SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior guard Hannah Friend joined the Sacramento State women's basketball 1,000 Point Club Thursday night, scoring 19 points overall, but despite the performance, the Hornets fell at home to the visiting Eastern Washington Eagles, 71-62.
With the loss, Sacramento State falls to 10-15 overall and 6-10 in the Big Sky. Eastern Washington, meanwhile, climbs to 10-16 overall and 9-8 in league play.
The decision helps cement Eastern Washington into at least the number six seed in the Big Sky Conference while the Hornets look likely to settle into the eight seed with just three games remaining.
Friend entered Thursday night's game with 985 career points, just 15 shy of joining the Sacramento State women's basketball 1,000 Point Club. Friend buried back-to-back free throws in the fourth quarter, giving her the 15 points she needed.
A junior, Friend is the 14th player to score over 1,000 points in a Hornets uniform. Although she is the 14th to ever reach the mark, she is the first to do it in her first two seasons with the program. No other Hornet has reached the 1,000 point mark as quickly as she did Thursday night.
The @SacStateWBB 1,000 Point Club welcomes its newest member, Hannah Friend! #StingersUp #Team54— Sacramento State Women's Basketball (@SacStateWBB) March 1, 2019
Hannah is the first player in program history to reach the 1,000 point mark in her first two seasons with Sacramento State. ���� pic.twitter.com/yLIZ1Zqafn
Gabi Bade led Sacramento State in scoring for the second straight game, putting up 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including 6-for-10 from three. Bade has now scored 20 or more points in back-to-back games for the first time in her career, and she finished just three points shy of her career best (26 vs. Montana).
Bade also added two rebounds and an assist while playing 28 minutes.
Kennedy Nicholas paced the Hornets with 14 total rebounds, including five off the offensive glass. The junior forward also collected five blocks in the effort. It was the third time this season Nicholas has had at least five blocks in a game and the seventh time she has recorded four or more.
Overall, Sacramento State found themselves in a familiar situation after scoring just nine points in the second quarter of Thursday night's game. It was the ninth time this season that the Hornets have put forth a single-digit scoring quarter in a game and they are now 0-9 in those games.
Despite the second quarter struggles, the Hornets entered the halftime break trailing by just four, 31-27. The third quarter proved to be another tough 10 minutes for Sacramento State, however, as Eastern Washington opened the game up, taking a 14-point lead late in the quarter that they would never give up.
In total, Sacramento State shot just 34.9% from the floor, including 33.3% from beyond the arc. Eastern Washington was better in both areas, shooting a total of 39.7% and 37.9% from three.
The Hornets were also outrebounded by the Eagles, 42-40. Both team committed 14 turnovers, and Sacramento State actually outscored the Eagles, 20-16 in points off turnovers.
Thursday night's game was the Hornets' second-to-last home contest of the year. They will play their final home game this weekend when they host the Idaho Vandals on Saturday at 2pm in the Nest.
Saturday is also Sacramento State's senior day celebration. The Hornets will recognize graduating senior Raegen Rohn with a special pregame ceremony, including her friends and family. Prior to that, the Hornets will also recognize Hannah Friend on joining the 1,000 Point Club.
More details on Saturday's game, including times, notes, and links to tickets, can be found online at HornetSports.com.