WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS ANTELOPE VALLEY IN HOME OPENER WEDNESDAY AT THE NEST

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL  HOSTS ANTELOPE VALLEY IN HOME OPENER WEDNESDAY AT THE NEST

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento State women's basketball team returns to Sacramento for the first time in the regular season to host the Antelope Valley Pioneers Wednesday at the Nest. Tip off is scheduled for 5 pm.

The Starting Five

  • Over her last two games, sophomore guard Hannah Friend is averaging 28.5 points while shooting 44% (17-39) over that span. She is 11-23 (48%) from beyond the arc and 14-22 (.64%) from the free-throw line in those two games. 
  • Senior forward Kyhonta Doughty recorded the team's first double-double of the year in the team's last game, scoring 16 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. It was the first double-double of her Hornets career.
  • Sophomore point guard Tiara Scott has set new career-highs for minutes played in each of her last three consecutive games, playing 31, then 35, then 37 minutes. Although she has only three starts, Scott is averaging 25.6 minutes, fourth most on the team.
  • Freshman Dana DeGraffenreid failed to reach double-digit points for the first time in her young Sacramento State career against UC Davis. The forward scored nine but is still averaging 11.6 points per game through her first seven career games.
  • Antelope Valley is 6-5 heading into Wednesday's game at the Nest, but just 2-4 on the road. The Pioneers are an NAIA Div. II program and have been members of the California Pacific Conference (CPC) since 2015.

By The Numbers

1: The number of made three-pointers needed by Maranne Johnson to become the all-time leading three-point scorer in program history.

7: The number of consecutive games the Hornets have played on the road to start the season. Tonight's game is Sacramento State's first at home.

39: Three-point field goal percentage for starting guard Hannah Friend. Friend is a team-best 21-54 from beyond the arc this season.

Scouting Antelope Valley

Antelope Valley is an NAIA Div. II school from Lancaster, Calif. The team joined the NAIA during the 2004-2005 school year. In 2015-16, the school joined the California Pacific Conference. The Pioneers women's basketball team enters Wednesday's game with a 6-5 record, though they are just 2-4 on the road. On the court, the team is led by Samantha Earl, a junior out of Clovis, Calif. In UAV's latest game, an 80-74 win over Fresno Pacific University, Earl played a team-high 30 minutes and scored a game-high 20 points. She also dished out four assists and was 2-for-5 from three. At the helm for the Antelope Valley Pioneers is first-year head coach Brett Vana. While in his first season with UAV, Vana is a lifelong basketball coach and mentor, having coached two seasons at Weber State, two seasons at Louisburg College, and held multiple international coaching positions.

How To Watch

Wednesday's game against Antelope Valley can be seen live online by visiting the Women's Basketball schedule on hornetsports.com. The game will be available in video version and in audio only. Live stats will also be available at the same place.

About Last Game

Sacramento State played perhaps their best game of the season last Thursday night, pushing the undefeated UC Davis Aggies to their limit in what was ultimately a 79-72 loss. Kyhonta Doughty recorded her first career double-double while Hannah Friend led the team with 25 points. Sacramento State went on an incredible 12-0 run late in the third quarter to tie the game, but was unable to hang on in the fourth quarter.

You've Got a Friend In Me

Sophomore guard Hanna Friend scored 25 games for the Hornets last week against UC Davis, her second straight game with 20 or more points and her third this season. After scoring 34 against UC Riverside, Friend is averaging 29.5 points over Sacramento State's last two games. For the season, she is averaging a team-high 18.0 points per game. She is shooting 39.8% overall and 38.9% from beyond the arc.

Double Doughty

Senior forward Kyhonta Doughty recorded her first career double-double in Sacramento State's last game at UC Davis. Doughty scored a career-high 16 points while pulling down 10 rebounds, the most by a Hornets player this season. The Hornets veteran was 6-11 (54.5%) from the floor and a perfect 4-4 from the free-throw line. For the season, Doughty is shooting a team-leading 51.4% (18-35). She also played 29 minutes in the effort, the most in a single game in her Sacramento State career, raising her average to 19.0 minutes per game.

Welcome Home

Wednesday night's game against Antelope Valley is Sacramento State's first game at the Nest this season since hosting the University of Holy Names in a preseason Exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 3. The Hornets went 1-6 over the course of a very tough road (0-6 away, 1-0 neutral) schedule to open the year. Last season, Sacramento State was 6-9 at the Nest.

Great Scott

After starting the season's first four games on the bench, sophomore point guard Tiara Scott has started three straight games for the Hornets. She played a career-high 37 minutes last Thursday at UC Davis after setting a career-high 35 minutes the game before. She has a team-leading 30 assists and her 4.3 assists per game and 1.88 assist/turnover ratio are fourth and fifth in the Big Sky Conference, respectively.

Double-Digit-DeGraffenreid

Freshman guard Dana DeGraffenreid failed to reach double-digit points for the first time in her young career in Sacramento State's last game. She scored 10 or more points - including a career-high 16 - in each of the Hornets' first six games while putting up just nine in the last game. She is averaging 11.6 points per game, third highest on the team.

Newcomers Coming On

Newcomers Hannah Friend (126 points), Dana DeGraffenreid (81 points), and Tiana Johnson (8 points) have combined to score 215 points through the team's first seven games, 44.3% of the team's total points this year. Friend leads the team in scoring with 18.0 points per game and her 126 total points are the sixth most in the Big Sky Conference.

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 37 minutes in the team's last game against UC Davis and Kennedy Nicholas logged 21 at Nevada. Quayonna Harris logged a career-most 23 minutes against Arizona State.

Averages Rise

Through the first six games of the season, the Hornets have five different players who are averaging over 25 minutes per game: Maranne Johnson (33.0), Dana DeGraffenreid (29.7), Hannah Friend (27.3), Tiara Scott (25.6), and Justyce Dawson (25.3). Last season, the team had just one player average 25 minutes or more: Maranne Johnson (25.0).

One Shy of 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 17 made three-pointers so far this season, she is just one made three-pointer behind Alle Moreno's program career record of 238 career threes.

Chasing Records

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 12 steals already this season, Johnson is poised to overtake the all-time program leader Fantasia Hilliard, who has 308.

Team Rankings

Sacramento State enters Wednesday's game among the top five in the Big Sky Conference in a number of categories. They are third in the BSC in three-point field goals attempted (199) and in three-point field goals made per game (8.3). They also crack the top five in steals per game (8.3, 3rd), fewest turnovers (113, 5th), and turnovers forced per game (16.0, 4th).

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.