LEXINGTON, Kent. — Hannah Friend scored 19 points in her regular debut for Sacramento State to lead the Hornet women's basketball team in a 101-70 loss at Kentucky on Friday night in the season opener.
Friend was one of four Sacramento State players to score in double figures in the game. She knocked down 6-of-13 field goals and made three of the team's five three-pointers. Maranne Johnson added 13 points and was one rebound shy of double-double as she pulled down a team high nine. Kyhonta Doughty and Dana DeGraffenreid contributed 12 and 10 points, respectively.
The two teams traded baskets in the early going and Tiana Johnson tied the game, 20-20, with a three-pointer with 4:13 remaining in the opening quarter. The Wildcats closed the quarter on an 11-4 run to take a 31-24 advantage into the second period.
Sacramento State drew within two on a pair of occasions in the second quarter — the latter on a layup from Scott to make the score 35-33 just over two minutes into the quarter. However, Kentucky again closed strongly capitalizing on a pair of layups from Taylor Murray in the final minute to claim a 56-42 lead at intermission.
After Friend started the second half with a three, the Wildcats went on a 6-0 run to stretch their lead to 17 points (62-45). A basket by Johnson momentarily stopped the run but Kentucky answered back seven unanswered points to pull ahead 69-47. After UK extended its lead to 78-53, Friend closed the period with a pair of free throws.
Kentucky made its first three attempts of the fourth quarter, including a pair of threes to give the team an 86-57 lead. Johnson made a three and layups from Friend and Kennedy Nicholas sparked a 7-0 run from the Hornets. However, that was as close as Sacramento State would get for the remainder of the game and Kentucky ended the game on a 15-6.
Sacramento State shot 36.1 percent for the game, making 26-of-72 attempts. The team struggled from behind the arc, making 5-of-25 attempts. The Hornets had 15 assists and 16 turnovers and each team had 42 rebounds.
Conversely, Kentucky was 35-of-70 overall (50.0 percent) and was 9-of-20 from three. The Wildcats also got to the stripe 10 more times than the Hornets, making 22-of-28 free throws compared to 13-of-18 for Sacramento State. UK had 18 assists and limited itself to just 11 turnovers against the Sacramento State pressure defense.
Murray led all players in the game with 22 points on an efficient 8-of-12 shooting. Makenzie Cann had 17 points and Tatyana Wyatt (13), Maci Morris (12) and Dorie Harrison (10) each finished in double figures.
Sacramento State will continue its early season tour of America with a game at Morehead State on Saturday at 3 p.m. PT.
February 16, 2018 WOMEN’S HOOPS LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK SATURDAY AGAINST WEBER STATE
February 15, 2018 NICHOLAS RECORDS DOUBLE-DOUBLE IN WOMEN’S HOOPS LOSS AT IDAHO STATE
February 14, 2018 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STARTS ROAD TRIP THURSDAY AT IDAHO STATE
February 13, 2018 FRIEND NAMED BIG SKY’S PLAYER OF THE WEEK
February 9, 2018 HORNETS PAINT THE NEST PINK FOR KAY YOW, HOST MONTANA SATURDAY
February 7, 2018 WOMEN'S HOOPS RETURNS TO THE NEST THURSDAY VS. MONTANA STATE
February 3, 2018 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL UNABLE TO CONVERT SWEEP, LOSE AT IDAHO
February 2, 2018 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL GOES FOR SWEEP IN IDAHO
January 31, 2018 WOMEN'S HOOPS OPENS ROAD TRIP AT EASTERN WASHINGTON THURSDAY
January 26, 2018 WOMEN'S HOOPS CLOSES HOMESTAND SATURDAY AGAINST PORTLAND STATE
January 25, 2018 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL GOES PINK, WILL #PLAY4KAY FEB. 10 AT THE NEST
January 19, 2018 HOMESTAND CONTINUES FOR WOMEN'S HOOPS SATURDAY AGAINST IDAHO STATE
January 18, 2018 WOMEN’S HOOPS DROPS THURSDAY MATINEE TO WEBER STATE
January 17, 2018 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS WEBER STATE, PLUS FIRST EVER FIELD TRIP DAY
January 12, 2018 WOMEN'S HOOPS LOOKS TO SNAP SKID SATURDAY AT MONTANA STATE
January 9, 2018 WOMEN'S HOOPS LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK THURSDAY AGAINST MONTANA
January 2, 2018 WOMEN’S HOOPS SIGNS THREE TO NATIONAL LETTERS OF INTENT
December 29, 2017 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TAKES ON PORTLAND STATE SATURDAY TO OPEN BIG SKY PLAY
December 23, 2017 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL REFLECTS ON PUERTO RICO TRIP IN FINAL PLAYER BLOGS
December 20, 2017 WOMEN'S HOOPS PLAYS FINAL GAME IN PUERTO RICO, PLUS DAY FIVE PLAYER BLOG
December 18, 2017 PUERTO RICO BASKETBALL STARTS TODAY AS WOMEN'S HOOPS TAKES ON MIAMI
December 16, 2017 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ARRIVES IN PUERTO RICO, DAY 1 PLAYER BLOG
December 15, 2017 PUERTO RICO TRIP MORE THAN JUST BASKETBALL FOR WOMEN’S HOOPS
December 13, 2017 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL LOOKS FOR ROAD WIN FRIDAY AT SAN FRANCISCO
November 29, 2017 WOMEN'S HOOPS HEADS TO DAVIS TO TAKE ON AGGIES THURSDAY
November 28, 2017 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TO HOST FIELD TRIP DAY FOR LOCAL STUDENTS
November 26, 2017 FRIEND NAMED TO NUGGET CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
November 22, 2017 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TAKES ON NEVADA TO OPEN NUGGET CLASSIC
November 17, 2017 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HEADS TO GRAND CANYON STATE FOR GAME AGAINST ASU
November 14, 2017 JOHNSON SCORES 20 IN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL LOSS TO #12 WEST VIRGINIA
November 11, 2017 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL EDGED IN THE FINAL MINUTE AT MOREHEAD STATE
November 10, 2017 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS TO KENTUCKY IN SEASON OPENER
November 1, 2017 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL IS BACK IN SAC WITH FRIDAY NIGHT EXHIBITION GAME
September 18, 2017 BOISE’S CENTURYLINK ARENA TO HOST BIG SKY BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT FROM 2019-22