Sacramento State senior point guard Fantasia Hilliard scored a team-high 17 points and had five steals to break the career program record, but the women allowed Saint Mary’s College to collect 56 points in the paint in a 91-99 loss Monday night.
Hilliard surpassed the program steals record of 223, set last season by Alle Moreno, and is now the program leader in steals and assists.
The Hornets had 13 steals as a team, made a season-high 19 3-pointers and forced 31 turnovers. However, the team committed 30 personal fouls which resulted in 31 points for the Gaels.
Sac State started the first half on a solid note by grabbing a 13-4 lead after hitting three 3-pointers in the first four minutes of the game. Saint Mary’s fired back with a 9-0 run, which put the Gaels ahead for the rest of the game. There were five ties and nine lead changes in the first half alone.
The loss puts the Hornets record at 1-4 for the season.
The Gaels were extremely aggressive inside the paint on both ends of the floor as they grabbed 54 rebounds compared to only 20 for the Hornets. Saint Mary’s also shot 60 percent from the field and had 16 second-chance points.
Saint Mary’s was led by two 20-point scorers, including guard Lauren Nicholson and forward Hayley Hendricksen, who collected 22 and 24 points respectively.
Sac State’s sophomore Hallie Gennett had a team-high five 3-pointers; Adella Randle-El added 15 points, while Brianna Burgos and Andrea Chenier each had 11 points.
Almost half of the Hornets’ points, 41, were scored off of turnovers. The bench also came up big in tonight’s game combining for a total of 51 points.
After Thanksgiving break, Sac State will play the first of four consecutive Pac-12 opponents as they go on the road against No. 14 UC Berkeley 11 a.m. Dec. 3.