Women's Hoops Visits Oregon State Saturday

Women's Hoops Visits Oregon State Saturday

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's basketball team will take its three-game winning streak on the road this weekend with a trip to Oregon State.

The Hornets (3-2) will meet the Beavers (4-2) at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore. The game was previously scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. but was pushed back due to Oregon State's postponed football game against Nicholls State.

The game will be a homecoming for Oregon natives Kylie Kuhns (Salem, Ore./Sprague HS) and Natasha Torgerson (Grants Pass, Ore./Grants Pass HS).

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Record: 3-2, 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 three straight games despite shooting just 34.9 percent in those three games. The Hornets' 74 forced turnovers in that stretch helped overcome their cold spell.

Record: 4-2, 0-0 Pac-12 Conference
Notable: Oregon State is coming off a 71-48 victory over CSU Bakersfield in a rare noon start on Thursday. The Beavers also have wins over Western Washington, Winthrop and UC Santa Barbara this season and losses to Cal Poly and Louisville. Freshman Jamie Weisner came off the bench to score a team-high 17 points versus the Roadrunners. Senior center Patricia Bright leads the team at 10.2 points per game.

Fans can follow along with the Hornets' game at Oregon State via live stats and a live stream on Pac-12.com. Fans can also listen on the radio at KEJO 1240 AM in the state of Oregon.

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 Duquesne, at South Florida
Portland State - Portland
Southern Utah - New Mexico State
Weber State - at New Mexico

The Hornets' 3-2 start to the season is their best since the 1993-94 season. Sacramento State was also 3-2 through its first five games that season. That was the Hornets' only other 3-2 start in the program's Div. I era (since 1991-92). In head coach Jamie Craighead's first three seasons, the team started 1-4 in 2009-10, 1-4 in 2010-11 and 2-3 in 2011-12.

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 60 thus far through five games. With 952 career boards, she is close to becoming just the fifth player in Big Sky Conference history to reach 1,000 career rebounds and needs 222 more this season to match the league record of 1,174 boards, set by Idaho State's Natalie Doma in 2008.

After setting the career rebounds record, the all-time steals mark is the next one in Kylie Kuhns' sights. The senior is just nine steals away from tying Kristy Ryan's record of 179 career steals, set in 1994.

Sacramento State has forced 74 turnovers during its current three-game winning streak. The Hornets have shot just 34.9 percent in that same stretch, but have used their full-court press and tight half-court defense to create 36 more shots than their opponents. By comparison, they had one of their most efficient nights against Utah Valley on Nov. 20. Sacramento State only turned the ball over eight times in a win versus the Wolverines. It was the Hornets' fewest number of turnovers in a game since head coach Jamie Craighead took over prior to the 2009-10 season. Sacramento State averaged 22 turnovers per game in its first three contests of the season but averaged just 12 turnovers in its last two games.

Senior forward Kylie Kuhns will likely make her 64th consecutive start on Saturday against Oregon State and the 67th start of her career, both team-highs. Kuhns made three scattered starts as a freshman but has started every contest since the beginning of her sophomore season. Sophomore point guard Fantasia Hilliard has started 36 straight games, every contest since arriving on campus out of Sacramento High School. Junior guard Alle Moreno is just behind Hilliard with 35 straight starts.

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 16.0 points per game, which ranks No. 3 in the Big Sky Conference. Of her team-high 80 field goal attempts this season, 55 have been from three-point range.

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 this year. 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, 10 versus Utah Valley on Nov. 20 and five more against San Francisco on Nov. 28. Parrish also scored a career-high 15 points at CSU Fullerton.

Sacramento State ranked No. 5 in the NCAA averaging 17.7 assists per game last season and is averaging 13.5 helpers this year. Freshman Fantasia Hilliard led the team and ranked No. 2 in the Big Sky and No. 37 in the NCAA with 4.8 assists per game last year and also became the fifth player in school history to reach 150 assists in a single season. Hilliard is currently leading the Big Sky Conference in assists this season, averaging 6.6 per game. Hilliard set a new career-high with 11 assists in a win at CSU Bakersfield on Nov. 16.

Kylie Kuhns ranked No. 3 in the NCAA as a junior last season with 21 double-doubles. Kuhns has 39 now in her career after she tallied her third of the season versus San Francisco on Nov. 28. Kuhns is averaging 13.2 points and 12.0 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. Kuhns has scored 10+ points in 61 of 95 career games and tallied 10+ rebounds in 52 career games.

Sacramento State is once again leading the conference in scoring this year, averaging 73.4 points per game. The Hornets ranked No. 1 in the Big Sky in scoring in each of head coach Jamie Craighead'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 bests in both steals and blocked shots last season. The Hornets made 401 steals and ranked No. 6 in the NCAA at 12.9 per game. They also tallied 147 blocks and ranked No. 40 in the nation at 4.7 per game. This season the Hornets are averaging a Big Sky-best 14.0 steals and also lead the league with 7.0 blocks. Individually, Megan Kritscher leads the conference with 4.0 blocks per game while Fantasia Hilliard is second in steals at 3.6 per game.