SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's basketball team has just four games remaining on the regular season schedule, including just two at home. The first of those two is set for Thursday night in the Nest when the Hornets go head-to-head with the Eastern Washington Eagles at 7:05 pm.
How To Watch
vs. Idaho - Senior Day
Saturday, Mar. 2 // 2:05 pm PT
The Nest // Sacramento, Calif.
- Sacramento State opened its three-game homestand with a 75-57 loss in the Nest to Portland State. The Hornets led by as many as six in the second quarter and trailed by just three midway through the third, but a late Portland State run put the game out of reach for Sacramento State.
- Gabi Bade led the Hornets with 20 points last Saturday, her second 20-point performance of the season. Her first was a career-best 26 points at home against Montana on Jan. 3. Bade has scored in double figures in three of her last four games.
- Hannah Friend piled up a career-best six steals in the Hornets' Saturday contest against Portland State. Previously, Friend's career-best was five, a mark she reached last year at Eastern Washington. Friend's 46 steals are most on the Hornets this season.
- With 18 points last Saturday, Hannah Friend climbed to 985 career points with Sacramento State. She is on pace to become just the 14th member of the Hornets' 1,000 Point Club and will be the first to reach that milestone in her first two seasons with the program.
- Eastern Washington comes into Thursday night's matchup with a 9-16 overall record and an 8-8 mark in the Big Sky. They are sixth in the Big Sky standings, two spots ahead of the Hornets.
By The Numbers
15: Points from becoming the 14th member the Hornets 1,000 Point Club for Hannah Friend
4: Categories in which Sacramento State leads the Big Sky (OREB, REB, STL, TOs Forced)
12: Double-doubles for Kennedy Nicholas, most in the Big Sky and 27th in the nation.
About Last Game
Sacramento State dropped the first of their three-game homestand last Saturday, falling 75-57 to the visiting Portland State Vikings. The Hornets led by as much as six in the second quarter and trailed by just three midway through the third, but a late Portland State run put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter.
Gabi Bade led the Hornets with 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting, including a 5-for-10 performance from beyond the arc. Hannah Friend scored 18 while also collecting a career-best six steals. Milee Enger led the Hornets with six assists, matching her career high. Kennedy Nicholas found herself in foul trouble early and fouled out with five minutes left in regulation after scoring 11 points and collecting seven rebounds.
Against Eastern Washington
Thursday night's meeting between the Hornets and Eastern Washington Eagles is the second and final regularly scheduled meeting between the two teams. The Hornets took the first game, 73-70, on the road in Cheney.
All-time, Eastern leads the series 32-18 over Sacramento State, and the Eagles have won four of the last five contests between the two squads.
Prior to its win earlier this season, Sacramento State last defeated the Eagles in Cheney, 94-91, in 2016. The Hornets' last home win over Eastern Washington was an 84-49 rout during the 2014-15 season.
There are just four games remaining in the regular season and only two teams have clinched postseason first round byes. Four different teams - including Sacramento State - are within three games of each other and have a shot at as high as the #4 seed.
Each of the top five teams in the conference receive a first-round bye in the 2019 Big Sky Conference Tournament. The tournament is scheduled for Monday, Mar. 11 - Friday, Mar. 15.
1,000 Point Milestone
Junior guard Hannah Friend is just 15 points away from joining the Sacramento State 1,000 Point Club. Friend has 985 career points with the Hornets and is on pace to become the 14th member of the 1,000 Point Club. Including her freshman year at Delaware, Friend has 1,089 career NCAA Div. I points.
Friend would be the fastest player to reach 1,000 in program history. No other player has scored 1,000 points in her first two full seasons with the program.
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