MOSCOW, Idaho – The Sacramento State women's basketball team took back-to-back wins into Idaho as they went head-to-head with the Idaho Vandals and their Big Sky-leading offense Thursday night, but were unable to continue their winning ways in a tough, 104-66 loss.
With the loss, Sacramento State falls to 6-9 overall and 2-5 in the Big Sky. Idaho, with the win, moves to 8-8 overall and 5-3 in conference.
Despite the lopsided score, Kennedy Nicholas continued to excel for the Hornets, recording her third straight double-double and Big Sky-leading eighth this season.
The junior forward finished the game with 18 points and 19 rebounds in just 25 total minutes. She was 6-of-12 from the floor and went 6-for-9 from the free throw line. Nicholas also pulled down a game-high 19 rebounds, including eight offensive boards.
Over her last three games, Nicholas is averaging 18.0 points and 16.3 rebounds per game.
Claire Bady also had a big game for the Hornets, scoring a career-high 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting. She also added three rebounds, an assist, and a steal in the effort. Bady's previous high for points was five, a mark she achieved just last week against Northern Arizona.
Hannah Friend also broke double-digits for Sacramento State, scoring 11 points. Friend, a junior guard, came into tonight's game averaging 19.5 points per game, second best in the Big Sky. She has scored in double digits in 14 of Sacramento State's 15 games this season.
Despite the trio of strong performances, the Hornets were unable to keep pace with Idaho and their Big Sky-leading offense. The Vandals, who came into Thursday night's game averaging 74.7 points per game, broke triple digits for the first time this year as they scored 104 points. Idaho shot 48.6% (18-37) from beyond the arc, matching their record for made threes in a game.
The Vandals long-range attacked, coupled with a slow start for the Hornets, put Sacramento State into an early 32-9 hole at the end of the first quarter from which they were unable to recover. Although Sacramento State started to find their shot from the second quarter on, Idaho refused to let up, extending their lead in every quarter.
As a team, Sacramento State shot 34.6% but just 12.5% from beyond the arc. Idaho, meanwhile, shot 46.0% overall and were even better from distance, shooting 48.6% from three.
The Hornets' road trip continues as they head next to Eastern Washington to take on the Eagles on Saturday. Tip off for Saturday is scheduled for 2:05 pm PT at Reese Court in Cheney, Washington. Full details – including notes and links to live video and stats – can be found online at HornetSports.com.