SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Led by Hannah Friend and Kennedy Nicholas, who each recorded a double-double, Sacramento State's came from behind to defeat the University of Antelope Valley, 86-80, Saturday night.
The Hornets improved to 3-1 on the season with the win while the Pioneers dropped to 7-3.
Friend led Sacramento State in scoring for the fourth time this season, scoring a team-high 22 points in 31 minutes of play, another team high. She was 6-for-18 overall and made 9-of-10 free throws in the effort.
In addition, Friend pulled down 15 rebounds, a new career-best, passing her previous mark of 14 (1/20/18 vs. Idaho State).
The junior guard also added six blocks, another career high (last, 5, 2/1/18, at Eastern Washington), while adding two steals. Her six blocks are the most since Nicholas totaled six blocks last season at Montana.
Kennedy Nicholas recorded her second straight double-double for the Hornets and the seventh of her career, putting up 19 points while pulling down 18 rebounds. She was 9-for-16 from the floor.
The 18 rebounds was a new career-high for Nicholas, who had down a career-best 15 in the team's last game against Illinois. Seven of her 18 rebounds came off the offensive glass. Nicholas entered Saturday's contest with the NCAA's best 7.00 offensive rebounds per game.
Nicholas's 18 rebounds were five shy of the program record of 23, held by Kylie Kuhns (12/1/2010 vs. San Francisco.) In addition, Nicholas also added two steals and two assists in the win while playing 28 minutes.
For the season, the junior forward is averaging well over a double-double, putting up 14.8 points and bringing in 13.8 rebounds per game so far this season.
Sacramento State trailed by three at the end of the first quarter and by two at the half. After taking a 66-64 lead after the third quarter, the Hornets quickly found themselves behind again, trailing 80-77 with five minutes to play.
However, a late defensive push by Sacramento State held the Pioneers scoreless over the game's final five minutes and 24 second. The Hornets went on a 9-0 run to close the game and seal the win.
Tiara Scott led the Hornets in assists for the third time this season, dishing five in the win over the Pioneers.
Sarah Abney, who started her first game of the year, put up a career-high 10 points while bringing in seven rebounds. The freshman guard was just 2-for-9 from the floor by both of her made shots were from three. She was also 4-of-6 from the free throw line.
As a team, Sacramento State shot a season-best 75% (21-28) from the free throw line. Overall, they shot 36.3% from the floor.
Antelope Valley was led by guard Samantha Earl, who put up 21 points on 8-for-22 shooting and pulled down seven rebounds. Alexia Budd was just one rebound shy of a double-double for the Pioneers, scoring 17 points to go with nine rebounds. As a team, the Pioneers shot 36.4% from the floor.
With Saturday's win, Sacramento State improved to 3-1 for the first time since the 2013-14 season, their first under current head coach Bunky Harkleroad.
The Hornets will look to turn their back-to-back wins into a streak when they host the University of San Francisco in the Nest on Wednesday, Dec. 5. Tip off for Wednesday's non-conference tilt is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. More details, including information on tickets and scheduling, can be found online at HornetSports.com.