Gennet’s 22 points lifts Sac State over Utah Valley


Freshman forward No. 23 Hallie Gennett shoots the ball at the basketball game against the Northridge Matadors on Friday at the Nest.

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Sacramento State’s freshman forward Hallie Gennet scored 22 points to help the women’s basketball team defeat Utah Valley Wednesday to conclude its three game road trip.

Gennett shot 8-16 from the floor, including five 3-point makes for Sac State in the 87-84 victory.

Gennett struggled in the last three games scoring a total of 9 points on 3-20 shooting. She had a 26-point performance in the first game of the season.

Freshman guard Gigi Hascheff also contributed to Sac State’s efforts with 16 points and four steals. Senior guard Alle Moreno tallied 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists but fouled out with 51 seconds remaining.

Hornets junior point guard Fantasia Hillard made two free throws with 2:21 left, tying the game at 81. Moments later, junior guard Takara Burse made a layup putting Sac State up by two and it never relinquished the lead.  

As a team, the Hornets shot 29-78 overall and 11-33 from 3-point range. Sac State was 18-27 from the free-throw line, tying its best mark when it made 18 against Oregon on Nov. 17.

Despite being more efficient at shooting the ball (27-55), the Wolverines were held to just 3-10 from 3-point range.

Utah Valley had solid play from its guards, sophomore Katie Kuklok and freshman Rhaiah Spooner-Knight, combining for 43 points and 17 rebounds.

Sac State (4-1) finished its road stretch with a 2-1 mark.

The Hornets will return to play at home Dec.5 when they host Saint Mary’s.