DAVIS, Calif. – Despite leading for 42 minutes Tuesday night and a 30-point performance by senior forward Kennedy Nicholas, Sacramento State fell on the road, 77-75, in double overtime at UC Davis.
With the loss, Sacramento State is now 1-4 overall in the young season. UC Davis has now won back-to-back games and improved to 2-4.
Kennedy Nicholas paced the Sacramento State offensive on Tuesday, collecting her first double-double of the season with 30 points and 11 rebounds. The 30 points match the senior forward's career-high, set a year ago at home against San Francisco.
Nicholas played 36 minutes – a season high – and went 10-for-15 from the floor and 10-for-17 from the stripe and before fouling out with a minute and a half left in the second overtime period. Five of her 11 boards came off the offensive glass.
Camariah King made her first start since the Hornets' season opener at Nevada and scored 15 points on 6-for-17 shooting, including 3-for-9 from beyond the arc. King added three rebounds while playing a season-high 34 minutes.
Senior guard Gabi Bade did a little bit of everything on Tuesday, finishing just shy of a triple-double. Bade had 14 points (5-13, 4-9 3pt), eight rebounds, and eight assists. She played a team-high 41 minutes, as did sophomore guard Milee Enger.
As they have in every game this season, the Hornets jumped out to a significant lead after the first quarter, leading the Aggies 21-12 through 10 minutes.
The game started with a bang as Nicholas won the opening tip, setting up Enger for a fast break layup and an early lead. That lead continued to grow as Nicholas hit her first three attempts and four of five in the first quarter.
Sacramento State extended its lead in the second quarter, going up by as much as 16 with back-to-back free throws by Nicholas midway through the period.
King drained two threes in the quarter, giving her three on the night as the Hornets went into halftime ahead 42-30.
UC Davis refused to go away, however, going on a 9-0 run midway through the third quarter to cut the deficit to two with six minutes remaining in the third. The Aggies continued to chip away, eventually tying the game midway through the fourth quarter. It was the first time the game had been tied since early in the first quarter.
Two UC Davis free throws with three seconds left on the clock tied the game again and forced overtime.
The two teams traded points in the first overtime period and UC Davis left a win on the court with a missed open look under the basket as time expired.
Sacramento State found itself playing into double overtime on Tuesday night for the second time in as many seasons. Trailing 77-75 with 30 seconds on the clock, the Hornets called a timeout before taking the game's last shot, a three-ball just wide by King as the clock expired.
In total, Sacramento State and UC Davis were very nearly identical in almost every statistical category. The Hornets shot 41% to UC Davis' 39% while Sacramento State made seven threes to the Aggies' six. Both teams collected 42 rebounds while the Hornets held the edge in steals, 6-5.
Tuesday night's Causeway match up was the third in a string of five consecutive road games for Sacramento State. Up next, they'll travel north to take on Seattle U. The trip will be a homecoming opportunity for a number of Hornets, as Nicholas, King, and freshman Sharaya Coe all hail from the Seattle region.
That game is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6 with an 11 a.m. PT tip off. Details for that game can be found online by visiting the Sacramento State women's basketball schedule online at HornetSports.com.