WOMEN’S BASKETBALL UNABLE TO HOLD OFF WOLF PACK IN GAME ONE OF NUGGET CLASSIC TOURNAMENT

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL UNABLE TO HOLD OFF WOLF PACK IN GAME ONE OF NUGGET CLASSIC TOURNAMENT

RENO, Nev. – Sacramento State women's basketball (0-5) came out firing Friday afternoon, leading by as much as 10 in the first quarter. That lead slowly evaporated though as the Hornets fell 95-68 to the Nevada Wolf Pack (2-2) at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno.

The game was Sacramento State's first of two in this weekend's Nugget Classic. They will take the court again Sunday morning against the loser of Friday night's UC Riverside/SMU contest. Nevada will take on the winner Sunday afternoon.

In today's game, the Sacramento State offense was firing on all cylinders in the first quarter. The Hornets scored the game's first seven points and led by as much as 10 in what was a 30-point quarter, their highest scoring output in a quarter this season.

As a team, Sacramento State shot 41% (11-27) in the first quarter, including 6-of-14 from the three-point line. They were led early by sophomore guard Hannah Friend, who put up 10 points in the first quarter alone.

Although the Hornets took a 30-27 lead into the second quarter, the momentum shifted to Nevada after the game's first break. The Wolf Pack outscored Sacramento State 17-7 in the second period and took a 44-37 lead into the half. It was more of the same in the second half as the Hornets shot 28.9% and scored just 31 points after halftime. Nevada continued to pull away, scoring 46 points on 16-31 shooting (51.6%).

Tiara Scott and Dana DeGraffenreid led the team in scoring with 16 points each. For both, the 16 points are their most this season and for DeGraffenreid, the 16 points are a new career high. The freshman guard is now averaging 12 points a game and has recorded double-digit points in each of her first five career games.

Scott also led the team in minutes played, racking up 31, a new career-high (previous, 27 at Arizona State, 11/18/17). Her seven assists were also the most on the squad.

Raegen Rohn made her 2017 debut for Sacramento State, returning from injury for today's game. The team's only junior, Rohn played 21 minutes in her return while scoring 11 points. She was 4-for-7 from the floor, including 3-5 from the arc. With her return, the Hornets have another strong shooter with experience.

Overall, Sacramento State shot 31.3 % (25-80), including 11-35 from three-points. The 11 made threes are 35 attempts are both season-highs. They added 42 rebounds, 14 assists, and six steals.

Nevada scored on 56.1% of their shots (36-66) and pulled down 51 boards. They added 21 assists and seven steals while also piling up six blocks. Offensively, they were led by Tiege Zeller, who scored 22 points. She was 8-10 from the floor and a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line for the Wolf Pack.

The Hornets take the court again on Sunday in their second game of the Nugget Classic. They will take on UC Riverside Sunday morning at 11:00 am PT.