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Women's Basketball Notes vs. Montana State (PDF)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's basketball team looks to bounce back from a tough double-overtime loss Thursday night when they host the Montana State Bobcats on Saturday, Jan. 5 in the Nest. Tip off on Saturday is scheduled for 2:05 pm. 

How To Watch
Hornets vs. Montana State
Saturday, Jan. 5 // 2:05 PM PT
The Nest // Sacramento, Calif.
Watch and Listen: Pluto.TV, Ch. 233
Live Stats: HornetStats.com
Twitter: @SacStateWBB

All home Sacramento State basketball games and all Big Sky Conference games will be streamed live online at WatchBigSky.com and on Pluto.TV. 

All streaming links, news, and updates can also be found by visiting the 2018 Women's Basketball Schedule online at HornetSports.com.

Opening Tip

  • Sacramento State hosts the Montana State Bobcats today for their second home conference game of the year. The Hornets defeated the Bobcats, 88-77, at home last season, their first win against Montana State since the 2014-15 season. 
  • The Hornets faced the Montana Grizzlies on Thursday, falling at home, 88-86, in double overtime. The loss at home to Montana snapped a five-game home win streak against the Lady Griz.
  • Thursday's double-overtime contest was just the fourth for the Hornets since 1976 and their first since a double-overtime win at home against Northern Arizona. In four double-overtime games since the '76 season, Sacramento State is 1-3.
  • In her home debut, junior Gabi Bade scored a career-best 26 points while also adding six assists. Since the start of Big Sky play, Bade is averaging 20.0 points, 5.5 assists, and 5.0 rebounds. Bade missed all of the 2017-18 season as a redshirt transfer and the first six games of this season due to injury.
  • Both Hannah Friend (23 pts, 13 reb) and Kenned Nicholas (15 pts, 10 reb) finished with a double-double in Thursday's night's contest. For Friend, it was her second this season while for Nicholas, it was her team-leading fifth double-double of the year.

By the Numbers

5: Double-doubles for Kennedy Nicholas this season, most in the Big Sky.

48: Minutes played Thursday night by Hannah Friend, most in a game in her career.

26: Points for Gabi Bade Thursday, a new career-high. She was 6-of-10 from three. 

About Last Game

Sacramento State went to double-overtime against the Montana Grizzlies Thursday night before falling, 88-86, to the Lady Griz. Gabi Bade finished with a game- and career-best 26 points with 6 assists. Both Hannah Friend (23 pts, 13 reb) and Kennedy Nicholas (15 pts, 10 reb) finished with double-doubles while the team shot a season-best 44.4% from the floor.

Streak Snapped

Thursday night's loss snapped a five-game home win streak against Montana. Sacramento State's last home loss to the Lady Griz was in 2012.

Against Montana State

On Saturday, the Hornets and Montana State Bobcats will face off for the 47th time since the 1996-97 season. All-time, the Bobcats hold a 34-12 game lead over the Hornets. Last year, Sacramento State beat the Bobcats, 88-77, at home, snapping a five-game losing streak to Montana State.   

Scouting the Bobcats

  • Montana State enters Saturday's game with a 7-6 overall record, including a 2-1 mark in Big Sky play. 
  • The Bobcats started their road trip with a tightly-contested 55-53 loss on the road at Portland State.
  • Last year, Montana State finished with a 16-15 overall record, including a 9-9 record in conference play.
  • The Bobcats average 63.5 points per game. Despite their winning record, Montana State have a -2.6 margin over their first 12 games.
  • So far this season, the Bobcats are just 1-5 on the road, though they are 1-0 on neutral courts.
  • Montana State's 213 free throw attempts this season are the most in the Big Sky. They shoot 71.8% as a team from the free throw line.
  • The Bobcats are led by Claire Lundberg, who averages 18.5 points per game. That is the third highest mark in the Big Sky conference, behind Idaho's Mikayla Ferenz (21.9) and the Hornets' Hannah Friend (21.5).

Leading the Big Sky

Sacramento State leads the Big Sky Conference in four different categories as the league enters its second week of competition. The Hornets are tops in Offensive Rebounds per Game (18.0), Total Rebounds per Game (45.4), Scoring Offense (78.8), Steals per Game (11.5), and Three-Point FG Attempts (379). 

And Leading the Nation

Sacramento State ranks among the Top 10 in the NCAA in both Offensive Rebounds per Game (6th, 18.0), Total Rebounds per Game (10th, 45.4), and Three-Pointers Attempted (9th, 379). They are also among the Top 25 Three-Pointers Made per Game (19th, 9.5). 

Two Quarters From 2-0

Sacramento State is two tough quarters away from a 2-0 Big Sky record so start the conference season. The Hornets had a rough zero-point quarter at Northern Colorado, but outscored the Bears 69-49 in the other three. Similarly, they scored nine points in a quarter against Montana, but outscored them 79-74 through the rest of the game.

Double-Digits From Three

Sacramento State has made 10 three-point field goals in each of their first two Big Sky Conference games - 10 at Northern Colorado and 11 vs. Montana - and in three of their last four games.

Earlier this season, the Hornets averaged 13.7 made threes per game, the best in the NCAA. They now rank 19th with 9.5 made threes per game. 

Bade's Home Debut

Junior guard Gabi Bade made her home debut Thursday night with a very impressive performance. Bade scored a career-high 26 points on 10-of-19 shooting, including 6-for-10 from three. She also added a team-high six assists, matching her career high.

A Friend in Conference

Through two conference games this season, junior guard Hannah Friend is averaging 20.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 2.5 steals per game. 

For the season, Friend, the team's leading scorer, is averaging 21.5 points per game, the second highest mark in the Big Sky (Mikayla Ferenz, 21.9, Idaho) and the 12th best in the nation. 

Point Tracking

Through just 40 career games, junior guard Hannah Friend already has 740 career points (18.5 per game), putting her on pace to break the 1,000 point mark this season. 

For her collegiate career, Friend also has 104 points from her one season at Delaware, putting her at 844. 

Dealing in Double-Doubles

Junior forward Kennedy Nicholas scored 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in Thursday night's game, giving her her team-leading fifth double-double of the season.

With five double-doubles this year, Nicholas ranks first in the Big Sky and 46th in the nation. 

Nicholas has 10 career double-doubles. 

Offensive Glass

So far this season, Kenned Nicholas is averaging 12.4 rebounds per game, including 5.4 offensive rebounds per game. 

Her 12.4 rebounds are most in the Big Sky and 8th best in the nation. Her 5.4 offensive boards per game are also best in the Big Sky and third-most in NCAA.

20+ Points

With 23 points on Thursday, Hannah Friend logged her seventh 20+ point performance this season and her third straight. She has scored in double-digits in all 10 games this season while never scoring fewer than 13. 

Observing Overtime

Thursday's double-overtime contest was just the fourth for the Hornets since 1976 and their first since a double-overtime win at home against Northern Arizona. In four double-overtime games since the '76 season, Sacramento State is 1-3.

Sacramento State has now lost their last three overtime contests. Their last win in extra time came in 2016 at home against Montana, 83-75.

Assists Across the Board

Gabi Bade led Sacramento State Thursday night with six assists, but she was far from the only one moving the ball. Junior guard Tiara Scott added four assists while Raegen Rohn and Tiara Scott each added another two.

For the season, Bade's 4.5 assists per game are best on the squad (18 assists, 4 games) though Scott is just behind at 4.3 (43 assists, 10 games). Freshman Milee Enger (23 assists, 10 games) is also averaging 2.3 dishes per game. 

Mounting Minutes

Sacramento State has used every bit of their 17-player roster this season. The trio of Hannah Friend (30.8), Tiara Scott (29.8), and Kennedy Nicholas (26.0) lead the team in minutes played, all logging over 25. Recent addition Gabi Bade (24.8) is near to joining them.

11 of the team's 17 players are averaging double digits while nine of those 11 are logging more than 15 minutes per game.

Starting Streaks

Both Hannah Friend and Kennedy Nicholas have started each of Sacramento State's 10 games this season, the only two Hornets to do so. Dating back to last season, Friend has started 23 consecutive games for Sacramento State. 

Averaging Double Digits

Four different players - Hannah Friend (21.5), Kennedy Nicholas (14.4), Tiara Scott (11.9), and Gabi Bade (10.5) - are averaging double digit points for the Hornets this season. 

The last time Sacramento State ended a season with four players averaging 10 or more points per game was the 2016-17 season. The last time the Hornets had someone finish with an average of 20+ was Kristy Ryan (28.0) in 1993-94.

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. 

Streak Snapped

Last year's seven-win season was the first season with fewer than 10 wins since 2010-11, when Sacramento State won just four games. From 2011-2017, the Hornets averaged 15 wins per season.

Big Sky Gets a Little Smaller

With the departure of North Dakota from the Big Sky, the Big Sky Conference now includes 11 women's basketball programs. While the total number of conference games remains the same as last season (20), those 20 games now features a home-and-home with each of the other 10 teams. 

Big Sky Preseason Poll

Sacramento State was selected ninth in both the Big Sky's Coaches Preseason Poll and Media Preseason Poll. The Hornets received 28 total points in the Coaches Poll, 10 behind Weber State for the ninth spot. In the Media Poll, Sacramento State received 57 points, a full 43 back of Weber State.  

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