FRIEND SCORES 19, BUT TEAM SHOOTING STRUGGLES CONTINUE AS WOMEN’S HOOPS FALLS TO UC DAVIS IN CAUSEWAY CLASSIC 

FRIEND SCORES 19, BUT TEAM SHOOTING STRUGGLES CONTINUE AS WOMEN’S HOOPS FALLS TO UC DAVIS IN CAUSEWAY CLASSIC 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Sacramento State women's basketball team struggled to get their offense rolling Friday night as they hosted UC Davis for the 2018 Causeway Classic in the Nest. Despite a team-high 19 points by junior Hannah Friend, the Hornets fell to the visiting Aggies, 109-60.

With the loss, Sacramento State falls to 3-3 while the Aggies improve to 4-5 on the season. 

With 19 total points, Friend led the Hornets in scoring for the fifth time in six games this season. She was an excellent 8-for-9 from the free throw line and is now shooting 77% from the line, second-best on the team.

Friend also pulled in a team-high seven rebounds, leading the team for the first time this season. She is averaging 8.5 boards per game, also second most on the team.

Tiara Scott also finished in double-figures for the Hornets, scoring 10 points with a team-high two three-point field goals. 

Despite her 19 points, Friend and the Hornets struggled shooting overall, going just 22-for-81 from the floor in Friday night's loss. They were a combined 6-for-42 from beyond the arc.

Sacramento State came into this week averaging 95.0 points per game with 12.0 three-point field goals per game. Over their last two games, however, the team has struggled to find its footing, shooting just 32.3% overall and 12.5% from three.

UC Davis was led by redshirt senior Morgan Bertsch, who scored a program-high 40 points on 16-of-28 shooting. She also added nine rebounds in the effort. As a team, the Aggies shot 54.5%.

For the second straight game, the Hornets fell behind early. They trailed by 18 at the end of the first quarter and 36 at the half. Coming out of the break, Sacramento State started to gain their footing, slowing down the Aggies offense and outscoring UC Davis in the third quarter. Unfortunately, it was too little too late as the Hornets continued their shooting struggles in the fourth quarter.

The loss drops the Hornets record to 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the Nest. The team will have some time to recover from Friday's loss before taking the court again. The Hornets next game is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 19 as they take on New Mexico at New Mexico in the annual Lobos Invitational.

The game on the 19th is scheduled for a 6:05 pm PT tip off. More details, including information on video streams and scheduling, can be found online at HornetSports.com.