PACK THE HOUSE ON TAP AS NORTHERN COLORADO, EASTERN WASHINGTON VISIT THIS WEEK
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's basketball team will play host to Northern Colorado and Eastern Washington this week in a pair of Big Sky Conference games at The Nest.
Saturday's game against Eastern Washington will feature a variety of special promotions.
The Hornets (8-14, 3-6 Big Sky) will play the Bears at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday night before welcoming the Eagles at 2:05 p.m. on Saturday for their annual Pack the House game.
In conjuction with the Pack the House game on Saturday, the Hornets will be staging a fundraiser for ALS and Breast Cancer research with ALS - Greater Sacramento Chapter and the Mercy Hospital Foundation. Last season the Hornets raised more than $2,000 for ALS research through their Pack the House game and a "Threes for the Disease" campaign.
After Saturday's game a free children's basketball clinic for the first 100 kids in attendance will be operated by the Sacramento State women's basketball coaching staff and student-athletes. A jump rope exhibition will also be held immediately after the game. Contests will be held and prizes will be given out during the game.
The NCAA Pack the House challenge is a national competition to drive attendance to women's basketball games. An award is given to one school in each conference based on marketing creativity and attendance numbers. The Hornets have won twice in the last four years.
NORTHERN COLORADO BREAKDOWN
Record: 12-9, 4-4 Big Sky (Fifth)
All-Time Div. I Series: 6-5
Last Home Meeting: L, 68-58 (1/7/12)
Notable: UNC has lost its last two conference games after opening up league play 4-2. D’shara Strange and Lauren Oosdyke are both in the Big Sky’s top-10 in scoring.
EASTERN WASHINGTON BREAKDOWN
Record: 13-9, 7-2 Big Sky (Second)
All-Time Div. I Series: 11-23
Last Home Meeting: L, 78-62 (1/12/12)
Notable: EWU has won six of its last seven games, with the lone loss in that stretch to UNC. Brianne Ryan is the conference’s leading scorer at 18.5 points per game.
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MORENO SETS CONFERENCE GAME 3-POINTER RECORD
Sophomore Alle Moreno set a conference-game school record with eight 3-pointers at Weber State last weekend. The sophomore from Lodi broke Erika Edwards’ conference-game record seven 3-pointers set against Montana on Feb. 20, 2010. The overall single-game school record for 3-pointers stands at nine, set by Michelle St. Clair at UC Riverside on Jan. 20, 2001. Moreno scored a career-high 26 points in the contest.
KUHNS LEADS NCAA IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Kylie Kuhns ranks No. 1 in the nation with 17 double-doubles this season. Kuhns has 32 career double-doubles after she paced the Big Sky Conference with 13 as a sophomore and had two in her freshman campaign. This year she has a double-double in all but five of 22 games. After missing on a double-double in the second game of the season at Oklahoma, she recorded 13 straight.
KUHNS NO. 4 IN NCAA REBOUNDING
Kylie Kuhns ranks No. 1 in the Big Sky Conference and No. 4 in the NCAA with 12 rebounds per game. High Point’s Cheyenne Parker and VCU’s Courtney Hurt lead the nation with 12.8 rpg. Kuhns has posted at least 10 rebounds in all but three of 22 games with a season-high 17 at UC Irvine on Dec. 11. She set the single-game school record with 23 boards last year in a win versus San Francisco.
A HELPING HAND
Sacramento State ranks No. 5 in the NCAA averaging 18.1 assists per game. Freshman Fantasia Hilliard leads the team and is No. 2 in the Big Sky with 4.6 assists per game while each of the other four regular starters average at least two assists per game.
CHRISTENSEN JOINS 1,000 POINT CLUB
Emily Christensen became the ninth player in school history to tally 1,000 career points on Jan. 19 against Montana State. Entering the contest, Christensen needed 18 points to reach 1,000 and scored a game-high 19 points against the Bobcats. She joined Kristy Ryan (2,064), Heidi Carroll (1,729), Sarah Stapp (1,438), Julie Watsell (1,322), Terri Lugert (1,306), Charday Hunt (1,237), Teresa Hampton (1,023) and Shelby Boudreaux (1,013) in the Sacramento State record books as 1,000 point scorers. Christensen is also just three rebounds short of 500 for her career.
KUHNS ON DECK FOR 1,000 POINTS
Kylie Kuhns could also enter the 1,000 career point club this weekend as the junior needs 17 more points to become the 10th player in school history to reach the milestone. In just her third season, Kuhns ranks No. 10 in scoring (983), No. 10 in field goals made (383), No. 3 in rebounds (797), No. 3 in blocked shots (79) and No. 9 in free throws made (214).
FIRST TIME AROUND VS. EWU (L, 78-62)
Behind 22 extra field goal attempts, Eastern Washington dealt the Sacramento State women’s basketball team a 78-62 loss on Jan. 12 at Reese Court. Sacramento State could not overcome early shooting woes as Eastern Washington built a 38-19 halftime lead as the Hornets shot just 23.5 percent from the field. The Hornets outscored the Eagles 43-40 in the second half but it wasn’t enough to overcome their early deficit. Alle Moreno led the Hornets with 13 points and seven steals while Kylie Kuhns was just short of her NCAA-best 15th double-double of the season with nine points and 11 rebounds. Megan Kritscher, who entered the game tied for first in the league with 29 blocked shots, had four rejections against the Eagles.
FIRST TIME AROUND VS. UNC (L, 68-58)
The Sacramento State women’s basketball team struggled from the field and suffered its first Big Sky Conference loss of the season, 68-58, on Jan. 7 at Butler-Hancock Pavilion. Sacramento State was down by as much as 18 points in the first half but cut their halftime deficit to 11 after ending the opening period on a 12-5 run. But the Bears responded with a 16-6 run to open the second half and led by 21, 48-27, with 14:14 left in the game. Once again the Hornets chipped away at the big Northern Colorado lead and even cut it to single digits after Alle Moreno hit a jumper with 3:58 left to make the score 61-52. But Northern Colorado held on down the stretch. Moreno finished with 14 points while Se’nyce Parrish also had 14 points, setting a new career high.