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STORY BY JEREK WOLCOTT-ISU SPORTS INFORMATION
POCATELLO, Idaho – The Idaho State Bengals held Sacramento State, the second ranked scoring team in the country, to their lowest point total of the entire season en route to a 62-53 win Thursday night.
The Hornets came into the game averaging 90.5 points per game but the Bengals controlled the tempo with their usual strong defense and methodical offense to limit Hornet possessions.
The Idaho State strategy worked to perfection.
Lindsey Reed also led all scorers with 14 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to pace the Bengals.
ISU jumped out to a 13-2 lead before the Hornets went on a run of their own. The Hornets went on a 13-1 run to give Sac State a 16-14 lead with 10:19 to play in the first half.
The Hornets extended their lead to 21-16 on a 3-pointer by Takara Burse.
Idaho State was able to tie the game at 24-24 on a layup from Anna Lee Policicchio before the Hornets closed the half on a 10-4 run including a putback layup by Alle Moreno at the buzzer to give Sacramento State a 34-28 lead at the break.
Idaho State attempted just one 3-pointer in the entire first half but was 11-of-20 (55 percent) from the field with most of those coming on layups. The Bengals gave up open jumpers as part of the game plan and to the dismay of the home crowd of 866.
The Hornets continued their run into the second half and extended their lead to 40-31 with 17:31 to play in the game.
The Bengals then went on a 13-0 run to give the Bengals a 44-40 lead on a layup from Alissa Willard with 10:52 to play.
The Hornet women struggled to shoot in the second half and the Bengals built on their lead for the entire second half.
The Bengals built a 62-47 lead with 1:02 to play before the Hornets hit a free throw, a layup and a 3-pointer at the buzzer to set the final score at 62-53.
Idaho State held the Hornets to just 5-of-32 (15.6 percent) from the field including 3-of-20 (15 percent) in the second half.
The Bengals, on the other hand, shot 13-of-22 (59.1 percent) from the field after the break.
The win moves Head Coach Seton Sobolewski into a tie with Jon Newlee at 93 for the most all-time wins in Idaho State head coach.
Kara Jenkins joined Reed in double-figures for the Bengals with 12 points.
Fantasia Hilliard scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead Sacramento State. Moreno scored 11 for the Hornets.
The Bengals next face Northern Arizona at 2 p.m. Saturday at Reed Gym. The Lumberjacks won a shootout with Weber State 96-87.