SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State is back on the road with a midweek matinee matchup at Cal Poly on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 11:05 a.m. The Hornets have won two straight against the Mustangs, both thrillers, by a combined four points. Sacramento State enters Wednesday's game averaging 75 points per game and leads the Big Sky in five different categories.
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at Cal Poly Mustangs
Mott Athletics Center // San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Wednesday, November 20 // 11:05 a.m. PT
Live Stream: BigWest.org/watch
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About Last Game
Sacramento State jumped out to an early lead Sunday at San Jose State, but was unable to stop the Spartans from chipping away and taking back the lead before half time. The Hornets battled back, turning a 13-point deficit into just two midway through the fourth quarter, but were unable to close the gap and fell on the road, 73-67.
For the second straight game, sophomore guard Summer Menke led the Hornets in scoring, putting up 18 points. She also had four rebounds and three steals. Senior Gabi Bade was good for 14 while adding a team high in both rebounds (9) and assists (6). Forward Kennedy Nicholas made her season debut, playing just 18 minutes but scoring 12 points and collecting five rebounds.
Big Sky's Best
Sacramento State leads the Big Sky in four statistical categories: Offensive Rebounds (18.0), Steals (51), Steals per Game (17.0). Three-point Field Goal Attempts (100), and Turnovers Forced (28.3).
Grand Theft Basketball
Sacramento State ranks first in the Big Sky and 12th in the nation with 51 total steals so far this season. The Hornets piled up a season-high 28 steals in their home opener against Cal State Maritime, just two shy of the program's all-time single-game record (30, Feb. 7, 2015 at Portland State).
The 28-steal game was also Sacramento State's first 20+ steal game since the 2018-19 opener against Cal Poly (20, Nov. 11, 2018).
Prior to the 28-steal game, the last time Sacramento State eclipsed the 20-steal mark came at home against Nevada on Nov. 16, 2016 (22 steals).
More About Steals
In addition to leading the league in total steals, Sacramento State's 17.0 steals per game are also most in the league and rank 4th in the NCAA.
14 of Sacramento State's 15 players have recorded at least one steal through the season's first three games and 11 have at least two or more.
The Hornets are led by sophomore guard Summer Menke, who leads the team and the Big Sky Conference with nine total steals (3.0 steals per game). Senior guard Gabi Bade is second on the team and in the conference, averaging 2.7 steals per game (eight total).
Big Sky's Leading Scorer
Senior guard Gabi Bade leads the Big Sky Conference in scoring through the season's first two weeks. Bade, who scored 26 in the Hornets' season opener, is averaging 18.3 points per game, most in the league. She ranks 0.5 points ahead of the number two scorer, Southern Utah's Rebecca Cardenas.
Scoring By Summer
Sophomore guard Summer Menke has scored a team-leading and career-high 18 points in back-to-back games for Sacramento State. She scored 18 on 7-of-17 shooting against Cal State Maritime and again on 7-of-12 shooting at San Hose State. She is now averaging 14.7 points per game, second most on the team.
Menke's 18 points passed her previous high of 12, a mark she reached at Idaho State last season.
Bade In the Top Five
Senior guard Gabi Bade is the only player in the Big Sky Conference to rank among the top five in both scoring and rebounding. Bade leads the Big Sky in scoring (18.3 points per game) and is fifth in rebounding (8.3 rebounds per game).
Johnson From the Field
Sophomore guard Tiana Johnson leads Sacramento State and ranks second in the Big Sky with a .640 field goal percentage. Johnson is 16-for-25 from the floor overall this season and 2-for-7 from three.
Johnson had a career game against Cal State Maritime, scoring a career-best 16 points on 8-for-9 shooting a new career high in made field goals.
For the season, Johnson is averaging 12.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, third in both on the team.
Senior forward Kennedy Nicholas made her 2019-20 debut this past weekend at San Jose State, coming off the bench to play 18 minutes against the Spartans. Nicholas scored 12 points on 5-for-11 shooting (2-3 free throws) and pulled in six boards.
Nicholas was a Big Sky Conference preseason all-conference selection and is the league's leading returning scorer and rebounder from a year ago.
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