TEMPE, Ariz. — Hannah Friend came up just one rebound shy of a double-double Saturday, putting up 20 points and pulling down nine boards in Sacramento State's 106-58 road loss to Arizona State.
The Hornets traveled to Arizona State to take on a Sun Devils team that is currently receiving votes in the AP Top 25. Through four games this season, three of Sacramento State's opponents have either been receiving votes (Kentucky, ASU) or ranked (#12 West Virginia). They still have Miami (currently receiving votes) on the schedule, as well.
The Hornets led early, going up 12-10 against the Sun Devils thanks to a Maranne Johnson three-pointer five minutes into the first quarter. They extended that lead to four, going up 14-10 thanks to a layup by Kennedy Nicholas, her only basket of the game.
By the end of the first quarter, though, momentum had swung back in the direction of Arizona State, who took a 20-14 lead into the first break and never looked back.
For Friend, her 20 points today were her most in a game this season, passing her previous high of 19 (11/10 at Kentucky). She started the scoring for Sacramento State with a three from the corner and made 8-19 shots (2-9 from 3-point) in the contest. With the 20-point effort, Friend raised her scoring average to 14.3 points per game through four games this season.
In addition to leading the team in points, Friend paced the Hornets with nine rebounds and 32 minutes played. Today's game is the third time this season that Friend has led the Hornets in points, the second time she's led in rebounds, and her first leading in minutes played.
Both Dana DeGraffenreid and Justyce Dawson also broke double-digits for Sacramento State, scoring 10 points each. DeGraffenried, a freshman out of Bakersfield, Calif., has now recorded 10 or more points in each of her first four career collegiate games. She is averaging exactly 11 points through those four games.
Overall, Sacramento State shot 34.9% (22-63) and 23.1% from the three-point line (6-26). They pulled down 27 rebounds (10 offensive) while totaling 10 assists and six steals. They forced just 15 turnovers while committing 21 themselves.
It was also a physical game for the Hornets, who committed 30 total fouls. Three players – DeGraffenreid, Johnson, and Nicholas – all fouled out. On the other side of the ball, ASU committed only 13 fouls.
The Sun Devils shot 54.7% (35-64) percent in the game, including 42.1% (8-19) from three points. Opponents have shot over 50% against Sacramento State in back-to-back games. As a team, ASU pulled in 48 rebounds, totaled 31 assists, and had 16 steals. Courtney Ekmark recorded a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) and Sabrina Haines led the way with 19 points.
Saturday's game at Arizona State was Sacramento State's fourth straight road game and number four of seven on the road to open the season. With the loss, they fall to 0-4 on the season. Arizona State improves to 3-0.
The Hornets play next on Friday, Nov. 24 as they take on Nevada in Reno in the annual Reno Classic Tournament. Tip off is scheduled for 2:00 pm PT.