Hornets’ comeback falls short against Eastern Washington


Junior forward Shanti Smith goes up for a lay-up during a game in The Nest.

Satchi Hover

Sacramento State’s furious second half comeback fell short as the Hornets lost to Eastern Washington Thursday, just their second loss at home this season.

The Sac State women’s basketball team was down by 14 at the half and down by as many as 22 points in the 79-73 loss. The Hornets dropped to 7-6 in the Big Sky Conference and 15-7 overall. It was the second consecutive loss for the team.

Things started slowly on the offensive end for the Hornets, as they were outscored 42-28 in the first half. They shot just 23.1 percent overall and 21.4 percent from 3-point range.

Defensively, Sac State struggled to contain the Eagles. Eastern Washington converted on 55.2 percent of its field goal attempts in the first half, including 58.3 percent from 3-point distance. A bright spot for the Hornet defense was senior guard Alle Moreno, who had four steals and is now the all-time leader in career steals with 211.

The Hornets rallied in the second half and even tied the game at 72-72 with 1:23 left in regulation, but committed costly fouls down the stretch.

Hornet freshmen led the team in scoring against the Eagles. Forward Hallie Gennett led Sac State with 16 points, while fellow guard, Gigi Hascheff, followed behind with 13 points.

Sac State finished its evening shooting 32.4 percent from the field, while converting 10-42 attempts from 3-point land.

Eastern Washington (12-10, 8-5) was led by junior guard, Lexie Nelson, who recorded 23 points on 8-12 shooting. 12 of her points came via the 3-pointer. Sophomore guard Hayley Hodgins registered 19 points and eight rebounds.

The Hornets will look to rebound Saturday as they take on Portland State at The Nest. Tip-off will be at 1 p.m.