A LOOK AT THIS WEEK
The Sacramento State women's basketball team, fresh off a
pair of home losses last week including a heartbreaking 62-59 loss to
Weber State, wraps up its road portion of the schedule this week. The
Hornets travel to Portland, Ore., on Thursday, Feb. 22, to take on
the Vikings of Portland State before making the trip to Cheney,
Wash., on Saturday, Feb. 24, to face the Eagles of Eastern
Washington. Both games are set to begins at 7:05 p.m. PST.
The Hornets, who enter the week with a 3-19 overall record
and a 1-11 mark in the Big Sky Conference, have just four games left
on the schedule including home games against Montana and Idaho State
next week. With last Saturday's loss to Weber State, the team was
eliminated from Big Sky playoff contention. The top six teams in the
conference advance to the conference playoffs March 8-10. The Hornets
have now missed the Big Sky playoffs four years in a row after
reaching the postseason tournament in its first year with the
conference in 1996-97.
Portland State enters Thursday's game with a 2-22 overall
record and a 1-11 mark in the Big Sky. The Vikings have lost of 17 of
their last 18 games with their only Big Sky victory coming two weeks
ago at Montana State. PSU is 0-11 at home this year and has lost
12-straight at the Stott Center dating back to last season. The
Hornets' lone Big Sky victory came in a 75-56 home win over the
Vikings on Jan. 27. Since joining the conference, the Hornets are 4-5
against Portland State.
Eastern Washington is currently battling Cal State Northridge
for the sixth and final Big Sky playoff spot. The Eagles sit in
seventh place with a 4-8 conference mark, one game back of the
Matadors. EWU snapped its four-game losing streak last week with an
85-63 victory over Portland State. The Eagles (9-15 overall) defeated
the Hornets in Sacramento, 67-54, on Jan. 25, but have won just once
since that time. Sacramento State is 3-6 all-time against Eastern
A LOOK AT LAST WEEK
Sacramento State dropped a pair of home games last week,
losing 73-64 against Montana State on Thursday and 62-59 vs. Weber
State on Saturday.
Thursday, Montana State used a 24-9 run over the first 12
minutes of the second half to break open a game that had been 33-32
in favor of MSU at halftime. The Hornets missed 10 of their first 14
shots while committing seven turnovers in the first 11:14 of the
second half. MSU took advantage, building its lead to 57-41 with 8:46
remaining, effectively putting the game away. The Hornets closed the
contest on a 19-11 run to lose by nine.
Jessica Blake and Isabel Stubbs each scored 19 points for the
Bobcats while Torilynn Boyd led the Hornets with 18 points and a
game-high 10 rebounds. Montana State converted on 21-of-27 free
throws while the Hornets went just 5-of-6 from the charity stripe.
Saturday, Michelle St. Clair's desperation three-pointer at
the buzzer went wide left as the Hornets lost to Weber State by the
three-point margin. Weber State's Kristen Hesselbach made 1-of-2 free
throws to put the Wildcats up, 62-59, with seven seconds to play. St.
Clair, who scored a game-high 22 points, took the inbounds pass and
dribbled the length of the floor before hoisting up a 30-footer with
two Wildcat defenders on her.
In a game which featured 13 lead changes and eight ties,
Weber State took its largest lead of the contest at 55-48 with 6:57
to play. The Hornets responded with a 7-0 run on a three-pointer by
St. Clair and pair of buckets from Sephora Scoubes to tie the score
at 55-55 with 4:21 to play.
With the Hornets trailing, 61-59, Torilynn Boyd had a chance
to tie but missed a 10-footer from the baseline with 10 seconds left.
Hesselbach grabbed the rebound and was fouled with seven seconds
left. St. Clair's 22-point effort came on 9-of-16 shooting including
4-of-6 from beyond the three-point line. Scoubes added 15 points,
seven rebounds and five blocked shots for the Hornets.
STRUGGLES ON THE ROAD
Sacramento State has lost 16-straight Big Sky games on the
road. The team has been within eight points in just one 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 2-36 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 already snapped an overall 22-game road losing streak
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
2-74 against Big Sky competition on the road.
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 0-14 when trailing at the half and has lost 16-straight
dating back to last season. Over the last five years, the team is
7-86 when trailing at halftime.
ST. CLAIR GUNNING FOR BIG SKY RECORDS
With five more three-pointers last week, Michelle St. Clair
now has 69 three-pointers this season. Having already broken the
Sacramento State single-season record for treys, she needs just seven
in the final four 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 82 three-pointers.
Also the Sacramento State career leader in three-pointers,
St. Clair is on pace to finish her four-year career with 180
three-pointers, three 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 tied for fifth in the nation and first in the Big
Sky in three-pointers (3.14 per game), the Grass Valley, Calif.,
leads the conference with 17.0 points per game and is ranked in the
top-10 in three other Big Sky categories including tied for third in
free throw percentage (.831), fifth in three-point percentage (.377)
and eighth in steals (1.91 per game).
St. Clair has led the team in scoring in 14 games this season
and has scored at least 20 points eight 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 just 7.8 points per game.
RODRIGUEZ AT THE POINT
In her last seven games, point guard Rexanne Rodriguez has 52
assists and 12 turnovers (good for a 4.3 assist-to-turnover ratio).
The sophomore has recorded at least eight assists in seven of her
last nine games and now leads the Big Sky with 5.55 assists per game.
She is also sixth in the conference with a 1.61 assist-to-turnover
ratio. On her current pace, the Grass Valley, Calif., native would
finish the season with 144 assists which would place her third
all-time in Sacramento State single-season history and 10th in
With last Thursday's 18-point, 10-rebound performance, senior
Torilynn Boyd recorded her fifth double-double of the season, fourth
most in the Big Sky this season. The Mentone, Calif., native
currently averages 10.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. The
rebounding mark is sixth-best in the conference and the points are
17th-best. Boyd has led or shared the team lead in rebounding in each
of the last three games and 12 games overall this season.
Sacramento State recorded a season-high 10 blocked shots against
Weber State including five by Sephora Scoubes...the Hornets have been
to the free throw line a combined 16 times in the last three
games...six Hornet losses this season have come by six points or
less...Rexanne Rodriguez had played all 40 minutes in each of the
last eight games before playing 36 against Weber State...Scoubes has
recorded double figures in points in six of her last seven games and
currently sits eighth in the Big Sky and second on the team with 13.0
points per game...despite their record, the Hornets have been
outscored by an average of just five points in the second halves of
games this season.
|Hornet Projected Starters||Notables|| |
|G 23 - Michelle St. Clair||5-5, Sr.||6 three-pointers shy of Big Sky season record|
|G 24 - Rexanne Rodriguez||5-7, So.||Big Sky leader with 5.55 assists per game|
|F 20 - Sephora Scoubes||6-0, Jr.||Eighth in Big Sky with 13.0 points per game|
|F 33 - Tola Tallman||6-0, Fr.||7.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 28.2 mpg|
|C 30 - Torilynn Boyd||5-11, Sr.||five double-doubles this season|
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|Hornet Reserves||Notables|| |
|G 11 - Shannon Whent||5-7, Jr.||upgraded from team manager on Jan. 4|
|C 44 - Kelly Hodges||6-2, So.||2.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 16.1 mpg|
|C 40 - April Ranney||6-2, Jr.||has played in 10 games this year|