Women's Hoops Hosts USF on Wednesday
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's basketball team will look for its third straight win when the Hornets play host to San Francisco at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at The Nest.
* A full set of PDF game notes is available via the link above the photo
SACRAMENTO STATE BREAKDOWN
Record: 2-2, 0-0 Big Sky Conference
All-Time Div. I (1991-92) Series: 4-6
Last Meeting: L, 86-71 (Dec. 17, 2011)
Notable: The Hornets have won two straight games after dropping their first two of the season. Sacramento State is averaging a Big Sky Conference leading 74.8 points per game.
SAN FRANCISCO BREAKDOWN
Record: 3-2, 0-0 West Coast Conference
Notable: San Francisco has started out strong this season with a 3-2 record. The Dons have only played one road game, however, a 60-55 loss at CSU Fullerton. Guard Mel Khlok is averaging a team-high 14.4 points while Zhane Dikes is scoring 10.6 points per game.
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THIS WEEK IN THE BIG SKY
Eastern Washington - at Idaho
Idaho State - at South Dakota, at Nebraska
Montana - Idaho, Tennessee State
Montana State - UM-Western, at Utah State
Northern Arizona - at CSU Fullerton, at UC Riverside
Northern Colorado - at Denver, North Dakota State
North Dakota - at Dequesne, at South Florida
Portland State - Portland
Southern Utah - New Mexico State
Weber State - at New Mexico
KUHNS SETS SCHOOL REBOUNDS RECORD
Kylie Kuhns grabbed 12 rebounds against Utah Valley on Nov. 20, but it was her 10th, an offensive board with 14:39 remaining in the second half,that pushed her to the top of the record books and past Heidi Carroll, who set the previous record of 931 rebounds in 1986. Kuhns grabbed 211 rebounds as a freshman, 321 as a sophomore and 360 last season as a junior. The senior has 42 thus far through four games. With 934 career boards, she is on pace to become just the fifth player in Big Sky Conference history to reach 1,000 career rebounds and needs 240 more this season to match the league record of 1,174 boards, set by Idaho State's Natalie Doma in 2008.
LIMITING THE MISTAKES
Sacramento State only turned the ball over eight times against Utah Valley on Nov. 20. It was the Hornets' fewest number of turnovers in a game since head coach took over in 2009-10. Sacramento State averaged 22 turnovers per game in its first three contests of the season.
MORENO'S SECOND HALF HEROICS
Alle Moreno used a big second-half to finish with a game-high 24 points against Utah Valley on Nov. 20. She went 2-of-9 from the field, including 0-of-5 from long range, in the first half but turned it on in the second half. She went 6-of-12 overall and 4-of-9 from three-point range after halftime. Moreno, who scored 11 straight points over a two minute stretch to put the Hornets up six with 7:53 left in the game, tallied 20 of her 24 points in the second half. So far this season, Moreno is averaging a team-best 17.0 points per game, which ranks No. 2 in the Big Sky Conference.
PARRISH ON THE BOARDS
Se'nyce Parrish entered the season with a single-game career-high of five rebounds but the junior guard has matched or eclipsed that total in every game thus far. Parrish pulled down six boards at Long Beach State on Nov. 9, five at CSU Fullerton on Nov. 11, six at CSU Bakersfield on Nov. 16 and a new career-best 10 rebounds versus Utah Valley on Nov. 20. Parrish also scored a career-high 15 points at CSU Fullerton.
KRITSCHER SHINES IN EARLY GOING
Forward has seen her role expand this season and is averaging 9.0 points and 5.8 rebounds in 19.3 minutes per game. Last season the UC Santa Barbara transfer played 8.5 minutes per game in 31 contests and averaged 3.3 points and 2.5 rebounds. The 6-foot-4 Woodland, Calif., native is the tallest player in program history and currently leads the Big Sky in blocked shots at 4.5 per game.
A HELPING HAND
Sacramento State ranked No. 5 in the NCAA averaging 17.7 assists per game last season and is averaging 13.5 assists per game this year. Freshman led the team and ranked No. 2 in the Big Sky and No. 37 in the NCAA with 4.8 assists per game and also became the fifth player in school history to reach 150 assists in a single season last year. Hilliard is currently leading the Big Sky Conference in assists this season, averaging 7.0 per game. Hilliard set a new career-high with 11 assists in a win at CSU Bakersfield on Nov. 16.
KUHNS A DOUBLE-DOUBLE MACHINE
Kylie Kuhns ranked No. 3 in the NCAA as a junior last season with 21 double-doubles. Kuhns has 38 now in her career after she tallied her second of the season versus Utah Valley on Nov. 20. Kuhns is averaging 11.3 points and 10.5 rebounds per game this year. She paced the Big Sky with 13 double-doubles as a sophomore and posted two in her freshman campaign. Last season Kuhns had a double-double in all but 10 games and posted a season-long streak of 13 straight from Nov. 17 to Dec. 31.
Sacramento State is once again leading the conference in scoring this year, averaging 74.8 points per game. The Hornets ranked No. 1 in the Big Sky in scoring in each of head coach 's first three seasons. Last year the Hornets ranked No. 28 in the NCAA averaging 71.7 points per game. Before that, Sacramento State averaged 70.2 points per game during the 2010-11 season and put up a whopping 79.1 points per game in 2009-10, which ranked No. 6 in the nation.
Sacramento State set new program records in both steals and blocked shots last season. The Hornets nabbed 401 steals and ranked No. 6 in the nation at 12.9 per game. Three players on the roster (Moreno, Kuhns, Hilliard) ranked in the top-150 in the nation in steals per game. The Hornets also swatted 147 shots and ranked No. 40 in the nation at 4.7 blocks per game. This season the Hornets are averaging a Big Sky Conference-best 12.3 steals per game and also lead the league with 7.5 blocks per game. Individually, leads the league with 4.5 blocks per game while is second in steals at 3.8 per game.