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OPENING TIP

  • A NEW BEGINNING After far exceeding preseason expectations, Sacramento State will start its postseason journey against Weber State at the Big Sky Tournament in Boise, Idaho on Monday, March 7, at 4:30 p.m. PT. The Hornets are seeded seventh in the tournament after closing the regular season with a 10-10 conference record. Weber State, which is seeded 10th, posted a 6-14 mark in league games.
  • IN SEARCH OF A DOZEN With one more victory this season, Sacramento State will tie the record for best year-to-year improvement by any team currently in the Big Sky Conference. The Hornets have already set a school record by moving from three wins in 2021-22 to 14 in 2021-22. Portland State, Montana State and Weber State have each had a 12-win improvement in their history.

FOLLOW THE ACTION

  • vs. Weber State
    Monday, March 7 || 4:30 p.m. PT
    Idaho Central Arena || Boise, Idaho
    Watch: ESPN+
    Live Stats: HornetStats.com
    Social: @SacStateWBB

    All Sacramento State women’s basketball home games and all Big Sky Conference basketball games will stream live online on ESPN+. All streaming links, news, and updates can always be found by visiting the 2021-22 Women’s Basketball Schedule at HornetSports.com.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sacramento State and Weber State will be meeting for the third time this season and the 52nd time in school history. WSU has won the four previous meetings, including a 79-76 win in Ogden, Utah, on Jan. 29, and 62-52 at The Nest on Feb. 17.
  • Prior to this current streak for the Wildcats, the Hornets had won four straight games in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. Sacramento State is 11-12 all-time against Weber State at home.
  • Lianna Tillman has averaged 26.0 points in the two games against the Wildcats this season. WSU has done a nice job of limiting Isnelle Natabou to 11.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
  • Emma Torbert hit the game-winning three in the first matchup for Weber State to cap a 29-point effort. In the second meeting, Kori Pentzer scored 17, Daryn Hickok 16 and Torbert 13.

COMING UP…

  • The winner of the SAC-WSU game will meet No. 2 seed Montana State on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

A LOOK AT THE WILDCATS

  • Weber State is 10-19 overall and 6-14 in Big Sky games. The Wildcats closed the regular season with losses at home to Northern Arizona and on the road at Southern Utah.
  • WSU has used a very consistent lineup with Aloma Solovi starting all 29 games and Daryn Hickok, Jadyn Matthews, Emma Torbert and Kori Pentzer each starting 28.
  • Hickok leads the team with 15.3 points per game and is second with 7.3 rebounds per game. Matthews has a team best 8.7 rebounds per game and is second at 12.3 ppg.
  • Velaida Harris is in her fourth year as the head coach at Weber State. Harris has over 25 years of experience with stops at Rhode Island, Utah and Oregon.

BIG SKY TOURNAMENT HISTORY

  • Sacramento State is 5-14 all-time at the Big Sky Tournament. The team made its first appearance in 1996-97 but did not record its first victory in a tournament game until beating Eastern Washington, 71-61, on March 8, 2012.
  • The Hornets have advanced to the semifinals twice. The most recent appearance came in 2014-15 where they were defeated in overtime, 81-79, by Northern Colorado.
  • Sacramento State and Weber State have met just once in tournament play where the Wildcats won 98-97 in overtime on March 6, 2017.
  • The Hornets led for over 36 minutes of that game but Deeshyra Thomas knocked down a jumper with three seconds left in overtime to give WSU the win. The team forced overtime after scoring four points in the final 15 seconds.

TWICE AS NICE

  • A week after Summer Menke became the 15th 1,000-point scorer in school history, Lianna Tillman joined the 1,000 point club.
  • Menke entered the Portland State game on Feb. 5 needing 13 points to reach 1,000 career points. The senior made 5-of-8 field goals, including her lone three-point attempt, and was 2-of-4 from the free throw line to hit that number on the head.
  • Menke became the 15th player in school history to join the 1,000 point club. She started her career with 120 points as a freshman in 2018-19 and added 292 the following season. Last year, Menke had a career high 330 points and led the team with 13.2 points per game.
  • Tillman reached the milestone with 25 points at Southern Utah on Feb. 12 and now has 1,113 points in her career. The graduate student played four seasons at Pacific where she scored 566 points (6.6 ppg). Tillman needs 21 more points to score more in her one season with the Hornets than in her four years with the Tigers.
  • The last time Sacramento State honored a 1,000 point scorer came in 2017-18 when Maranne Johnson and Hannah Friend each achieved the milestone.

ONE IS MORE THAN FOUR

  • Lianna Tillman scored 21 points against Montana to give her 568 points during the year. That total is two more than she scored in her four previous seasons at Pacific.
  • Tillman came to Sacramento State from nearby Pacific (Stockton, Calif.). She started 36 games in her four years with the Tigers but never averaged more than 7.1 points per game.
    In 90 career games at Pacific, Tillman never scored more than 16 points in a game. In 28 games played at Sacramento State this season, she has scored 16 or more 23 times. The Stockton, Calif., native leads the Hornets with 16 20-plus point games this season and leads the team with 26 games in double figures. The only games in which she did not score 10+ points came in the win over Illinois State where she had nine points and against Montana State where she was limited to two while playing a season low 21 minutes.
  • Tillman averages 20.3 points per game, most in the conference and 17th in the nation.
  • Tillman has made 234 field goals, most in the league and ninth in the nation. That mark is also second in school single-season history.
  • She has attempted 582 field goals which places her third nationally, first in league and the most in program history.
  • Tillman averages 36.8 minutes per game, most in the conference and 21st in the nation.
  • She leads the Big Sky and is 10th nationally with 6.3 assists per game.

IZZY DOES IT

  • Over the last three games, Isnelle Natabou has led the team by averaging 21.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Natabou started her streak with 21 points at Eastern Washington and added 19 against Montana State and 25 against Montana. After missing her first four field goals against the Griz, Natabou made 10 of her final 13 shots and was also 5-of-6 from the line.
  • Natabou currently leads the Big Sky and ranks 18th nationally with 11.1 rebounds per game. She is also the Big Sky leader and is fourth in NCAA Div. I with a field goal percentage of .639 and is fourth in the league in scoring at 14.8 points per game.
  • In Big Sky play, she is averaging 16.0 points, 11.9 rebounds and shooting .675.
  • The school single-season rebounding record is held by Kristy Ryan with 13.3 per game in 1993-94. Only eight players in Hornet history have averaged double-digit rebounds in a season.
  • The freshman has posted a pair of 22 rebound games this season making her one of just four NCAA Div. I players in the country with two games of 20 rebounds this season and the only one with both games of 22 or more.
  • Natabou previously scored 31 points against Southern Utah  which is the highest total on the team this year. Only six players in Sacramento State history have had 30 points and 20 rebounds in games during the same season.
  • Natabou is a native of Ceska Lipa, Czech Republic and played one season Iowa Western Junior College (2020-21) where she averaged 9.0 points and 4.8 rebounds while playing just 15.4 minutes per game. Due to COVID-19 relief, that season did not count toward her eligibility, giving Natabou the potential to play four years with the Hornets.

A RARE OFF NIGHT

  • Sacramento State made just 5-of-24 three-point attempts against Montana for its third-lowest percentage (.208) of the year. The Hornets missed their first seven shots from long range in the fourth quarter and finished just 1-of-9 in the period.
  • UM made 4-of-10 threes in the game and the opposition in now shooting 37.7 percent against Sacramento State this season.
  • As a team, the Hornets are now shooting 33.2 percent. That mark falls just outside of the top three in school history.

OH SO CLOSE

  • Katie Peneueta finished the regular season making 45.2 percent of her three-point attempts but fell just short of leading the Big Sky Conference and ranking among the nation’s elite due to not playing in 75 percent of the team’s games. Peneueta missed the first seven games of the season and was sidelined an eighth game due to injuries. Her 21 appearances in the team’s 29 games makes her play in 72.4 percent of the team’s games. In order for Peneueta to get to 75 percent, the Hornets would need to play three more games this season.
  • Peneueta has made 53-of-116 shots from behind the arc this season in 20 games. Her current percentage would easily set the school single-season record of .428 which was set by Erika Edwards in 2009-10 when she made 77-of-180 attempts.
  • If eligible, Peneueta would rank fourth in the NCAA behind Missouri’s Hayley Frank (.473), Ohio State’s Taylor Mikesell (.467) and La Salle’s Kayla Spruill (.459).
  • Peneueta has made at least one three-pointer in each of her 21 games this season and has two or more in 15 games.
  • The Vancouver, Wash., native scored a career high at NAU where knocked down 6-of-7 threes en route to 20 points.

CALL IT A COMEBACK

  • Three times this season, Sacramento State has erased a double-digit deficit to earn a victory. The most recent occurrence came last Saturday at Southern Utah where the Hornets trailed 56-46 with 7:34 left to play before rallying for a 71-62 win. Sacramento State entered the fourth quarter down nine points but outscored the T-Birds, 30-12, over the final 10 minutes. The 30 points were tied for the most in a quarter this year by the team.
  • The first comeback came in the home opener against San Jose State where the Hornets clawed their way back from a 58-45 hole after three quarters by blitzing the Spartans, 30-7, in the final 10 minutes.
  • Sacramento State was also down 10 against Idaho with 7:13 remaining before storming back to force overtime and eventually defeating the Vandals, 76-73, on Jan. 22.
  • The Hornets dug themselves out of a 12-point hole at Weber State to take a fourth quarter lead in the final minutes only to have WSU win the game with a three-pointer with 19 seconds left.

NOT A LOT OF CHANGE

  • Sacramento State has used just five different starting lineups this season. The team opened the year with Tillman, Menke, and Natabou joined by Jazzy Carrasco and Jessica Rios for the first eight games.
  • The team then used three different lineups in the next four games. Katie Peneueta entered the lineup, replacing Carrasco at Montana State. Tillman then missed a game with an ankle injury allowing Carrasco to come back in. Two games after than, Emily Enochs earned the start in place of the injured Peneueta.
  • The lineup of Tillman, Rios, Menke, Peneueta and Natabou returned for five games where the team went 5-0.
  • Jordan Olivares made her first start at Idaho State in place of Rios and helped the team to a 73-57 road win. Olivares has remained in the lineup ever since with the exception of Senior Night where an injured Sarah Abney played the first five seconds before committing a foul and being subbed out.
  • Olivares has played at least 26 minutes in the last 13 games and has eight games of 30-plus minutes in that stretch.

GOING THE DISTANCE

  • Sacramento State has had a player play 40 minutes or more in a game 19 times this season. That total includes four games where at least two players have played the entire game.
  • Lianna Tillman leads the team with 10 games of 40-plus minutes. Other include Summer Menke (4), Isnelle Natabou (3) and Jessica Rios (2).
  • In the overtime game against Idaho, Sacramento State saw Natabou played 43 of the 45 minutes, Menke play 42 and Tillman play 41.

THE BUZZ

  • Sarah Abney (shoulder) and Benthe Versteeg will both redshirt this season.
  • Mark Campbell earned his first career victory as a head coach when Sacramento State defeated San Jose State, 75-65, on Nov. 14.
  • The team’s game against UC Davis on Nov. 23 marked the first time the Hornet women have played at the Golden1 Center — the home of the Sacramento Kings.
  • Natabou had five of the team’s season-high 10 blocked shots against Southern Utah to start the streak.
  • Sacramento State’s starters have accounted for 89.4 percent of the team’s points this year.
  • Isnelle Natabou and Summer Menke are the only players on the team to play in each game. The pair have started in each of their appearances.
  • The only players on the team to not attempt a three-pointer this season after the three posts of Natabou, Neysa Munguia and Alicja Falkowska.
  • Sacramento State is 1-3 in Big Sky Tournament games played in Boise. The team’s lone win came last year when the 11th-seeded Hornets defeated No. 6 Montana, 65-58, in the opening round.

    – HORNETSPORTS.COM –

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