A LOOK AT THIS WEEK
Coming off its first road victory in nearly two years, the
Sacramento State women''s basketball team will look to string together
its first winning streak of the season as it hosts Eastern Washington
on Thursday, Jan. 25, and Portland State on Saturday, Jan. 27. Both
games will begin at 7:05 p.m.
The Hornets defeated UC Riverside last Saturday in the team''s
final non-conference game of the season. With the win, Sacramento
State snapped a four-game losing streak while improving its record to
2-12 overall. The Hornets, who will bring an 0-4 Big Sky Conference
record into this week, finish the season with 12-straight conference
Eastern Washington will enter Thursday''s contest with a 7-11
overall record and a 2-4 mark in the Big Sky. The Eagles have won two
of their last three games including a 65-62 victory over Cal State
Northridge last Saturday. The team is 2-5 on the road including an
84-71 victory over Portland State on Jan. 13.
Portland State enters the week with a 1-17 overall record
including an 0-6 mark in the Big Sky. The Vikings have lost
12-straight games after falling at home to both Cal State Northridge
and Northern Arizona last week. The team is 1-6 on the road this year
with its only win coming at Cal State Fullerton on Dec. 2.
|''00-01 Big Sky Standings|
|(as of Jan. 22)|
|Cal State Northridge||3-3||7-10|
A LOOK AT LAST WEEK
Senior Michelle St. Clair scored a career-high 36 points in
leading Sacramento State to an 89-83 victory at UC Riverside last
Saturday. Her 36 points came on 12-of-17 shooting from the field
including 9-of-13 from beyond the three-point line.
Freshman Tola Tallman added 20 points (on 10-of-11 shooting)
and a game-high 11 rebounds. Junior Sephora Scoubes rounded out the
Hornet threesome in double figures with 18 points.
UC Riverside opened the game on a 6-1 run before the Hornets
answered with a 12-0 run to take a 13-6 lead with 14:50 remaining in
the first half. Sacramento State, which led, 48-38, at halftime,
would not relinquish its lead for the remainder of the game.
After the Highlanders cut the lead to three (78-75) with 4:13
remaining in the contest, St. Clair responded with a three-pointer to
give the Hornets some breathing room. Three possessions later, St.
Clair hit another three to push the lead to seven with 2:04 left. UC
Riverside got no closer than within five points of the lead the rest
of the way.
SIZZLING ST. CLAIR
Senior guard Michelle St. Clair''s career-high 36 points
against UC Riverside included a career-high nine three pointers on
just 13 attempts, shattering both the Sacramento State and Big Sky
Conference record for most three-pointers in a game. St. Clair, who
finished the game 12-of-17 from the field, was just three treys short
of the NCAA single-game record of 12, set by LSU''s Cornelia Gayden in
The 5-5 guard is now averaging 16.6 points per game, second
in the Big Sky. She has led the Hornets in scoring in five of the
last six games and nine games overall this season. She has posted
double figures in points in all but three games while also recording
at least three three-pointers in all but four games. With 232 points
this season, St. Clair has accounted for 27 percent of the team''s 855
Besides her points-per-game average, St. Clair also registers
in the top 10 of four other Big Sky categories. She is first in
three-pointers made per game (3.21), tied for fourth in free throw
percentage (.833, 35-42), fifth in three-point percentage (.388,
45-116) and seventh in steals (1.79 per game).
With 45 three-pointers made this season, she now has a career
total of 143, breaking the school record of 142, set by current
assistant coach Sarah Stapp. She is just six treys short of the
single-season school record of 51, set by Stapp during the 1995-96
ROAD DROUGHT ENDS
The victory over UC Riverside snapped the Hornets'' 22-game
losing streak on the road (spanning parts of three seasons). The
team''s last road win was a 77-62 victory over Eastern Washington on
Feb. 13, 1999. Over that span, the Hornets had been outscored by an
average 21.9 points per game and had been outscored by at least 10
points in 18 of those 22 contests.
MORE FALLEN STREAKS
Besides the losing streak on the road, a few other dubious
marks came to a halt with the win at UC Riverside. This season,
Sacramento State had been 0-10 when being outrebounded by an
opponent, 0-11 when its bench was outscored by the opponents'' bench
and 0-8 when committing 20 or more turnovers. Each of those streaks
were snapped in the win over UC Riverside.
In addition, the team''s 89 points was the most by a Hornet
team since a 91-84 overtime victory over San Diego during the 1997-98
season. Also against Riverside, the Hornets set season highs in field
goals (37), field goal percentage (.627, 37-59), three pointers
(nine) and assists (21).
TALLMAN ON A ROLL
Overshadowed by Michelle St. Clair''s performance against UC
Riverside was that of Tola Tallman''s. The 6-0 small forward knocked
down 10-of-11 shots from the field, scoring 20 points and pulling
down a game-high 11 rebounds. It was her first double-double of the
season as she has now led the team in rebounding in each of the last
three games. She has 31 rebounds over her last three games (10.3 rpg)
after grabbing a combined 38 boards over her first 11 games of the
season (3.5 rpg).
After getting off to a relatively slow start this season,
junior forward Sephora Scoubes has begun to look like the player that
garnered first team all-Big Sky honors last year. With her 18-point
effort against UC Riverside, she has now scored 112 points in her
last seven games (16.0 ppg) after recording only 60 points through
her first six games (10.0 ppg). She currently leads the team in field
goal percentage (.440, 59-134), three-point field goal percentage
(.500, 8-10) and is second in blocked shots (10) and points (172).
With an average of 13.2 points per game, she ranks seventh in the Big
ROSTER AT JUST EIGHT PLAYERS
Sacramento State began the season with a roster of 11
players. Since that time, the number has dwindled to eight because of
injuries and academics. At the beginning of the season, sophomore
point guard Sydney Gatson was lost for the year after doctors decided
to operate on her ailing back. Seven games into the season, the team
lost junior forward Tracey Kenyon for the year after doctors advised
her to quit playing due to multiple injuries sustained throughout her
career. Next, sophomore forward Nichole Hardaway was deemed
academically ineligible three games ago and will miss the season. All
three players were slated to start at the beginning of the year.
Moreover, the Hornets were forced to use just seven players
in their victory over UC Riverside as sophomore center Kelly Hodges
missed the trip to attend the funeral of a friend. St. Clair, Scoubes
and Rexanne Rodriguez were each forced to play all 40 minutes of the
game. As a matter of fact, St. Clair and Rodriguez both average an
unbelievable 39.0 minutes per game. St. Clair has now played all 40
minutes in eight-consecutive games and Rodriguez played the entire 40
minutes during each of the team''s first eight contests of the season.
Michelle St. Clair''s 36 points was the most by a Hornet since Kristy
Ryan dropped in 39 against UC Davis on Feb. 25, 1994...Sacramento
State''s .627 field goal percentage against UC Riverside was the first
time the team has shot above .500 in a game this year...at her
current pace, sophomore point guard Rexanne Rodriguez would finish
the season with 115 assists, a mark that would be third best in
school single-season history...senior Torilynn Boyd''s 6.8 rebounds
per game leads the Hornets and is tied for fifth in the Big
Sky...Sacramento State is second in the conference in three-point
field goal percentage (.362) and tied for third in three-pointers
made per game (4.50).
|Hornet Projected Starters||Notables|
|G||23 - Michelle St. Clair||5-5, Sr.||16.6 ppg, 39.0 mpg, 45 3PT made|
|G||24 - Rexanne Rodriguez||5-7, So.||fourth in Big Sky with 4.4 assists per game|
|F||20 - Sephora Scoubes||6-0, Jr.||seventh in Big Sky with 13.2 points per game|
|F||33 - Tola Tallman||6-0, Fr.||20 pts, 11 reb., 5 asst. at UC Riverside|
|C||30 - Torilynn Boyd||5-11, Sr.||leads team with 6.8 rebounds per game|
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|G||11 - Shannon Whent||5-7, Jr.||6 pts. in five minutes at Weber State|
|C||44 - Kelly Hodges||6-2, So.||2.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 18.7 mpg|
|C||40 - April Ranney||6-2, Jr.||6 pts., 2 ast. at UC Riverside|