Dominican in home exhibition game

Mallorie Franco drives to the hoop during the second half.:


Mallorie Franco drives to the hoop during the second half.:

Britney Rossman

The Sacramento State women’s basketball team defeated the Dominican Penguins 126-74 in an exhibition game at the Hornet’s nest Tuesday.

The Hornets took charge of the game from the beginning, starting with a 20-0 run in the first five and a half minutes of the game. The team maintained its lead for the entire game.

Sac State had its largest lead, 32 points, of the night with 4:59 left in the first half.

In the first half the Hornets forced the Penguins to commit 23 turnovers, grabbed 41 rebounds, had 26 fast break points. Sac State ended the half with 64 points.

Four Sac State players, senior Erika Edwards, junior Emily Christensen, junior Charday Hunt and junior Tika Koshiyama-Diaz finished the game with a double-doubles. Koshiyama-Diaz also led the team with 15 assists.

Sac State’s back-up guard, sophomore Nneka Payne, scored 17 points off-the bench, leading the team in scoring.

The Hornet’s bench also contributed total 66 points, and every team member scored during the game.

The Penguins performed well at the free throw line, shooting 6-6 in the first half and 14-24 in the second to finish at 58.3 percent.

Penguin guard Tammy Brawner led Dominican with 18 points, while guard Michaelia Baskerville followed with 16.

Edwards said that the team’s fast pace and execution was no surprise and that players were confident they would win the game.

“We were planning on winning them, and went above and beyond. We played very well together,” Edwards said.

Christensen said that she felt very excited about the team’s success.

“Coming into tonight’s game we had a lot of expectations, so it feels good to have executed the way we did. I can’t believe we put up 126 points,” Christensen said.

Sac State head coach Jamie Craighead said that the win served as a good first game, but the team has a few areas to work on.

“I thought it was a pretty good effort. Everyone played well and contributed. There are a few things that we need to clean up for Sunday’s game, but I’m happy with how everyone stepped up,” Craighead said.

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