SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's basketball team closes out its current three-game road trip with a midday matchup on the road at Weber State. Tip off for Wednesday's game is scheduled for 11:05 am PT. The game can be streamed live online at Pluto.TV. For more details, visit the 2018-19 Women's Basketball schedule at HornetSports.com.
How To Watch
vs. Portland State
Saturday, Feb. 23 // 2:05 pm PT
The Nest // Sacramento, Calif.
vs. Eastern Washington
Thursday, Feb. 28 // 7:05 pm PT
The Nest // Sacramento, Calif.
- Sacramento State dropped a heartbreaker this past Saturday on the road at Northern Arizona, 71-69, after the Lumberjacks came from behind in the second half. The Lumberjacks' Kaleigh Paplow delivered the dagger, a midrange jumper for the lead with 0.7 seconds remaining.
- Hannah Friend led all players on both squads Saturday with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Friend was 8-for-17 from the floor, including 3-for-6 from beyond the arc, and four of her nine rebounds were off the offensive glass. For the season, Friend is averaging 19.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
- The Hornets shot 44.6% from the floor on Saturday, better than Northern Arizona (41.9%) and the team's second best performance of the year (48.3% at EWU). It was the first time this season that Sacramento State has shot 40% or better in back-to-back games.
- Sacramento State had just one block on Saturday, the team's fewest in it's last five games. The Hornets are averaging 4.6 blocks per game this season and 4.9 against Big Sky opponents.
- Weber State comes into Wednesday's matinée matchup with a 5-20 overall record and a 2-13 mark against the Big Sky. One of those 13 losses came against the Hornets in the Nest earlier this season, a 77-62 Sacramento State win. It was the Hornets' largest win of the season.
By The Numbers
11: Games this season with 20+ points for junior guard Hannah Friend, most on the team.
14: Different starting lineups used by Sacramento State in 22 games this season.
40: Percent or better shooting from the floor in back-to-back games for the first time this year.
About Last Game
Sacramento State pulled away from the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks in the second quarter of Saturday's game before taking an eight-point lead into the half. Unfortunately, they were unable to maintain their distance from NAU as the Lumberjacks rallied back in the fourth quarter to steal a 71-69 win from the Hornets.
Hannah Friend led all players from both teams in both scoring and rebounds, with 22 points and 13 boards, including four offensive. She was 8-for-17 (47.1%), including 3-for-6 from beyond the arc.
Kennedy Nicholas, the other half of the Hornets' leading duo this season, found herself on the bench early and often with foul trouble before fouling out with four minutes remaining in the game. She finished with 11 points and six rebounds.
Against Weber State
Wednesday's midday matchup against Weber State is the second contest between the two teams this season. The Hornets defeated the Wildcats, 77-62, in the Nest earlier this year.
All-time, the Wildcats hold a 29-15 advantage over Sacramento State. The Hornets' win in the Nest in early February snapped a four-game losing streak against Weber State.
Sacramento State has not won in Ogden since the 2013-14 season when they swept a home-and-home series against Weber State. Though the Hornets are 5-16 all time in Ogden, they are 3-3 over their last six on the Wildcats' home court.
1,000 Point Milestone
With 22 points in Saturday's game, junior guard Hannah Friend climbed ever closer to joining the Hornets 1,000 Point Club, moving to 946 career points. Including her freshman year with Delaware, Friend now has 1,050 career NCAA Div. I points.
In less than two full seasons with Sacramento State, Fiend is averaging 18.2 points per game, the fourth-best career average in program history. With six regular season games remaining, she is on pace to become the 14th member of the Sacramento State 1,000 Point Club before the end of the regular season. She would become the first player to reach that mark in her first two seasons with the program.
Road Then Home
After Wednesday's game, the Hornets will return to Sacramento for three straight games in the Nest. The three-game stretch at home will be their second this season as they host Portland State, Eastern Washington, and Idaho.
Field Goal Percentage
Kennedy Nicholas is shooting 50.2% from the floor this season, the fourth best mark in the Big Sky and best among all players with at least 200 field goal attempts. For her career, Nicholas is a 49.3% shooter, which is tied for the sixth-best career shooting percentage in program history with tow other players.
Sacramento State shot 44.6% from the floor in Saturday's loss, their second best shooting performance of the season. The Hornets also shot 40.8% in their previous game, a 75-69 overtime win at Southern Utah. It was the first time this season that the Hornets have shot 40% or better in back-to-back contests.
For the year, Sacramento State has shot at least 40% from the floor in six games this year. They are 4-2 when they reach that 40% shooting mark.
Two of Sacramento State's three best shooting games - 44.6% at NAU, 44.4% vs. Montana - have both been losses.
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