In a close matchup, women’s basketball falls to No. 10 UC Berkeley 107-94

Jordan Santos

Despite scoring 94 points and shooting 39 percent from three-point range, Sacramento State women’s basketball (1-5) lost to No. 10 UC Berkeley (8-0) 107-94 in a high-scoring game Wednesday morning.

Hornets’ coach Bunky Harkleroad spoke after the game about how proud he was of his team’s resolve against one of the best teams in the nation.

“Obviously Cal’s a great opponent and one of the better teams in the country,” Harkleroad said. “They’re just hard to stop. They’re huge, athletic and have a couple pro players on that team. We played our best game of the season.”

Both teams exchanged baskets early and the game was tied at 10 in just the first four minutes of regulation. However, a three-pointer from UC Berkeley senior guard Brittany Shine sparked a 15-5 run for the Golden Bears.

The Hornets were able to chip away at the Golden Bears’ lead after back-to-back three-pointers by Hornets seniors Takara Burse and Fantasia Hilliard. They cut the lead down to 21-25 with 13:39 left in the first half.

Unfortunately, the Golden Bears were able to figure out the Hornets’ full-court press defense and went into halftime with a 52-45 lead.

The Golden Bears dominated the second half and held on to the lead for the rest of the game. Cal finished the game shooting nearly 56 percent from the field, including 42 percent from three-point range and 31 assists.

The Golden Bears were lead by their two seniors; guard Brittany Boyd and forward Reshanda Gray.

Boyd finished with a triple-double by collecting 11 points, a career-best 19 rebounds and matched a program single-game record with 16 assists. Boyd is regarded as a first-round talent for the WNBA.

The 6-foot-3 forward Gray was unstoppable and led the game in scoring with a season-high 37 points and 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the year.

Even though the Hornets faced a team that is unbeaten and has a considerable height advantage, the team never quit or lacked intensity. Sac State sophomore forward Hallie Gennett had a career-game finishing the game with 22 points and 6 rebounds.

“I think we played with really high energy and we were excited the entire game,” Gennett said. “It was really loud in there, but once you get into the game you kind of zone it out. It was a fun environment.”

Senior guard Fantasia Hilliard was the vocal leader on the floor and finished the game with 13 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.

The Hornets’ next game is on the road against another Pac-12 opponent in No. 14 Oregon State on Saturday.