FRIEND RECORDS BACK-TO-BACK DOUBLE-DOUBLES, BUT HORNETS GIVE AWAY LATE LEAD IN LOSS TO PORTLAND STATE

FRIEND RECORDS BACK-TO-BACK DOUBLE-DOUBLES, BUT HORNETS GIVE AWAY LATE LEAD IN LOSS TO PORTLAND STATE

SACRAMENTO, Calif.Hannah Friend recorded her second career double-double in as many games Saturday for the Sacramento State women's basketball team (3-16, 1-7), but the Hornets were unable to fend off the Portland State Vikings (11-8, 5-3), falling 81-72 at the Nest. 

Friend led the way for Sacramento State, scoring a team-high 28 points while also pulling in a team-high 12 rebounds. She shot 37.5% (9-24) overall, including 6-of-12 from three. The sophomore forward also went 4-for-5 at the free throw line. The 28 points is her fourth highest point total in a single game this season and brings her average up to a team-leading 17.8.

For Friend, the double-double was the second of her career and her second in as many games. Last Saturday, Friend scored 14 points while collecting a career-best 14 rebounds against Idaho State.

Senior guard Maranne Johnson wasn't far behind, scoring 20 points of her own on 8-of-17 shooting, including 4-for-11 from three. She had five rebounds, including three offensive boards.

Johnson, who is chasing the Sacramento State women's basketball program leader for career steals, Fantasia Hillard, had just one steal Saturday against the Vikings. Johnson now has 302 career steals, six back of Hillard (308).

After starting the team's last game on the bench, senior point guard Justyce Dawson got the start today and did not disappoint, dishing out nine assists, her most this season. With the effort, Dawson now has 274 career assists and is just four behind Alle Moreno (278, 2010-14) for sixth on the all-time program assists record board.

Sacramento State entered today's game just 19-for-their-last 105 from three point range over their last four games. They seemed to find their shot today, making 12-of-31 three pointers (38.7%), their best percentage since Jan. 6 against Eastern Washington, five games ago.

Overall, the Hornets shot 37.5% (27-72) from the floor and were 6-of-9 (66.7%) at the free throw line. They pulled in 37 rebounds, including 16 offensive boards, and totaled 18 assists and seven steals.

For the Hornets, the loss came down to the fourth quarter, where Sacramento State was outscored 23-10. Heading into the fourth quarter, the Hornets had only ever trailed by two and led most of the first three quarters. However, with five minutes to play in the final period, Sacramento State found themselves lose control of the game as fouls and missed shots started to pile up.

Portland State stormed back to tie the game at 72 with just over three minutes to play and, thanks to missed Sacramento State shots and multiple Hornets fouls, the Vikings went on a 9-0 run in the final three minutes to seal the game.

For Portland State, forward Courtney West did most of the heavy lifting, scoring 25 points, pulling in 12 rebounds, and amassing five total blocks. She also had four assists. As a team, Portland State had 24 assists with four players collecting four or more. They shot 52.6% from the floor and were 7-of-18 from three. Sidney Riley and Kiana Brown each scored in double digits for the Vikings, as well.

With the loss, the Hornets go 0-3 on their homestand and have now lost their six straight games. They'll look to reverse their fortune as they head out on the road to take on Eastern Washington and Idaho next weekend. Tip off for Thursday's game at Eastern Washington is set for 6:00 pm PT.