Women's Basketball Game Notes at Montana State, 3/7 - PDF

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's basketball team is back on the road for their final two games of the regular season as they take on Montana State and Montana on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. Postseason seeding is still on the line for multiple teams heading into the final week of the regular season. 

How To Watch

at Montana State
Thursday, Mar. 7 // 6:05 pm PT
Worthington Arena // Bozeman, Mont.
Watch and Listen: Pluto.TV, ch. 238
Live Stats: HornetSports.com
Twitter: @SacStateWBB

Coming Up...

at Montana
Saturday, Mar. 9 // 1:05 pm PT
Dahlberg Arena // Missoula, Mont.

Opening Tip

  • Sacramento State went head-to-head with the Big Sky-leading Idaho Vandals in the Nest in their last game, but came up just short, falling 69-65 last Saturday. The Hornets led by one, 65-64, with under a minute to play, but the Vandals used a 5-0 run to steal the game back from Sacramento State.
  • Junior guard Hannah Friend recorded her ninth double-double of the year and her fourth in her last six games in Saturday's loss to Idaho. Friend led the team Saturday with 24 points on 10-for-23 shooting and 10 rebounds, including four offensive boards.
  • Junior forward Kennedy Nicholas piled up four blocks on Saturday, her eighth game this season with four or more blocks. She recorded a career-best seven blocks at Weber State and is averaging 3.1 blocks per game over her last 10. 
  • The Hornets shot 48.3% (28-58) in Saturday's contest against the Vandals. That matched their best shooting performance of the year. Sacramento State also shot 48.3% against Eastern Washington earlier this year, going 29-for-60 from the floor. 
  • Montana State comes into Thursday night's game with a 15-13 overall record and a 10-8 mark in league play. They are currently fifth in the conference with two games left before the tournament.

By The Numbers

17: Turnovers forced per game by Sacramento State, most in the Big Sky Conference. 

41: Rebounds per game for the Hornets, most in the Big Sky and 50th in the nation.

15: Offensive boards per game for Sacramento State, most in the league and 29th in the NCAA.

About Last Game

Sacramento State put together one of their best all-around performances of the year last Saturday in the Nest when they nearly defeated the Big Sky-leading Idaho Vandals. 

The Hornets shot a season-best 48.3% from the floor while limiting the conference's top offense to just 69 points, 10 fewer than their average this season. 

Sacramento State led by one, 65-64, with just 54 seconds remaining in the game, but an impressive three by Idaho's Mikalya Ferenz turned out to be the dagger as the Hornets fell to the Vandals. 

Hannah Friend led the team in both scoring and rebounding, putting up 24 points to go with 10 boards. Milee Enger set a career-high with 10 points and also added four assists.  

Against Montana State

Thursday's meeting between the Hornets and Montana State Bobcats is the second between the two teams this season. The Bobcats took the first game, 69-53, in the Nest. 

All-time, Montana State leads the series, 35-12, and have won six of the last seven matchups. 

Sacramento State's last win over the Bobcats came in the second half of the 2018-18 season, an 88-77 win in the Nest. The Hornets' last win in Bozeman came back in the 2012-13 season, a 69-65 win on the road.

Final Week

This week's Thursday and Friday games against Montana State and Montana are the final two games of the regular season. Following Saturday's game at Montana, the Hornets will travel to Boise for the Big Sky Conference tournament.   

Postseason Picture

After Saturday's loss to Idaho, the Hornets find themselves in sole possession of ninth place in the Big Sky, but still with a chance to climb as high as seven with two games remaining on the schedule. 

Each of the top five teams in the conference receive a first-round bye in the 2019 Big Sky Conference Tournament. The tournament is scheduled for Monday, Mar. 11 - Friday, Mar. 15 in Boise. 

Career Game For Enger

Freshman point guard Milee Enger set a new career-high with 10 points on Saturday against Idaho. Enger was 4-for-7 from the floor in the game, including 2-for-3 from beyond the arc. She passed her previous high of nine points (12/1/18 vs. Antelope Valley.)

Enger also played 37 minutes against Idaho, another career-high, passing her previous mark of 32 minutes (2/14/19 at Southern Utah).

A Good Night Shooting

Sacramento State shot 48.3% from the floor on Saturday, matching its best shooting performance of the season. The Hornets were 28-58 from the floor, led by an efficient 8-for-12 from Gabi Bade (19 pts). The Hornets also shot 48.3% at Eastern Washington, going 29-for-60. 

Sacramento State was 6-for-14 from beyond the arc, good for a season-best 42.9% from three. Previously, the Hornets' best night from three was 42.3% (11-26) at home against Montana. 

- For complete notes at Montana State, CLICK HERE. -