SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento State women's basketball team travels down I-80 Thursday to take on the undefeated UC Davis Aggies. The Hornets head to Davis where they have won their last two games. Tip off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and tickets are still available.
How To Watch
The Starting Five
- Sophomore guard Hannah Friend scored a career-high 34 points in Sacramento State's last game on 9-18 shooting. She passed her previous career-high for 20 and is now scoring a team-leading 16.8 points per game while pulling down a team-most 6.2 rebounds.
- Senior guard Maranne Johnson scored 28 points in the team's last game, a season-high. Johnson has scored 20 or more points twice this season and 20 different times in her career. Her 15.3 points per game are second on the team.
- Freshman Dana DeGraffenreid is averaging 12.0 points per game and has double-digit points in each of her first six career games. She scored a career-high 16 at Nevada. She is also averaging 29.0 minutes per game, second most on the team.
- Thursday's meeting between Sacramento State and Davis is the 16th between these two teams as Div. I opponents. Davis holds the edge in the Causeway Classic 10-5, though the Hornets have taken the last two games at UC Davis and three of the last five overall.
- Sacramento State heads down I-80 to take on rival UC Davis. Davis is undefeated (6-0) to start the season, their best start since the 2001-02 season (also 6-0). The Aggies are averaging 82.2 points and shooting 49.6% from the floor so far this season.
By The Numbers
4: The number of made three-pointers needed by Maranne Johnson to become the all-time leading three-point scorer in program history
6: The number of consecutive games the Hornets have played on the road to start the season. The team's first seven games are all away from The Nest.
11: Free throws made by Hannah Friend in her career-best 34-point game. The all-time record for free throws in a game is 18 (Kristy Ryan, '94).
About Last Game
Sacramento State finally got in the win column last week, taking down UC Riverside on the road at Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nev. as a part of the 2017 Nugget Classic. Labeled the home team, Sacramento scored a season-high 99 points while getting a career game from Hannah Friend (34 points, eight rebounds). The Hornets shot a season-best 46.8% from the floor and matched their season high with 11 made three-pointers.
Sophomore guard Hanna Friend put up 34 points in the team's last game, the first 30-plus-point performance of her career. Friend shot 50% (9-18) in the game and converted on a season-high 11-of-16 free throws. It is the second time this season that she has scored 20 or more points and the fourth time this season she has led the team in points.
Hannah Friend was named to the 2017 Nugget Classic All-Tournament team this past weekend in Reno. In two games in the tournament, Friend averaged 22.0 points and 6.5 rebounds. She shot 50% (12-18) from the floor over the span of the tournament, including 39% (7-18) from three. Additionally, Friend was 13-18 from the free throw line.
The Hornets set multiple season marks in their 99-72 win over UC Riverside this past Sunday. They set new season-highs with 99 points, 29 made field goals, a 46.8 shooting percentage, 30 made free throws, 18 offensive boards, 17 assists, and others. They matched a season-high with 11 made threes and shot a season-best 37.9% from outside the arc.
After starting the season's first four games on the bench, sophomore point guard Tiara Scott has started back-to-back games for the Hornets. She played a career-high 31 points against Nevada and then surpassed that with 35 minutes played against UC Riverside. She has a team-leading 23 assists and is fifth in the Big Sky Conference with 3.8 assists per game.
Newcomer Dana DeGraffenreid has had no problem putting up points through her first six career games. The freshman guard is averaging 12.0 points while scoring double-digit points in each of her first six games. She scored a career-high 16 against Nevada and is shooting 39.1% for the season.
Newcomers Coming On
Newcomers Hannah Friend (101 points), Dana DeGraffenreid (72 points), and Tiana Johnson (8 points) have combined to score 181 points through the team's first six games, 43.8% of the team's total points this year. Friend leads the team in scoring with 16.8 points per game while DeGraffenreid's 12.0 points per game is third highest on the squad.
Minutes Starting to Mount
Five different Sacramento State returners have already set new career-highs for minutes played this season. Maranne Johnson turned in 40 minutes and Justyce Dawson went for 32 in the Hornets' game against West Virginia. Tiara Scott set a new career-high with 35 minutes in the team's last game against UC Riverside, as did Kennedy Nicholas (21 minutes). Quayonna Harris logged a career-most 23 minutes against Arizona State.
Through the first six games of the season, the Hornets have four different starters who are averaging over 25 minutes per game: Maranne Johnson (32.5), Dana DeGraffenreid (29.0), Hannah Friend (26.0), and Justyce Dawson (25.3). Last season, the team had just one player average 25 minutes or more: Johnson (25.0).
The Return of Rohn
Junior guard Raegen Rohn returned to action this past weekend, playing in both of Sacramento's two tournament games after recovering from a wrist injury. The team's only junior, Rohn brings much needed depth and experience to a short and young bench. Rohn averaged 19.5 minutes over the course of the two games and was 4-9 from the floor, including 3-7 from three. She also made five of six free throws, scoring 11 points against Nevada in her 2017-18 season debut.
Three Points History
Senior guard Maranne Johnson made 93 three-pointers last season, setting a new single-season record for Sacramento State women's basketball. The previous record was 86 and was held by both Brianna Burgos (2016-17) and Hallie Gennett (2015-16). Johnson made 76 three-pointers her sophomore year and now has 229 in her career. She is just one of two players to ever break the 200-mark. With nine made three-pointers so far this season, she is just nine made three-pointers behind Alle Moreno's program career record of 238 career threes.
In addition to chasing the program record for career made three-pointers, Maranne Johnson also enters the season second in career steals. After an 87-steal season last year, Johnson entered this season with 248 steals in her career. With six steals already this season, Johnson is poised to overtake the all-time program leader Fantasia Hilliard, who has 308.
Sacramento State enters this weekend's tournament top-5 in the Big Sky Conference in a number of categories. They lead the BSC in three-point field goal attempts with 173, are third in turnovers forced and steal per game, with 16.6 and 8.5 respectively. They are fourth in total steals (51), as well as three-pointers made (47) and three-pointers made per game (7.8).
On The Road
The 2017-18 Hornets squad is one that will be well travelled. The team's first seven games of the season are on the road and 11 of their first 12 will take place away from the Nest. Their season-opening road trip called for four games - three on the east coast, one on the west coast - in a span of just nine days. So far, the Hornets are 0-5 on the road and 1-0 at a neutral site. Last season, Sacramento State was 4-8 on the road and 0-3 at neutral sites.
Ranked or Receiving Votes
Sacramento State opened the 2017-18 season with not just their toughest travel schedule, but also their toughest competition. The Hornets opened on the road against a Kentucky team that was receiving votes and is now ranked #14 in the nation. They followed that with a game at #12 West Virginia (now #11) and then returned west to take on an ASU team that was ranked has high as #24 and is currently receiving votes. Chances are good that they'll have at least one more game against a team that is ranked or receiving votes when they take on Miami in the Puerto Rico Tournament in December.
Ranked Opponents Overall
After taking a loss against #12 West Virginia, Sacramento State is now just 1-7 all-time against NCAA Div. I ranked teams. Their only win against a ranked opponent is also their first game against a ranked opponent, when they defeated #20 Texas 88-85 in their first game of the 1994-95 season.
Big Sky Preseason Polls
Sacramento State was picked to finish 10th in the Big Sky preseason media poll and ninth in the coaches' poll. The Hornets earned 61 points in the media poll, just five behind Weber State and 27 ahead of Northern Arizona. In the coaches' poll, Sacramento State received 37 points, 26 back of Idaho State and three ahead of Weber State. The polls were unanimous on the Big Sky Champion, with Northern Colorado taking the top spot in both. North Dakota was selected to finish second in both polls, as well.
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