Two freshmen guards contribute big for shorthanded PSU
Shorthanded Portland State knocked off visiting Sacramento State 83-80 Thursday night at Stott Center.
Emily Easom, a 5-10 sophomore guard, led the Vikings with a career-high 26 points and sank the winning jump shot with 43 seconds left.
Guard Lariel Powell then came up with a block, steal and fast-break assist to Easom for the three-point lead with 16 seconds remaining.
That capped an 11-1 PSU run over the final 4:07.
The Vikings improved to 5-10 overall and 3-3 in the Big Sky.
Portland State, which has lost 6-1 forward Angela Misa, the club's top rebounder, for the season to a knee injury, also played without two suspended players.
Freshmen guards Lauren Holt and Delanie Parry made their first career starts in style. The 5-11 Holt, from San Jose, Calif., totaled 18 points, a career high, going 8 of 9 from the field. She also had a career-high and team-best eight rebounds. Parry, 5-6, from Westview High, had seven points and career highs of seven rebounds and seven assists. She also tied Misa's team season high with three blocks.
Easom was 12 of 15 on field-goal attempts, both career bests.
Allie Brock and Mikaela Rivard each added 10 points for the Viks, who hit a season-high 56.7 percent from the floor.
Sacramento State came into the game ranked third in the nation in scoring at 93.1 points per game.
The Hornets fell to 11-3 overall and 3-2 in the conference.
Portland State will return to Stott Center on Saturday to face Northern Arizona at 2 p.m.