SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento State women's basketball team continues their homestand with a game Saturday, Jan. 20 against the Idaho State Bengals. The Hornets are looking to snap their current two-game home losing streak and look to have a good chance against an Idaho State team they've beaten four out of the last five times they've played.
The Starting Five
- Sophomore point guard Tiara Scott has scored a season-high 17 points in two of her last three games (at Montana, vs. Weber State). Since the start of Big Sky Conference play, Scott is averaging 10.2 points per game, three points higher than her non-conference average (7.2).
- Senior guard Maranne Johnson is the only player to have started every game for the Hornets this season. In addition to starting all 17 games, she also leads the team with 33.2 minutes per game.
- Sophomore guard Quayonna Harris has started back-to-back games for the first time in her career, starting both on the road at Montana State and at home against Weber State. Despite the starting nods, Harris has played just 34 minutes over those two games.
- Despite committing 20 turnovers against Weber State, the Hornets continue to be one of the better teams in terms of holding onto the ball in the Big Sky Conference, ranking 5th in the conference and 88th in NCAA Div. I for fewest turnovers this season.
- The Idaho State Bengals enter Saturday's game with a 11-6 record, including 3-3 in the Big Sky. They are coming off a big road win, having defeated Portland State 88-59 in Portland. The Bengals average 70.6 points per game.
By The Numbers
8.4: The number of threes made per game by Sacramento State, the fourth most in the Big Sky Conference and the 36th most in NCAA Div. I.
25: The number of shots blocked this season by forward Kennedy Nicholas, the fourth most among all Big Sky Conference players.
12: The number of steals needed by Maranne Johnson to become the program's all-time leader for career steals (Fantasia Hillard, 308, 2011-15).
Scouting Idaho State
Idaho State enters Saturday's game against Sacramento State with an 11-6 overall record and a 3-3 record in Big Sky Conference play. They are tied for fifth in the conference (Idaho State, Montana State, Portland State, and Idaho are all 3-3) but their 11 wins overall are second most in the conference. In their last game, the soundly defeated Portland State on the road, 88-59 and are 7-4 on the road overall this season. As a team, the Bengals are averaging 70.6 points per game while limiting opponents to just 60.5. Leading the way for Idaho State is guard Brooke Blair, whose 14.7 points per game are tops on the team. Grace Kenyon and Estefania Ors are also averaging in double digits - 11.6 and 10.1, respectively - while Kenyon also pulls down 6.6 boards per game. Idaho State leads the Big Sky Conference in shooting percentage (44.3%), defensive field goal percentage (35.5%), scoring defense (60.5 ppg), scoring margin (10.1), and three-point field goal percentage (39.0). They are led by 10th season head coach Seton Sobolewski.
How To Watch
Saturday's game can be seen live online at watchbigsky.com and on Pluto TV, channel 233. The game will also be available in audio-only format online at hornetsports.com. As always, live stats for Thursday's game can be found online at hornetstats.com.
About Last Game
The Hornets were unable to get things started in their last game, ultimately falling to Weber State 78-56 at the Nest Thursday afternoon. Sacramento State scored just six points in the game's opening quarter, matching their lowest scoring quarter of the season. They added an eight-point third quarter and the rest was history. Even with 27 points in the fourth period, they still found themselves facing an 22-point deficit at the final horn. Despite the end result, Tiara Scott had a career day, scoring 17 points while pulling down a career-high nine rebounds and collecting a career-best two blocks. Maranne Johnson was right behind her, scoring 15 while matching her season-high with six steals. It was a rough day from outside for the Hornets, who went just 4-for-22 from beyond the arc. Johnson and Hannah Friend, the team's leading three-point scorers, were a combined 0-for-9 from three.
Against Idaho State
- The Hornets are 7-36 against Idaho State since the start of the 1996-97 season. At the Nest, they are just 5-15 (.250).
- Prior to losing their last contest against Idaho State, Sacramento State had won four straight against the Bengals, including three at the Nest over the course of the 2013-14 though 2015-16 seasons.
- The teams faced each other just once last season, a 79-60 Idaho State win in Idaho.
- Sacramento State has averaged 70.2 points per game against Idaho State in their last five match ups.
Big Sky Breakdown
- The Sacramento State women's basketball team is one of three teams with just one win so far this season (also Northern Arizona, 1-5 and North Dakota, 1-5).
- Northern Colorado, Weber State, and Montana lead the conference with identical 5-1 records. Among them, both Northern Colorado and Weber State are 13-4 overall.
- Four teams - Idaho State, Montana State, Portland State, and Idaho - are tied for fifth in the conference with 3-3 records. Among them, Idaho State's 11-6 overall record is the best.
- Over her last five games, sophomore guard Nicholas has 15 blocks, or 3.0 per game.
- With 25 blocks on the season, Nicholas now has the fourth most in the Big Sky Conference and 119th across all NCAA Div. I programs. Similarly, her 1.47 blocked shots per game is also fourth most in the Big Sky and 122nf in NCAA Div. I.
- Her six blocks against Montana were two shy of the Sacramento State program record for blocks in a conference game - 8, Kristine Knowlton, 1/30/2003 vs. Montana State.
Leaders Among Their Peers
- Maranne Johnson leads all Big Sky seniors with 2.9 steals per game.
- Hannah Friend leads all Big Sky sophomores with 17.5 points per game.
- Dana DeGraffenreid leads all Big Sky freshmen with 10.2 points per game.
Home Sweet Home
Saturday's game is the second of three straight home games for the Hornets, who are in the middle of their longest homestand of the season. Sacramento State has played just four home games this season and is 2-2 in the Nest. As a team, the Hornets are scoring 75.5 points per game at home compared to just 64.4 points per game on the road.
The Hornets may only have three wins this season, but they are winning by an average of 25 points when they do. They defeated UC Riverside 99-72 (27 points), Antelope Valley 95-62 (33 points), and Idaho (79-64 (15 points).
All Around Game
Senior guard Maranne Johnson, known for her long-range shooting ability, has found a way to step up other aspects of her game her senior year and is currently on pace for a new season-best in rebounds and assists per game. After averaging 3.6 rebounds per game and 1.6 assists per game through three seasons, Johnson is currently averaging 6.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists this year.
- Sacramento State has endured more than their share of injuries through the first half of the season.
- Junior Raegen Rohn missed the team's first four games recovering from a wrist injury.
- Senior forward Kyhonta Doughty has been battling a knee injury all season and has missed four games while being limited in five others
- Senior point guard Justyce Dawson missed two games and was limited in two more with a concussion.
- Freshman guard Dana DeGraffenreid has missed four straight games with a hip injury after starting the team's first 12 games.
- After playing just two games, freshman forward Tiana Johnson has been out all season with a leg injury.
Top-10 Watch: Points
Maranne Johnson is currently sixth all-time with 1,393 points for her career. She is just 45 points back of both Sarah Stapp and Fantasia Hillard, who are tied for fourth with 1,438 career points.
Top-10 Watch: Assists
Justyce Dawson is seventh for most career assists in Sacramento State women's basketball program history with 262. The senior point guard is 16 back of Alle Moreno (278, 1987-91).
Top-10 Watch: Steals
Maranne Johnson continues to close in on the Sacramento State women's hoops program record for career steals. Johnson now has 297 for her career, just 11 off the program mark of 308 (Fantasia Hilliard, 2011-15).
Breaking Big Sky Records
- Sacramento State senior Maranne Johnson is the all-time leading three-point scorer in Big Sky Conference history. She enters play Thursday with 267 career three-pointers. She moved past Montana State's Katie Bussey (2008-12) on Saturday, Dec. 30. Bussey owned the previous record with 254 career threes.
- Johnson is one of four Sacramento State players to own a Big Sky Conference career record. The other three are Hallie Gennett (Big Sky record 2.80 career 3-Pt FG average), Alle Moreno (Big Sky record 808 career 3-Pt FG attempts), and Kylie Kuhns (Big Sky record 1,234 career rebounds).
- Idaho's junior guard Taylor Pierce is second among active Big Sky players and third all-time with 249 made three-pointers.
As a team, the Sacramento State Hornets are top 5 in the Big Sky Conference in 10 different categories and are ranked as high as second or third in four of those 10.
Among Big Sky Teams
Fewest Turnovers: 259 (5th BSC, 88th Div. I)
Free Throw %: 71.72% (4th BSC, 119th Div. I)
Steals: 154 (3rd BSC, 122nd Div. I)
Steals/Gm: 9.1 (3rd BSC, 99th Div. I)
3-Pt FGA: 479 (2nd BSC, 18th Div. I)
3-Pt FG: 142 (4th BSC, 36th Div. I)
3-Pt FG/Gm: 8.4 (4th BCS, 36th Div. I)
TO Margin: 0.76 (5th BSC, 153rd Div. I)
TOs Forced: 16.00 (3rd BSC, 189th Div. I)
TOs Forced/Gm: 15.2 (5th BSC, 10th Div. I)
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