OGDEN, Utah – Sacramento State women's basketball continued their second-to-last road trip with a Saturday afternoon contest at Weber State. Despite strong performances from Hannah Friend and Kennedy Nicholas, the Hornets fall 86-73 to the Wildcats.
Hannah Friend scored a team-high 24 points for Sacramento State on 9-of-19 shooting. The sophomore guard went 3-for-7 from beyond the arc and added four rebounds, a block, and a steal to her final line.
The 24-point performance was Friend's team-leading 11th of the season and her first since scoring 31 at home against Montana on Feb. 10. She is now averaging a team-leading18.0 points per game, the fourth best mark in the Big Sky Conference.
Kennedy Nicholas had another big game for the Hornets, recording her second double-double in as many games and her fifth on the season. She put up 14 points, second most on the team, and pulled in a team-leading 13 rebounds. Nicholas's numbers continue to climb as the season progresses, and she now averages 7.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.
Seven of Nicholas's 13 rebounds came on the offensive end of the court. As a team, the Hornets had just 14 total offensive boards, but they turned those into 19 second chance points.
Tiara Scott also broke double-digits for the Hornets, scoring 12 on 5-for-9 shooting. She continued to shoot well from beyond the arc, going 2-for-3 Saturday. Over her last four games, Scott is shooting 54.2% (13-24) from three.
Maranne Johnson entered today's game at Weber State with 1,498 career points, just six back of third all-time in Sacramento State women's basketball program history (Kylie Kuhns, 1,504). Johnson had her quietest offensive nights of the season, scoring just two four points to climb to 1,502 for her career. She'll look to pass Kuhns in front of the home crowd on Saturday, Feb. 22 as the Hornets host Northern Arizona.
Despite scoring just four points, the senior guard did pull in 11 rebounds, a new career high, passing her previous mark of 10.
As a team, Sacramento State shot 35.9% (28-78), their lowest in their last four games. They were 8-for-27 from three and, uncharacteristically, shot just 64.3% from the line (9-14). The Hornets outscored the Wildcats in the paint and off the bench, but the biggest difference came at the free throw line.
Weber State went 18-for-23 from the line as Sacramento state committed 21 fouls to Weber State's 13.
Overall, the Wildcats shot 44.8% (30-67), including 38.1% from three. Emily Drake led in scoring for the Wildcats (23 points, 8-for-15) though team-leader Larryn Brooks wasn't far behind, scoring 19 while also pulling in 10 rebounds. Jocelyn Adams also had a double-double for Weber State (12 points, 11 rebounds).
The Hornets will return home following their weekend trip through Idaho State and Weber State. With Saturday's loss, they are now 5-20 overall and 3-11 in Big Sky Play.
Sacramento State takes the court next against Northern Arizona at the Nest on Thursday, Feb. 22. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:05 pm PT.