SACRAMENTO, Calif. - With the regular season opener at San Francisco just one week from Friday, Sacramento State plays its second and final preseason exhibition game hosting San Francisco State at 2 p.m. Sunday in The Nest.
Admission to the game is just $5 for all fans. Sacramento State students always receive free admission with a valid OneCard.
The Hornets overcame a slow start to pull away for a 92-55 exhibition win over Holy Names last Sunday. Sacramento State erased an early seven-point lead to win in blowout fashion, outscoring Holy Names 51-21 in the second half. The Hornets ended the game on a 14-0 run, making each of their last six field goal attempts, and outscored the Hawks 22-4 over the last 6:35 of the contest.
Five Sacramento State players scored in double figures, with sophomore Raegen Rohn leading with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting from 3-point range. Senior Margaret Huntington was tremendous, totaling 14 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, and four steals playing a team-high 25 minutes.
Missing five players due to injury, coach Bunky Harkleroad used just 10 players until the final minutes of the game. That included three freshmen and two new junior college transfers, and all five newcomers impressed in their Hornet debuts.
(two points and three rebounds) played well in the backcourt and freshman post Kennedy Nicholas had five points, seven rebounds, four steals, and a block in just 15 minutes. Junior transfers Alexia Mefi and Dajhae Mullins also made strong contributions, with Mefi putting in 10 points with four rebounds on 5-of-8 shooting and Mullins adding seven points and four boards.
This coming Sunday the Hornets will face a San Francisco State team that improved to 10-17 last season after going 1-25 the previous year. The Gators face another Div. I team in an exhibition game at Pacific Friday morning before coming to Sacramento on Sunday.
Like Holy Names, San Francisco State is an NCAA Div. II school. The Gators, who compete in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), returned five players from last season including 6-5 center Kiara Ginwright, who led NCAA Div. II with 120 blocks last year. Senior forward Laura Lawson averaged 9.0 points and 8.8 rebounds per game a year ago.