SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's basketball team opens a two-game homestand Thursday when they welcome the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks to the Nest. Thursday's game is Field Trip Day and is scheduled for a 12:05 pm tip off.
How To Watch
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- Sacramento State returns home for back-to-back matches in the Nest as they host Northern Arizona on Thursday at 12:05 pm for the annual Field Trip Day and Southern Utah on Saturday at 2:05 pm for the team's Kids Day celebration and postgame clinic.
- The Hornets have slowed their three-point attack since the start of the conference schedule. In eight non-conference games, the Hornets averaged just over 40 three-point field goal attempts per game. In four conference contests, Sacramento State is averaging 28.8 attempts per game.
- Summer Menke set a new career-best with 12 points on Saturday at Idaho State. The freshman guard was 3-for-5 from the floor, including 3-for-4 from beyong the arc, and 3-for-5 at the free throw line. In addition to her career best, Saturday's 12 points also led the Hornets.
- Hannah Friend had her double-digit scoring streak snapped at 11 games last Saturday at Idaho State. A junior guard, Friend leads the Hornets with 19.8 points per game and has scored 20 or more points in seven of 12 games this season.
- Thursday is the first time the Hornets will face a Big Sky opponent with a sub-.500 conference record. Northern Arizona comes into the contest 1-4 in league and 5-9 overall.
By the Numbers
17: Offensive rebounds per game for Sacramento State, most in the Big Sky and 10th in NCAA
11: Steals per game for the Hornets, most in the Big Sky and 35th in the nation
4.4: Offensive rebounds per game for Kennedy Nicholas, most in the Big Sky and 9th in NCAA
About Last Game
Sacramento State went toe-to-toe with Idaho State on the road last Saturday for one quarter, but the Bengals pulled away with a 25-point second and never looked back en route to a 73-43 Hornets loss.
Sacramento State shot a season-best 80% from the free throw line but struggled elsewhere on the court, shooting a season-low 22.4% overall (27.3% from beyond the arc).
The Hornets had no answer for Idaho State's defense, which is ranked third in the Big Sky, and it showed as they struggled to get good looks at the basket all afternoon.
Against Northern Arizona
Thursday's home contest against Northern Arizona is the first of two matchups between these two teams this season. The Hornets trail the all-time series, 31-15, and have dropped two in a row to the Lumberjacks. Those two games have been decided by a total of eight points - a 91-88 NAU win at NAU in 2016-17 and a 95-90 NAU victory in overtime last season at the Nest.
Sacramento State's last win against Northern Arizona came in the Nest during the 2016-17 season, an 82-76 victory.
History Against NAU
Last year's overtime loss was also a historical game for the Hornets as former Sacramento State guard Maranne Johnson went off for 41 total points, the most ever scored in a conference matchup and just four points shy of the all-time single game record (45, Kristy Ryan, 1993 at UC Irvine).
Additionally, Hannah Friend scored 23 points in the same game, and the duo's combined total of 64 points is the most ever scored by a duo in a conference matchup (70, Kristy Ryan  and Sarah Stapp , 1993 at UC Irvine).
Field Trip Day
Thursday's game against NAU is the Hornets' annual Field Trip Day in the Nest. Tip off is scheduled for 12:05 pm PT and student groups from the area will be in attendance with their classmates and teachers. Additionally, Sacramento State faculty and staff will attend the game for an "extended lunch break."
Menke Making Her Mark
Freshman guard Summer Menke had the best game of her young career last Saturday, scoring a career-high 12 points on 3-for-5 shooting, including 3-for-4 from beyond the arc. The guard from Arizona also added three free throws on five attempts. She also had three rebounds, including one on the offensive glass, while playing just 13 total minutes.
For the season, Menke is averaging 16.4 minutes per game, fourth-most on the team and most among this year's newcomers.
One Tough Quarter
In all four of their conference games this season, Sacramento State has had one rough quarter that they were unable to overcome. Among those are a nine-point quarter against Montana, an eight-point quarter against Montana State, a three-point quarter at Idaho State, and a scoreless quarter at Northern Colorado.
Leading the Big Sky
Sacramento State leads the Big Sky Conference in four different categories coming into Thursday's matchup against Northern Arizona. The Hornets are atop the conference in Offensive Rebounds per Game (17.0), Rebounds per Game (43.3), Steals Per Game (10.8), and Three Point Field Goals Attempted (437).
No Longer Leading the Big Sky
For the first time this season, the Sacramento State Hornets do not lead the Big Sky in scoring per game. For the first nine weeks of the season, the Hornets were one of the top-scoring teams in the nation.
However, after a series of low-scoring contests (53 points vs. Montana, 43 points at Idaho State), the team is now averaging 73.7 points per game, second to Idaho's 74.4 points per game.
Friend's High Scoring Season
Hannah Friend leads the Hornets with 19.8 points per game this season. That number is second most in the Big Sky and 26th best in the country. At her current pace, Friend is just shy of becoming the fourth player in Hornets Women's Basketball history to average more than 20 points per game for an entire season.
Single-Season Scoring Record
1. Kristy Ryan (1993-94) - 28.0 ppg
2. Susan Digitale (1976-77) - 27.2
3. Heidi Carroll (1985-86) - 21.7
4. Heidi Carroll (1983-84) - 19.9
5. Hannah Friend (2018-19) - 19.8 (on pace)
Friend's Double-Figure Steak Snapped
For the first time this season, Sacramento State's leading scorer Hannah Friend was held under 10 points, snapping her streak of double-figure scoring at 11 games. She scored just five on Saturday, though she added six rebounds and a team-best three steals.
For the season, Friend is averaging 19.8 points per game, her first time this season averaging under 20 points per contest. He still ranks second in the Big Sky and is 26th in the nation in scoring.
Junior guard Hannah Friend and junior forward Kennedy Nicholas are the only two Hornets to have started every game this season - 12 straight games. Dating back to last season, Friend has started 24 consecutive games, most on the team.
Wrong Kind of Streak
The Hornets come into Thursday's game having lost four in a row. It is the team's longest losing streak of the season and their longest since losing eight straight in the middle of last season.
Off On The Wrong Foot
Sacramento State has opened the Big Sky conference portion of their schedule 0-4 for the first time since the 2010-11 season. That season is also the last time the Hornets opened with an 0-5 Big Sky record. In total that season, Sacramento State went just 1-15 in league play before bouncing back to a 7-9 record and a spot in the Big Sky tournament the following year.
Nicholas Seeing Double
Despite being held to a season-low four points last Saturday, junior forward Kennedy Nicholas is averaging a double-double through the season's first 12 games, putting up 12.8 points and pulling down 11.2 rebounds per game. The junior has five double-doubles this season, second most in the Big Sky.
One of her double-doubles this season includes her incredible 30-point, 18-rebound performance at home against San Francisco. Both of those numbers are career-highs. Nicholas has recorded 13 or more rebounds four times this season and has scored 15 or more points five times.
On the Offensive Glass
Kennedy Nicholas is averaging 4.4 offensive rebounds per game, most in the Big Sky and ninth most in the nation. In total, the junior forward is averaging 11.2 rebounds per game, second most in the league and 19th most in the NCAA.
Hannah Friend played 48 minutes out of a possible 50 total in Sacramento State's double-overtime loss at home against Montana. For the season, Friend is averaging a team-high 30.8 minutes per game.
Many Minutes, Pt. II
In addition to Hannah Friend's 30.9 minutes per game, Tiara Scott is also over the 30-minute mark, averaging 30.1 minutes per game. In total, 11 of Sacramento State's 17 players are logging double-digit minutes per game. Kenned Nicholas (25.7) and Gabi Bade (25.0) are next while the remaining seven log between 10 and 19 minutes per game.
Sacramento State's double-overtime game against Montana was just its fourth double-OT game since the 1976 season. In those games, the Hornets are 1-3.
Prior to that game, Sacramento State's last overtime game of any kind was last season against Thursday's opponent, Northern Arizona.
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.
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