SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State (10-17, 6-13 BSC) close out the regular season with a Saturday matinee matchup on the road against the Montana Grizzlies (13-15, 8-11 BSC). Saturday's game still holds postseason seeding implications for both squads as they enter the regular season finale ranked 9th and 6th, respectively. Tip off on Saturday is set for 1:05 pm PT.
How To Watch
Big Sky Conference Tournament
Monday, March 11 - 15
Century Link Arena // Boise, Idaho
- Sacramento State put on a three-point clinic in the first half of Thursday night's game at Montana State, going 11-for-19 from beyond the arc over the first 20 minutes. Unfortunately, they cooled off in the game's second half as the Bobcats pulled away late for a 64-58 win.
- Junior guard Hannah Friend led the Hornets in scoring for the 19th time this season, putting up 17 points on 6-for-13 shooting. Friend averages 19.3 points per game this season, the third-highest mark in the Big Sky Conference.
- Junior forward Kennedy Nicholas piled up six blocks in Thursday night's meeting at Montana State. It was the fourth time this season that Nicholas has collected five or more blocks in a single game. She recorded a career-best seven blocks on the road at Weber State.
- Sacramento State shot a season-best 43.3% (13-30) from three on Thursday, passing their previous high of 42.9% (6-14) vs. Idaho. 11 of those 13 made threes came in the game's first half. The Hornets were just 2-11 in the game's final two quarters.
- Montana comes into Saturday afternoon's finale riding a big 73-70 win over Portland State at home. For the season, the Grizzlies are averaging 65.5 points per game on 41.5% shooting.
By The Numbers
13: Points for Milee Enger in Thursday night's game at Montana State, a new career-high.
40: Rebounds per game for the Hornets, most in the Big Sky and 60th in the nation.
11: Made threes by the Hornets in the opening half of Thursday night's game.
About Last Game
Sacramento State came out of the gates on fire in Thursday night's road meeting at Montana State. Sacramento State opened 3-for-3 from three-point range to jump out to a 9-0 lead in the first minute and a half.
Despite an excellent-shooting first half, the Hornets offense cooled off dramatically in the second half as the Bobcats rallied back for the 64-58 win.
Hannah Friend led the Hornets with 17 points while Milee Enger set a career-high with 13. Kennedy Nicholas led the team in rebounds (10) and blocks (6) while Gabi Bade paced the team with three assists.
Saturday's meeting at Montana is the second and final regularly scheduled matchup between the Hornets and Grizzlies. Montana took the first of the two meetings, a 88-86 double-overtime thriller in the Nest in Sacramento.
All-time, Montana leads the series, 39-7, and has won three of the last five meetings.
Sacramento State's last win over the Grizzlies came at home last season, an impressive 79-64 win in the Nest. The Hornets' last win in Missoula came back in the 2016-17 season, another double-digit victory, 73-60, on the road.
Regular Season Finale
Saturday's game against Montana is both team's final game of the regular season. Following Saturday's game at Montana, the Hornets and Grizzlies will travel to Boise for the Big Sky Conference tournament.
After Thursday's loss to Montana State, the Hornets have all but guaranteed themselves the nine seed heading into the conference tournament on Monday. Montana, currently the six, seed, still has a chance to move up to the five seed with a win on Saturday afternoon.
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
Just one game after setting career-highs in most offensive categories, freshman point guard Milee Enger set new career-bests Thursday at Montana State. Enger set new personal bests in points (13), field goals made (5), field goals attempted (13), three-point field goals made (3), and three-point field goals attempts (8).
She also logged 35 minutes played, just two shy of matching her career-best (37, 3/2/19 vs, Idaho).
Sacramento State, known for their three-point shooting over the last few seasons, reminded everyone just how deadly they can be from distance in the first half of Thursday night's game at Montana State.
The Hornets were 11-for-19 (57.9%) from beyond the arc in the game's first two quarters, and finished the night with a season-best 43.4% (13-30) three-point shooting. That passed the team's previous best, 42.9% (6-14), vs. Idaho on 3/2/19.
- For complete notes at Montana, CLICK HERE. -