Women’s basketball loses to Idaho

Chris Bullock

The shots simply didn’t fall for the Sacramento State women’s basketball team.

Four days after setting an NCAA Div. I-record with 25 3-pointers against Portland State, the Hornets (7-11, 4-3 in Big Sky Conference) had an off night at the Nest, only making six 3-pointers in a 98-88 loss to Idaho (14-6, 6-2 Big Sky) on Thursday night.

While Sac State had a player advantage in the game— suiting 14 players to Idaho’s eight— Idaho out-rebounded the Hornets 48-33.

Sac State head coach Bunky Harkleroad credited Idaho for disrupting the Hornets’ usual offensive flow.

“Idaho did a great job guarding us,” Harkleroad said. “They were slow to help, and didn’t take the bait on some of the things we’re used to doing. You got to give them credit.”

Sac State started the game with an Ashlyn Crenshaw layup to get the Hornets on the scoreboard first. Idaho then responded with a Christina Salvatore 3-pointer to take an early lead. Sac State and Idaho would tug back and forth throughout the first quarter before Idaho took control, finishing the 1st with a 29-19 lead.

The second quarter started off with Idaho taking the control offensively, building up to a 35-25 lead. With 4:48 left in the quarter, Sac State would go on a 13-0 run, keyed by a Maranne Johnson 3-pointer to give the Hornets a 40-37 lead with three minutes to go. Idaho would take the lead back on a pair of Karlee Wilson free throws to finish the first half with a 45-42 lead.

Idaho came back in the second half with an energy that Sac State had been lacking most of the game. In the third quarter, Idaho scored 31 points, making six of their seven free throws in the quarter.

Sac State junior point guard Brianna Burgos, who was held to 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting, was not happy about the team’s all-around performance.

“You just have days where the shots don’t fall,” Burgos said. “The missed free throws, no excuse. We fouled them [Idaho] a lot, and they made their free throws.”

Sac State would trail Idaho by as much as 16 in the fourth quarter, and the Hornets would not be able to mount a comeback. Sac State junior forward Gretchen Harrigan, who led the team with 17 points, fouled out of the game with 5:30 left in the game, robbing them of their best shooter of the night.

Sac State senior guard Adella Randle-El was very straightforward when talking about what the Hornets needed to do before Saturday’s game.

“We can’t take days off,” Randle-El said. “We all need to be on the same page and get ready to lock down on Eastern Washington.”

Sac State plays at home on Saturday against Eastern Washington (13-7, 7-1 Big Sky) at 2:05 p.m. The game can be streamed online at eversport.tv/big-sky.