It wasn’t supposed to end like this for Sacramento State’s best Division I season ever. Not after winning its first postseason game at this level. Not after holding a 14-point second half lead. Not at the friendly confines of The Nest.
But the season did end before yet another sellout crowd, and Sacramento fell 78-73 to Big Sky Conference rival Northern Arizona University in a second-round matchup of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) last Saturday night. The Hornets finished the season 21-12, 13-2 at home, and finally gave longtime fans something to cheer about during this season of firsts for the program.
For Hornet basketball fans, however, all is not lost: the women are keeping the dream alive in their own first postseason tournament appearance, the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. Sacramento State, at 18-15 (the team started the season 2-10) will play host to St. Mary’s, 22-10, at The Nest on Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Hornets get to play again after crushing Eastern Washington 84-49 on Monday night at The Nest.