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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CRUISES TO 86-55 WIN OVER CAL MARITIME IN HOME OPENER 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CRUISES TO 86-55 WIN OVER CAL MARITIME IN HOME OPENER 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State led start to finish Wednesday night and three different players scored in double-figures as the Hornets cruised to an 86-55 win over the Cal Maritime Keelhaulers in their home opener.

With the win, Sacramento State is now 1-1 on the year, including 1-0 at home. Cal Maritime falls to 0-5.

Sacramento State scored the game's first basket, a quick layup off the jump ball by Gabi Bade, to take a 2-0 lead just four seconds into the game. The Hornets never looked back, leading until the final buzzer, including by as many as 35 late in the fourth quarter.

The Hornets built up a 28-14 lead after the first quarter and went into the half with a 25-point lead, 55-30. The second half was quieter than the first, but Sacramento State continued to extend its lead, going up by 28 at the end of the third (74-46), before pushing it to 31 at the final buzzer. 

Summer Menke led the Hornets in scoring, putting up a career-high 18 points on 7-of-17 shooting. The sophomore guard was 2-for-6 from distance and also added two free throws. She tied for the team lead with five steals and added seven rebounds to round out her stat line.

The 18-point performance bested her previous career-high of 12 points, set a season ago at Idaho State.

Tiana Johnson was next, scoring 16 points - also a career-high. All of her points came on an incredibly efficient 8-for-9 shooting. Johnson's previous high for points was 14, set last November in Sacramento State's upset of Illinois.

With preseason all-conference selection Kennedy Nicholas sidelined, Johnson has started each of the team's first two games in the post and has been excellent, averaging 12.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in fewer than 20 minutes per game. 

Gabi Bade, who scored 26 in the season opener last Saturday, was the third Hornet to cross the double-digit threshold, scoring 15 on 6-of-13 shooting (2-5 from three). Bade also led the Hornets with five assists.

Freshman Sharaya Coe, coming off the bench, led Sacramento State with 12 rebounds, including seven off the offensive glass. She played 18 minutes, but in addition to her team-leading 12 rebounds, also added four points, an assist, and three steals.

The entire roster contributed to Wednesday night's win. No one played more than 22 minutes (Menke, Milee Enger), and 11 of the 13 players saw 10+ minutes of action. 11 different players scored and 10 different players collected a rebound.

In total, Sacramento State shot 37.9% from the floor, though again struggled to find their stroke from distance, shooting just 17.2% from three (5-29). They collected 51 rebounds including 27 offensive boards, and piled up an incredible 28 steals.

Cal Maritime, playing with a short bench, shot 32.0% overall and 22.2% from three. They outrebounded the Hornets, collecting 53, but committed 42 turnovers in the game.

Those turnovers turned into 39 points for Sacramento State. The Hornets also did most of their damage in close, scoring 58 points in the paint. 34 of their points came on fast breaks.

For the Hornets, Wednesday's home opener was just a brief stop in the Nest in what is a road-heavy stretch of the season. Sacramento State will next play at San Jose State on Sunday, Nov. 17 and play five straight on the road before returning home on Dec. 17.

Sunday's match at San Jose State is set for a 2:05 p.m. tipoff. The game will stream live online and live stats will be available, as well. Details on and links for Sunday's game can be found at the Women's Basketball schedule on HornetSports.com.