FRIEND RECORDS THIRD STRAIGHT DOUBLE-DOUBLE, BUT HORNETS FALL IN HARD-FOUGHT GAME AT EASTERN WASHINGTON

FRIEND RECORDS THIRD STRAIGHT DOUBLE-DOUBLE, BUT HORNETS FALL IN HARD-FOUGHT GAME AT EASTERN WASHINGTON

CHENEY, Wash.Hannah Friend recorded a double-double for the third straight game Thursday night at Eastern Washington, leading a strong all-around team effort by the Hornets. Despite one of their best-played road games of the year, Sacramento State came up short against the Eagles, 83-76.

Friend led the scoring for Sacramento State, putting up 22 points on 8-of-24 shooting, including 3-of-10 from three. She continued to find success at the free throw line, as well, making three of her four attempts. The sophomore guard also pulled in 10 rebounds in the effort.

Over her last three games, Friend is averaging 21.3 points and 11.7 rebounds. She has recorded three double-doubles over that stretch, the first three of her career.

Kennedy Nicholas had another strong game for the Hornets, as well, pulling in a career-high 15 rebounds while scoring nine points. Though she was just 2-of-8 from the floor, Nicholas went 5-for-6 at the free throw line. Unfortunately, the sophomore forward again found herself in foul trouble early and eventually fouled out with two and a half minutes to play.

Also having a season-best tonight was senior guard Justyce Dawson, who scored a season-high 17 points against Eastern Washington. Dawson was 7-for-13 from the floor, but went 0-for-4 from three. She also had just one assist and racked up four personal fouls.

Senior guard Maranne Johnson did not start for the Hornets for the first time this season, snapping her streak of 20 consecutive games started (including last season). Despite playing just 24 minutes, Johnson still scored eight points and collected nine rebounds.

Sacramento State fell behind early again, closing the first quarter trailing by 11, 28-17. However, they used a big 27-point second quarter to cut the deficit to four and went into halftime trailing Eastern Washington just 48-44.

They continued to close the gap, outscoring the Eagles 14-12 in the third quarter, making it a two-point game, 60-58. Unfortunately, they were unable to keep pace with Eastern Washington, scoring just 18 points in the game's final quarter compared to the Eagles' 23.

Overall, Sacramento State shot 31.7% (26-82) from the floor and just 25.8% (8-31) from three. The 82 field goal attempts are a season-high for the Hornets. They also had 54 rebounds (26 offensive), another season-high, while totaling 14 assists and nine steals.

Eastern Washington shot 45.6% (31-68) as a team, including 33.3% (7-21) from beyond the arc. They were led by senior Delany Hodgins, who scored 28 points. It was a career night for Hodgins, who became the all-time leading scorer for Eastern Washington midway through the second quarter. She also collected 10 rebounds while playing 35 minutes for the Eagles.

With the loss, Sacramento State falls to 3-17 overall and 1-8 in Big Sky Conference play. They continue their road trip this weekend as they take on the Idaho Vandals on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 2:05 pm in Moscow, Idaho. The game will be available for live streaming online at watchbigsky.com and live stats will be available at hornetstats.com.