Women’s basketball takes to the road to face Oregon State Friday


Junior guard No. 32 Andrea Chenier attempts to score against Cal State Northridge at the Nest.

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Sacramento State’s women’s basketball team will hit the road for the first time this season to take on unbeaten Oregon State Friday.  

The Hornets (2-0) will be without senior guard Se’Nyce Parrish, who is sidelined indefinitely after sustaining a knee injury Sunday in the team’s 93-89 victory over San Diego State.

Last season, Parrish tied the program mark for most 3-pointers made in a single game with nine against Oregon State. She scored 39 points against the Beavers in the Hornets’ 80-71 victory on Dec. 1, 2012.    

In victories over Corban and CSU Bakersfield this season, Oregon State outscored its opponents 174-98, while shooting 45.8 percent from the floor. The Beavers shot 33.5 percent from 3-point range, and 75 percent from the free-throw line.             

The Oregon State defense has been stingy, having held its opponents to a combined 26.5 field goal percentage, while averaging 8.5 blocks per contest.

Sac State will enter Friday’s game with field goal and 3-point percentages of 36.8 and 38.5, respectively. The Hornets averaged 92.5 points per game so far, which ranks first in the Big Sky Conference.                               

Head coach Bunky Harkleroad said his team will have to stay composed on offense in order to contend with the Beavers’ defense.                             

“We are going to try and be the best we can be and dictate the tempo and pace of the game,” Harkleroad said. “We have to not turn the ball over and make good choices.”    

Harkleroad said he knows rebounding will also be a factor as Oregon State has averaged 55.5 rebounds per game, leading the Pac-12 in that category.     

“If we don’t do a great job on the offensive boards, we won’t be successful,” Harkleroad said. “We are not only concerned about their size and athleticism, but our intensity on the glass.”  

A key individual matchup will be between Sac State senior guard Alle Moreno and Oregon State freshman guard Sydney Wiese.             

Wiese has led the Beavers with 15 points per game and has a 63.2 field goal percentage.

Moreno, fresh off being named the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week, has season averages of 19 points, five rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game while shooting 55.5 percent from the floor and 60 percent from 3-point range.

“We are going to have to execute our offense and knock down our shots,” Moreno said. “They’re a tall and disciplined group so I think as long as we do what we are taught, we’ll be fine.”

Moreno’s former high school teammate, junior guard Ali Gibson, plays for Oregon State. Moreno expects Gibson to bring her best once the game starts, and is looking forward to the matchup.  

“We did not talk about it too much this year but last year we did a lot,” Moreno said. “We are excited to see each other and compete against each other.”

Tip off is Friday at 11:30 a.m.