SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento State women's hoops team travels down I-80 and into the Bay Area to take on the San Francisco Dons Friday night at USF. The Hornets are looking to win back-to-back games for the first time this season as they take on a Dons team that is just 1-2 at home this season.
The Starting Five
- Hannah Friend has scored 25 or more points in each of Sacramento State's last three games. She is averaging 30.3 points per game and is shooting 46.7% (28-60) during that stretch, including 45.9% from three (17-37).
- Sophomore forward Kennedy Nicholas scored a career-high 17 points and pulled down a season-high seven rebounds in Sacramento State's win over Antelope Valley. Nicholas was 8-12 from the floor and scored 15 of her 17 points in the second half.
- Maranne Johnson made her 238th career three-pointer in the team's last game, pulling her into a tie for most made three-pointers in Sacramento State women's basketball program history. She is tied with former Hornet Alle Moreno (2010-14).
- With 33 minutes played in the Hornets' last game, senior guard Maranne Johnson is now averaging 33 minutes per game, highest on the team and the highest of her career. She averaged a career-most 25.0 minutes during the 2016-17 season.
- San Francisco is 3-5 coming into Friday night's game, including just 1-2 at home. A Div. I team, the Dons are members of the WCC. Through eight games, San Francisco is averaging 70.1 points per game while allowing 73.8 to opponents.
By The Numbers
30: The average margin of victory in Sacramento State's two wins this season: 99-72 over UC Riverside and 95-62 over Antelope Valley.
1: The number of made three-pointers needed by Maranne Johnson to become the all-time leading three-point scorer in program history.
30: Number of points per game over the last three games for guard Hannah Friend. She is averaging 19.8 points per game for the season
Scouting San Francisco
The University of San Francisco is a Div. I school and a member of the West Coast Conference (WCC). Last season, the Dons wrapped the year by going 18-13, including 1-1 in the WCC Championship Tournament. The No. 4 seed, the Dons defeated Loyola Marymount in convincing fashion, 80-67, before falling to eventual tournament champion and No. 1 seed Gonzaga. This year, the Dons are off to a 3-5 start and are scoring 70.1 points per game while allowing 73.8 to their opponents. San Francisco is led by a pair of seniors, guards Anna Seilund and Michaela Rakova, each of whom are averaging 11.5 points per game. Rakova also leads the team in rebounds with 7.5 while Seilund's 14 made three-pointers are tops on the squad. San Francisco is coming off a tough 72-55 loss on the road at UC Davis in their last game. The Dons shot just 28.6% (20-70) in the losing effort, a far cry from their 41.2% shooting for the season. San Francisco is led by second year head coach Molly Goodenbour.
How To Watch
Friday's game on the road at San Francisco can be seen live online and on mobile devices at the WCC Sports Game Center. Video, audio, and live stats will be available.
About Last Game
Sacramento State improved to 2-6 on the season with a convincing win, 95-62, over the Antelope Valley Pioneers last Wednesday night at the Nest. After an even first quarter, it was all Sacramento State the rest of the way as they outscored the Pioneers 71-38 in the last three quarters. Hannah Friend again led the way for the Hornets, scoring 32 on 11-21 shooting (6-14 from three) while sophomore Kennedy Nicholas had the game of her career, scoring a career-high 17 points and pulling down a season-best seven rebounds in the win.
Against San Francisco
The Hornets are 5-8 against San Francisco in the Div. I era of Sacramento State women's basketball, including 2-5 on the road. In their last three matchups, San Francisco holds a 2-1 edge, outscoring the Hornets by an average of seven points. One of those games, a Sacramento loss at home, was a tough 95-94 matchup.
You've Got a Friend In Me
With 32 points in Sacramento State's last game, sophomore guard Hannah Friend is now averaging 19.8 points per game. It was her third straight contest with 25 or more points (34, 25, 32) and her seventh in double digits this season. She is averaging 30.1 points per game during this three-game stretch and is shooting 46.7% (28-60) over that time. In those three games, Friend is also shooting 45.9% from beyond the arc. For the season, she is shooting 42.0% overall and a team-best 39.7% from three.
Nicholas' Career Night
Sophomore Kennedy Nicholas had a career night in Sacramento State's 95-62 win over Antelope Valley. The guard was 8-12 (75%) from the floor, setting career highs in both field goals made and field goals attempted on her way to a career-high 17 points. Nicholas also pulled in seven rebounds, a season-high, in the effort. Previously, Nicholas's career-high for points was seven, set on Dec. 8 of last season at California.
Johnson Making History
With one made three in Sacramento State's last game, senior guard Maranne Johnson matched the program's all-time record for most career made three pointers with 238. She is currently tied with former Hornet Alle Moreno (2010-14). Johnson holds the single-season record for made three-pointers, making 93 last season and passing the previous record of 86 (Briana Burgos, 2015-16; Hallie Gennett, 2014-15). Johnson and Moreno are the only two Hornets players to break the 200-mark.
Grand Theft Basketball
In addition to chasing the program record for career made three-pointers, Maranne Johnson is also closing in on the program record for career steals. With five steals in Sacramento State's last game, Johnson now has 265 for her career, just 43 off the program mark of 308 (Fantasia Hilliard, 2011-15). Johnson racked up 87 steals last year and is averaging 83 a season in her career, putting her on pace for 331 in her career.
Undefeated at Home
With their 95-62 win over Antelope Valley at the Nest in Sacramento last Wednesday night, the Hornets are a perfect 1-0 at home this season.
With three straight 25+ point performances, Hannah Friend has raised her points per game to 19.8. Only one player has ever finished a season with 20 points per game or better. Although it is only eight games into the season, Friend's 19.8 would be second-best in program history should the season end today.
All-Time Leading Scorers - Single Season
1. Kristy Ryan - 28.0 (26 games, 1993-94)
2. Hannah Friend - 19.8 (8 games, 2017-18)
T3. Charday Hunt - 18.6 (30 games, 2009-10)
T3. Kristy Ryan - 18.6 (27 games, 1992-93)
5. Kristy Ryan - 17.2 (29 games, 1991-92)
After starting the season's first four games on the bench, sophomore point guard Tiara Scott has started four straight games for the Hornets. During that time, she is averaging 33.8 minutes per game and 9.0 points per game. She is dishing out 7.0 assists and committing just 1.5 turnovers per game during that stretch, as well. For the season, her 1.8 assist to turnover ratio is third best in the Big Sky conference while her 4.5 assists/game average is fourth best.
The 2017-18 Hornets squad is one that will be well travelled. The team's first seven games of the season were 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 0-6 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.
Puerto Rico Classic
Immediately following Friday night's game at San Francisco, the Sacramento State women's basketball team will board a flight for Puerto Rico where they will participate in the 2017 Puerto Rico Classic Tournament along with six other teams. The Hornets have two games scheduled during the course of the tournament, one against Miami (FL) and another against Northern Illinois. While there, the team also has community services events planned. The team will not return to Sacramento until next Friday.
Minutes Starting to Mount
Through eight games, the Hornets have five different players who are averaging 25 minutes or more per game: Maranne Johnson (33.), Dana DeGraffenreid (29.9), Hannah Friend (28.3), Tiara Scott (26.4) and Justyce Dawson (25.3). Last season, the team had just one player average 25 or more minutes: Maranne Johnson (25.0).
Sacramento State enters Wednesday's game among the top five in the Big Sky Conference in a number of categories.
Among Big Sky Teams
- Assists/Game: 14.4, 4th
- Rebounds/Game: 38.5, 5th
- Scoring Offense: 72.5, 3rd
- Steals: 73, 3rd
- Steals/Game: 9.1, 3rd
- 3-Pt FGA: 230, 3rd
- 3-Pt FG: 68, 4th
- 3-Pt FG/Game: 8.5, 3rd
- Turnovers Forced/Game: 16.4, 3rd
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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