SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento State women's basketball team (2-0) will play its first road games of the season this weekend with challenging matchups against Pac-12 squads Oregon State (2-0) at 11:30 a.m. Friday and Oregon (2-0) at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Both games will have a live radio broadcast starting 10 minutes prior to tip time on HornetSports.com/Radio with Andrew Tomsky providing the play-by-play. Fans can also access video and live stat links on the women's basketball schedule page on hornetsports.com.
Through two games Sacramento State leads the Big Sky in points (92.5/game), 3-pointers (35), 3-point pct (.385), assists (25.5/game), steals (42), and offensive rebounds (19/game). The Hornets have broken the single game school record for 3-pointers in consecutive games and now hold Big Sky game records in 3-point makes (18) and attempts (49).
Sacramento State plays at Oregon State for the second consecutive season after an overtime win in Corvallis last season in which senior guard Se'Nyce Parrish scored 39 points. Oregon broke the PAC-12 record with 131 points in its season opener and is averaging 122.0 points per game through two contests with a +33.5 scoring margin.
For more on the matchups see below and complete game notes at the above link.
Sacramento State's first week of play under new head coach Bunky Harkleroad was a sight to behold. The Hornets averaged 92.5 points per game, 11.5 points more than their opponents averaged. Sacramento State was +12 in turnover margin, forcing 61 turnovers with 42 steals and frustrating their opposition on both ends of the floor. Cal State Northridge and San Diego State were both picked to finish third in their respective conferences but Sacramento State dominated play against the Matadors and used a brilliant first half to outlast the Aztecs.
Historic three-point shooting has been the main catalyst to the Hornets early success. The squad twice broke the single-game program record in 3-point makes, hitting 17 threes against Cal State Northridge and 18 threes against San Diego State. Sacramento State shot 38.5% from three-point range and had nine different players make at last one three, including six with multiple three-point makes. The Hornets broke the Big Sky record with 18 3-point makes and 49 3-point attempts against San Diego State, making twelve 3-point shots in the first half. Individually, freshman Hallie Gennett and senior Alle Moreno each hit nine 3-pointers to lead the onslaught from long range.
Senior guard Alle Moreno became Sacramento State's all-time leading 3-point shooter on Sunday when she hit her fourth of six 3-point makes against San Diego State. Moreno surpassed the previous career 3-point record of 176 set by former Hornet Kim Sheehy, who concluded her collegiate career in 2007, while she had already established a new record for career 3-point attempts during her junior year. Moreno has had the two most prolific 3-point single season totals in program history, knocking down 78 threes in 2011-12 and 77 threes last season. With 180 career 3-pointers to date Moreno ranks 19th in Big Sky history but is just 15 three-point makes away from cracking the top-10 on the all-time conference list.
Eye Popping Numbers
Several Hornets recorded big individual numbers over the two season-opening games. On Friday Gennett was the biggest star as the forward started her career 8-for-8 from 3-point range and finished with 26 points. Additionally, redshirt freshman Margaret Huntington grabbed 11 rebounds and senior Fantasia Hilliard had 11 assists against the Matadors. Moreno led the way with 23 points while making 6-of-9 three-point attempts against San Diego State while freshman Gigi Hascheff made four 3-pointers and had team-highs of eight rebounds and eight assists.
Sacramento State's starters tallied 101 points through two games while the bench scored 84, and nobody played more than 28 minutes in either game. Three of the Hornets top-five scorers so far have come off the bench in both games, including second-leading scorer Andrea Chenier (15.5 points per game). Eight Hornets are averaging six or more points per game and four are averaging five or more rebounds, while Hilliard and Hascheff have shared point guard duties on their respective lines and are each averaging six or more assists per contest.
Scouting Oregon State (2-0)
After a 2012-13 season in which the Beavers went 10-12 overall and 4-14 in the Pac-12, Oregon State opened the 2013-14 campaign with a pair of easy home wins over Corban (94-49) and CSU Bakersfield (80-49). The Beavers, who returned three starters and seven letter winners from last season, are shooting 46% and are +22 in rebounding margin through two games. Freshman Sydney Wiese is leading the team with 15.0 points per game while sophomore Devin Hunter is averaging 10.5 points and 10.0 rebounds for a Beaver team that has just one senior and one junior. Oregon State will be looking to avenge an 80-71 overtime loss to the Hornets on their home floor last season.
Scouting Oregon (2-0)
Oregon had a miserable 2012-13 season in which the team went 4-27 overall and was 2-16 in Pac-12 games. This season has started quite differently for Oregon, which is averaging an absurd 122.0 points per game after two blowout wins. The Ducks broke the Pac-12 single-game scoring record in a 131-91 win over CSU Bakersfield and followed with a 113-86 win over Portland. Oregon may be the only other Div. I team in the country running "The System" and has had incredible results with it thus far in 2013-14, not only scoring a ton of points but also tallying a +13.5 rebounding margin and a +5.0 turnover margin. Three Ducks are averaging 24.5 or more points per game, led by 26.0 points from junior Katelyn Loper and 24.5 points and 14.5 rebounds from sophomore Jillian Alleyne.