WOMEN'S HOOPS CONTINUES ROAD TRIP AT EASTERN WASHINGTON SATURDAY

WOMEN'S HOOPS CONTINUES ROAD TRIP AT EASTERN WASHINGTON SATURDAY

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's basketball team continues their two-game road trip with a Saturday matchup at Eastern Washington at 2:05 pm. Saturday's game will stream live on Pluto.TV, channel 234, and live stats will be available at HornetStats.com. 

How To Watch

Saturday, Jan. 26 // 2:05 pm PT
Reese Court // Cheney, Wash.
Watch and Listen: Pluto.TV, ch. 234
Live Stats: HornetStats.com
Twitter: @SacStateWBB

Starting Five

  • Sacramento State continues their weekend road trip with a Saturday contest at Eastern Washington. The Hornets dropped the first of their two weekend road games Thursday night at Idaho, 104-66. It was the fourth time this season a team has put up triple digits against the Hornets. 
  • Kenned Nicholas recorded her third straight and eight total double-double of the season on Thursday, leading the Hornets in both points (18) and rebounds (19). For the season, Nicholas is averaging 13.9 points and 12.2 rebounds (including five offensive) per game. 
  • Claire Bady set a career-high with 13 points Thursday night when the Hornets took on Idaho. Bady was 6-for-9 from the floor and 1-for-2 from the free throw line. The junior transfer and France native also added three rebounds, an assist, and a steal while playing 19 total minutes. 
  • On Thursday, Hannah Friend started her 15th straight game this season and  28th straight dating back to last season. Both streaks are currently the longest among active Hornets. 
  • Eastern Washington comes into Saturday's matinee matchup against the Hornets with a 4-12 overall record, including a 3-4 mark in Big Sky play. All three of Eastern's Big Sky wins have come on the road. For the season, they are just 1-5 when playing on their home court.

By the Numbers

47: Field goal percentage for Kennedy Nicholas, best in the Big Sky among qualifiers.

44: Rebounds per game for the Hornets, most in the Big Sky Conference.

14: Games in which leading scorer Hannah Friend has scored double digits, of 15 total.

About Last Game

Sacramento State hit the road Thursday to take on the Idaho Vandals and their Big Sky-leading offense. Despite owning one of the league's best three-point defenses, the Hornets could do little to slow the Vandals attack as they fell in Moscow, 104-66.

Three Hornets finished in triple digits in the game, including Kenned Nicholas, who led the team in both points (18) and rebounds (19). It was the third consecutive double-double for the forward. Claire Bady finished with a career-best 13 points while Hannah Friend (11) broke the double-digit mark for the 14th time in 15 games this season. 

Idaho had one of their best shooting games of the year, finishing at 46.0%, including 46.8% from beyond the arc while matching a program record with 18 made three pointers. 

Against Eastern Washington

Saturday afternoons contest at Eastern Washington is the first of two matchups between these two teams and the 50th overall since Sacramento State moved to Div. I for the 1991-92 season. All-time, the Eagles lead the series, 32-17. 

At Eastern Washington, the Hornets are just 7-15 all-time. They have not won in Cheney since a closely contested 94-91 win during the 2015-16 season. That is also their last win against the Eagles overall. 

Last season, Eastern Washington swept the season series, 83-76, in Cheney, and 83-72, in the Nest. 

Scouting the Eagles

  • Eastern Washington comes into Saturday's matinee matchup with a 4-12 overall record, though three of their four wins have come against the Big Sky, where they are 3-4 on the year. 
  • The Eagles were picked to finish 5th and 7th in the Big Sky Preseason Media and Coaches Polls, respectively. 
  • On their home court this season, Eastern is just 1-5, including 0-2 against conference competition. They are coming off a 76-64 home loss Portland State on Thursday. 
  • Eastern Washington is led by sophomore Violet Kapri Morrow, who averages a team-best 18.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Over her last three games, the guard is averaging 21.6 points per game, including a career-high 37 at Montana State. 
  • As a team, the Eagles' 59.6 points per game is the lowest in the Big Sky.
  • Despite the low scoring output, Eastern's 7.8 made threes per game is third in the conference, behind Idaho (11.3) and Sacramento State (8.6).

Nicholas Named Player of the Week

Junior forward Kennedy Nicholas was named the Big Sky's Women's Basketball Player of the Week for her performances against Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. Nicholas averaged 18.0 points, 15.0 rebounds, 7.5 offensive rebounds, and 3.5 blocks per game.

The honor is the first of Nicholas's career and Sacramento State's second this season. Junior guard Hannah Friend was named the league's player of the week earlier this season.

Seeing Double (Doubles)

Kennedy Nicholas recorded her third straight double-double on Thursday and eighth overall this season when she put up 18 points and pulled in 19 rebounds at Idaho. 

Nicholas's eight double-doubles are the most in the Big Sky. During her three-game double-double streak, she is averaging 18 points and 16.3 boards.

Dominating the Glass

Kennedy Nicholas set a career-high with 20 rebounds last Saturday at home against Southern Utah. That is tied for sixth most in a single game in Hornets' women's basketball history and was the most since Margaret Huntington pulled in 21 in 2016. 

Nicholas has recorded 10 or more rebounds in 11 games this season and has 15 or more in five of those 11. 

A Rebounding Leader

Kennedy Nicholas's 12.2 rebounds per game are most in the Big Sky and ninth in NCAA. Her 5.0 offensive rebounds per game are also most in the Big Sky and third most in the nation. Nicholas's 183 total rebounds are second in the conference and 37th in the NCAA.

A Shooting Leader, Too

In addition to leading the conference in rebounding, Kennedy Nicholas is also tops in the conference with a 47.7 field goal percentage.

For her career, Nicholas is a 48.0% shooter, currently just outside the top 10 for best career field goal percentage in Hornets program history. 

Rebounding as a Team

As a team, Sacramento State leads the Big Sky in both rebounds per game and offensive rebounds per game. The Hornets average a league-best 43.6 rebounds and 16.9 offensive rebounds per game. In addition to being tops in the conference, those numbers are 19th and ninth in the NCAA, respectively.

Making an Attempt

Sacramento State leads the Big Sky and is 12th in the nation with 501 total three-point field goal attempts this season (33.4 per game). The Hornets consistently rank among that nation's most active three-point shooters, averaging over 1,000 attempts per season the last three years. They ranked 1st, 1st, and 13th during that stretch. 

Pulling Double Duty

Hannah Friend is the only player in the Big Sky to rank among the top five in both scoring and rebounding. Friend's 18.9 points per game in second in the league and her 7.9 rebounds rank fifth.  

Smart with the Ball

Junior point guard Tiara Scott leads the Big Sky conference with a 2.28 assist-to-turnover ratio. For the season, Scott has a team-high 66 assists (4.4 per game). 

Career Assists

Tiara Scott enters Saturday's game with 257 career assists, the eighth most in Hornets program history. She is 21 assists back of Alle Moreno (278 assists, 2010-14) for seventh overall.  

Rejected!

Hannah Friend collected three blocks and Kennedy Nicholas added two more in Thursday's game at Idaho. Nicholas leads the team this season with 27 total blocks while Friend is second with 19.

Career Blocks

Over her last four games, Nicholas has recorded 12 total blocks (3.0 per game) and is averaging nearly two per game for the season. 

For her career, Nicholas has 78 total blocks, good for fifth most in Hornets program history. She has a ways to go before catching number four, Kylie Kuhns, who totaled 126 blocks from 2009-13.  

Approaching 1,000

In just a season and a half with Sacramento State, Hannah Friend has already piled up 809 total points (18.0 points per game). At her current pace, Friend will join the Sacramento State 1,000 Point Club before the end of the regular season, becoming the 14th player to reach the milestone. 

A Class of Their Own

Hannah Friend entered the week averaging 19.5 points per game, most among Big Sky juniors. Similarly, Kennedy Nicholas started the week with 11.7 rebounds per game is also most amongst Big Sky juniors. Sarah Abney was tops among freshmen in steals, with 1.0 per game. 

Bady's New Best

Junior guard Claire Bady set a new career-high with 13 points Thursday night at Idaho. She was 6-for-9 from the floor - both also new career highs. Bady also added three rebounds, a steal, and an assist in the effort.

After starting the season by averaging just over six minutes and less than a point per game through the first nine games of the season, Bady is averaging 19.3 minutes, 6.0 points, and 4.0 rebounds over the last three. 

Every Day Starter

Hannah Friend is the only Hornets player to have started all 14 of the team's games this season. Dating back to last season, the junior guard has started 27 straight games. Tiara Scott (13 starts), Kennedy Nicholas (12), and Raegen Rohn (10) have all made double-digit starts this season, as well. 

On the Road Again

Sacramento State continues their weekend road trip on Saturday at Eastern Washington. The Hornets are still looking for their first road win of the season, though they did pick up a win against Illinois on a neutral court. 

In true away games this season, the Hornets are 0-4 and average just 57.8 points per game on 30.0% shooting. At home, the Hornets shoot 36.8% while scoring 73.8 points per game. 

Shooting 40%

The Hornets shot 40.0% or better for just the second time this season this past Saturday against Southern Utah when they went 29-for-68 (42.6%) from the floor. The team's season high is 44.4% (32-72), a game they lost in double-overtime, 88-86, to Montana.

In games in which the Hornets shoot 35% or better, they are 6-5. When they shoot below that mark, they are 0-4.   

Beating the Big Ten

Sacramento State picked up its first ever win over a Big Ten program earlier this season when they defeated Illinois, 109-107 at the 2019 ShareSLO Holiday Classic at Cal Poly. Sacramento State was 0-3 against Big Ten programs prior to their November win over Illinois.

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