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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL BEGINS OFFICIAL PRACTICE MONDAY, SEASON JUST OVER A MONTH AWAY

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL BEGINS OFFICIAL PRACTICE MONDAY, SEASON JUST OVER A MONTH AWAY

Women's Basketball 2019-20 Quick Facts (PDF)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's basketball team, under the guidance of seventh-year head coach Bunky Harkleroad, began official preseason practice on Monday, Sept. 30. 

While the team has been practicing in a limited capacity since late July, the Hornets can now practice five days a week and will do so leading up to the team's season opener, a road game at Nevada on Saturday, Nov. 9. The Hornets' home opener is set for Wednesday, Nov. 13 against Cal State Maritime at 7:05 p.m. 

The schedule includes nine non-conference games, just three of which will take place in the Nest. One of those three is a matchup with the Big Ten's Ohio State. It will be the first time in program history that a Big Ten program takes the court in the Nest. The Big Sky portion of the schedule begins at home on Saturday, Dec. 28 against Montana. 

Below are notes from the Women's Basketball 2019-20 Quick Facts. 

 

Back To Basketball

Welcome back to another season of Sacramento State women's basketball. The 2019-20 season is the 55th year of Hornets women's basketball at Sacramento State, the 29th at Division I, and the seventh under current head coach Bunky Harkleroad.

The Roster

Sacramento State's roster is made up of 17 total players, matching last year's for the most under current head coach Bunky Harkleroad. 10 of the 17 are returners to the program, either letterwinners or redshirts from last season. The remaining seven are newcomers. 

The Returners

Of the 10 returners to the 2019-20 roster, four started 10 or more games for the Hornets last season. Leading the way for the returners is senior forward Kennedy Nicholas, who led the Big Sky in rebounds last year and is the league's top returning scorer from a year ago.

Joining Nicholas is senior Gabi Bade, who shot a team-high 38.7% from three last season in 23 games. Fellow senior Tiara Scott, who led the Hornets last year with 89 assists in 21 games, is expected to miss the 2019-20 season after suffering a knee injury late last February. 

Tiana Johnson, who made 18 starts last season, is back for the Hornets, as is Milee Enger (10 starts), Summer Menke (7), Maesyn Rix (4), Sarah Abney (3), and Emily Enochs (no starts, 12 games played). Rounding out the returners is redshirt sophomore Brooke Panfili, who sat out last season after transferring from St. Edwards University.

The Newcomers

Sacramento State's newcomer class is seven players deep and made up of four transfers and three incoming freshmen. The transfers include senior guard Camariah King, who was second in minutes played last season for Nevada. Joining King are junior transfers Kayna Simoneau (Butler College), Jakira Wilson (Allen College), and Kennedy Burks (Tyler College).

The three incoming freshmen are Jordan Olivares (Seaside HS), Sharaya Coe (Hazen HS), and Milia Gibson (Rodriguez HS).

The seven-player incoming class is one of the largest for coach Harkleroad, behind only a nine-player class (2014-15) and last year's eight-player group. 

Big Sky's Top Returner

Senior forward Kennedy Nicholas is the Big Sky's top returning scorer and rebounder from last season. Nicholas averaged a double-double last season with 13.0 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. Both are highest among retuning players in the Big Sky. 

Conference Leaders

Sacramento State led the Big Sky in rebounding and in three-point field goal defense last season. The Hornets averaged 40.4 rebounds per game, nearly a full rebound more than the number two team (Northern Arizona, 39.7). Kennedy Nicholas (11.1 rpg) and Tiana Johnson (3.2 rpg) lead the returners in rebounding. 

The Hornets also held opponents to a league-best 30.3 3PT%, giving up just 179 three-pointers. 

Good From Three

While much of the roster struggled shooting from beyond the arc last season (team 27.7 3PT%), senior Gabi Bade shot a team-leading 38.7% from beyond the arc, eight-best in the Big Sky and fifth best among returning players. Despite playing just 23 of 29 games last season, Bade was second on the team with 46 made threes.  

Lending An Assist

With last season's assist-leader Tiara Scott (4.2 apg)sidelined, there will be space to fill, likely by a combination of Milee Enger (2.2 apg), Gabi Bade (2.1 apg), and newcomer Camariah King (2.6 apg). Enger had 63 assists for the Hornets while averaging just 19.8 minutes per game. King piled up a total of 80 assists in 31 games for Nevada. 

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