Senior guard Alle Moreno set the all-time record for most 3-pointers made in school history with 177, and converted on a late four point play to lead Sacramento State’s women’s basketball team to a 93-89 victory over San Diego State at Colberg Court Sunday.
Moreno, who finished with 23 points, needed to convert on three 3-point attempts to break Kim Sheehy’s previous record of 176. Her third and record-breaking three came with 9:26 left in the first half. She finished with six 3-point makes.
“It was a big game and they are a great team; we knew that coming in,” Moreno said. “I think it was really important we stayed together as a team and we always stayed in the game no matter what.”
The Hornets overcame a low shooting percentage (35.2 percent) as well as an injury to senior guard Se’Nyce Parrish in the first half.
Parrish fell to the ground suddenly as she was running near the front row of stands on the opposite side of the court. She had to be carried off with the help of teammates and trainers.
The Hornets were able to regroup and finish the half with a 52-41 lead. It was late in the second half that the game turned into a close affair.
With 3:02 remaining in the second half, Moreno knocked down a 3-pointer to bring the Hornets within two at 85-83. Following a score by the Aztecs, junior guard Takara Burse connected from 3-point range bringing the score to 87-86 with 1:48 to go.
SDSU senior center Cierra Warren converted on a layup 23 seconds later pushing the lead to three, giving her 28 points on the night.
After a 30 second timeout by the Hornets, Moreno sent the home crowd into a frenzy as she was fouled on her sixth 3-pointer of the day. She was able to convert the free-throw, and put her team in front 90-89 with 55 seconds left.
Sac State’s defense held the Aztecs to no points in the following possessions, and junior guard Andrea Chenier and Moreno made three late free-throws to seal the victory.
Moreno was battling foul trouble late in the game picking up her fourth foul with a little over 13 minutes left in regulation.
“I did not want to let my team down and wanted to stay in this game,” Moreno said. “I played careful, but not too careful.”
Freshman guard Gigi Hascheff played a key role in the wake of Moreno’s absence as she collected 14 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
“When Alle is in, she is a huge asset for us, but we were able to dig deep and keep our composure,” Hascheff said. “It was definitely a team effort.”
Head coach Bunky Harkleroad was pleased with the way his team handled itself late in the game with the pressure mounting.
“San Diego State is a very good basketball team and they are very athletic and hard to handle,” Harkleroad said. “They made their run and I was pleased with how our girls responded and kept fighting the whole way. We could not be more proud of them than we are right now.”
Sac State will take to the road for the first time this season as the Hornets head north to take on Oregon State (1-0) Friday evening.