WOMEN'S HOOPS RETURNS TO THE NEST THURSDAY AGAINST IDAHO STATE

WOMEN'S HOOPS RETURNS TO THE NEST THURSDAY AGAINST IDAHO STATE

Women's Basketball Notes vs. Idaho State, 1/31 - PDF

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's basketball team is back in the Nest this weekend for two games as they host Idaho State and Weber State. Up first, the Hornets take on the Bengals of Idaho State on Thursday, 1/31 at 7:05 pm. 

How To Watch

vs. Idaho State Bengals
Thursday, Jan. 31 // 7:05 pm PT
The Nest // Sacramento, Calif.
Watch and Listen: Pluto.TV, ch. 233
Live Stats: HornetStats.com
Twitter: @SacStateWBB

Coming Up...

vs. Weber State Wildcats
Saturday, Feb. 2 // 2:05 pm PT
The Nest // Sacramento, Calif.

Opening Tip

  • Sacramento State returns home for two games this week as they host Idaho State on Thursday at 7 pm and Weber State on Saturday at 2 pm. Sacramento State is 4-4 in the Nest this season, including 2-2 against Big Sky conference opponents. 
  • Kennedy Nicholas recorded her fourth straight and ninth total double-double this season last Saturday at Eastern Washington, scoring 17 points and collecting 10 rebounds. During that four-game stretch, Nicholas is averaging 17.8 points and 14.8 rebounds per game
  • Hannah Friend is the only player in the Big Sky to rank among the top five in both scoring and rebounds. Her 18.8 points per game is fourth and her 7.8 rebounds is fifth. She leads the Hornets in scoring while her 7.8 boards are second on the team. 
  • On Saturday, Tiara Scott totaled five assists in Sacramento State's win over Eastern Washington, while committing just two turnovers. For the season, Scott's 2.3 assist-to-turnover ratio is the best in the Big Sky. Her 4.4 assists per game are fifth most in the conference. 
  • Idaho State comes into Thursday night's matchup against the Hornets with a 12-6 overall record and a 7-2 conference mark. They are second in the Big Sky behind Northern Colorado (13-6, 8-2 Big Sky). 

By the Numbers

10.4: Steals per game for Sacramento State, most in the Big Sky and 37th most in NCAA. 

16.5: Offensive rebounds per game for the Hornets, 1st in the Big Sky and 11th in the nation.

72.8: Points per game for the Hornets, third in the league and 61st in the nation.

About Last Game

Sacramento State wrapped their two-game road trip on Saturday with an exciting 73-70 win over the Eastern Washington Eagles in Cheney. 

The Hornets climbed out to a season-high 18-point lead over the Eagles early in the fourth quarter, but a furious comeback attempt by Eastern Washington made it a one-point game with two to play. Two late free throws by Kenned Nicholas gave the Hornets the 73-70 final. 

Nicholas and Hannah Friend lead the team with 17 points each. Nicholas was also tops with 10 rebounds while Tiara Scott collected a team-high five assists in the win. 

Against Idaho State

Thursday night's contest against Idaho State is the 46th overall and second this season between the two programs. Idaho State took the first matchup this season, 73-43, in Pocatello. 

All-time, Sacramento State trailed Idaho State 39-7. In the Nest, the Hornets are 5-16 against the Bengals. Sacramento State's last win against Idaho State came in the Nest, an 83-62 Hornets win during the 2015-16 season. 

Scouting the Bengals

  • Idaho State comes into Thursday night's contest with a 12-6 overall record and are second in the Big Sky with a 7-2 mark. 
  • On the road this season, the Bengals are 4-4 this season. They are 3-1 on the road against Big Sky competition. 
  • The Bengals have won two straight and three of their last four. One of those wins came against the Hornets in Pocatello on Jan. 12.
  • Idaho State is second in the Big Sky and 47th in the nation with a 43.8%  field goal percentage. 
  • As a team, the Bengals play clean basketball and own a 1.61 turnover margin, the second highest in the conference. 
  • Forward Grace Kenyon is second in the Big Sky with a 48.2 field goal percentage. She is behind only Sacramento State's Kennedy Nicholas (48.6 FG%).
  • Kenyon also leads ISU in both scoring (14.2) and rebounds (6.9).

A Season-High Showing

Sacramento State shot 48.3% (29-60) overall this past Saturday, a new season-high for the team, passing their previous high of 44.4% (32-72) against Montana in the Nest on Jan. 3. The Hornets were 6-for-16 from three Saturday, good for 37.5%, their second-highest showing from beyond the arc this year.   

Playing Them Close

With their three-point win over Eastern Washington on Saturday, the Hornets average margin of victory is just 3.4. Sacramento State's biggest win this season is just six points, an 86-80 win over Antelope Valley. Four of the Hornets' seven wins this season have come by three of fewer points.     

Tallying Up Takeaways

The Hornets forced Eastern Washington into 21 turnovers last weekend while piling up 15 steals. Both the 21 forced turnovers and 15 steals are the most against a Big Sky opponent this season.

Steals Leaders

Sacramento State is first in the Big Sky and 37th in the nation with 10.4 steals per game. 

Hannah Friend (27 steals, 1.7 per game) leads the Hornets. Both Kennedy Nicholas and Tiara Scott have 23 steals (1.4 per game).

Oppressive on the Glass

The Hornets are first in the Big Sky in both rebounds per game (42.3) and offensive rebounds per game (16.5). Those numbers are 28th and 11th in the nation, respectively. 

Kennedy Nicholas paces the Hornets in rebounds, averaging 12.1 (4.9 offensive) per game. Hannah Friend is second on the squad, pulling in 7.8 rebounds (2.1 offensive) per game. 

Biggest Lead of the Season

Sacramento State was up on Eastern Washington by as many as 18 points on Saturday, their biggest lead of the season. A Hannah Friend layup 38 seconds into the fourth quarter put the Hornets up 18.    

Seeing Double (Doubles)

Kennedy Nicholas recorded her fourth straight double-double on Saturday and ninth overall this season when she put up 17 points and pulled in 10 rebounds at Eastern Washington. 

Nicholas's nine double-doubles are the most in the Big Sky and 26th most in all of NCAA. During her four-game double-double streak, she is averaging 17.8 points and 14.8 boards

Shooting Leader

Coming into Thursday's game against Idaho State, Kennedy Nicholas ranks at the top of the Big Sky in field goal percentage, shooting 48.6% overall this season. 

Nicholas was 7-for-11 Saturday. The junior forward has shot 50% or better in each of her last four games and in nine of her 16 games this season.

Rejected!

Kennedy Nicholas collected four blocks against Eastern Washington on Saturday, her third game this season with four blocks. She has 31 total blocks this year, most on the team. Over her last seven games, Nicholas is averaging 3.0 blocks per game.

For her career, Nicholas has 82 blocked shots, fifth most in program history. She is 44 blocks back of the fourth place on that list (Kylie Kuhns, 126, 2009-13).

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 18.8 points per game is fourth in the league and her 7.8 rebounds rank fifth.  Those numbers are first and second, respectively, among the Hornets. 

Scorers Gonna Score

Hannah Friend enters Thursday's game against Idaho State averaging 18.8 points per game this season. For her career, Friend averages 18.0 points per game, the fourth highest mark in program history. She ranks just over a point behind program great, Kristy Ryan (19.1 ppg).  

Starting Streak Snapped

Saturday's game at Eastern Washington was the first game this season in which Hannah Friend did not start. Previously, she had been the only Hornets player to start the team's first 15 games. Dating back to last season, Friend's streak of consecutive games started was 42, the longest of her career. 

Approaching 1,000

In just a season and a half (46 games) with Sacramento State, Hannah Friend has already piled up 826 career points (18.0 per game). At her current pace, Friend is on track to become the 14th member of the Sacramento State 1,000 Point Club before the end of the regular season. 

Smart with the Ball

Junior point guard Tiara Scott leads the Big Sky conference with a 2.29 assist-to-turnover ratio. For the season, Scott has a team-high 71 assists (4.4 per game). 

Career Assists

Tiara Scott enters Saturday's game with 261 career assists, the eighth most in Hornets program history. She is 17 assists back of Alle Moreno (278 assists, 2010-14) for seventh overall.  

Scott has two games this season with nine assists, which match her career high. She has tallied nine assists four total times in her career. 

A Class of Their Own

Hannah Friend leads all Big Sky juniors with 18.8 points per game. Kennedy Nicholas leads all Big Sky juniors with 12.1 rebounds per game. Sarah Abney leads all Big Sky freshmen with 1.1 steals per game. 

Swapping Starters

Saturday's starting five at Eastern Washington was Sacramento State's 12th different starting lineup in just 16 total games this season. 

Points in the Paint

Sacramento State scored 44 points in the paint on Saturday, tied for their second most in a game this season. They scored 46 points in the paint at home against Southern Utah. For the year, the Hornets average just 32.4 points in the paint per game, though over their last four games, that average is up to 41.5.

Back in the Nest

Sacramento State returns to the Nest for two games this weekend. So far this year, the Hornets are 4-4 at home, including 2-2 in the Nest during conference play. 

The Hornets average 73.8 points per game on 36.8% shooting when they play in the Nest. In away games, Sacramento State averages just 60.8 points on 33.3% shooting per game. 

Turning the Corner

In their first four conference games, the Hornets went 0-4 while averaging 62.8 points per game. Over their last four Big Sky matchups, they are 3-1 and are putting up just over 70 (70.2) points per game. 

Magic Number 35

When shooting 35% or better from the floor this season, Sacramento State is 7-4. They have not won a game this season when shooting below that mark. 

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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