SACRAMENTO CITY COUNCIL HONORS MEN’S & WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAMS

SACRAMENTO CITY COUNCIL HONORS MEN’S & WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAMS

Photo gallery from the evening
Archived video stream of the meeting

SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento City Council offered a salute to the Sacramento State men's and women's basketball teams at Tuesday evening's City Council meeting in recognition of the teams' record-breaking seasons.

Men's head coach Brian Katz and women's head coach Bunky Harkleroad appeared before the Sacramento City Council on Tuesday to accept the city council's resolution.

Mayor Kevin Johnson, as well as one member from each of Sacramento's eight districts, make up the City Council. Coach Katz and Coach Harkleroad received the resolution at the beginning of the meeting at 6 p.m. The meeting was televised live on Sacramento Metro Cable channel 14, and the archived online stream of the meeting is available by clicking here.

The resolution recognized the achievements of both the Hornet men's and women's basketball squads from this past season, including both teams' first Div. I-era postseason runs.

Coach Katz led the men's team to a 21-12 overall record, a 13-5 mark in the Big Sky Conference, the team's first postseason appearance in the Div. I era (1991-pres.), and the team's first postseason win in 53 years. The overall record marked the first time in the Div. I era that Sacramento State finished above the .500 mark, and first time since the 1988-89 season.

In addition, the 21 wins tied for second most in program history (1948-pres.), and the 13 conference wins were the most in school history (regardless of conference). The Hornets qualified for the CIT Postseason Tournament, marking the first time the program had qualified for a postseason event since the 1988 NCAA Div. II Tournament, and just the fifth postseason appearance in school history. Sacramento State's 73-66 victory at Portland in the first round of the CIT marked the first time since March 16, 1962 the Hornets had won a postseason game.

Coach Harkleroad led the women's team to 18 overall wins and a 13-5 record in the Big Sky. The Hornets tied for second in the conference standings and were the No. 2 seed in the Big Sky Tournament, the highest tournament seed in program history. The Hornets advanced to the semifinals of the Big Sky Tournament before an overtime loss.

The team advanced to the postseason for the first time in the program's Div. I era (1991-pres.), and won two games in the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) for the first time ever after victories over Pacific and Eastern Washington. During the season, the team led the nation in 3-pointers made, steals, turnover margin, and offensive rebounds per game. In addition, the Hornets broke the Big Sky single-season records for points, field goals, scoring average, steals, 3-pointers and assists.