SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's basketball team tips off the 2019-20 season on Saturday, Nov. 9 on the road against the Wolf Pack of Nevada. The Hornets come into the year with the Big Sky's leading returning scorer and rebounder in Kennedy Nicholas and with significant veteran leadership at the helm with Gabi Bade and Camariah King.
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at Nevada Wolf Pack
Lawlor Events Center // Reno, Nev.
Saturday, November 9 // 1:05 p.m. PT
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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.
A Brief Recap
Sacramento State wrapped up the 2018-19 season with a 10-19 overall record, including a 6-14 record in the Big Sky. That was good for the eighth seed heading into the Big Sky Tournament where the Hornets fell in a close first-round matchup, 74-69, against Northern Arizona.
A Refreshed Roster
Sacramento State's roster is made up of 17 total players, matching last year's for the largest roster under head coach Bunky Harkleroad. 10 of the 17 are returners to the program, either letterwinners or redshirts from a year ago. The remaining seven are newcomers, made up of both transfers and incoming freshmen players.
Much of the early part of the 2019-20 schedule will be spent on the road for Sacramento State, which starts the season on Nov. 9 at Nevada and plays six of nine non-conference games on the road.
The three home non-conference games include Cal State Maritime (Nov. 13), Ohio State (Dec. 17), and Pacific Union (Dec. 19). Among the non-conference road contests for the Hornets, notable games include Nov. 26th's Causeway classic at UC Davis and Dec. 14th's away game at San Francisco.
Big Sky Conference play starts at home for the Hornets on Dec. 28. The 20-game conference schedule includes a home-and-home matchup with each team in the league.
The Big Sky Basketball Tournament is scheduled for the week of March 9 and will again be held at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho.
On The Road
Sacramento State starts the 2019-20 season on the road at Nevada on Saturday, Nov. 9. Is is the fourth time in the last five seasons that the Hornets open the year on the road. Sacramento State is 1-3 in those games and 3-3 season openers overall under coach Harkleroad.
Big Sky's Top Returner
Senior forward Kennedy Nicholas is the Big Sky's top returning scorer and rebounder from a season ago. Nicholas averaged a double-double last season with 13.0 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. In addition to leading returners, Nicholas's 11.1 rebounds per game led all of the Big Sky last season.
2019-20 All Conference
In addition to being the conference's leading returning scorer and rebounder, senior Kennedy Nicholas was also named to the 2019-20 Big Sky preseason all-conference team. The team included one preseason MVP and six all-conference selections.
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, eighth-best in the Big Sky and fifth best among the league's 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.
Big Ten In the Nest
Dec. 17th's home game against Ohio State will be the first time in program history that a Big 10 opponent will take the court in the Nest. The game was originally scheduled for last season but was canceled due to poor air quality in the wake of the Camp Fire last November.
The game will be the Hornets' fifth against a Big 10 team. Last year, Sacramento State beat its first Big 10 opponent, defeating Illinois 109-107 in the ShareSLO Holiday Tournament in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Career Record Watch
Coming into the 2019-20 season, senior forward Kennedy Nicholas continues to rise up the Hornets career record lists in rebounds and block shots. She ranks eighth all-time with 617 career rebounds and fourth all-time with 129 blocks. Nicholas also ranks just outside the top 10 in career field goal percentage (12th, .482) and rebounding average (11th, 7.1).
Although she is expected to miss the 2019-20 season, senior Tiara Scott enters the year seventh all-time with 280 career assists.
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