Women's Basketball Hosts Academy Of Art for Friday Exhibition Game

Women's Basketball Hosts Academy Of Art for Friday Exhibition Game

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's basketball team will play host to Academy of Art for an exhibition game at 7 p.m. on Friday at The Nest.

If you can't make it to the gym, live stats will be offered, in addition to an online radio broadcast. You can also follow along with the game via Twitter @hornetsports. All regular season home game will be streamed online via Big Sky TV.

Sacramento State opens the 2012-13 regular season at Long Beach State on Nov. 9. The Hornets' first home game is on Nov. 20 against Utah Valley.

Head coach Jamie Craighead has arguably her most athletic and deep team in her fourth season as head coach. There is no argument, however, that this is her most experienced squad.

Sacramento State returns four of its five starters from last season and lost just two players total from the roster. All three players who earned Big Sky accolades - second team selection Kylie Kuhns, honorable mention choice Alle Moreno and freshman of the year Fantasia Hilliard - are back as the Hornets will look to improve on last year's sixth place finish in the Big Sky Conference. As a team, Sacramento State returns 80.4 percent of its points, 86.3 percent of its rebounds and 83.3 percent of its assists from last season.

Craighead and the Hornets won their last four regular season games to jump Portland State in the standings and claim the final seed to the Big Sky Tournament. It was Sacramento State's fifth all-time trip to the league's postseason tourney, but it was what the Hornets did when they got there that was a first for the program.

The Hornets upset No. 3 seeded Eastern Washington, 71-61, in the first round for their first ever victory at the Big Sky Tournament. The Hornets lost their next game, in the semifinals to eventual tournament champion and host Idaho State.

Craighead will be able to use both youth and experience on the floor as the Hornets continue to perfect her frenetic-paced offense and press defense.