WOMEN'S HOOPS AT NORTHERN COLORADO, EASTERN WASHINGTON THIS WEEKEND
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's basketbal team will hit the road for a pair of Big Sky Conference games this weekend. The Hornets will play at Northern Colorado at 6:05 p.m. PT on Thursday and at Eastern Washington at 7:05 p.m. PT on Saturday.
Sacramento State is 3-14 (0-4 Big Sky) entering the weekend while Northern Colorado is 8-9 (3-1) and Eastern Washington, which defeated the Hornets 88-72 at The Nest on Jan. 13, is 6-9 (2-1).
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NORTHERN COLORADO BREAKDOWN
Last Game: Sacramento State won 93-89 in Greeley on Feb. 27, 2010.
All-Time Series: Sacramento State leads, 6-2
This Year: UNC is 3-1 in conference entering Thursday’s game after defeating Montana, PSU and EWU. Lauren Oosdyke and D’shara Strange lead the Bears in scoring.
EASTERN WASHINGTON BREAKDOWN
Last Game: Eastern Washington won 88-72 on Jan. 13 at The Nest.
All-Time Series: Eastern Washington leads, 21-11
This Year: The Eagles were victorious in the teams’ first meeting this season, with Brianne Ryan scoring a game-high 21 points. Kylie Kuhns grabbed 16 rebounds.
THE HORNETS IN THE TOP 25
The Hornets entered the weekend ranked in the NCAA top-25 in two statistical categories. Sacramento State is No. 9 in 3-point field goals attempted per game (8.1) and No. 15 in assists per game (17.6).
KUHNS NO. 4 REBOUNDER IN NCAA
After leading the nation in rebounding for three consecutive weeks, from 11/28 through 12/12, sophomore Kylie Kuhns now ranks No. 4 in the NCAA with 12.2 rebounds per game. The current leader is VCU’s Courtney Hurt at 13.3 rpg. Kuhns was tied with Hurt at No. 1 during one of her three weeks atop the rebound rankings. Kuhns is also No. 1 in the Big Sky Conference in both offensive (5.4) and defensive (6.8) rebounding in addition to her total number. Kuhns has 418 career boards after posting 211 as a freshman.
KUHNS BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD
Kylie Kuhns snapped the single-game school record with 23 rebounds in a 106-88 victory over San Francisco (12/1). The previous single-game rebound record of 22 was held by Kellie Kuelper, which she set at home versus Saint Mary’s on Dec. 6, 1996. Her 23 boards also tied the Big Sky Conference record, previously set by Northern Arizona’s Michelle Kirby on Nov. 28, 1989.
KUHNS’ SEVEN DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Kylie Kuhns ranks No. 29 in the NCAA in double-doubles this season with seven. She leads the Big Sky in double-doubles, with Katie Baker’s four in second place. Kuhns opened up the 2010-11 season with double-doubles in three straight games against Pacific, Fresno State and Nevada. She then posted a double-double against Cal State Bakersfield before tallying 10+ points and 10+ boards in games at Oregon and at home versus San Francisco. Against USF she had a school-record 23 rebounds and 23 points for her first ever 20-20 game. She went seven games without a double-double after breaking the school record against USF before recording 15 points and 16 rebounds at home vs. Eastern Washington (1/13).
TIKA LEADS THE CONFERENCE
Tika Koshiyama-Diaz leads the Big Sky Conference with 98 total assists and 5.8 per game. The senior point guard ranks No. 16 in the NCAA in assists per game and has been as high as No. 8 this season.
HORNETS ON TOP OF THE BLOCKS
Sophomore center Natasha Torgerson is first in the Big Sky Conference with 27 total blocks and 2.1 blocks per game while Kylie Kuhns is No. 2 with 22 total rejections, averaging 1.3 per game. Torgerson had a single-game conference-best six rejections against Nevada (11/17) but bettered that with seven blocks against UC Davis (12/19). Torgerson had just four blocks all last season. Kuhns had a season-high three blocks in two games. She has had at least one rejection in 12 of 17 games.
FIRST CAREER STARTS
Mallorie Franco made her first career-start in the season-opener at Pacific. The sophomore scored eight points and pulled down 10 rebounds.
Sophomore Natasha Torgerson replaced Emily Christensen in the lineup against Fresno State (11/14), making her first career start. In the game against the Bulldogs, Togerson sank her first career 3-point basket en route to five points and three rebounds. Freshman Sadie Clements made her first collegiate start against Nevada on (11/17), scoring 10 points. Se’nyce Parrish made her first career start on Jan. 8 against Montana.