Women’s basketball rolls over Northern Arizona in second half

Satchi Hover

The Sacramento State women’s basketball team stretched its win streak to nine games with a win over Northern Arizona University, Thursday night at The Nest.

The Hornets (11-1, 3-0) overcame a sluggish first half by outscoring the Lumberjacks (3-9, 0-3) by 35 points in the second half to seal a 104-79 win. With the victory, Sac State is a perfect 8-0 at home.

Despite the win, Sac State head coach Bunky Harkleroad was not pleased with his team’s first half effort but said the team picked up their energy after halftime.

“They outplayed us in the first half,” Harkleroad said. “We played harder the second half and hit a few more shots. That’s what it comes down to.”

Sac State and NAU entered halftime tied at 43-43, but the Hornets quickly pulled away with a 32-16 run to open the half.

Hornets junior guard Takara Burse collected 13 points, six rebounds and three assists, expressed her thoughts on the team’s effort.

“In the second half we definitely picked it up and defensively we tried to force more turnovers,” Burse said. “As a team we looked to help each other out and play unselfish.”

Defensively, the Hornets managed to force 35 turnovers on the evening, with Burse tallying five steals to lead the way.

As a team, Sac State shot 41 percent, 51 percent in the second half, and 35 percent from 3-point range.

NAU junior forward Erikka Banks led her team with a double-double performance, collecting 28 points and 11 rebounds on 11-14 shooting.

The Lumberjacks collectively shot 49.3 percent overall and 38.5 percent from 3-point range.

The Hornets finish their homestand Saturday afternoon when they take on Southern Utah (7-4, 1-1).

Tip-off is at 2 p.m. at The Nest.