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Women's Basketball Game Notes at UC Davis, 10/26 - PDF

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sacramento State women's basketball will look to be the third Hornets team to defeat UC Davis in the last week when they travel to the Aggies' home court on Tuesday night. Men's basketball beat the Aggies, 61-51, last Wednesday at Golden 1 before #4 Hornet football won the 66th annual Causeway Classic, 27-17, this past Saturday. 

Women's hoops' last win over the Aggies came on the road, a 92-77 win at the Pavilion. Tip of on Tuesday is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. at the Pavilion at UC Davis. 

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at UC Davis Aggies
The Pavilion // Davis, Calif.
Tuesday, November 26 // 6:05 p.m. PT
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Twitter: @SacStateWBB

All home Sacramento State basketball games and all Big Sky Conference games will be streamed live online on Pluto.TV and on WatchBigSky.com. All Hornets home games are on Pluto.TV, channel 533.

All streaming links, news, and updates can always be found by visiting the 2019 Women's Basketball Schedule online at HornetSports.com.

About Last Game

As they have in every game this season, the Hornets jumped out to an early lead in their last game, a road contest at Cal Poly. Sacramento State took a 21-14 lead into the first break before allowing Cal Poly to fight their way back before taking the lead prior to half time. 

A 15-point Cal Poly run to start the third quarter turned the tied of the game, giving the Mustangs a 16 point lead that they never relinquished. Sacramento State never cut the deficit to fewer than 12 before falling by a final of 62-43.

Senior forward Kennedy Nicholas led the Hornets with 13 points and tied for the team-lead with five rebounds. Gabi Bade also added five rebounds, scored nine points, and had a team-high nine assists. 

Causeway Classic

Tuesday night's Causeway Classic matchup is the 18th in the Division I era of Sacramento State women's basketball. During that time, UC Davis leads the series, 12-5, including wins in each of the last three matchups. 

All-time, Tuesday's game will be the 58th between the two programs, dating back to the 1971-72 season. The all-time series matchup is almost even, the Sacramento State holding a slight edge, 29-28. 

Sacramento State's last win over the Aggies came at UC Davis during the 2015-16 season, a 92-77 win in the Pavilion on the UC Davis campus. 

Road Trip Continues

Sacramento State's season-long stretch of five straight road games continues on Tuesday at UC Davis. The game is the third of a five-game stretch in which the Hornets do not play at home. 

Sacramento State played its home opener on Wednesday, Nov. 13 against Cal Maritime and does not play again in the Nest until Tuesday, Dec. 17 against Ohio State.

Big Sky's Best

Sacramento State leads the Big Sky in five statistical categories: Offensive Rebounds (16.5), Steals (62), Steals per Game (15.5), Three-point Field Goal Attempts (136), Turnover Margin (+7.3), and Turnovers Forced (27.8).


Steal Sisters

Sophomore guard Summer Menke and senior guard Gabi Bade rank first and second in the Big Sky in steals per game. Menke leads the league with 2.8 steals per game (11 total) while Bade is right behind her with 2.5 steals per game (10 total). 

Not to be outdone, sophomore guard Milee Enger is tied for fourth in the Big Sky with 2.0 steals per game (eight total). Junior guard Kennedy Burks also checks in among the top 10, ranking ninth with 1.8.

More About Steals

Sacramento State ranks first in the Big Sky and 35th in the nation with 62 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).



Big Sky's Top Scorers

Senior guard Gabi Bade is tied for third among the Big Sky's leading scorers, averaging 16.0 points per game. Bade scored 26 in the team's season opener at Nevada and has finished with fewer than 10 points just once, this past Wednesday at Cal Poly (9). 

Sophomore shooter Summer Menke also ranks among the league's top 15, averaging 12.3 points per game. She scored a career-high 18 in back-to-back games against Cal Maritime and San Jose State.

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 ranks third in the league in scoring with 16.0 points per game and is  tied for fourth in the conference with 7.5 boards. 

Speaking of Bade...

In addition to ranking among the top five in steals (2nd, 2.5), points (T-3rd, 16.0), and rebounds (T-4th. 7.5), Gabi Bade also ranks among the top 10 in the Big Sky in field goal percentage (8th, 35.3%) and assists (T-7th, 4.0). She leads the Hornets in four of those five categories. 

Nicholas Debut

Senior forward Kennedy Nicholas made her  first start of the 2019-20 season in Wednesday's game at Cal Poly. Nicholas missed the first two games of the year entirely before making her season debut off the bench at San Jose State after dealing with an ankle injury. 

The senior forward, who was named a Big Sky Conference preseason all-conference selection, led the Hornets on Wednesday with 13 points and fie rebounds in 22 minutes. She has scored in double-digits in each of her two games this year.  

From the Free Throw Line

Sacramento State made a season-high and Big Sky-high 22 free throws at Nevada, going 22-28 against the Wolf Pack. For the season, Sacramento State is shooting just 68.6% from the stripe. 

Early Leads Not Lasting

Sacramento State has led at the end of the first quarter in all four games so far this season, but have not been able to make those leads stick. The Hornets average 24 points in the first quarter and have outscored their opponents 94-60 in the first 10 minutes.

In the remaining three quarters, Sacramento State averages just 15 points while opponents are putting up an average of 18 points. 


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