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Women's Basketball Notes vs. Northern Colorado, 2/8 - PDF

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's basketball team is back in Sacramento on a Monday night as they host the Big Sky-leading Northern Colorado Bears as a part of a doubleheader with the men's team. Tip off on Monday is scheduled for 5:05pm with the men's game to tip at 7:35pm. 

How To Watch

vs. Northern Colorado Bears
Doubleheader with Men's Basketball (7:35 pm)
Monday, Feb. 11 // 5:05 pm PT
The Nest // Sacramento, Calif.
Watch and Listen: Pluto.TV, ch. 233
Live Stats: HornetStats.com
Twitter: @SacStateWBB

Coming Up...

at Southern Utah
Thursday, Feb. 13 // 5:35 pm PT
America First Event Center // Cedar City, Utah

at Northern Arizona
Saturday, Feb. 15 // 6:05 pm PT
J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome // Flagstaff, Ariz.

Opening Tip

  • Sacramento State opens a three-game week with a home tilt against the Northern Colorado Bears on Monday night in the Nest at 5:05 pm. The game is the first part of a double-header with the men's basketball team, who hosts Portland State Monday night at 7:30. 
  • The Hornets' three-game week is their only such week of the season. After Monday's game, they will play on the road Thursday at Southern Utah and Saturday at Northern Arizona.
  • Kennedy Nicholas led Sacramento State this past Thursday in both points (19) and rebounds (9). It was the sixth time this season she has lead the Hornets in scoring and the 15th time she led the team in rebounds. Only Hannah Friend has led the Hornets in scoring more than Nicholas, doing it 13 times.
  • Speaking of Hannah Friend, the redshirt junior transfer from Delaware needs just 14 points to reach the 1,000 point milestone over the course of her NCAA Div. I career. Friend scored 104 points at Delaware and has 882 as a Hornets. She is on pace to join the Hornets' 1000-point club this season. 
  • Northern Colorado will play Saturday on the road at Portland State before traveling south to Sacramento to face the Hornets on Monday. The Bears enter this Saturday contest with a 16-4 overall record and a 9-2 mark in the Big Sky. They are tied with Idaho for first 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 35th in the nation. 

14.0: Points until Hannah Friend has 1,000 for her NCAA career, including 104 pts at Delaware.

About Last Game

Despite hanging with the Portland State Vikings for a half on Thursday in Portland, Sacramento State was unable to keep pace in the second half as they fell, 74-58 on the road. 

The Hornets held the high-scoring Vikings to just 30 points on 12-for-37 (32.4%) shooting in the first half, but the Portland State offense broke out in the second half, scoring 44 points on 59.3% shooting. 

Kennedy Nicholas and Hannah Friend again led the way for Sacramento State, combining for 36 points and 16 rebounds, including nine of the team's 10 made free throws. 

Against Northern Colorado

Monday night's home matchup against the Northern Colorado Bears is the second of the season and 25th all time dating back to the 2006-07 season. 

Earlier this season in Greeley, the Hornets fell to the Bears, 82-69. That game was decided early on as the Hornets did not score in the game's first quarter, falling behind 33-0. Despite the early hole, Sacramento State outscored Northern Colorado in each of the final three quarters, cutting the deficit to as few as nine late in the game. 

Sacramento State's last win against Northern Colorado came in the Nest during the 2015-16 season when they defeated the vising Bears, 83-72. Over their last five games in the Nest, the Hornets are 3-2 against Northern Colorado.

Scouting the Bears

  • Northern Colorado heads into the weekend with a 14-6 overall record, including a 9-2 mark in the Big Sky. As of Friday, Feb. 8, they are tied with Idaho for the top spot in the league. 
  • Coming into the season, the Bears were picked to finish third in the Big Sky preseason media poll and fourth in the preseason coaches' poll. They are last year's defending Big Sky regular season and tournament champions. 
  • Northern Colorado will play at Portland State on Saturday before traveling to Sacramento for Monday evenings matchup. 
  • The Bears are led by three-time Big Sky Player of the Week, Savannah Smith. Smith, a redshirt senior guard, averages 20.4 points per game, second-most in the Big Sky. She also 4.0 assists and 3.6 rebounds. 
  • Ali Meyer, another redshirt senior, leads the Bears with 11.1 rebounds per game. She is second in the Big Sky behind the Hornets' Kennedy Nicholas for most rebounds per game. 

Pack the Nest

Sacramento State returns home for a brief one-game homestand when they host Northern Colorado on Monday. They follow Monday's game with a season-long three-game road trip to Souther Utah, Northern Arizona, and Weber State. 

In home game this season, Sacramento State is 5-5 while averaging 70.9 points per game on 36.3% shooting. Hannah Friend, the Hornets leading scorer, averages nearly 20 points a game at home (19.4).

Sharing is Caring

Sacramento State piled up a season-high 22 assists in last 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.

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 last 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 35th 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. 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 35th in NCAA. They have 10 or more steals in 10 of their 18 games this season, including a season-high 20 against Cal Poly on Nov. 11. They have collected 10 or more steals in three of their last four games, including 16 against Idaho State, their most in a Big Sky game this year.

Hannah Friend leads the Hornets with 34 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 (16.0). Those numbers are 29th and 10th in the nation, respectively. 

Kennedy Nicholas paces the Hornets in rebounds, averaging 11.9 (4.9 offensive) per game. Hannah Friend is second on the squad, pulling in 7.9 rebounds (2.1 offensive) per game. 

Smart with the Ball

Junior point guard Tiara Scott leads the Big Sky conference and is 34th in the nation with a 2.29 assist-to-turnover ratio. For the season, Scott has a team-high 82 assists (4.3 per game). 

Career Assists

Tiara Scott enters Saturday's game with 273 career assists, eighth most in Hornets program history. She is just five 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 in a game four total times in her career. 

Swapping Starters

Sacramento State has used 13 different starting lineups in their 19 different games this season. The team has used the same lineup in back-to-back games just four times this year, including a season high stretch of three consecutive games with the same starters.

A Class of Their Own

Heading into the weekend, 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. 

Double-Double Duo

Kennedy Nicholas and Hannah Friend have recorded double-doubles in the same game four times this season. 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 (49 games) with Sacramento State, Hannah Friend has already piled up 882 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. 

Including her one season with Delaware, during which she scored 104 points as a freshman, Friend has scored 986 NCAA Div. I points. 

Magic Number 35

When shooting 35% or better from the floor this season, Sacramento State is 8-5. 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 (83) and blocks per game (4.4). 

Nicholas leads the team with 37 blocks (1.9 per game) and has two or more in seven of her last eight 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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