SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento State women's basketball team is back in action as they travel south to Albuquerque, N.M. to participate in the annual Lobo invitational. The Hornets open the tournament Wednesday night as they go head-to-head with tournament host, the New Mexico Lobos at 6:05 pm PT. On Thursday, they team will face off against either the Lady Jacks of Stephen F. Austin or the Hampton Pirates at 3:35 pm PT.
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About Last Game
The Hornets struggled in their last game, falling at home to the UC Davis Aggies. Sacramento State shot a season-low 27.2% from the floor and were just 6-for-42 from beyond the arc.
Despite the team struggles, Hannah Friend continued to lead the team, scoring a team-high 19 points while pulling in a team-high seven rebounds.
Against New Mexico
Wednesday's matchup against the New Mexico Lobos is just the second between the two teams since the Hornets moved to Div. I in 1991. Their last contest came during the 2015-16 season, a Hornets loss at New Mexico.
Against Hampton and Stephen F. Austin
Sacramento State has never faced Hampton or Stephen F. Austin in the Div. I era.
Leading the Big Sky
Sacramento State leads the Big Sky Conference in five different categories coming into this week's tournament. The Hornets 47.2 rebounds per game (7th), 21.0 offensive rebounds per game (2nd), and 85.8 points per game (7th) are all among the top 10 in the NCAA.
You've Got a Friend in Me
Junior guard Hannah Friend continues to pace the Hornets offensively, leading the team with 22.0 points per game and 27.2 minutes per game. Friend is shooing 37.3% overall and has a team-high 30 made free throws on 39 attempts.
Counting on Kennedy
Junior forward Kennedy Nicholas has been incredibly effective through the season's first six games, averaging 16.2 points per game on a team-high 46.7% shooting. Her field goal percentage is the fourth best in the Big Sky. Additionally, Nicholas leads the Hornets in rebounding, pulling down an average of 13.2 boards per game, including seven offensive rebounds per game.
Junior guard Tiara Scott enters this week's tournament shooting a team-best 35.7% (15-42) from three. In addition to leading the team, that mark is fourth best in the Big Sky Conference. Scott also leads the Hornets with 29 total assists. Her 4.8 assists per game are a career-best and the fifth highest mark in the Big Sky.
The Hornets' Big Three
Together, Hannah Friend, Kennedy Nicholas, and Tiara Scott are the Hornets' three returning starters from a year ago. So far this season, the trio rank 1-2-3 in points per game and minutes per game while leading in carious other categories. Through six games, the trio is responsible for 61% of the team's total points and 50% of the team's rebounds.
In addition to leading the Hornets with 13.2 rebounds per game, Kennedy Nicholas also ranks fourth in the NCAA. Her 7.0 offensive rebounds per game are the most in the NCAA, as well.
Johnson Makes Her Mark
Returning redshirt freshman Tiana Johnson set a new career-high with 14 points in Sacramento State's 109-107 win over Illinois. She was 5-for-11 from the floor and 4-from-8 from three, another career best.
Minutes for Menke
Freshman guard Summer Menke leads the Hornets newcomers with 19.2 minutes per game this year. She is averaging 6.7 points, also most among the newcomers, and is tied for the team lead with 2.00 steals per game.
Enger For the Assist
Freshman guard Milee Enger is second on the team with 16 assists on the season, just 10 back of leader Tiara Scott in 54 fewer minutes. Enger is averaging 17.0 minutes, 2.6 assists, and 4.3 points per game. She had a career-high six assists in Sacramento State's win over Illinois.
Abney's Career Night
Newcomer Sarah Abney, a freshman guard from Las Cruces, set a career-high with 10 points and seven rebounds in the Hornets' win over Antelope Valley. She played just 16 minutes in the win.
Nine different players are averaging more than 15 minutes per game for Sacramento State with while 11 of the team's 15 active players are clocking more than 10.
Protecting the Ball
Sacramento State has committed just 106 turnovers through their first six games of the season, the 9th fewest in all NCAA and second fewest in the Big Sky.
They are forcing 22.0 turnovers per game and own a 4.33 turnover margin. Those numbers are 1st and 2nd in the Big Sky and 28th and 59th in the nation, respectively.
Big Ten Victory
The Hornets' 109-107 win over Illinois in the ShareSLO Holiday Classic Tournament earlier this season was the program's first over a Big Ten school. Entering that game, the Hornets were 0-2 against Big Ten programs over the course of their history.
One & Only Road Contest
Sacramento State's Wednesday game against New Mexico is the team's only true non-conference road game. All three of the team's other away games - vs. Pepperdine, vs. Illinois, vs. Hampton/Stephen F. Austin - were or are played on neutral sites.
Finishing in Double Figures
Hannah Friend has scored at least 10 points in each of the Hornets' six games and 20 or more in four of those six. Tiara Scott has scored 10 or more in five of six games, including each of the last two. Kennedy Nicholas has scored 10+ four times while three others - Sarah Abney, Tiana Johnson, and Maesyn Rix - have broken double digits once.
Struggles From Distance
After jumping out to the country's best 13.7 made threes per game after their first three games, Sacramento State has struggled from beyond the arc in their last three contests. Over that stretch, the Hornets are shooting just 14.8% (16-108) from three.
Home vs. Road
So far this season, Sacramento State is an even 2-2 at home and 1-1 on the road. However, the Hornets are averaging 103 points per game away from the Nest compared to just 77.2 at home. They are shooting 38.0% overall and 32.3% from three on the road while posting a 34.0% mark overall and a 16.8 mark from three at home.
Looking for Triple Digits
Sacramento State entered the season looking to take 100 shots per game. In their one game this season reaching that mark, they scored a season-high 109 points in a win over Illinois. In games in which the Hornets take 90 or more shots, they are 2-1. They are 1-2 when taking fewer than 90.
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