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Big Sky all-conference release

BOISE, Idaho - Sacramento State's Hannah Friend and Kennedy Nicholas were both named to all-conference teams for the Big Sky for the 2018-19 season. Friend was named second-team all-conference while Nicholas was named to the Honorable Mention team.

A San Clemente, Calif. native, Friend led the Hornets and ranked third in the Big Sky, averaging 19.1 points per game. She was also second on the team and fifth in the conference with 8.1 rebounds. She recorded nine double-doubles, second most on the team and among the top 15 in the Big Sky Conference. 

The junior guard recorded a Hornets' season-high 33 points in Sacramento State's thrilling 109-107 win over the Big Ten's Illinois and collected a personal-best 15 rebounds vs. Antelope Valley. 

The second team selection is Friend's second consecutive Big Sky all-conference selection after being named to the third team last season. 

Friend enters the Big Sky Tournament with 535 total points this season, fourth most in the conference and fifth most in a single season in Hornets history.

This season, Friend became the 14th member of the Sacramento State women's basketball 1,000 Point Club, reaching the milestone on Feb. 28 against Eastern Washington. Her 1,060 points rank 13th all time. Including her freshman season at the University of Delaware (104 points), Friend has a total of 1,164 NCAA Div. I career points. 

Nicholas, a junior forward out of Kirkland, Wash., was named to the Big Sky's honorable mention team after receiving votes among some of the league's best players. The all-conference selection is the first of her career. 

Nicholas finished first in rebounding for the Hornets this season, averaging 11.0 boards per game. Her 11.0 rebounds per game were the second most in the Big Sky and ranked 20th in the nation. Further, her 4.1 offensive rebounds per game were the best in the league and 11th best in the NCAA. 

She collected a career-best 20 rebounds at home against Southern Utah and scored a season-high 30 points, also at home, against San Francisco. 

For the season, Nicholas has collected 309 total rebounds, the fifth-most in a single season in Hornets program history. She also added 72 blocks this year, second most in the Big Sky and third most in Hornets single season history. Still just a junior, Nicholas is rapidly climbing both the career rebounds (603, 8th) and career blocks (123, 5th) lists. 

Not only was Nicholas one of the Big Sky's top rebounders, but she also finished 10th in the conference in scoring, averaging 13.1 points per game this season. Nicholas recorded 12 double-doubles this season, the most in the Big Sky and 44th most in the country. 

For much of the season, Friend and Nicholas were the only players in the Big Sky to rank among the top 10 in both scoring and rebounds. At the close of the regular season, they were two of just three with such a claim. Both were named the Big Sky's Player of the Week once this season.

Friend, Nicholas, and the rest of the Hornets open the Big Sky Conference Tournament today, Monday, March 11, when they take on Northern Arizona at 2:30 pm MT.