Women's Basketball Notes at Portland State, 2/7 - PDF

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's basketball team is back on the road Thursday night as they take on the Vikings of Portland State at 7:05 pm. The game will stream live online at both Pluto.TV and WatchBigSky.com. 

How To Watch
at Portland State Vikings
Thursday, Feb. 7 // 7:05 pm PT
Viking Pavilion // Portland, Ore.
Watch and Listen: Pluto.TV, ch. 232
Live Stats: HornetStats.com
Twitter: @SacStateWBB

Coming Up...
vs. Northern Colorado
Monday, Feb. 11 // 5:05 pm PT
Doubleheader with Men's Basketball (7:35 pm)
The Nest // Sacramento, Calif.

Opening Tip

  • Sacramento State plays just one game this week as they hit the road for a Thursday night matchup at Portland State. It is the Hornets' second and last one-game week of the season. They follow this week with a three-game week (Mon., Thurs., Fri.) next week, Feb. 11-17. 
  • Hannah Friend recorded her fifth double-double of the season in Sacramento State's 77-62 win Saturday over Weber State. Friend scored 26 points on 8-for-15 shooting, including 5-for-8 from three. She pulled in 10 rebounds to complete the double-double. 
  • After snapping her four-game double-double streak last Thursday, Kennedy Nicholas collected her fifth in the last sixth game and 10th for the year with 20 points and 12 rebounds Saturday against Weber State. She is averaging a double-double (14.1 pts, 12.1 reb) this season. 
  • Sacramento State's 15 point win over Weber State on Saturday was their largest win of the season, passing the previous largest win of six (86-80 vs. Antelope Valley, 12/1/18). The Hornets have an average margin of victory of just 4.75 points this season. 
  • Portland State enters Thursday night's contest with a 15-4 overall record, including a 7-3 Big Sky mark. The Vikings are currently fourth in the conference, though their 15 overall wins are most in the league. 

By the Numbers

17.6: Turnovers forced per game by the Hornets, most in the Big Sky Conference. 

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

16.4: Offensive rebounds per game for the Hornets, most in the Big Sky and 10th in the nation.

About Last Game

Sacramento State cruised to their largest win of the season, a 77-62 victory in the Nest last Saturday against the Weber State Wildcats. After taking a 9-7 lead midway through the first quarter, the Hornets led for the remained of the game (34+ minutes). 

Hannah Friend (26 pts, 10 reb) and Kennedy Nicholas (20 pts, 12 reb) paced the Hornets with double-doubles each while Gabi Bade (11 pts, 5 reb) also broke double digits for the Hornets. 

Tiara Scott led the team with 5 assists while as a team, the Hornets piled up 22 total assists, their most in a single game this season.

Against Portland State

Thursday night's road game against the Portland State Vikings is the first of two between these two teams this season and the 48th all time dating back to the 1991-92 season. 

Last year, Portland State swept the home-and-home series against the Hornets, including a heartbreaking Hornets loss at the Vikings. Up 73-69 with 18 seconds to play, the Hornets gave up four unanswered points as Portland State stole the 74-73 win. The Hornets later lost at home to the Vikings, 81-72. 

Sacramento State's last win against the Vikings came on the road at Portland State in 2017, a 77-68 victory. All time in Portland, the Hornets are 8-15, though they are 3-1 in their last four. 

Scouting the Vikings

  • Portland State comes into Thursday night's matchup with a 15-4 overall record, including a 7-3 mark against the Big Sky. 
  • The Vikings were picked to finish second in the Big Sky in both the preseason media and coaches' poll. They are currently fourth. 
  • Portland State leads the Big Sky in 12 different statistical categories. Among them are the league's most assists/assists per game (347/18.3), scoring margin (+13.7), turnover margin (2.24), and many more. 
  • Three different Vikings rank in the top 10 of the Big Sky for field goal percentage in conference games: Jordan Stotler (54.8%, 4th), Sidney Rielly (49.1%, 8th), and  Courtney West (48.0%, 9th).
  • While they have shot well themselves, the Vikings have held opponents to a Big Sky-best 58.2 points per game. Opponents are shooting just 33.8% against the Vikings this season. 
  • Sidney Rielly leads the Vikings in scoring this season, averaging 14.8 points per game. She is shooting 47.1% from the floor for the year.

Sharing is Caring

Sacramento State piled up a season-high 22 assists in Saturday's win over Weber State, passing their previous high of 21 (11/24/18 vs. Illinois). Tiara Scott led the Hornets with five assists, though freshman Milee Enger racked up four while both Gabi Bade and Claire Bady collected three.

In total, nine different Hornets had at least one assist while six had two or more. 

Sacramento State's all-time record for assists in a single game is 34. They reached that mark in their NCAA-record setting 128-76 win over Portland State on Jan. 23, 2016. 

Largest Win of the Season

Sacramento State's 15-point victory over Weber State (77-62) was their largest of the season. Prior to Saturday' the Hornets' largest margin of victory was six, an 86-80 win over Antelope Valley in the Nest. 

Saturday's game also featured Sacramento State's largest lead of the season as the Hornets led the Wildcats by 22, 54-32, midway through the third quarter.    

Good From Three!

The Hornets went 12-for-34 from beyond the arc on Saturday. Their 12 made three-pointers are their second most in a game this season, only behind their 21-for-57 performance against Illinois.

For the season, Sacramento State is averaging 8.3 made three-pointers per game, second most in the Big Sky and 36th in the nation.      

Playing Them Close

Seven of Sacramento State's eight wins have been decided by six points or fewer while four have been decided by three or fewer points. For the season, the Hornets own an average margin of victory of just 4.75 points.     

Forcing the Issue

Sacramento State's 17.56 forced turnovers per game are most in the Big Sky, 0.51 ahead of the number two team and their Thursday night opponent, Portland State (17.05).

The Hornets have forced their opponents into 15 or more turnovers 14 times this season, including a season-high 34 against Cal Poly on Nov. 11.

Grand Theft Basketball

The Hornets average 10.4 steals per game, most in the Big Sky and 37th in NCAA. They have 10 or more steals in nine of their 17 games this season, including a season-high 20 against Cal Poly on Nov. 11. They recorded 16 against Idaho State last Saturday, their most against a Big Sky opponent this season. 

Hannah Friend leads the Hornets with 30 total steals this season, though Tiara Scott (28) and Kennedy Nicholas (27) are right behind her. 

Oppressive on the Glass

Sacramento State leads the Big Sky in both rebounds per game (42.56) and offensive rebounds per game (16.38). Those numbers are 30th and 10th in the nation, respectively. 

On Saturday, the Hornets collected 46 total rebounds against Weber State, their second-most against a Big Sky opponent this season. 

Kennedy Nicholas paces the Hornets in rebounds, averaging 12.1 (5.0 offensive) per game. Hannah Friend is second on the squad, pulling in 8.0 rebounds (2.2 offensive) per game. 

Friendly Double-Double

Hannah Friend recorded her fifth double-double of the year and second in as many games on Saturday, scoring a team-high 26 to go with 10 boards. For the season, Friend leads the Hornets and is third in the Big Sky with 18.9 points per game. She is second on the team and sixth in the league with 8.0 rebounds per game this 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 80 assists (4.4 per game). 

Career Assists

Tiara Scott enters Saturday's game with 271 career assists, eighth most in Hornets program history. She is just seven 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. 

Swapping Starters

Sacramento State has used 13 different starting lineups in their 18 different games this season. 

A Class of Their Own

Hannah Friend ranked at the top of all Big Sky juniors with 18.9 points per game. Kennedy Nicholas leads all Big Sky juniors with 12.1 rebounds per game. Sarah Abney leads all Big Sky freshmen with 0.6 steals per game. 

On the Road Again

Sacramento State is back on the road for just one game before they return to the Nest against on next Monday. So far this season, the Hornets are 1-4 in away games and 2-1 on neutral courts.

In away games, Sacramento State averages just 60.8 points on 33.3% shooting per game. The Hornets average 70.9 points per game on 36.3% shooting when they play in the Nest. 

Double-Double Duo

Kennedy Nicholas and Hannah Friend both recorded a double-double in last Saturday's win over Weber State. It was the fourth time this season the duo have collected a double-double in the same game. The Hornets are 3-1 in those four games. 

Nicholas has a Big Sky leading 10 double-doubles this season while Friend has five. 

Approaching 1,000

In just over a season and a half (48 games) with Sacramento State, Hannah Friend has already piled up 865 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. 

Magic Number 35

When shooting 35% or better from the floor this season, Sacramento State is 8-4. They have not won a game this season when shooting below that mark. 


Sacramento State is second in the Big Sky in both total blocks (79) and blocks per game (4.4). They are second only to Thursday's opponent, Portland State (109 blocks, 5.7 per game). 

Nicholas leads the team with 35 blocks (1.9 per game) and has two or more in six of her last seven games. Hannah Friend is second on the team with 20 (1.1). 

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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