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WOMEN'S HOOPS HOSTS WEBER STATE IN THE NEST, SATURDAY AT 2PM

WOMEN'S HOOPS HOSTS WEBER STATE IN THE NEST, SATURDAY AT 2PM

Women's Basketball Notes vs. Weber State - 2/1 (PDF)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's basketball team looks to bounce back from a tough outing Thursday night when they host Weber State in the Nest on Saturday at 2:05 pm. 

How To Watch

vs. Weber State Wildcats
Saturday, Feb. 1 // 2:05 pm PT
The Nest // Sacramento, Calif.
Watch and Listen: Pluto.TV, ch. 233
Live Stats: HornetStats.com
Twitter: @SacStateWBB

Coming Up...

at Portland State
Thursday, Feb. 7 // 7:05 pm PT
Viking Pavilion // Portland, Ore. 

 

Starting Five

  • Sacramento State hosts Weber State on Saturday, Feb. 1 as the two teams face off for the first time this season. After Saturday, the Hornets will take a short one-game trip to Portland State to face the Vikings on Thursday, Feb. 7. 
  • Kennedy Nicholas had 12 rebounds but just eight points Thursday night against Idaho State, snapping her double-double streak at four games. Her nine double-doubles this season lead the Big Sky and are 26th most in the nation. 
  • Hannah Friend is the only player in the Big Sky to rank among the top five in both scoring and rebounds. Her 18.5 points per game is fourth and her 7.9 rebounds is fifth. She leads the Hornets in scoring while her 7.8 boards are second on the team. 
  • Tiara Scott and Gabi Bade each collected four steals on Thursday night as the Hornets racked up 16 total steals against Idaho State. It was the team's most steals against a Big Sky opponent this season and second most overall (20 steals vs. Cal Poly). 
  • Weber State comes into Saturday afternoon's matchup against the Hornets with a 4-16 overall record and a 1-9 conference mark. They are just 2-7 on the road overall and 1-3 against the Big Sky.

By the Numbers

10.7: 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.

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

About Last Game

Sacramento State fell behind early against Idaho State and their top-ranked defense on Thursday night. Despite outscoring the Bengals in the second half, the Hornets were unable to overcome the early deficit and fell in the Nest, 56-42. 

Hannah Friend recorded her fourth double-double of the year (13 pts, 10 reb). As a team, the Hornets shot just 23.7%, their second lowest output of the season, against a physically dominating Idaho State defense that ranks second in the Big Sky. 

Tiara Scott led the team with four assists. Kennedy Nicholas saw her double-double streak end at four games (8 pts, 12 reb).

Against Weber State

Saturday afternoon's game against the visiting Weber State Wildcats is the first between the two teams this season and the 54th all time dating back to the 1996-97 season. 

Last year, Weber State swept the home-and-home series against the Hornets, and the Wildcats have won four straight against Sacramento State going back to the 2016-17 season. Among those losses is a heartbreaking overtime loss, 98-97, in the Big Sky Tournament. 

Sacramento State's last win against Weber State came in 2016 when the defeated the Wildcats, 87-64 in the Nest. Prior to dropping four straight to Weber State, the Hornets were 9-1 against the Wildcats. 

Scouting the Bengals

  • Weber State comes into Saturday's matinee matchup with a 4-16 overall record, including a 1-9 mark in the Big Sky. 
  • The Wildcats were picked to finish 8th in both the Preseason Coaches' and Media Poll.
  • Last year, Weber State played to a 21-11 (12-6 Big Sky) finish and earned an invitation to the Women's Basketball Invitational, where they went 1-1. 
  • Weber State averages 60.9 points per game on 36.4% shooting. Those numbers are 10th and 9th in the Big Sky, respectively. 
  • On the road this season, the Wildcats are 2-8, including 0-1 on neutral courts. In Big Sky play, Weber State is 1-3. Their road win in Big Sky was a major upset over Northern Colorado, 55-54. 
  • Senior guard Jaiamoni Welch-Coleman leads the Wildcats offensively, averaging 16.5 points per game. She also has a team-high 102 assists and 34 steals. Her 5.1 assists oer game is second in the Big Sky.

Grand Theft Basketball

Sacramento State collected 16 steals on Thursday night, their most against a Big Sky opponent this season (previous, 15, at EWU). They also forced the Bengals into 24 total turnovers, also their most against a conference foe this year (previous, 21, at EWU). 

Both of those numbers are second most in a game this season for the Hornets (season-high 20 steals, 34 forced turnovers vs. Cal Poly).    

Steals Leaders

For the season, Sacramento State is averaging 10.7 steals per game, most in the Big Sky and 37th most in the nation. They have double-digit steals in back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 29 and Jan. 3. 

Hannah Friend leads the Hornets with 29 total steals this season, though Tiara Scott (27) and Kennedy Nicholas (25) are right behind her. 

Forcing the Issue

Sacramento State's 17.63 forced turnovers per game are second in the Big Sky, just .02 behind Portland State (17.65). The Hornets have forced 20 or more turnovers six times this season and 15 or more 14 of their 17 games so far this season. 

Friendly Double-Double

Hannah Friend recorded her fourth double-double of the year on Thursday, scoring a team-high 13 points to go with 10 boards. 

For the season, Friend is the only player in the Big Sky to rank in the top five in both points and rebounds. The junior guard is averaging 18.5 points (4th Big Sky) and 7.9 rebounds (5th) per game. 

Playing Them Close

With their three-point win over Eastern Washington last 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.     

Oppressive on the Glass

The Hornets are first in the Big Sky in both rebounds per game (42.4) and offensive rebounds per game (16.4). Those numbers are 28th and 11th in the nation, respectively. 

Kennedy Nicholas paces the Hornets in rebounds, averaging 12.1 (5.0 offensive) per game. Hannah Friend is second on the squad, pulling in 7.9 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.    

Double-Double Streak Snapped

Kennedy Nicholas saw her double-double streak come to an end at four games on Thursday night as she scored just eight points to go with her 12 rebounds against the Bengals. 

During her four-game streak, the junior forward averaged 17.8 points and 14.8 rebounds per game. 

Her nine double-doubles this season are most in the Big Sky and 26th most in the nation. 

Shooting Leader

Prior to Thursday night's game against Idaho State, Kennedy Nicholas ranked at the top of the Big Sky in field goal percentage, shooting 48.6% overall this season. 

Nicholas was just 3-for-10 Thursday night though, as her season percentage dropped to 47.7%. She had shot 50% or better in four straight games before Thursday night. 

Career Blocks

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).

Scorers Gonna Score

Hannah Friend enters Thursday's game against Idaho State averaging 18.5 points per game this season. For her career, Friend averages 17.9 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 839 career points (17.9 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 2.34 assist-to-turnover ratio. For the season, Scott has a team-high 75 assists (4.4 per game). 

Career Assists

Tiara Scott enters Saturday's game with 266 career assists, the eighth most in Hornets program history. She is 12 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

At the start of the week, Hannah Friend ranked at the top of 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

Thursday's starting five against Idaho State was Sacramento State's 12th different starting lineup in just 17 total games this season. 

Back in the Nest

Sacramento State has one more game in the Nest Saturday before heading back out on the road. So far this year, the Hornets are 4-5 at home, including 2-3 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. 

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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