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Sacramento State’s Best Season Ever Ends at The Nest

It wasn’t supposed to end like this for Sacramento State’s best Division I season ever. Not after winning its first postseason game at this level. Not after holding a 14-point second half lead. Not at the friendly confines of The Nest.

But the season did end before yet another sellout crowd, and Sacramento fell 78-73 to Big Sky Conference rival Northern Arizona University in a second-round matchup of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) last Saturday night. The Hornets finished the season 21-12, 13-2 at home, and finally gave longtime fans something to cheer about during this season of firsts for the program.

For Hornet basketball fans, however, all is not lost: the women are keeping the dream alive in their own first postseason tournament appearance, the Women’s National Invitational Tournament. Sacramento State, at 18-15 (the team started the season 2-10) will play host to St. Mary’s, 22-10, at The Nest on Thursday at 7 p.m.

The Hornets get to play again after crushing Eastern Washington 84-49 on Monday night at The Nest.

It was a magical season at The Nest, Sacramento State's quaint gym that holds just over 1,300 fans.
It was a magical season at The Nest, Sacramento State’s quaint gym that holds just over 1,300 fans.
NAU's Len Springs gets boxed under the basket by Sacramento State defenders.
NAU’s Len Springs gets boxed under the basket by Sacramento State defenders.
Sacramento's Eric Stuteville reaches high to get a shot off.
Sacramento’s Eric Stuteville reaches high to get a shot off.
The traditional post-game greeting of fans by Sacramento players would be the last time of the season.
The traditional post-game greeting of fans by Sacramento players would be the last time of the season.

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Steve Martarano

A resident of Sacramento since graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, Steve spent the 1980s at The Sacramento Union, working as a sports writer, music reviewer and crime reporter, among other assignments. He's spent the last 25+ years working in government public affairs for both state and federal agencies and currently is with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Bay-Delta office in Sacramento. He has shot just about every local sports team for the Sacramento Press, including local colleges, the Sacramento River Cats and Sacramento Republic FC. He resides in Curtis Park with his wife Sharon.

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