A LOOK AT THIS WEEK
Fresh off its first Big Sky Conference victory of the season,
the Sacramento State women''s basketball team heads into the week with
a 3-13 overall record and a 1-5 mark in the conference. The Hornets
play the final game of their three-game homestand this Thursday,
Feb. 1, when they host Cal State Northridge at 7:05 p.m. The team
then travels to Pocatello, Idaho, on Saturday, Feb. 3, to play Idaho
State at 6:05 p.m.
The Hornets split a pair of home games last week, losing to
Eastern Washington, 67-54, on Thursday and defeating Portland State,
75-56, on Saturday. The victory over the Vikings snapped a nine-game
conference losing streak that dated back to last season. Sacramento
State''s 19-point margin of victory over Portland State also tied for
the team''s second largest win over a Big Sky opponent since joining
the conference prior to the 1996-97 season.
Cal State Northridge will enter Thursday''s contest with an
8-11 overall record and a 4-4 Big Sky mark. The Matadors, who are 2-5
on the road this season, have won twice in their last six games. CSN
defeated Sacramento State, 88-62, earlier this season and has now won
each of the last seven meetings between the two teams.
Idaho State enters the week with a 13-4 record including a
perfect 6-0 mark in the Big Sky. The first-place Bengals have won
nine-straight games including back-to-back victories on the road over
Montana and Montana State two weeks ago. Idaho State, which hosts
Northern Arizona on Thursday, has a 10-game home winning streak.
Since joining the Big Sky in 1996-97, the Hornets have never beaten
the Bengals (0-8).
A LOOK AT LAST WEEK
Sacramento State split a pair of home games last week, losing
to Eastern Washington on Thursday and defeating Portland State on
Saturday, Michelle St. Clair scored 21 points and Tola
Tallman added 14 points and 16 rebounds as the Hornets picked up
their first Big Sky win of the season. SAC led from start to finish
after opening the game on a 12-0 run. After leading, 34-24, at
halftime, Sacramento State saw its advantage trimmed to two, 45-43,
with 11:34 remaining in the game.
The Hornets then went on a 9-3 run behind baskets by St.
Clair, Tallman, Kelly Hodges and Sephora Scoubes. Portland State was
never able to pull closer than four points from that point on. The
Hornets shot .760 (19-25) from the free throw line while getting to
the stripe 18 more times (25-7) than the Vikings.
Thursday, Sacramento State shot just .305 (18-59) from the
floor and committed 29 turnovers while falling to Eastern Washington,
67-54. The Hornets took a brief 2-0 lead to open the contest before
the Eagles rattled off a 24-2 run over the next seven minutes to take
a commanding 24-4 lead. EWU, which held a 42-26 halftime advantage,
would not relinquish its lead the rest of the game as it led by as
many as 25 points in the second half.
The Hornets made the final score respectable after outscoring
the Eagles, 9-0, over the final 4:33 of the game. St. Clair led
Sacramento State with 17 points while Torilynn Boyd recorded her
third double-double of the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
|''00-01 Big Sky Standings|
|(as of Jan. 29)|
|Cal State Northridge||4-4||8-11|
TALLMAN TURNING IT ON
Freshman forward Tola Tallman combined for 28 points, 20
rebounds and eight steals in two games last week. The Sacramento
native recorded her second double-double of the season with 14 points
and 16 rebounds against Portland State. The 16 boards was the most by
a Hornet this season and her 14 points marked her third-straight game
in double-figure points.
Despite being a small forward, Tallman has now led the team
in rebounding in four of the last five games and has bumped her
rebounding average up to 5.6 per game. Over her last three contests,
she is averaging 16.0 points and 10.3 rebounds per contest. Although
just a freshman, Tallman is second on the Hornets in steals (27) and
rebounds (89) and fourth in points scored (121).
ST. CLAIR FOR THREE
With six more three-pointers last week, Michelle St. Clair
has already tied the Sacramento State single-season record for most
three-pointers (51) with 10 games still to play. She now has a career
total of 149 treys, breaking the school''s old career mark of 142,
held by current assistant coach Sarah Stapp.
This season, St. Clair is averaging a Big Sky-leading 16.9
points and 3.19 three-pointers per game. Against UC Riverside on Jan.
20, she knocked down nine three-pointers, shattering both the Big Sky
and school record for most threes in a game. She has led the Hornets
in scoring in four-straight games and seven of the last eight. The
Grass Valley, Calif., native has scored at least 15 points in all but
four games this season while averaging 38.9 minutes per game.
Besides points and three-pointers, St. Clair also leads the
team in free throw percentage (.804, 45-56) and steals (32). Among
Big Sky leaders, she is tied for fifth in three-point percentage
(.375) and eighth in free throw percentage and steals.
ROSTER AT JUST EIGHT PLAYERS
Sacramento State began the season with a roster of 10
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.
The team''s starting tandem of guards, St. Clair (38.9) and
Rodriguez (39.1), both average an unbelievable amount of minutes per
game. Even with eight players on the roster, Sacramento State has
used a core of six players for most games. Junior center April Ranney
has played in just seven games and junior guard Shannon Whent, who
began the season as the team manager, has played in two games.
Over the last two weeks, the Hornets have rid themselves of
two dubious streaks. First, on Jan. 20, the team won at UC Riverside,
snapping a 22-game losing streak on the road spanning parts of three
seasons. Sacramento State''s win over Portland State last week snapped
a nine-game losing streak against Big Sky teams.
Now that those two streaks are out of the way, the Hornets
have one more mark to erase. The team has lost 13-straight Big Sky
games away from home and have not been within eight points in any of
RODRIGUEZ AT THE POINT
Sophomore point guard Rexanne Rodriguez matched her career
high in assists with 10 against Portland State last Saturday. Through
the first 11 games of the season, the Grass Valley, Calif., native
had 40 assists and 50 turnovers. In the five games since, she has 40
assists and 16 turnovers. For the season, Rodriguez is now averaging
5.00 assists per game, third best in the Big Sky, and has an
assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.21, eighth best in the conference.
Sacramento State''s 19-point victory over Portland State matched the
team''s second largest win over a Big Sky opponent since joining the
conference before the 1996-97 season...senior Torilynn Boyd is sixth
in the Big Sky with 7.3 rebounds per game. As a junior during the
1998-99 season before taking a redshirt last year, Boyd finished
third in the conference with 8.0 per game...among Big Sky leaders,
junior Sephora Scoubes ranks ninth in free throw percentage (.771,
54-70), 10th in scoring (12.8 points per game) and tied for 10th in
blocked shots (0.80 per game)...Coach Jenkins has now stuck with the
same starting lineup (Scoubes, Boyd, Tallman, St. Clair, Rodriguez)
over the past five games after using eight different combinations
during the team''s first 11 games...St. Clair has played all 40
minutes in nine of the last 10 games...the Hornets are 0-11 when tied
or trailing at the half...Sacramento State is second in the Big Sky
in three-point field goal percentage (.350, 69-197).
|Hornet Projected Starters||Notables|
|G||23 - Michelle St. Clair||5-5, Sr.||Big Sky-leading 16.9 points per game|
|G||24 - Rexanne Rodriguez||5-7, So.||8.0 assists per game in last five contests|
|F||20 - Sephora Scoubes||6-0, Jr.||12.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, .444 3PT%, .771 FT%|
|F||33 - Tola Tallman||6-0, Fr.||14 pts., 16 reb. vs. Portland State|
|C||30 - Torilynn Boyd||5-11, Sr.||9.6 points, 7.3 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, 2.1 rpg, 17.5 mpg|
|C||40 - April Ranney||6-2, Jr.||2.7 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 12.3 mpg|