Women’s basketball forward sets school record on the way to a 106-88 victory against San Francisco

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Alyssa Huskinson

Sacramento State women’s basketball forward Kylie Kuhns set a new single-game school record when she racked up 23 rebounds in the 106-88 victory against San Francisco on Wednesday night at the Nest.

Kuhns, a sophomore, now leads the NCAA in rebounding at 14.6 per game and has at least 11 rebounds in all eight games this season. This game marks Kuhns’ sixth double-double of the season after scoring 23 points alongside her 23 rebounds.

“It feels really good to get my name in the record books,” Kuhns said. “I didn’t realize I had it until they told me in the locker room.”

The Hornets improve to an overall 2-6 on the season while the Dons fall to 2-4.

In addition to her teammate, senior point guard Tika Koshiyama-Diaz had a career high in points with 23. She also added 10 assists, giving her the first double-double of her career.

“Tonight I had a career-high,” Koshiyama-Diaz said. “It was the first time I pushed the ball up the court the entire game, I need to take what I did good in this game and learn from it.”

Team records were also broken after the Hornets had 30 assists, breaking the previous record of 29 set last season against the Academy of Art.

The team also hit a mark of 61 rebounds, which tied the previous record set on Dec. 6, 1996, against Saint Mary’s College. A single-game record set on Feb. 25 against Northern Arizona of 38 field goals was also matched.

“To come back from Oregon after we got beat we needed to focus and we got a win,” said Sac State head coach Jamie Craighead. “I thought we showed improvement and if we can continue to consistently improve I think we will be in good shape.”

The game started off to a 17-point lead for the Hornets before the Dons put any points on the board. With 6:33 left in the first half the first lead change came when San Francisco’s Rheina Ale hit a 3-pointer, bringing the lead to 32-31. The Hornets came charging back just before the half to break the Dons lead, 56-44 at the half.

The Hornets came out aggressive in the second half just as they did in the first, and pulled together a 13-4 run in the first 2:46. The battle was tough for the Dons as they finished the game losing by 18-points.

Sac State shot 46.9 percent from the floor 38-of-81, including 14-of-34 from the 3-point range.

While the Dons shot 35.7 percent on 35-of-98, with only 9-of-34 in the 3-point range. San Francisco racked up 52 rebounds but managed 13 turnovers.

“Credit to Sacramento State they executed their game plan really well,” said San Francisco head coach Jennifer Azzi. “I actually like the way they play, they are very aggressive, tough and are extremely fast up and down the court.”

The Hornets will continue their season on a three-game road trip, starting in Santa Clara on Sunday before traveling to CSU Fullerton Dec. 9 and Boise State University Dec. 11.

Alyssa Huskinson can be reached at ahuskinson@statehornet.com