|Women's Hoops Goes For Third Win Of The Year|
San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State women's basketball team, 2-2 after dropping a pair of games on the road last week, look to get back to winning ways when they play at the University of San Diego this Sunday.
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (2-2)
at SAN DIEGO (1-1)
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2012, 2:00 P.M.
JENNY CRAIG PAVILION, SAN DIEGO, CALIF.
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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TICKETS
Tickets for San Jose State women's basketball home games are free for all SJSU students with a valid student ID. Adult tickets are $5.00 and $3.00 for youth (12 and under). A "Spartan 4-Pack", four tickets to any game and fans of any age for $15.00.
Groups of 20 or more can buy discounted tickets at $3.00 per person by 5:00 p.m. the business day before the game via the Spartan Ticket Office at (408) 924-SJTX (7589) or (877) SJSUTIX (757-8849).
The Event Center Box Office opens two hours prior to tip-off for any weekend, holiday game or doubleheader and is open regular business hours (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) for weekday games or doubleheaders.
Parking for all San Jose State women's basketball games is in the University's Seventh Street Parking Garage. The Seventh Street Garage, located on the Northwest corner of San Salvador Street and Seventh Street, can be accessed through Seventh Street. Parking is $5.00.
CUNNIGAN NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore guard Ta'Rea Cunnigan was named WAC Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 12-18. It was her first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor and the first for a Spartan this season.
The Winchester, Calif. native averaged 26.5 points on 54 percent shooting, 8.0 rebounds, 5.5 steals, 2.5 assists and 1.5 blocks per game as the Spartans went 1-1 on the week. Cunnigan opened the week with a career-high 25 points, six rebounds, six steals and three assists in an 81-72 win against Utah Valley. She then broke her career-high in scoring with 28 points to go along with a team-high 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season at Evansville. She added team bests of five steals, three blocks and two assists.
LAST TIME OUT
The Spartans had four players in double figures in the scoring column at Eastern Illinois (11/19), equaling a season best, but committed 23 turnovers and suffered their worst defeat of the season, 88-67.
Ta'Rea Cunnigan (So., G, Winchester, Calif.) led all scorers with 21 points, Chereese Thomas (Jr., G, Dublin, Calif.) had 13, Emily Schill (Fr., F, Tecoma, Australia) added 11 and Alexis Hill (Fr., G, Houston, Texas) chipped in 10.
The game was close through much of the first half, but a surge late in the period gave EIU an eight-point lead, 40-32, at the half.
In the second half, the Spartans got no closer than seven points before the Panthers won by 21. San Jose State lost the turnover battle for the first time this season, and were outrebounded (49-to-36). It was the second consecutive game the Spartans came up on the short end of the rebounding stats.
BYRD TURNING SHOTS AWAY AND GRABBING THE MISSES
Riana Byrd (Fr., F, Richmond, Calif.) leads the WAC in blocked shots with nine or an average of 2.25 per game. She has recorded at least two blocks in each game this year with a high of three vs. UVU (11/15).
She is second in rebounds per game (9.0) and her 36 total rebounds leads the WAC. Her 3.75 offensive rebounds per game also lead the league and she is eighth in defensive rebounding (5.25).
HILL HEATING UP
Alexis Hill (Fr., G, Houston, Texas) is averaging 8.3 points per game this year. In the last two games, at Evansville and at Eastern Illinois, she set a season-high with 11 points and 10 points, respectively. It marked the first time this season, she has hit double-figure scoring.
FINISHING UP 3-GAME ROAD TRIP THEN HOME FOR AWHILE
With their game at San Diego, the Spartans wrap up what will equal their longest stretch of games away from The Event Center this year. In conference play, Feb. 9-Feb. 16 they will play three consecutive road games.
When San Jose State gets home after facing the Toreros, they host a four-game home stand. It will be the longest stretch of games at home for the Spartans this season. They host Cal State Northridge, Pacific, Southern Utah and Santa Clara, from Dec. 1 to Dec. 12.
On December 15, San Jose State is at Bay Area rival San Francisco. The Spartans won't have to play a game outside northern California until Dec. 22 at Cal State Fullerton.
SCOUTING SAN DIEGO
The Toreros host Northern Colorado on Nov. 23 before welcoming the Spartans into the Jenny Craig Pavilion. They begin the week at 1-1 after dropping a 69-50 decision at Cal Poly last week.
Amy Kame leads the San Diego attack with 14.5 points and 9.0 rebounds. Maya Hood, coming off the bench in both games this season, is averaging 9.5 points and 5.5 boards.
Cindy Fisher is in her eighth season leading the San Diego women's basketball program. Entering 2012-13 she sported a 126-91 overall record.