Women’s basketball holds off North Dakota, 64-62, in road win

Jessica Plasencia

Sacramento State women’s basketball won 64-62 over the University of North Dakota in the team’s last away conference game on Saturday afternoon.

The Hornets’ win puts them at an overall 12-14 and 10-5 in the Big Sky. Currently, Sac State is in third place in the league just above North Dakota and Northern Colorado, who are both at 9-6.

Sac state coach Bunky Harkleroad said the team had a strong performance today and played well as a whole as the women had a field goal percentage of 35.7 percent (25-70) and a 3-point field goal percentage of 24 percent (6-25). The team made 8 of 12 free throws.

“I am very proud of our team for their efforts,” Harkleroad said. “We played extremely hard.”

Andrea Chenier got the women started on offense as she opened up the game with a 3-pointer with 18:56 on the clock. Sac State lost the lead during the first half but quickly got it back when Chenier scored a layup putting them up 9-8.

They maintained the lead the remainder of the first half and the women headed into halftime with a commanding 15-point lead with a score of 47-27.

During the second half, the Hornets sustained their lead throughout the contest despite only scoring a total of 22 points, while North Dakota scored 35 points.

The game became close when North Dakota’s Siri Burck hit a 3-pointer, putting the score 62-60. Sac State never lost the lead and point guard Fantasia Hilliard made a layup, scoring the final points for Sac State.

“I am really proud of us,” said forward Hallie Gennett. “I am proud of our team.”

The team tallied 38 rebounds, 13 steals, 10 assists and 12 turnovers. The biggest lead Sac State retained was a 19-point lead.

Three players made it into the double digits for points scored. Point guard Hilliard scored a total of 11 points, also having six assists and three rebounds in the game. Scoring 11 points was guard Adella Randle-El, who contributed three rebounds during the game.

The leading scorer of the game for Sac State was Chenier, who scored 12 points.

Sac State women’s basketball has three more conference games left this season. The team’s next home game is Saturday, Feb. 28 against Portland State at 12 p.m.