Sacramento, Calif. — Senior guard Maranne Johnson led Sacramento State with 24 points and seven steals and Hannah Friend recoded a double-double as the Hornets rolled to a 100-53 win in Friday night's home exhibition game against Holy Names.
The Hornets offense came out aggressive, putting up 33 points in the first quarter, led early by Johnson. She was 9-16 from the floor, including 4-8 from beyond the arc.
Johnson was backed by excellent offense from sophomore Hanna Friend, who scored 21 points and pulled in a team-high 10 rebounds in her first action with the Hornets. Friend, a transfer from Delaware, redshirted last season.
It wasn't just the offense that was working, either, as Sacramento State held the Hawks to nine points in the first quarter and 35.2% shooting for the night.
Holy Names, an NCAA Div. II school located in Oakland, was unable to keep pace with Sacramento State. They couldn't find away to slow down the non-stop style of play known as "The System" employed by head coach Bunky Harkleroad that features a constant press and aggressive traps at all times.
In a style of offense that sees many substitutions, the team was led by two freshmen in terms of total minutes. Dana DeGraffenreid, a freshman from Bakersfield, scored 19 points while playing a team-high 36 minutes. DeGraffenreid was just 2-7 from three but did go 5-6 at the line.
She was followed by another freshman, Tiana Johnson, who played 28 minutes. While she was just 2-13 from the floor, she did haul in six rebounds, including four offensive boards.
Overall, the Hornets shot 41.3% (33-80) for the game, including an incredible 57.9% (11-19) in the first quarter. They forced 35 turnovers with 26 steals and outscored the Hawks 36-11 in points off turnovers.
Sacramento State went 22-30 (73.3%) at the line and limited Holy Names to just 10-18 (55.6%). The Hornets 22 offensive boards more than doubled the Hawks' nine and they outscored Holy Names 23-10 in second chance points.
Though the Hornets have 12 eligible players this season, only 10 were dressed for Friday night's game with Raegen Rohn and Skylar Jackson both out with injury. Rohn is expected to miss the first few games of the year while Jackson will miss the entire season. Gabi Bade, a junior transfer from Buffalo, will also sit this season as a redshirt.
For Holy Names, Alexandra Candelario led the team with 20 points and nine boards. She was the only Hawks player with double-digit points and went 3-5 from beyond the arc. Elle Burland led the team with four assists.
Friday night's exhibition game was Sacramento State's only preseason game this year. They open the regular season next Friday, just one week from today, at Kentucky with a 4:00 p.m. PT tip. Kentucky was selected to finish sixth in the SEC in both the media and coaches preseason polls.