RENO, Nev. – Gabi Bade matched her career high, scoring 26 points on Saturday as Sacramento State opened the season at Nevada. Despite the strong showing by the senior guard, the Hornets fell to the Wolf Pack on the road, 83-72.
Sacramento State starts the year 0-1 while Nevada improves to 2-0 following its Tuesday night win at Saint Mary's.
Bade led all scorers Saturday, scoring 26 points on 9-of-22 (40.9%) shooting, including 3-for-10 (30%) from three. She also went 5-for-5 from the free throw line. The 26 points match Bade's career-high, set a season ago at home against Montana.
Backing her 26 points, Bade added a team-high nine rebounds (four offensive), two assists, and two steals to her line.
Bade and the Hornets made their presence felt early on Saturday, jumping out to an early 8-2 lead before going up by as much as 12 (37-25) midway through the second quarter.
Sacramento State took a three-point lead into the half, 45-42.
The Hornets' hot hand soon cooled, however, and nowhere was it more evident than in the outside shooting for Sacramento State. After going 6-for-9 from beyond the arc in the first quarter, Sacramento State did not make another three-point field goal, finishing 6-for-31.
That allowed Nevada to work their way back, eventually taking the lead for good late in the third quarter. The Hornets kept it close until a 9-0 run midway through the fourth quarter made it a 10-point Nevada lead.
In total, the Hornets shot 29.7% from the floor (22-74) and 19.4% (6-22) from three. They were strong at the free throw line, shooting 78.6% (22-28).
Nevada shot 38.2% (26-68) overall but went 0-for-7 from three. The Wolf Pack also had a good showing at the free throw line, making 31-of-42 attempts (73.8%).
Sacramento State was without its preseason all-conference selection on Saturday as Kennedy Nicholas was sidelined with a minor injury. The Hornets felt the lack of her presence, especially in the paint. Sacramento State was outscored 48-20 in the paint and outrebounded 56-35.
A number of Hornets made their Sacramento State debut on Saturday, including Kennedy Burks (8 pts, 6 reb) and Sharaya Coe (7 pts, 1 reb). Also making her debut in green and gold, Camariah King finished with four assists in her return to Nevada, tied with Milee Enger for most on the team.
Nevada had three score in double figures on Saturday, led by a team-high 21 points from Essence Booker. Marguerite Effa finished with a double-double (18 pts, 10 reb) for the Wolf Pack.
Up next, the Hornets will return home for their 2019-20 home opener on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Sacramento State will host Cal State Maritime at 7:05 p.m. in the Nest. Details for Wednesday's home opener can be found online at HornetSports.com.