Sacramento State’s women’s basketball team continues to build upon its best start in program history.
The Hornets (10-1, 2-0) knocked off the defending Big Sky Champion Montana Lady Griz (7-4, 1-1), 91-81 in a back and forth affair at The Nest on Saturday.
Prior to the start of the season, Montana had been projected by both the coaches and media polls to finish second in the Big Sky.
Today’s win was the eighth consecutive victory for Sac State, which is the longest winning streak in program history. This win also improved the Hornets record to 7-0 at home.
“We’re playing really hard right now and we’ve had different people step up on different nights,” said head coach Bunky Harkleroad. “We’ve been a very selfless team and we have a lot of people that have decided they’re willing to do the dirty work.”
Sac State junior guard Andrea Chenier has been one of those players, stepping in for injured senior guard Se’Nyce Parrish, who has been out since Nov. 10.
Chenier finished her afternoon with 13 points and four steals on 4-8 shooting, including 3-6 from 3-point range.
Chenier talked about her team’s efforts against a tough Montana team.
“I did not play last year, but I was told how Montana won the whole thing (Big Sky Championship),” Chenier said. “Coach (Harkleroad) told us to play like this was the championship game and that’s what we did.”
Hornets’ senior guard Alle Moreno scored 15 points while tallying seven rebounds and five assists.
Moreno was honored prior to the game with a ceremony to recognize her as one of 11 players in program history to score 1,000 career points.
Sac State freshman forward Hallie Gennett scored 17 points, with 15 of them coming off 3-pointers. All 10 of her field goal attempts were from 3-point range.
For the Lady Griz, senior forward Jordan Sullivan had a team-high 23 points and 10 rebounds on 9-12 shooting with 4-5 from 3-point range.
Montana guard Kellie Cole had a solid day as she finished with 21 points on 10-18 shooting.
The Lady Griz collectively shot 51.5 percent from the floor, including 38.9 percent from 3-point range.
Sac State will continue its home stand when it hosts Northern Arizona Thursday at 7:05 at The Nest.