Sacramento State Women's Basketball Announces 2012-13 Schedule

Sacramento State Women's Basketball Announces 2012-13 Schedule

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Fresh off the first Big Sky Tournament win in program history, the Sacramento State women's basketball team has announced its 2012-13 schedule, head coach Jamie Craighead announced on Wednesday.

Craighead, in her fourth season, will guide the Hornets in 13 home games and 16 road games for 29 total regular season contests.

Of those 29 games, 20 will be Big Sky Conference contests as the recently expanded league welcomes North Dakota and Southern Utah this season.

After a home exhibition game on Nov. 2, the Hornets open up the season with three games on the road at Long Beach State, Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Bakersfield. Sacramento State went 2-1 against that trio last season.

After the three-game road trip, the Hornets play their first home game of the season against Utah Valley on Nov. 20. Another game at The Nest, this time against San Francisco, follows on Nov. 28.

After the brief stay at home, the Hornets head back out for a season-long five-game road trip.

The trip opens with a game at Pac-12 Conference foe Oregon State on Dec. 1 before Sacramento State, which hosted Southern Illinois - Edwardsville and Eastern Illinois last season, will make the return trip to the Midwest on Dec. 5 and Dec. 7, respectively.

After a 13-day break, the Hornets open Big Sky Conference play with games at Montana State on Dec. 20 and Montana on Dec. 22.

Rival UC Davis comes to town on Dec. 30 for the final non-conference game of the season and the 2012 calendar year. The first game of the New Year is at Southern Utah on Jan. 5, which precedes a four-game homestand, the Hornets' longest of the season.

In a two-week span, Sacramento State will play host to Portland State on Jan. 10, Eastern Washington on Jan. 12, Idaho State on Jan. 17 and Weber State on Jan. 19.

Over the next eight games, the Hornets will bounce back and forth with two games on the road and two games at home until a critical late-season three-game road trip begins at Northern Arizona on Feb. 23. A game at Weber State follows on Feb. 28 before a March 2 battle at 2011-12 league champion Idaho State.

The Big Sky Conference schedule, which started with Montana and Montana State on the road, ends with the Lady Griz and the Bobcats in The Nest on March 7 and March 9.

The Big Sky Conference Tournament, which has expanded to seven teams this season with the addition of Southern Utah and North Dakota, is scheduled to start on March 14 with the championship game on March 16. The regular season champion will host the tournament and earn a first-round bye.

Last season the Hornets won their final four regular season games to clinch a spot in the Big Sky Tournament in Pocatello, Idaho. No. 6 seeded Sacramento State upset No. 3 seed Eastern Washington, 71-61, in the quarterfinals for its first Big Sky Tournament win in school history before falling to host and No. 1 seed Idaho State in the semifinals.

Sacramento State lost just one letterwinner off last season's team, starting forward Emily Christensen, but returns leading scorer and rebounder, senior Kylie Kuhns and Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year, point guard Fantasia Hilliard. Guard Alle Moreno, who averaged 13.3 points per game, is also back for her junior season.