Women’s basketball blown out by North Dakota

State Hornet Staff

Sacramento State women’s basketball suffered its worst loss of the season as it fell to the University of North Dakota on the road, Saturday afternoon.

The Hornets (16-9, 8-8) shot just 28.6 percent on field goal attempts and only 20.0 percent from 3-point range in the 87-57 loss to the Big Sky Conference leaders. It was the fourth loss in the last five games for Sac State.

The 30-point margin of defeat was the largest for Sac State this season, beating out the 22-point defeat against Oregon State back on Nov. 15, 2013.

Hornets’ junior point guard Fantasia Hilliard was the only player on the team scoring in double figures, tallying 13 points on 4-8 shooting. Freshman forward Hallie Gennett was the second leading scorer for the Hornets with eight points, but struggled to shoot the ball as she went 2-12 from the floor.

Defense was an issue for Sac State as well, as it allowed North Dakota to shoot 67.3 percent from the floor. UND also grabbed 46 team rebounds, while limiting the Hornets to just 24.

UND increased its lead in the conference standings thanks to solid performances from its forwards, sophomore Mia Loyd and senior Madi Buck. Loyd registered 18 points and 12 rebounds on 8-9 shooting, while Buck scored 20 points.

The Hornets will return home Thursday against Weber State. Tip-off will be at 7 p.m. at The Nest.

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