A LOOK AT THIS WEEK
The Sacramento State women's basketball team looks to snap
its four-game losing streak when it welcomes in Montana State and
Weber State to Hornet Gym this week. The Hornets face the Bobcats for
the second time in seven days on Thursday, Feb. 15, before hosting
the Wildcats on Sat., Feb. 17. Both games begin at 7:05 p.m. Last
week, the Hornets lost on the road to Montana, 93-51, and Montana
State, 64-60, on back-to-back days.
The Hornets enter the week with a 3-17 overall record and a
1-9 mark in the Big Sky. The team is 2-7 at home this year with its
only Big Sky win of the season coming against last-place Portland
State on Jan. 27 in Hornet Gym. Sacramento State sits 3.5 games
behind sixth-place Cal State Northridge in the Big Sky standings with
six regular season games to play. The top six teams in the conference
advance to the Big Sky Tournament, which takes place March 8-10.
Montana State enters Thursday's game with a 15-7 overall
record and an 8-3 mark in the Big Sky. The Bobcats, who have made a
remarkable turnaround from last year's 6-21 squad, currently sit all
alone in second place in the conference standings, 2.5 games back of
first-place Idaho State. MSU and the Hornets split two games last
season with each team winning on its home floor.
.Weber State (10-12, 7-5) hosts Montana on Thursday before
making the trip out to Sacramento for Saturday's contest. The
Wildcats have won three in a row and are currently in fifth place in
the Big Sky. WSU dealt the Hornets their second-worst loss of the
season, 87-45, on Jan. 13. The teams split two games last season, but
Weber State is 8-1 against the Hornets since Sacramento State joined
On May 30, 2000, Carolyn Jenkins became the fifth Sacramento
State women's basketball coach in the program's 35-year history.
Jenkins, who now owns an 3-17 career mark as a head coach, came to
the Hornets after serving the past four years (1996-2000) as the top
assistant and recruiting coordinator at Michigan State. Prior to the
that, the 31-year old native of Fresno, Calif., was an assistant at
Stanford from 1991-95.
While at Michigan State, the 1990 graduate of UC Berkeley
spearheaded a recruiting class that was ranked among the top-25 in
the country on three occasions (1996-97 through 1998-99). During her
stint at Stanford, the team reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA
Tournament all four years including two Final Four appearances
(1991-92 and 1994-95) and a national championship in 1991-92.
In addition to her eight years of coaching at the
intercollegiate level, she was also a floor coach for the U.S. Pan
American team in 1993 and served in the capacity of floor coach and
team scout for the U.S. Senior National Team in 1994.
Montana State is guided by second-year head coach Frank
McCarthy who has posted a 21-28 record with the Bobcats. In 12 years
as a collegiate head coach, McCarthy is 211-118.
Weber State is coached by Carla Taylor, who has posted a
153-196 record in her 13 years with the Wildcats.
'00-01 Big Sky Standings
(as of Feb. 12)
|Cal State Northridge||5-6||9-14|
Sacramento State lost in 15th- and 16th-straight Big Sky road
games as the team dropped games to Montana and Montana State on
The Hornets were outrebounded, 44-28, while shooting just
36.7 percent from the field as Montana cruised to a 93-51 win last
Thursday. The 42-point margin of defeat tied for the seventh-worst
loss in program history.
Montana, which led 42-29 at halftime, used an 18-2 run to
start the second half to put the game out of reach. The Hornets were
led by senior Torilynn Boyd's game-high 19 points while junior
Sephora Scoubes finished with 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Saturday, the Hornets fell, 64-60, despite a game-high 25
points from Michelle St. Clair and a 7-0 run in the final 49 seconds.
MSU jumped out to an early 14-8 lead before the Hornets answered with
a 14-3 run to take their largest lead of the game at 22-17 with 5:05
remaining. The Bobcats ended the first stanza on a 10-2 run to take a
27-24 lead at halftime.
MSU opened the second half on an 8-2 run to take a 35-26 lead
with 16:17 to play. The Bobcats increased their lead to 54-39 with
6:48 remaining. Down 11 points with 49 seconds left, the Hornets
ended the game on a 7-0 run to lose by four points.
Sacramento State shot 40.0 percent from the field and went to
the free throw line just six times. Conversely, Montana State shot
44.8 percent from the floor while finishing 11-of-17 from the charity
stripe. St. Clair, who knocked down five three-pointers, scored 21 of
her 25 points in the second half.
ST. CLAIR CONTINUES TO FILL IT UP
With six more three-pointers last week, Michelle St. Clair
now has 64 three-pointers this season. Having already broken the
Sacramento State single-season record for treys, she needs just 12 in
the final six games to break the Big Sky record of 75, set last
season by Weber State's Shelley Olson. On her current pace, St. Clair
would finish the year with 83 three-pointers.
Already the Sacramento State career leader in three-pointers,
St. Clair is on pace to finish her four-year career with 181
three-pointers, two shy of the Big Sky record of 183, held by
Portland State's Karrin Wilson. St. Clair already broke the
conference single-game record with nine three-pointers earlier this
season against UC Riverside.
Currently seventh in the nation and first in the Big Sky in
three-pointers (3.2 per game), the Grass Valley, Calif., leads the
conference with 16.9 points per game and is ranked in the top-10 in
three other Big Sky categories including fourth in free throw
percentage (.826), fifth in three-point percentage (.372) and eighth
in steals (1.85 per game).
St. Clair has led the team in scoring in 13 games this season
and has scored at least 20 points seven times, including a
career-high 36 at UC Riverside. In her three years prior to this
season, St. Clair had never scored more than 18 points in a game and
combined to average 7.8 points per game.
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 (39.0) and
Rexanne Rodriguez (39.3), 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 three games.
THE BIG THREE
The Hornets have three players among the top 17 scorers in
the Big Sky. Michelle St. Clair (1st, 16.9 ppg), Sephora Scoubes
(9th, 13.1 ppg) and Torilynn Boyd (17th, 10.0 ppg) each average
double figures in points. In all but one game this season, one of the
three has accounted for the team's leading scorer.
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 0-13 when trailing at the half and has lost 15-straight
dating back to last season. Over the last five years, the team is
7-85 when trailing at halftime.
RODRIGUEZ AT THE POINT
Sophomore Rexanne Rodriguez had gone six-straight games with
at least eight assists before recording four against Montana State.
The team's only true point guard, Rodriguez is second in the Big Sky
in assists (5.45 per game) and seventh in assists-to-turnover ratio
(1.47). On her current pace, the Grass Valley, Calif., would finish
the season with 142 assists which would place her third all-time in
Sacramento State single-season history and 10th in conference history.
Similar to last season's struggles, Sacramento State has had
trouble controlling the boards. The team has been outrebounded 16
times this season and is currently last in the Big Sky in rebounding
margin (-9.2). The Hornets are 1-15 when being outrebounded and have
eclipsed the 40-rebound mark just once this season. Sacramento
State's 22 rebounds at Idaho State on Feb. 3 was not only a season
low, it was the lowest output by the team since recording 21 boards
against Stanford on Dec. 19, 1995.
The 93 points scored by Montana last Thursday was the most by a
Hornet opponent this season and the 42-point margin of defeat tied
for the seventh-worst loss in program history...the Hornets have lost
16-straight Big Sky contests on the road spanning parts of three
seasons...the team's five three-point attempts against Montana was a
season low...Sacramento State has not shot above .400 from the field
in each of the last six games.
|Hornet Projected Starters|| ||Notables|
|G 23 - Michelle St. Clair||5-5, Sr.||16.9 ppg, 64-172 from three-point range|
|G 24 - Rexanne Rodriguez||5-7, So.||8.0 assists per game over last seven games |
|F 20 - Sephora Scoubes||6-0, Jr.||13.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, .409 FG%|
|F 33 - Tola Tallman||6-0, Fr.||7.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 27.4 mpg|
|C 30 - Torilynn Boyd||5-11, Sr.||10.0 ppg, team-leading 7.0 rpg|
|Hornet Reserves|| ||Notables|
|G 11 - Shannon Whent||5-7, Jr.||upgraded from team manager on Jan. 4|
|C 44 - Kelly Hodges||6-2, So.||3.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 16.7 mpg|
|C 40 - April Ranney||6-2, Jr.||has played in eight games this year|