SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Hannah Friend and Kennedy Nicholas both posted a double-double as the Sacramento State women's basketball team put together one of their best games of the year, cruising through the visiting Weber State Wildcats, 77-62, Saturday afternoon in the Nest.
With the win, the Hornets improved to 8-10 overall and 4-6 in the Big Sky. Weber State, who is struggling after a 20-win season just a year ago, fell to 4-17 overall and 1-10 against the conference.
Sacramento State took a 9-7 lead with 5:40 remaining in the first quarter and never gave it back, leading for the final 34+ minutes of the afternoon. At the first break, the Hornets were up by five, 20-15. They pushed that gap to 14 points as they took a 43-29 lead into the half.
In the third quarter, the Hornets continued to pile on, going up 54-32 at the six-minute mark. The 22-point lead was their biggest of the afternoon and biggest of the season. From there, the Hornets took their time, starting to work the clock before coming to the 77-62 final.
The 15-point win is the Hornets' largest of the season, easliy surpassing their 3.4 maverage margin of victory. Before Saturday, Sacramento State's largest win was just six points (86-80 vs. Antelope Valley).
Hannah Friend (26 pts, 10 reb) and Kennedy Nicholas (20 pts, 12 reb) each go for a double-double as @SacStateWBB cruises to a 77-62 win over Weber State! #StingersUp #Team54 pic.twitter.com/FmMJKKLQXk— Sacramento State Women's Basketball (@SacStateWBB) February 3, 2019
Hannah Friend paced the Hornets offense with her fifth double-double of the year, going for 26 points and 10 rebounds. Friend was 8-for-15 shooting, including an incredibly efficient 5-for-8 from three. Her five made three-pointers are her second most in a game this season, second to her 7-for-16 performance against Illinois.
For her collegiate career, Friend now has 969 total points, including 104 points during her freshman season with Delaware. As a Hornet, Friend, a junior guard in just her second active season with the program, has 865 career points, and is on track to become the fastest to reach 1000 in program history.
Kennedy Nicholas also collected a double-double Saturday afternoon, her Big Sky-leading 10th of the season and fifth in her last six games. She scored 20 points on 9-for-15 shooting and pulled in a team-high 12 rebounds. Five of her 12 boards came off the offensive glass.
Nicholas also added four blocks for the fourth time this year, matching her season high. For the season, the junior forward has a team-high 35 blocks. She continues to climb the Hornets all-time blocks leaderboard, and now has 86 in her career, fourth most in program history.
Gabi Bade also put up double-digits for the Hornets, scoring 11 points on an strong 4-for-6 shooting. Although she played just 17 total minutes, the junior point guard was 3-for-5 from beyond the arc, and added five rebounds, three assists, and a steal.
Tiara Scott led the Hornets in assists for the 13th time in 18 games this season, piling up five on Saturday against Weber State. Scott now has 271 career assists, just seven back of seventh all-time in program history. She is trailing former Hornet Alle Moreno (2010-14, 278).
As a team, the Hornets moved the ball around perhaps better than they have all season, piling up a season-high 22 total assists, passing their previous high of 21 (1/24/18 vs. Illinois). In addition to Scott's five, freshman point guard Milee Enger had four while seven other players had between one and three.
Sacramento State also dominated on the boards, outrebounding Weber State 46-35. The Hornets came into Saturday's game with a negative rebounding margin, but eight different players had at least two rebounds against the Wildcats. In addition, 16 of the team's 46 rebounds came off the offensive glass.
Overall, the Hornets shot 42.4%, including 35.3% from beyond the arc. Sacramento State has now shot 40% or better in three of its last five games and have won all three. For the season, when the Hornets shoot 40% or better, they are 3-1.
Next up for the Hornets is a Thursday night matchup on the road at a tough Portland State team. The Vikings are coming off a devastating 58-57 loss at home to Idaho State, though they are 15-4 overall and 7-3 in the Big Sky.
For more details on all upcoming Sacramento State women's basketball games, visit the 2018-19 schedule online at HornetSports.com.