Hornets to take on undefeated Saint Mary’s

Satchi Hover

Sacramento State’s women’s basketball team looks to spoil Saint Mary’s College’s perfect season thus far this Thursday evening.

The Hornets (4-1) will face off against the Gaels in its first home game since Nov. 10’s game against San Diego State. The Gaels have started 7-0 for the first time in school history with wins against the University of Alabama and the University of Washington and are one of 23 teams in the nation that are undefeated.

Hornets head coach Bunky Harkleroad said his team will have to focus on playing its style of basketball in order to succeed.

“Saint Mary’s is a very good basketball team and our players know that,” Harkleroad said. “We’re just trying to be a better us. We’re focusing on playing a fast paced style and getting up shots that we practice.”

The Gaels average 83.7 points per game while limiting their opponents to 71.7 points per contest. As a team the Gaels have shot 47.3 percent from the floor and 41.6 percent from 3-point range.

Sac State has team averages of 89.8 points per game and has shot 36 percent overall and 32.5 percent from the 3-point line.

Freshman forward Hallie Gennett, who scored 22 points in the Hornets’ Nov. 27 victory against Utah Valley, said the team is prepared for Saint Mary’s tough play.

“The main thing is doing what we are supposed to do and that’s running our system,” Gennett said. “We know we will not be perfect but we will keep our heads up and keep going.”

A key matchup features Saint Mary’s senior guard Jackie Nared and Sac State senior guard Alle Moreno.

Nared has averaged 23 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists in her team’s seven victories. Nared has shot 54.7 percent from the floor and 38.1 percent from 3-point range.

Moreno has led her team with 15.8 points per game to go along with five rebounds and 2.4 assists. Moreno is shooting 39.6 percent overall and 41.7 from 3-point.

Tip off is at 7 p.m. at Colberg Court.