SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's basketball team is back on the road this weekend as they travel to Pocatello, Idaho to take on the Idaho State Bengals. Saturday's game is set for a 1:05 pm PT tip off.
How To Watch
All home Sacramento State basketball games and all Big Sky Conference games will be streamed live online at WatchBigSky.com and on Pluto.TV.
All streaming links, news, and updates can also be found by visiting the 2018 Women's Basketball Schedule online at HornetSports.com.
About Last Game
Despite taking a four-point lead into the half, Sacramento State fell at home to the visiting Montana State Bobcats last Saturday. Sacramento was led again by junior guard Hannah Friend, who led the team in scoring (17 points) and rebounds (nine) while also adding four assists. She also played a team-high 35 minutes.
Against Idaho State
Saturday's road game at Idaho State is Sacramento State's first of two matchups with the Bengals this season. The Hornets trail in the all-time series, 38-7 and have fallen in the last three to the Bengals. Sacramento State's last win against Idaho State came at home during the 2015-16 season. That is also the same year the Hornets last won at Idaho State, sweeping the season series.
Leading the Big Sky
Sacramento State leads the Big Sky Conference in five different categories coming into Saturday's matchup against Idaho State. The Hornets are atop the conference in Offensive Rebounds per Game (17.3), Rebounds per Game (44.2), Scoring Offense (76.5), Steals Per Game (10.9), and Turnovers Forced Per Game (19.0).
Junior guard Hannah Friend tallied four total assists in Sacramento State's last game, a new career-high. All four of them came in the game's first half. Previously, Friend's career-high for assists in a single game was two, a mark she had reached multiple times.
One Tough Quarter
In all three of their conference games this season, Sacramento State has had one rough quarter that they were unable to overcome. Among those are a nine-point quarter against Montana, an eight-point quarter against Montana State, and a scoreless quarter at Northern Colorado.
Excluding those three quarters, Sacramento State has outscored their opponents 191-174 and would be 2-1 in Big Sky play instead of 0-3.
Junior guard Hannah Friend and junior forward Kennedy Nicholas are the only two Hornets to have started every game this season - 11 straight games. Dating back to last season, Friend has started 23 consecutive games, most on the team.
Despite the starting streaks of Hannah Friend and Kennedy Nicholas, the Hornets have used 10 different lineups for 11 games this season. 10 of the team's 17 players have started at least one game this year.
First Half Leads
Sacramento State has led in each of their last two games but were unable to hold onto that lead in the second half. For the season, the Hornets have led at the break in three games this season and are just 1-2 in those games. Three of their four wins featured second-half comebacks.
Reaching Double Figures
Junior guard Hannah Friend has scored in double figures in every game this season and has scored 20 or more points in seven of the team's 11 games. Friend's double-figure scoring streak extends back to last season for a total of 13 straight games.
This Saturday's game at Idaho State is Sacramento State's only game of the week. It is the team's second one-game week of the Big Sky schedule, after they opened conference play with one game at Northern Colorado. The Hornets have one more one-game week when they play at Portland State on Thursday, Feb. 7.
Sacramento State also has one three-game week during the conference schedule when host Northern Colorado on a Monday, 2/11, then play at Southern Utah (Thursday, 2/14) and at Northern Arizona (Saturday, 2/16).
Wrong Kind of Streak
The Hornets come into Saturday's game having lost three in a row. It is the team's second three-game losing streak of the season (other, vs. San Francisco, vs. UC Davis, at New Mexico).
Nicholas Seeing Double
Junior forward Kennedy Nicholas is averaging a double-double through the season's first 11 games, putting up 13.6 points and pulling down 11.5 rebounds per game. The junior has five double-doubles this season, second most in the Big Sky.
One of her double-doubles this season includes her incredible 30-point, 18-rebound performance at home against San Francisco. Both of those numbers are career-highs. Nicholas has recorded 13 or more rebounds four times this season and has scored 15 or more points five times.
On the Offensive Glass
Kennedy Nicholas is averaging five offensive rebounds per game, most in the Big Sky and sixth most in the nation. In total, the junior forward is averaging 11.5 rebounds per game, second most in the league and 14th most in the NCAA.
Bade Back in Time
Junior guard Gabi Bade didn't make her Hornets or season debut until late December on the road at New Mexico after returning from a knee injury. Since the start of conference play, Bade is averaging 16.0 points, 4.3 assists, 5.0 rebounds, and 30.7 minutes per game. Included in those is her career-best 26 point performance at home against Montana.
Friend's High Scoring Season
Hannah Friend leads the Hornets with 21.1 points per game this season. That number is second most in the Big Sky and 13th best in the country. Should she maintain her current pace, Friend would become just fourth player in Hornets Women's Basketball history to average more than 20 points per game for an entire season.
Single-Season Scoring Record
1. Kristy Ryan (1993-94) - 28.0
2. Susan Digitale (1976-77) - 27.2
3. Heidi Carroll (1985-86) - 21.7
4. Hannah Friend (2018-19) - 21.1 (on pace)
Friend's High Scoring Career
Last season, Hannah Friend scored 525 points, the fifth-highest single season scoring performance in program history. This year, with 232 points, Friend has scored a total of 757 points in her year-and-a-half career with the Hornets.
Hannah Friend played 48 minutes out of a possible 50 total in Sacramento State's double-overtime loss at home against Montana. For the season, Friend is averaging a team-high 30.9 minutes per game.
Many Minutes, Pt. II
In addition to Hannah Friend's 30.9 minutes per game, Tiara Scott is also over the 30-minute mark, averaging 30.1 minutes per game. In total, 11 of Sacramento State's 17 players are logging double-digit minutes per game. Kenned Nicholas (25.7) and Gabi Bade (25.0) are next while the remaining seven log between 10 and 19 minutes per game.
Generous with the Basketball
Both junior guards Tiara Scott and Gabi Bade are averaging at least 4.0 assists per game. Scott, who has played in all of Sacramento State's 11 games (10 starts) has 48 total assists, averaging 4.4 per game. Bade, meanwhile, has played in just five games (four starts) but has 20 total assists, giving her exactly 4.0 assists per game.
Scott's 4.4 assists per game is fifth best in the Big Sky. As a team, the Hornets rank fifth in the conference with 14.1 assists per game.
Sacramento State's double-overtime game against Montana was just its fourth double-OT game since the 1976 season. In those games, the Hornets are 1-3.
Big Ten Victory
The Hornets' 109-107 win over Illinois in the ShareSLO Holiday Classic Tournament earlier this season was the program's first over a Big Ten school. Entering that game, the Hornets were 0-2 against Big Ten programs over the course of their history.
Last year's seven-win season was the first season with fewer than 10 wins since 2010-11, when Sacramento State won just four games. From 2011-2017, the Hornets averaged 15 wins per season.
Big Sky Preseason Poll
Sacramento State was selected ninth in both the Big Sky's Coaches and Media Preseason Polls. The Hornets received 28 total points in the Coaches Poll, 10 behind Weber State, and 57 in the Media Poll, a full 43 back of Weber State.
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