College Sports

Sac State’s Hilliard, Harrigan make All-Big Sky women’s basketball team

Sacramento State senior point guard Fantasia Hilliard was selected all-Big Sky Conference women’s basketball first team and sophomore forward Gretchen Harrigan was named to the honorable mention team and a top reserve as announced on Tuesday.

Hilliard is the Hornets’ career assists and steals leader and third all-time in both categories in Big Sky history. The former Sacramento High School player was Big Sky honorable mention as a junior and sophomore and was the Most Outstanding Freshman in 2012.

In helping the Hornets to a second place finish in conference this season, Hilliard leads the team and the Big Sky in assists (5.5 per game). She is third in conference in steals (2.9) and leads Sac State in scoring at 13.5 points per game. She is No. 5 on Sac State’s career scoring list with 1,383 points.

Harrigan, a Santa Rosa Junior College transfer, shared the Big Sky Top Reserve honor with Megan Hochstein of Idaho State and Peyton Farris of Montana State.

She was also named honorable mention after a superb Big Sky season in which she was second on the team with 11.3 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game with a team-best .473 field goal percentage.

Harrigan was the only Sac State player other than Hilliard to average more than 20 minutes in Big Sky games.

The No. 2 seeded Hornets (15-14, 13-5) open play in the Big Sky Tournament 10 a.m. Wednesday against No. 7 Montana State (15-14, 9-9) in Missoula.

Call The Bee’s Bill Paterson, (916) 326-5506.