Hornet defense impressive in win over Oregon

Satchi Hover

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Sacramento State’s women’s basketball team held the Pac-12 scoring leader, Oregon, to 85 points in a Hornet victory Sunday.

After giving up 102 points Friday to Oregon State, the Hornets (3-1) improved their defensive effort in a 97-85 win. The Ducks came into the contest having scored 244 points in its first two games of the season.

The Sac State defense held Oregon to just 33.7 percent shooting from the floor and 18.9 percent from 3-point range.

Thanks to increased aggression on the defensive end, the Ducks committed 23 turnovers.  

The Hornets held a four point lead at the half with three players scoring more than eight points. Led by a 10 point second half performance by junior forward Shanti Smith, Sac State outscored the Ducks 45-37 securing the victory.

Hornet senior guard Alle Moreno, who struggled to shoot the ball Friday, came off the bench and scored 18 points. Junior point guard Fantasia Hilliard collected 15 points, eight assists and four steals against the Ducks.

Offensively, Sac State shot a season-high 85.7 percent from the free-throw line. The Hornets shot 34-93 from the floor and converted 11 of 49 3-point attempts.

Oregon freshman guard Chrishae Rowe tallied 28 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Ducks.

Sac State will play again Nov. 27 on the road against Utah Valley (1-3).