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College basketball: Sacramento State Hornets at a glance

MEN

▪ Coach: Brian Katz, seventh season, 56-118

▪ 2013-14: 14-16, 10-10 and tied for seventh in Big Sky Conference

▪ Key loss: Reserve center Jordan Salley. “Jordan was something different for us, a guy with extreme athleticism and pop off the bench,” Katz said.

▪ Key returnees: Guards Mikh McKinney, Dylan Garrity and Cody Demps; posts Eric Stuteville and Alex Tiffin; forwards Zach Mills and Nick Hornsby.

▪ Strengths: Experience, depth and size; continuity in coaching as Katz and assistants Brandon Laird, Ajay Riding and Chris Walker return.

▪ Challenges: Tough games Nov. 14 at No. 13 Gonzaga and Dec. 6 at UC Irvine; playing on the road in the expansive Big Sky.

▪ Big Sky coaches poll (first-place votes in parentheses): 1. Weber State (8), 2. Eastern Washington (1), 3. Northern Arizona (2), 4. Sacramento State (1), 5. Portland State, 6. Northern Colorado, 7. Idaho, 8. Montana, 9. North Dakota, 10. Idaho State, 11. Montana State, 12. Southern Utah.

ROSTER

No.

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Yr.

0

Marcus Graves

G

6-0

Fr.

1

Dreon Bartleff

G

6-3

Jr.

2

Cody Demps

G

6-4

Jr.

3

Justin Strings

F

6-6

Fr.

4

Jiday Ugbaja

G

5-11

Fr.

5

Dylan Garrity

G

6-2

Sr.

10

Mikh McKinney

G

6-1

Sr.

11

Trevis Jackson

G

5-11

So.

20

Zach Mills

F

6-5

Sr.

21

Mason Stuteville

F

6-11

Fr.

33

Nick Hornsby

G/F

6-7

So.

34

Alex Tiffin

C

6-9

Sr.

44

Eric Stuteville

C

6-11

So.

50

James Herrick

C

6-9

Fr.

SCHEDULE

Date

Opponent

Time

Nov. 14

at Gonzaga

6:05 p.m.

Nov. 17

at UC Riverside

7 p.m.

Nov. 19

Simpson

7:05 p.m.

Nov. 25

Bristol

7:05 p.m.

Dec. 1

Utah Valley

7:05 p.m.

Dec. 4

at Abilene Christian

5:05 p.m.

Dec. 6

at UC Irvine

7:05 p.m.

Dec. 11

Cal State Fullerton

7:05 p.m.

Dec. 14

Portland

5:05 p.m.

Dec. 21

at Seattle

7:05 p.m.

Dec. 27

at Utah Valley

6:05 p.m.

Jan. 1

Northern Arizona*

7:05 p.m.

Jan. 3

Southern Utah*

7:05 p.m.

Jan. 8

at North Dakota*

5:05 p.m.

Jan. 10

at Northern Colorado*

6 p.m.

Jan. 15

Idaho*

7:05 p.m.

Jan. 17

Eastern Washington*

7:05 p.m.

Jan. 22

at Idaho State*

6:05 p.m.

Jan. 24

at Weber State*

6:05 p.m.

Jan. 29

Montana State*

7:05 p.m.

Jan. 31

Montana*

7:05 p.m.

Feb. 7

Portland State*

7:05 p.m.

Feb. 12

at Eastern Washington*

6:05 p.m.

Feb. 14

at Idaho*

7:05 p.m.

Feb. 19

Northern Colorado*

7:05 p.m.

Feb. 21

North Dakota*

7:05 p.m.

Feb. 28

at Portland State*

7:05 p.m.

March 5

at Southern Utah*

6:05 p.m.

March 7

at Northern Arizona*

1:05 p.m.

* Big Sky Conference games

WOMEN

▪ Coach: Bunky Harkleroad, second season, 18-12; overall 276-135

▪ 2013-14: 18-12, 10-10 and tied for sixth in Big Sky Conference

▪ Key losses: Three-point career scorer Alle Moreno, starting guard Gigi Hascheff (Long Beach State transfer), reserve forward Shanti Smith.

▪ Key returnees: Senior point guard and career assists leader Fantasia Hilliard, senior guard Takara Burse, senior guard Andrea Chenier, sophomore forward Hallie Gennett.

▪ Strengths: Hilliard, one of the top point guards in the conference; a unique, up-tempo style of play that presents challenges for defenses; hops and speed.

▪ Challenges: Brutal nonconference schedule, playing on the road; integrating nine new players into “The System;” staying healthy.

▪ Big Sky coaches poll (first-place votes in parentheses): 1. North Dakota (7), 2. Montana (2), 3. Idaho (2), 4. Northern Colorado (1), 5. Eastern Washington, 6. Montana State, 7. Southern Utah, 8. Idaho State, 9. Sacramento State, 10. Northern Arizona, 11. Portland State, 12. Weber State.

ROSTER

No.

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Yr.

1

Fantasia Hilliard

G

5-3

Sr.

3

Brianna Burgos

G

5-6

So.

4

Ericka Magana

G

5-7

Jr.

5

Kelli Robinson

G

5-6

Fr.

10

Margaret Huntington

F

6-0

So.

11

Takara Burse

G

5-8

Sr.

12

Ashlyn Crenshaw

G

5-8

So.

14

Justyce Dawson

G

5-4

Fr.

15

Sydonia Daniels

F

6-1

Jr.

20

Adella Randle-El

G

5-8

Jr.

22

Maranne Johnson

G

5-7

Fr.

23

Hallie Gennett

F

5-11

So.

24

Gretchen Harrigan

F

5-8

So.

25

Taylor Brown

G

5-7

Fr.

30

Kyhonta Doughty

F

6-1

So.

32

Andrea Chenier

G

5-11

Sr.

SCHEDULE

Date

Opponent

Time

Nov. 14

at San Diego State

2 p.m.

Nov. 16

at Cal State Northridge

2 p.m.

Nov. 18

UC Davis

7 p.m.

Nov. 20

New Mexico State

7 p.m.

Nov. 24

at Saint Mary’s

6 p.m.

Dec. 3

at Cal

11 a.m.

Dec. 6

at Oregon State

2 p.m.

Dec. 12

at UCLA

7 p.m.

Dec. 14

at USC

2 p.m.

Dec. 19

Utah State

7 p.m.

Dec. 22

at San Jose State

2 p.m.

Jan. 1

at Northern Arizona*

1 p.m.

Jan. 3

at Southern Utah*

6 p.m.

Jan. 8

North Dakota*

7 p.m.

Jan. 10

Northern Colorado*

2 p.m.

Jan. 15

at Idaho*

6 p.m.

Jan. 17

at Eastern Washington*

2 p.m.

Jan. 22

Idaho State*

7 p.m.

Jan. 24

Weber State*

2 p.m.

Jan. 29

at Montana State*

6 p.m.

Jan. 31

at Montana*

1 p.m.

Feb. 7

at Portland State*

7 p.m.

Feb. 12

Eastern Washington*

7 p.m.

Feb. 14

Idaho*

2 p.m.

Feb. 19

at Northern Colorado*

7 p.m.

Feb. 21

at North Dakota*

Noon

Feb. 28

Portland State*

Noon

March 5

Southern Utah*

7 p.m.

March 7

Nothern Arizona*

2 p.m.

* Big Sky Conference games

Bill Paterson

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