Women’s basketball sets multiple records in 123-77 win over Portland State

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Adella Randle-El of Sacramento State women's basketball goes up for a layup against Portland State on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at The Hornet's Nest. Randle-El led the team in points with 23 as the Hornets went on to beat the Vikings 123-77, setting a season-high record. 

State Hornet Staff

Sacramento State women’s basketball scored a whopping 123 points during its game against Portland State on Feb. 28, breaking their highest score of this season of 108. 

The women defeated the Vikings by 46 points for a final score of 123-77.

The Hornets’ guard Adella Randle-El scored the basket that broke Sac State’s season record of 111 points with a two-point field goal. That record was set Jan. 24, 2014 against Weber State during a home game.

With 47 field goals made Sac State set a program record and were short of shattering the Big Sky’s previous mark of 48. The past one held by the Hornets’ women’s basketball team was 41. The Big Sky single-season steals record was broken with the women amassing 449 so far this 2014-15 campaign.

Although they maintained a large lead over Portland State in the second half, The Hornets struggled to establish an offensive rhythm at the start of the game. 

“We kind of started off slow but we picked it more toward the end of the first half and it carried over in the second half,” said point guard Fantasia Hilliard.

Hilliard scored the first points of the game with a layup with 19:22 on the clock. Portland State quickly tied the game when Mikaela Rivard scored a two-point jumper.

The women’s field goal percentage during the first half was 54.5 percent, making 24 of 44 field goals. Portland State had a 57.6 field goal percentage making 19 of 33 attempts.

The Vikings kept the Hornets on their toes with the score neck and neck for the majority of the first half.

“I thought Portland State did a great job with their approach, their preparation,” said Sac State coach Bunky Harkleroad.

Sac State played hard tying the game twice and taking the lead four times during the back-and-forth start. The Hornets took control of the game nearing the end of the first half.

“We were more aggressive defensively,” Harkleroad said.

With Sac State applying more force, the team managed to go into halftime with the score at 63-45.

The Hornets managed to take that shift of momentum into the second half.

“Our energy increased and we got a lot of stops,” Randle-El said.

Portland State was unable to take the lead away from Sac State as the women were able to retain a strong defense and offense.

Overall, the Hornets had a field goal percentage of 54 percent, shooting 47 of 87. The team had a 3-point field goal percentage of 43.9 percent.

The leading players were Randle-El, Hilliard, Hallie Gennett, and Gretchen Harrigan.

All four women got into the double digits for points scored. Randle-El scored 23 points, Hilliard had 19 points, Gennett with 10 points and Harrigan recorded 13 points.

Sac State is sitting in the second spot in conference after today’s victory. The women are 11-5 in the Big Sky Conference and 13-14 overall.

They beat out Eastern Washington University who is now in third with a 10-6 record in the Big Sky. Holding the first place spot is Montana State (14-3).

Sac State will compete next against Southern Utah University at the Hornets Nest, for the women’s second-to-last conference game of the season on Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m.

This article was updated on Thursday, March 3.