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The State Hornet

The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor

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Sacramento State senior forward Gretchen Harrigan passes the ball to a teammate against Idaho at the Nest on Feb. 4. Harrigan is one of three seniors who combined to miss a total of 52 games in the 2016-17 season. (Photo by Matthew Dyer)

Injury-riddled basketball season leaves Hornets hanging their heads

March 29, 2017

With the deepest senior class in over 10 years and two of the top-three scorers returning, the 2016-17 season was not supposed to end abruptly for the Sacramento State women’s basketball team. Sac...

Sacramento State freshman guard Tiara Scott drives past Kristen Kramer of Northern Colorado at the Nest on March 3. (Photo by Matthew Dyer)

Women’s basketball team falls in first round of Big Sky Tournament

March 6, 2017

The only thing that separated the ninth-seeded Sacramento State women’s basketball team from a matchup with No. 1 seed Montana State was 2.9 seconds Monday in Reno, Nevada. In only a couple of seconds,...

Sacramento State senior forward Gretchen Harrigan drives past Fallyn Freije of North Dakota for the basket Wednesday at the Nest. (Photo by Cassie Dickman)

Foul trouble leads to 92-78 loss for women’s basketball team

March 2, 2017

The women’s basketball game between Sacramento State and North Dakota was expected to be a physical matchup — Wednesday night's game featured a total of 40 fouls. However, when one of those programs...

Sacramento State women’s basketball senior forward Margaret Huntington filmed and appeared in ‘To Whom It May Concern,’ a video intended to reassure students upset by 2016 presidential election results. (Screenshot of To Whom It May Concern on YouTube)

‘To Whom It May Concern’: Hornets take a political stand

March 1, 2017

Many people were surprised at the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States last November, and the result disappointed those hoping to see Hillary Clinton become the first woman elected...

Former Sacramento State forward Nick Hornsby signed with Giessen 46ers of Germany to play professional basketball overseas on Sept. 24. Hornsby was a three-year starter and had the third-most rebounds in Sac State mens basketball history.

Black History Month provides a sense of pride for men’s basketball players

February 27, 2017

Black History Month has long been a chance for African-Americans in all fields not only to celebrate their heritage but to educate others who don’t understand their background. This includes athletes,...

Sacramento State freshman forward Kennedy Nicholas attempts a layup against Montana State Saturday at the Nest. (Photo by Matthew Dyer)

Hornets swarmed by Montana State women’s basketball team 104-82

February 18, 2017

Fresh off a 30-point win over Montana on Thursday, the Sacramento State women’s basketball team looked to keep that momentum alive Saturday against the visiting Montana State Bobcats. However, the...

Sacramento State senior forward Gretchen Harrigan passes the ball to a teammate in the post against Idaho at the Nest on Feb. 4.  Harrigan had a game-high 23 points, five rebounds and two assists in a 72-58 loss. (Photo by Matthew Dyer)

Hornets meet midway point down in Big Sky women’s basketball standings

February 7, 2017

For the Sacramento State women’s basketball team, the halfway point of Big Sky Conference play will be the difference maker for the season. While they have lost the last two games, the Hornets (8-13,...

Sacramento State senior forward Gretchen Harrigan spins away from Brooke Reilly of Idaho at the Nest on Saturday.  Harrigan had a game-high 23 points, five rebounds and two assists in a 72-58 loss. (Photo by Matthew Dyer)

Hornets lose their sting against Idaho women’s basketball team 72-58

February 4, 2017

In a contest that saw history made and carried so much potential, Sacramento State’s women’s basketball team couldn’t seem to get its game going at all on Saturday. Shooting a season low 13.3...

Sacramento State senior guard Maranne Johnson dribbles down the court looking for a teammate to pass the ball to against Cal Poly Nov. 13, 2016 at the Nest. Johnson led the Hornets with a game-high 24 points in a 100-53 win against Holy Names University in their lone exhibition game of the 2017-18 season Friday, Nov. 3 at the Nest.

Former walk-on women’s basketball player among NCAA leaders

January 25, 2017

Sacramento State junior shooting guard Maranne Johnson has built her way up from a quiet freshman to a face that the rest of the NCAA may not soon forget. Not bad considering that she wasn’t a highly-ranked...

Sacramento State senior guard Ashlyn Crenshaw drives past two Stanislaus State players for a layup at the Nest on Nov. 29. (Photo by Matthew Dyer)

Sac State women’s basketball team clings on to sting Northern Arizona

January 14, 2017

After starting Saturday’s game against Northern Arizona with a 16-8 lead, the Sacramento State women’s basketball team almost blew their chance at a second-straight win. However, senior forward...

Sacramento State junior guard Dajhae Mullins drives to the basket for a layup against a USC defender at the Nest on Saturday, Dec. 3. (Photo by Matthew Dyer)

Women’s basketball team hangs tough in 111-95 loss to USC

December 4, 2016

For the Sacramento State women’s basketball team, Saturday night’s game against the University of Southern California Trojans was truly a battle of David vs. Goliath. With three players in the...

Sacramento State senior forward Margaret Huntington attempts a shot against Holy Names defenders at the Nest on Oct. 30. (Photo by Matthew Dyer)

Fifth-year senior forward leads women’s basketball team with experience

December 2, 2016

If you were to take a look at the career of Sacramento State senior forward Margaret Huntington, you could make a case that her career would make a great movie. Huntington, a film major, is revered...

Sacramento State junior guard Maranne Johnson shoots the ball in the paint against Stanislaus State at the Nest on Tuesday, Nov. 29. (Photo by Matthew Dyer)

Johnson has career night in blowout win over Stanislaus State

November 30, 2016

For the majority of Tuesday’s Stanislaus State-Sacramento State women’s basketball game, Maranne Johnson looked like King Midas on the court because every time she touched the ball, it went in. Johnson,...

Sacramento State senior guard Maranne Johnson dribbles down the court looking for a teammate to pass the ball to against Cal Poly Nov. 13, 2016 at the Nest. Johnson led the Hornets with a game-high 24 points in a 100-53 win against Holy Names University in their lone exhibition game of the 2017-18 season Friday, Nov. 3 at the Nest.

Sac State regains focus in 97-85 win over Hofstra

November 26, 2016

Thanksgiving came at just the right time for the Sacramento State women’s basketball team, as they rode an early 14-0 run to a 97-85 victory over the Hofstra Pride Friday afternoon at the Nest. Junior...

Sacramento State senior guard Ashlyn Crenshaw (12) and Maranne Johnson (22) try to grab the ball from a Nevada player on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the Nest. Sac State lost 99-95 for its 11th straight loss to the Wolfpack. (Photo by Diana Rykun)

Hornets fail to capture fourth-quarter magic in 99-95 loss

November 17, 2016

After trailing for the first 27 minutes, the Sacramento State women’s basketball team went into the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s game against the Nevada Wolfpack with a nine-point lead. The Wolfpack,...

Sacramento State senior guard Marcus Graves drives past Rae Hubbard of Pacific Union Nov. 3, 2016 at the Nest.

Hornets roll over Pacific Union in lone exhibition game 84-53

November 4, 2016

In the lone tuneup before its Nov. 11 season opener, Sacramento State men’s basketball made quick work of Pacific Union on Thursday in an 84-53 victory at the Hornets Nest. With four players in double...

Sacramento State senior forward Kyhonta Doughty attempts a shot in the paint against Weber State at the Hornets Nest on Feb. 11, 2016. (Photo by Matthew Dyer)

Hornets look to rebound from heartbreaking end to 2015-16 season

October 28, 2016

For the Sacramento State women’s basketball team, 2016-17 is a redeeming type of season. The team was picked to finish seventh in the preseason Big Sky media poll a year after being picked to finish...

Sacramento State junior shooting guard Taylor Brown brings her love of religion to the womens basketball team. (Photo by Francisco Medina)

Hornet basketball player uses faith to rebound from struggles

October 26, 2016

For a young child, it was a conversation with her grandmother that changed the course of her entire life. “I was brought up in a Christian home, and I remember accepting Christ into my life at five,”...

Maggie Bertram, right, talks about struggling with mental illness during the Active Minds event From Silence To Strength on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Wellness Hub. (Photo by Sami Soto)

Active Minds director opens up about depression during ‘From Silence to Strength’

September 21, 2016

Facing a packed room of students in the Wellness Hub, Maggie Bertram bared her soul and gave some words of wisdom during her presentation, “From Silence To Strength,” hosted by the Sacramento State...

Sacramento States Jeff Wu attempts a layup against Eastern Washington University on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2015 at the Hornets Nest. (Photo by Matthew Dyer)

Basketball builds from overseas trip

September 7, 2016

While many Sacramento State students took time during the summer to unwind from the nine-month grind of classes and exams, it was business as usual for the men's basketball team. This summer, however,...

A toast to Sac State athletics

A toast to Sac State athletics

May 12, 2016

As we approach the end of the 2015-16 school year, it's also the end of the season for a majority of the sports teams at Sacramento State. For some, like baseball and track and field, their commitments...

Daniels turns inner-city struggle to on-court success

May 8, 2016

When you take a look at Sacramento State senior forward Sydonia Daniels on the basketball court, you see a lot of the physical attributes: the orange-tipped black hair, the physical demeanor in which...

Student-athletes and the stigma of mental health

May 3, 2016

Ninety percent of student-athletes who are struggling with a mental health concern do not seek help. This statistic from the website Balance Position, http://www.balanceposition.com/, states a...

Women’s golf opens Big Sky Championship in second place

April 18, 2016

The Sacramento State women's golf team is off to a good start at the Big Sky Championships in Boulder City, Nevada, as the team finished the first day of the tournament in second place, behind Northern...

Sac State struggles in Lake Natoma Invitational

April 17, 2016

The friendly confines of Lake Natoma were not so friendly to the Sacramento State rowing team this weekend, as they won only three of 11 races at the Lake Natoma Invitational this weekend. Sac State...

Sac State beach volleyball player Hannah Meadows

Beach volleyball drops both sets of doubleheader

April 10, 2016

On a Saturday filled with light rain showers, the Sacramento State beach volleyball team dropped a pair of matches to CSU Bakersfield (3-12) and San Jose State (7-10) at Livermore Park in Folsom. Sac...

Stephens’ coaching career comes full circle

April 7, 2016

After spending three years as an assistant coach for the Sacramento State women's basketball team, Kim Stephens is going back to where it all began. Stephens has been hired as the new women's basketball...

The Sac State womens basketball team huddles up during halftime against Northern Colorado in the Hornets Nest, Thursday, Feb. 25. The Hornets went on to win 83-72.

How Title IX shaped women’s athletics at Sac State

April 3, 2016

When you have a moment, take the time to visit the Nest. As soon as you walk in, you'll see a trophy case with an assortment of trophies. When you take a close look at it, you'll see that there...

Members of the Sac State Rowing team compete at the Sacramento State Regatta at Lake Natoma on Saturday, March 12. 

For the love of the lake

March 20, 2016

If you were to walk around campus, you would be hard-pressed to pick out a member of the Sacramento State women's rowing team from a crowd of students. That's because the level of recognition rowing...

(from left to right) Valeria Torres, Raelyn Troche, Anna Listmann, Amber Anderson-Wells, Alexis Hewitt, Kennedi Sullivan, Melinda Anthony, Dimari Aldridge and Anica Hernandez of the novice eight/third varsity eight B team. Their team finished third in the novice eight/third varsity eight B category of the Sacramento State Rowing Invitational on Saturday, March 12 at Lake Natoma.

Rowing brings home gold in season opener

March 13, 2016

The Sacramento State rowing team wasted no time in its spring season opener, winning five gold medals in six races at the Sacramento State Rowing Invitational on Saturday morning at Lake Natoma. Considering...

Hornets womens basketball eliminated from postseason

Hornets women’s basketball eliminated from postseason

March 10, 2016

As Sacramento State women's basketball head coach Bunky Harkleroad said after Monday's game against Southern Utah, "It comes down to a one-shot deal. You either win or you're done." For Sac State,...

Sophomore Maranne Johnson drives an Northern Colorado defender at the Hornets Nest, Thursday, Feb. 25. Johnson played a big part in a Hornets 83-72 win as she had 20 points, five rebounds, and two steals.

Hornets win big in Reno

March 8, 2016

Momentum happened to be on the side of the Sacramento State women's basketball team Monday night. Behind a career-high effort from sophomore Maranne Johnson and a record-breaking effort from her...

Sophomore Maranne Johnson goes for a shot over North Dakotas Samantha Roscoe. North Dakota won 86-79 on Feb. 27 at the Nest.

Women’s basketball dominates, clinches No. 7 seed

March 6, 2016

The Sacramento State women's basketball team put the Big Sky Conference on notice Friday night. In the final game of the regular season before the Big Sky Conference Tournament, Sac State (13-16,...

Hornets find will to win

Hornets find will to win

March 3, 2016

Despite having three players out due to injury, the Sacramento State women's basketball team kept its composure in the closing minutes. Senior guard Adella Randle-El, junior forward Gretchen Harrigan...

Hornets fail to finish in disappointing loss on Senior Day

February 27, 2016

On a day when Sacramento State bid farewell to three seniors, the women's basketball team couldn't finish at the end of a close match. Seniors Adella Randle-El, Ericka Magana and Sydonia Daniels...

Sac State dominated by North Dakota

February 27, 2016

The University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks dominated from start to finish as they came away with a 97-71 win over the Sacramento State Hornets at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center on Saturday in...

The Sac State womens basketball team huddles up during halftime against Northern Colorado in the Hornets Nest, Thursday, Feb. 25. The Hornets went on to win 83-72.

Hornets win when it matters most

February 26, 2016

For the Sacramento State women's basketball team, it's not how they start but how they finish. After falling down early in the game, Sac State (11-15, 8-7 in the Big Sky Conference) pulled itself...

Men’s soccer shows its toughness in loss

February 24, 2016

Sacramento State's men's soccer team showed that when playing with the pros, they are able to hold their own. Playing in front of near-capacity crowd of 907 people, Sac State played wire-to-wire...

One last time ’round the Hornets Nest

February 23, 2016

For the Sacramento State women's basketball team, this week will be the last chance they get to stir The Nest this spring. This week's games against the University of Northern Colorado and the University...

Adella Randle-El drives in for a layup at the Hornets Nest, Jan. 28, 2016. The Hornets lost to Idaho, 98-99.

Hornets suffer worst defeat since 2011

February 21, 2016

On a day where everything went right for the University of Idaho, everything went wrong for Sacramento State's women's basketball team. Idaho made 12 of its first 13 shots to start the game and...

Hornets collect third straight win

February 19, 2016

What a great way to end your birthday if you're Sacramento State's Maranne Johnson. With two seconds left in the game, Johnson took a pass from Ericka Magana and drained a 30-foot three-pointer...

Sac State junior guard Brianna Burgos drives for a lay-up against Idaho States Isabel Vara de Rey on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. Burgos scored 16 points in the Hornets 83-62 win over Idaho State. 

Women’s basketball needs to express urgency

February 16, 2016

Time can either be your greatest friend, or your worst enemy. For the Sacramento State women's basketball team, they will have to use that time very wisely if they plan to make the top four of the...

Hornets tie record in loss

February 7, 2016

Going into Saturday's game at Montana State, the Hornets had only made 30 3-pointers in their last three games. Sac State ended up making 25 on Saturday, tying their own NCAA Division I record....

Hornets basketball barely misses the mark

February 7, 2016

Two days after performing one of the greatest comebacks in program history, the Sacramento State men's basketball team almost gave the Nest an encore. But Montana State was not about to become the...

Ashlyn Crenshaw drives the lane against Bianca Littleton of Cal State East Bay on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015 at the Hornets Nest. Crenshaw led the Hornets offensively with 21 points.

Women’s basketball loses third straight

February 5, 2016

Adella Randle-El gave all she could give on the basketball court Thursday night. Unfortunately for her and the Sacramento State women's basketball team, her best effort was not enough, as the Hornets...

Hornets saddle up for Montana trip

February 3, 2016
Adella Randle-El drives the lane against Violet Kapri Morrow of Eastern Washington on Saturday, Jan. 30 in the Hornets Nest. The Hornets went on to lose the game 100-83.

Women’s basketball loses to Idaho

January 31, 2016

The shots simply didn't fall for the Sacramento State women's basketball team. Four days after setting an NCAA Div. I-record with 25 3-pointers against Portland State, the Hornets (7-11, 4-3 in...

Adella Randle-El drives the lane against Violet Kapri Morrow of Eastern Washington on Saturday, Jan. 30 in the Hornets Nest. The Hornets went on to lose the game 100-83.

Eastern Washington silences Hornets’ buzz

January 31, 2016

The Sacramento State's women's basketball team came into Saturday's game with their backs against the wall after a tough Thursday night loss to Idaho. With Eastern Washington coming into the Nest...

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