SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gabi Bade put up a team-high 20 points and Hannah Friend recorded her seventh double-double of the season Saturday, but the Sacramento State women's basketball team was unable to keep up with the Portland State Vikings as they fell in the Nest, 75-57.
The loss for Sacramento State moves them to 10-14 on the year and 6-10 in the Big Sky. Portland State, meanwhile, improves to 20-5 overall and 12-4 in conference.
Bade led the Hornets with 20 points and was also the most efficient shooter on the floor for Sacramento State, going 7-for-15 from the floor, including 5-for-10 from beyond the arc. She added four rebounds, two steals, and an assist to her line Saturday, as well.
The game was Bade's second 20-point performance of the season and her most since scoring a career-high 26 at home against Montana on Jan. 3. After a stretch of single-digit scoring games, Bade is averaging just shy of 15 points per game over her last four.
Hannah Friend was next for the Hornets as the junior guard scored 18 points to go with a team-high 11 rebounds, good for her seventh double-double of the season. Of her 11 rebounds, four came off the offensive glass.
Friend also led the Hornets with six steals, a new career-best and the most in a game by the Hornets this season. Her previous career-high was five, a mark she reached last season at Washington.
With 18 points, Friend is now just 13 points shy of 1,000. She is set to become just the 14th member of the Hornets 1,000 Point Club and will be the first to do so in her first two seasons with the program. Including her season with Delaware (104 points), Friend has 1,091 NCAA Div. I career points.
Kennedy Nicholas also finished in double-digits for Sacramento State, scoring 11 points to go with seven boards, but fouled out with nearly five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. It was the fifth time the forward has fouled out of a game this year, including in three of her last five.
Milee Enger led the Hornets with six assists on Saturday while playing 24 minutes against Portland State. It matched her career-high (last, 11/24/18 vs. Illinois) and was the fourth time this year that Enger paced the offense in assists. She now has 51 for the season, second most on the team.
Sacramento State hung with Portland State early, who is currently third in the Big Sky, even leading by as many as seven in the second quarter. It was a 9-1 run to end the first half by Portland State, however, that turned the tide of the game.
The Hornets managed to climb back within three, 47-44, late in the third quarter, but another Portland State run - this one 13-2 - to close out the quarter proved to be the killer.
In total, Sacramento State shot just 31.3% from the floor, its lowest this month. They were 7-for-27 (25.9%) from three and just 10-for-18 at the free throw line. Portland State, led by senior Ashley Bolston (22 points, six assists), shot 47.6% overall, including 51.5% in the second half.
Saturday's contest was the first of three straight in the Nest for the Hornets, who are back in action again on Thursday when they host Eastern Washington. Tip off on Thursday night is scheduled for 7:05 pm PT and the game will stream live online at Pluto.TV. More details, including times, notes, and links to tickets, can be found online at HornetSports.com.