SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State is back in the Nest for the first time this season on Wednesday, Nov. 13 when the Hornets host Cal State Maritime at 7:05 pm. The Keelhaulers will be playing in the Nest for the first time as Sacramento State looks to extend its home-opener win streak to four.
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Buckets For Bade Senior guard Gabi Bade paced the Sacramento State offense in the team's season opener, scoring 26 points on the road at Nevada on 9-for-22 shooting (40.9%).
Home Opener Sacramento State has won three straight home openers and is 4-2 in home openers under head coach Bunky Harkleroad. The Hornets are 13-15 since the start of the Div. I era (1991) in home openers.
Missing In the Post The Hornets are without preseason all-conference selection Kennedy Nicholas for the second straight game after the forward suffered a minor injury before facing Nevada.
Heavy on The Road After Wednesday's home opener, the Hornets will play their next five games on the road, including one at Cuaseway rival UC Davis on Nov. 26.
Know The Keelhaulers Located in Vallejo, California, the Keelhaulers are members of the California Pacific Conference (CalPac) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
By The Numbers
26: Points scored by senior guard Gabi Bade Saturday against Nevada, matching her career high.
4: Steals by sophomore Milee Enger on Saturday, a new single-game record for the Utah native.
78: The Hornets shot 78.6% from the free throw line against Nevada, going 22-for-28 from the line.
About Last Game
Sacramento State opened the 2019-20 season with a tough loss on the road this past Saturday, 83-72 at Nevada.
The Hornets jumped out to an early first quarter lead and took a three-point lead into the half, 45-42. Unfortunately, Sacramento State went cold from beyond the arc, allowing the Wolf Pack to catch up and eventually overtake the Hornets en route to a 83-72 win.
Buckets For Bade
Senior guard Gabi Bade scored a game-high 26 points in Saturday's game against Nevada. She shot 9-for-22 from the floor overall, including 3-for-10 from beyond the arc. She was also a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line.
The 26 points matched Bade's career-high, a mark she set last season in a double-overtime loss at home to Montana on January 3, 2019. She was 10-for-19 in that one and 6-for-10 from three.
In addition to leading the team in scoring, senior Gabi Bade also led the Hornets in rebounds this past Saturday, collecting nine, again matching her career-high (last, 12/19/18 at New Mexico). Four of her boards came off the offensive glass, also a team-high on Saturday.
Sophomore guard Milee Enger had a career-high four steals last Saturday at Nevada, passing her previous high of two, a mark she had reached three times. The four steals were a career-high and also a game-high on Saturday.
Last year, Enger finished the season with 17 steals. Her four this year have her nearly a quarter of the way to last season's total.
Dishing Out Assists
Both senior guard Camariah King and sophomore guard Milee Enger each had a team-high four assists against the Wolf Pack. King averaged 2.6 assists a year ago while Enger averaged 2.2. The duo accounted for eight of 19 Hornets assists in the game (42%).
At The Free Throw Line
The Hornets took advantage of Nevada's mistakes on Saturday, making 22 of 28 free throw attempts, good for a 78.6 FT%. A season ago, Sacramento State shot just 65.2% from the free throw line, its lowest since the 2010-11 season (64.6%).
Through the first week of the 2019-20 season, Sacramento State's 78.6 free throw percentage is the best in the Big Sky Conference.
Hot And Cold From Three
Sacramento State started the 2019-20 season on fire from beyond the arc, making six of their first nine attempts, all in the first quarter. Despite the hot start, the Hornets went cold from distance after that, finishing the game by going 0-22 over the final three quarters of the game.
Presence in the Post
Senior forward Kennedy Nicholas missed Sacramento State's season opener at Nevada after suffering a minor injury the day before the game. Nicholas led the Big Sky with 11.1 rebounds per game last season. She is expected to miss Wednesday's game, as well.
On the Boards and In the Paint
Sacramento State felt the loss of Kennedy Nicholas in the post on Saturday, especially in the rebound category. The Hornets were outrebounded, 56-35, at Nevada. Sacramento State also allowed the Wolf Pack to collect 17 offensive boards, six more than they had themselves (11).
Sacramento State also felt the loss in points in the paint. The Hornets scored just 20 points in the paint compared to Nevada's 48.
Both sophomore guards Tiana Johnson and Summer Menke extended their starting streaks with starts in Saturday's season opener. The duo both have streaks extending back to last season - 13 games for Johnson and two for Menke.
12 different Hornets saw the court in Saturday's season opener. Of those 12, seven different Hornets were making their Sacramento State debut: Camariah King, Kennedy Burks, Sharaya Coe, Milia Gibson, Jordan Olivares, Brooke Panfili, and Jakira Wilson.
King led all players with 33 total minutes against the Wolf Pack while Burks (26) and Coe (16) were next. Burks led the newcomers with eight points and also added six rebounds.
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