SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's basketball program and seventh-year head coach Bunky Harkleroad announced the 2019-20 women's basketball schedule today.
The 2019-20 schedule includes 29 games, comprised of 13 at home and 16 on the road. For the first time since 2015, the Hornets do not have any scheduled neutral court regular season games.
Sacramento State's schedule starts with nine non-conference contests, only three of which will take place in the Nest. After starting the season on the road at Nevada, the Hornets will play their home opener in the Nest on Wednesday, Nov. 13 against Cal State Maritime.
For the first time in program history, Sacramento State will host a Big 10 team when they welcome the Ohio State Buckeyes to the Nest on Tuesday, Dec. 17. The matchup was originally scheduled for last season, but was postponed and rescheduled due to air quality in the wake of last fall's wildfires.
The third and final non-conference home game comes against Pacific Union on Thursday, Dec. 19. The Hornets' non-conference road opponents include Nevada (Nov. 9), San Jose State (Nov. 17), Cal Poly (Nov. 20), UC Davis (Nov. 26), Seattle (Dec. 6), and San Francisco (Dec. 14).
The Causeway rivalry game against the Aggies will take place in Davis during Thanksgiving week on Tuesday, Nov. 26.
As they did last year, the Hornets will play 20 Big Sky Conference games, featuring the usual Thursday-Saturday matchups. Unlike last year, Sacramento State will also play three Monday night games, including two in the Nest against Montana (Dec. 30) and Northern Arizona (Jan. 27).
The Hornets open the Big Sky schedule at home when they welcome Montana State and Montana on Dec. 28 and 30. Sacramento State will then hit the road for a three-city trip as the team travels to Idaho State (Jan. 4), Northern Arizona (Jan. 9), and Weber State (Jan. 11). The Hornets swept last year's season series against the Wildcats, including a nine point win in Ogden.
Sacramento State briefly returns home for a pair of games against Northern Colorado (Jan. 16) and Southern Utah (Jan. 18). Last year's home contest against Southern Utah was a thriller, with the Hornets winning 77-76 in the game's final seconds. It was the second straight last-second win against the Thunderbirds in the Nest for the Hornets.
A quick trip to Portland State (Jan. 23) is followed by Sacramento State's second home Monday game on Jan. 27 when they host Northern Arizona. The Hornets will be looking to bounce back against a Lumberjacks team that knocked them out of the Big Sky tournament last season in a back-and-forth first round contest.
The Hornets open February on the road with a game at Eastern Washington (Feb. 1) and another at Idaho on Monday, Feb. 3, the team's final regular season Monday game. It's back home for a pair against Weber State (Feb. 6) and Idaho State (Feb. 8).
It's back and forth for another three weekends as the Hornets travel to Southern Utah (Feb. 13) and Northern Colorado (Feb. 15) before playing the next weekend in the Nest against Eastern Washington (Feb. 20) and Idaho (Feb. 22). The final road trip of the regular season is next as Sacramento State takes on Montana (Feb. 27) and Montana (Feb. 29).
Sacramento State's only home game in March is also its last regular season game. The team will host Portland State on Mar. 7 for the regular season finale and senior day.
The Big Sky postseason tournament will again take place in Boise, Idaho, at Boise's CenturyLink Arena from Mar. 9-13. This is year two of a three-year deal to host the tournament in Boise.
The 2019-20 Sacramento State women's basketball team features 10 returners, including last season's leading rebounder and second-leading scorer, senior forward Kennedy Nicholas. Also returning for her first full season is senior guard Gabi Bade, who averaged 16 points per game down the final stretch of last season.
The team also welcomes seven newcomers to the roster, including four transfers and three incoming freshmen. The full roster features 17 players, including four seniors, three juniors, seven sophomores, and three freshmen. The entire coaching staff from last season returns, led by head coach Bunky Harkleroad (seventh season) and assistant coaches Bill Baxter (ninth), Derrick Florence (seventh), and Jessica Kunisaki (third).