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Women's Basketball Notes vs. San Jose State (PDF)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State heads back out on the road for the first of five straight away games this Sunday at San Jose State. The Hornets will take on the Spartans in San Jose at 2:05 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17. The Hornets are coming off a convincing home-opener win against Cal Maritime and will look to keep that momentum going over the weekend. 

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at San Jose State Spartans
San Jose State Event Center // San Jose, Calif.
Sunday, November 17 // 2:05 p.m. PT
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Opening Tip

Scoring by Summer Sophomore guard Summer Menke scored a career-high 18 points to lead Sacramento State in Wednesday night's 86-55 home opening win over Cal Maritime. 

Proficient in the Post Sophomore forward Tiana Johnson has started back-to-back games in the post, the first of her career, and is averaging 12.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in fewer than 20 minutes per game. 

Managing Minutes The entire team got involved in Wednesday night's win with 11 different players totaled double-digit minutes and no player going over 22 minutes.

Heavy on The Road Including Sunday's game at San Jose State, the Hornets will play five consecutive games on the road, including one at Causeway rival UC Davis on Nov. 26.

San Jose State Connection San Jose's head coach Jamie Craighead is the former Sacramento State womne's basketball coach, holding the position from 2009-2014 and going 51-70 in four seasons.

By the Numbers

31: Margin of victory on Wednesday, Sacramento State's highest since December 2017

28: Steals by the Hornets against Cal Maritime, just two shy of the team's record of 30

13: Positive turnover margin for Sacramento State through two games this season 

About Last Game

Sacramento State cruised to an 86-55 win in last Wednesday night's home opener against Cal Maritime. With the win, the Hornets improved to 1-1.

The Hornets led start to finish in the win starting with a breakaway layup by Gabi Bade immediately off the opening tip. Sacramento State jumped out to a 28-14 lead after 10 minutes and led 55-30 at the half. They continued to add to their lead before finishing with the 31-point victory.

Sophomores Summer Menke and Tiana Johnson each set career highs with 18 points and 16 points, respectively. Bade had a team-high five assists as well as 15 points. Both Menke and Jakira Wilson finished with five steals. 

Coaching Connections

San Jose State's head coach Jamie Craighead is the former Sacramento State women's basketball head coach, holding the position from 2009-2013 (four seasons), before leaving for San Jose State. Craighead was 51-70 in her time at the helm of the Hornets, including 30-37 in Big Sky play. 

Grand Theft Basketball

The Hornets piled up an incredible 28 steals in Wednesday's home opener against Cal Maritime, finishing two shy of the program record of 30 (Feb. 7, 2015 at Portland State). 

Sacramento State collected 20 steals just once last season, also in its home opener against Cal Poly (Nov. 11, 2018). Prior to this last game, the last time the Hornets had more than 20 steals came early in the 2016-17 season when they totaled 22 steals at home against Nevada on Nov. 16, 2016.

Tops Around the Nation

With Wednesday's 28-steal performance, Sacramento State is now averaging 19.5 steals per game, the most in the Big Sky Conference and third most in the nation. The Hornets are also third in the country in turnovers forced, averaging 31.5 per game. On Wednesday, the forced the Keelhaulers into 42 turnovers.

Winning Big

Sacramento State's 31-point win over Cal Maritime (86-55) was its largest margin of victory since defeating Antelope Valley at home, 95-62 (33 points) in December of the 2017 season. 

Neither of those crack the top five for Sacramento State, however, and the program's largest margin of victory ever is 64, a 93-29 win at home against Stanislaus State in 1979. The largest margin of victory in the Div. I era of Hornets women's basketball is 48, a 126-78 win against Portland State in 2016. 

On The Offensive Glass

Sacramento State collected 27 offensive rebounds on Wednesday, brining its season total to 38. The Hornets' 19.0 offensive broads per game is the best in the Big Sky through one week and 22nd highest in the nation. 

On The Road, Again

Sunday's road contest at San Jose State is the first of five consecutive games on the road for Sacramento State, the longest such stretch of the season. Among those games is the annual Causeway Classic matchup at UC Davis in Nov. 26. Sacramento State does not play in the Nest again until Dec. 17 when the Hornets host Ohio State. 

Scoring By Summer

Sophomore guard Summer Menke scored a team-high and career-high 18 points in Wednesday night's win over Cal Maritime. Menke was 7-for-17 from the floor, including 2-for-6 from three, and 2-for-2 at the free throw line. The 17 attempts were also the most in a game in her Sacramento State career.

Menke's 18 points passed her previous high of 12, a mark she reached at Idaho State last season. 

Johnson In the Paint

Sophomore guard Tiana Johnson made her second career start at the post on Wednesday and had an excellent showing down low. Johnson was 8-for-9 in the game, scoring a career-high 16 points while pulling down five rebounds. The eight made field goals was also a career high for Johnson.

For the season, Johnson is shooting a team-high 68.8% (11-16) and is 1-for-3 from three. 

Coe On The Boards

Freshman forward Sharaya Coe nabbed a game-high 12 rebounds against Cal Maritime, including seven off the offensive glass, also a game-high. Coe played just 18 minutes in the win, but also added three steals, an assist, and four points. 

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