A LOOK AT THIS WEEK
The Sacramento State women''s basketball team, which is 2-3 in
its last five games despite losing twice last week, concludes it
three-game road trip against Montana (Thursday, Feb. 8) and Montana
State (Friday, Feb. 9) on back-to-back days. Last week, the Hornets
fell at home to Cal State Northridge and lost on the road at Idaho
State. Following the Montana/Montana State games this week,
Sacramento State has just six games left on the regular season
schedule (four at home, two on the road).
The Hornets are 3-15 overall and eighth in the nine-team Big
Sky Conference with a 1-7 record. The team is 2-7 at home and 1-8 on
the road and has dropped 14-straight Big Sky games away from home
dating back to the 1998-99 season.
Montana, which has been crowned Big Sky champions six of the
last seven years, will enter Friday''s game with a 14-6 overall record
and a 6-3 mark in the conference. Currently tied for third place in
the Big Sky, the Grizzlies are 10-2 at Dahlberg Arena with their only
Big Sky loss coming to Idaho State. Since joining the conference in
1996-97, Sacramento State has never beaten Montana, going 0-8 over
Montana State, which is tied for third with Montana in the
Big Sky, will enter Friday''s game with a 13-7 overall record and a
6-3 conference mark. The Bobcats have won three of their last four
games, but fell at home to last-place Portland State on Saturday,
snapping the Vikings'' nine-game conference losing streak. The Hornets
and Bobcats, who have yet to play each other this season, split two
games last year.
|2000-01 Big Sky Standings|
|(as of Feb. 5)|
|Cal State Northridge||5-5||9-12|
A LOOK AT LAST WEEK
Sacramento State lost both of its games last week, losing at
home to Cal State Northridge on Thursday before falling at Idaho
State on Saturday.
Thursday, the Matadors'' Sha''Tasha Allen scored four of her
team-high 17 points during the final two minutes of the game to lead
Cal State Northridge to a 75-70 victory over the Hornets. Sacramento
State''s Michelle St. Clair led all scorers with 28 points, while
going 8-of-8 from the free throw line and dropping in four
Trailing, 71-68, with possession of the ball and 38 seconds
to play, Hornet forward Sephora Scoubes'' pass was stolen by LaShaunda
Fowler, who was quickly fouled. After Fowler made both free throws to
push the Matador lead to five, the Hornets'' Kelly Hodges converted on
a lay-up to cut the lead to three with 12 seconds. With seven seconds
to play, the Hornets then fouled Allen, who knocked down both free
throws to ice the game.
Saturday, Idaho State opened the game on a 20-2 run and never
looked back while defeating the Hornets, 62-45. Sacramento State,
which went to the free throw line just once during the entire game,
was outrebounded by the Bengals, 39-22. After trailing, 44-23, at
halftime, the Hornets outscored Idaho State in the second stanza,
22-18, while closing the final 11:14 of the game on an 18-6 run.
Sacramento State was led by Sephora Scoubes'' team-high 20
points while Torilynn Boyd finished with 10 points and a team-high
ST. CLAIR CONTINUES TO FILL IT UP
With seven more three-pointers last week, Michelle St. Clair
is now the Sacramento State single-season record-holder for most
three-pointers (58). She also has a career total of 156 treys,
breaking the school''s old mark of 142, held by current assistant
coach Sarah Stapp.
On her current pace, she would finish the season with 84
three-pointers, shattering the Big Sky Conference single-season
record of 75, set by Weber State''s Shelley Olson last year. Also at
her current rate, she would finish her career with 182
three-pointers, one shy of the Big Sky record of 183, set by Portland
State''s Karrin Wilson. She already shattered the conference
single-game record of nine three-pointers earlier this season against
The Grass Valley, Calif., native is currently second in the
conference in scoring at 17.1 points per game. She has led the
Hornets in scoring in 12 games this year and has scored at least 20
points six times, including a career-high 36 against Riverside.
Among Big Sky leaders, St. Clair is also first in
three-pointers per game (3.22), fourth in free throw percentage
(.828, 53-64) and fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.365).
STRUGGLES ON THE ROAD
With last week''s loss at Idaho State, the Hornets have now
lost 14-straight Big Sky games on the road. The team has not been
within eight points in any of those contests and has not won since
defeating Eastern Washington in Cheney, Wash., 77-62, on Feb. 13,
1999. Since joining the conference, the Hornets are 2-34 in Big Sky
road games with their other win coming in a 51-42 victory at Cal
State Northridge on Feb. 22, 1997. The team has already snapped a
22-game road losing streak against all competition earlier this
season against UC Riverside.
Since joining the conference prior to the 1996-97 season, the
Sacramento State men''s and women''s basketball teams are a combined
2-70 against Big Sky competition on the road.
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 11 games into the season. All three players
were slated to start at the beginning of the year.
The team''s starting tandem of guards, St. Clair (39.1) and
Rexanne Rodriguez (39.2), 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 eight games and junior guard Shannon
Whent, who was upgraded from team manager to student-athlete on Jan.
4, has played in only two games.
TRAILING AT THE HALF
Plain and simple, when trailing at the half, Sacramento State
has a tendency to lose games. Just look at the numbers: This season,
the team is 0-11 when trailing at the half and has lost 13-straight
dating back to last season. Over the last five years, the team is
7-83 when trailing at halftime.
RODRIGUEZ AT THE POINT
After getting off to a relatively slow start this season,
sophomore point guard Rexanne Rodriguez has started to turn it around
over the past three weeks. Through the first 11 games of the season,
the Grass Valley, Calif., native had 40 assists and 50 turnovers. In
the seven games since, she has 57 assists and just 19 turnovers. For
the season, Rodriguez is now averaging 5.4 assists per game, third
best in the Big Sky, and has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.4,
seventh best in the conference. On her current pace, Rodriguez would
finish the season with 140 assists, a mark that would place her third
in Sacramento State single-season history.
Similar to last season''s struggles, Sacramento State has had
trouble controlling the boards. The team has been outrebounded 14
times this season and is currently last in the Big Sky in rebounding
margin (-9.0). The Hornets are 1-13 when being outrebounded and have
eclipsed the 40-rebound mark just once this season. Sacramento
State''s 22 rebounds at Idaho State last Saturday was not only a
season low, it was the lowest output by the team since recording 21
boards against Stanford on Dec. 19, 1995.
Junior Sephora Scoubes'' 20 points against Idaho State marked the
third time she has scored 20 or more points this season. She was able
to accomplish the feat 11 times last year...in the last four games,
Sacramento State is shooting .773 (58-75) from the free throw line.
Scoubes has knocked down 11 in a row without missing, St. Clair 12 in
a row and Rodriguez seven in a row from the charity stripe...senior
Torilynn Boyd is tied for fourth in the Big Sky with four
double-doubles. Her 7.2 rebounds per game leads the team and is
seventh in the conference.
|Hornet Projected Starters||Notables|
|G||23 - Michelle St. Clair||5-5, Sr.||17.1 ppg, 3.2 3PT per game|
|G||24 - Rexanne Rodriguez||5-7, So.||5.39 apg; 1.4 assists/turnover ratio|
|F||20 - Sephora Scoubes||6-0, Jr.||13.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, .421 FG%|
|F||33 - Tola Tallman||6-0, Fr.||7.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 27.1 mpg|
|C||30 - Torilynn Boyd||5-11, Sr.||9.7 ppg, team-leading 7.2 rpg|
| || || || |
|G||11 - Shannon Whent||5-7, Jr.||upgraded from team manager on Jan. 4|
|C||44 - Kelly Hodges||6-2, So.||2.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 16.7 mpg|
|C||40 - April Ranney||6-2, Jr.||2.4 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 9.5 mpg|