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Women's Basketball Notes at Southern Utah, 2/14 - PDF

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's basketball team opens a three-game stretch on the road this Thursday night when they take on the Southern Utah Thunderbirds in Cedar City, Utah. Tip off on Thursday is scheduled for 5:35 pm PT. 

How To Watch
at Southern Utah Thunderbirds
Thursday, Feb. 14 // 5:35 pm PT
America First Event Center // Cedar City, Utah
Watch and Listen: Pluto.TV, ch. 236
Live Stats: HornetStats.com
Twitter: @SacStateWBB

Opening Tip

  • Sacramento State hits the road after Monday night's loss in the Nest to Northern Colorado. The Hornets will play each of their next three games on the road, starting at Southern Utah on Thursday before a Saturday game at Northern Arizona and a matchup at Weber State next Wednesday.
  • Hannah Friend scored 20 points on Monday, giving her 902 as a Hornet and 1,006 for her NCAA Div. I career. A redshirt junior, Friend transferred to Sacramento State from Delaware, where she scored 104 points her freshman season. Friend is averaging 18.9 points per game this season.
  • Kennedy Nicholas recorded her Big Sky-leading 11th double-double of the season on Monday, scoring 16 points and pulling in 12 rebounds, both above her season averages. In addition to leading the Big Sky in double-doubles, Nicholas ranks T-24th in the nation.  
  • Tiara Scott took another step up in the Sacramento State all-time assist ranks, collecting five assists Monday and moving into a tie for seventh with Alle Moreno (2010-14) at 278 career dimes. Scott averages 4.4 assists per game this season and owns the Big Sky's best turnover-to-assist ratio at 2.29.
  • Southern Utah comes into Thursday night's conference matchup with a 6-16 overall record and a 3-10 league mark. They dropped their last game, 80-47, at Idaho State. 

By The Numbers 

11: Double-doubles for Kennedy Nicholas this season, most in the Big Sky and 24th in NCAA.

10: Assists until Tiara Scott moves into sole possession of 6th all-time in program history.

88: Points until Hannah Friend hits the 1,000-point milestone for her Sacramento State career.

Against Southern Utah

Thursday evening's matchup on the road at Southern Utah is the second and final regular season contest between the two teams and will be the 29th all time dating back to the 1991 season. The Hornets hold the all time edge, 15-13. 

In the first game between these two teams, Sacramento State won a thriller, 77-76, in the Nest, thanks to a late game-winner by Hannah Friend. Up one with 15 seconds to play, the Hornet defense shut down Southern Utah's last attempt, culminating in a Kennedy Nicholas tipped ball into a Hannah Friend steal to seal the win. 

Including this season's earlier victory, Sacramento State has won eight straight games against Southern Utah. They have won three straight against the Thunderbirds in Cedar City, and are 5-6 on the Thunderbirds' home court all-time. 

1,000 Point Milestone

With 20 points in Monday's game against Northern Colorado, junior guard Hannah Friend climbed to 902 points as a Hornet and 1,006 in her NCAA Div. I career, including her 104-point freshman season with Delaware. 

In her almost two full seasons with Sacramento State, Friend is averaging 18.0 points per game. With eight regular season games remaining, she is on pace to become the 14th member of the Sacramento State 1,000 Point Club before the end of the regular season. She would become the first player to reach that mark in her first two seasons with the program.

Career Assists

Tiara Scott collected five more assists in Monday's game against Northern Colorado, bringing her season total to 87 and her career total to 278, tied for the seventh most in program history. Scott is just 10 assists away from moving into sole possession of sixth all-time, passing Kylie Kuhns (297, 2009-13).

Field Goal Percentage

Kennedy Nicholas is shooting 49.4% from the floor this season, the fourth best mark in the Big Sky and best among all players with at least 175 field goal attempts. For her career, Nicholas is a 48.8% shooter, which is tied for the ninth-best shooting percentage in program history (Cheryl Bradley, 48.8%, 1981-83).

Double trouble

Juniors Hannah Friend and Kennedy Nicholas are the only players in the Big Sky to rank among the Top 10 in the league in both points and rebounds. 

Friend is third in points with 18.9 per game and sixth in rebounds with 8.0 boards per game. Nicholas leads the Big Sky with 11.9 rebounds per game and ranks 10th with 14.4 points per contest. 

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