|WBB Looks For Their Third Win In Homestand Opener|
San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State women's basketball team look to get back to winning ways when they host Cal State Northridge and Pacific in the first two games of a four-game home stand.
SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (2-3)
vs. CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE (3-2)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2012, 2:00 P.M.
THE EVENT CENTER, SAN JOSE, CALIF.
vs. PACIFIC (5-0)
MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012, 7:00 P.M.
THE EVENT CENTER, SAN JOSE, 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.
TURNING UP THE PRESSURE
With an eye on creating defensive pressure, the Spartans are among the best in the nation in taking the ball away from their opponents. Among 343 Division I schools, the Spartans are ranked 20th in the nation in steals, averaging 13.4 takeaways a game.
Among WAC schools, the Spartans are second and have three players ranked in the top-10. Ta'Rea Cunnigan (So., G, Winchester, Calif.) is averaging 4.0 steals and is second in the conference. Chereese Thomas (Jr., G, Dublin, Calif.) and Classye James (So., G, Palo Alto, Calif.), fourth and fifth in the conference, are are averaging 3.4 and 3.25 steals per game, respectively. The three also rank 14th (Cunnigan), 38th (Thomas) and 49th (James) in the nation in that category.
CUNNIGAN FILLS IT UP
Ta'Rea Cunnigan (So., G, Winchester, Calif.), a member of the 2011-12 WAC All-Freshman Team, is among the leading scorers in the WAC again this year and among the top point producers in the nation.
She has reached double-digit scoring in all five games this year and as scored at least 20 points in the last four. Cunnigan ranks third in the WAC at 22.0 points per game and is ranked 12th in the nation in points per game.
BYRD TURNING SHOTS AWAY AND GRABBING THE MISSES
Riana Byrd (Fr., F, Richmond, Calif.) leads the WAC in blocked shots with 10 overall, an average of 2.0 per game. Her per game average ranks 52nd in the nation. She has recorded at least one block in each game this year, two blocks in four games and a high of three vs. UVU (11/15).
She is third in the WAC in rebounds per game (8.0) and her 40 total rebounds are the second most in the conference. Her 3.0 offensive rebounds per game are tied for second most in the league and she is seventh in defensive rebounding (5.0).
HOME SWEET HOME
After equaling their longest stretch away from The Event Center, three games, the Spartans are home for their longest home stand of the season, four games.
So far, the Spartans have yet to be beaten on their home court (2-0), but have failed to get a win on the road (0-3).
SPARTANS GET THEIR TOP RECRUIT
Entering the early signing period, the San Jose State women's basketball program got the player they were looking for. Head Coach Tim La Kose announced the signing of Rachol West to a National Letters of Intent for competition beginning in the 2013-14 season.
West, a 5-10 guard/forward, averaged 19.3 points, seven rebounds and five assists last season for Garces Memorial High School in Bakersfield, Calif. She earned first-team all-area and All-Southeast Yosemite League as well as MVP honors. In a playoff game she set a national high school record for the most free throws made in a game, when she hit 20 of 21 attempts.
In the classroom she has a 3.5 GPA, takes advanced placement and honors classes and plans to pursue a career as a speech pathologist after graduation from San Jose State.
LAST TIME OUT
San Jose State wrapped up three games away from The Event Center last Sunday when the traveled to San Diego, Calif. and played the Toreros of the University of San Diego.
Emily Schill (Fr., F, Tecoma, Australia) scored a season-high 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds, but the Spartans couldn't match USD's blistering shooting and lost 91-52.
The Toreros shot 60 percent (39-of-65) from the floor while the SJSU managed just 27 percent (17-of-64) for the game.
Ta'Rea Cunnigan (So., G, Winchester, Calif.) led all scorers with 20 points and has scored in double digits in each of the Spartans five games this year.
SJSU forced 22 turnovers, had 11 steals and out rebounded USD on the offensive glass (15-to-10), but a several double-digit scoring runs by the Toreros put the game out of reach.
SPARTANS THE YOUNGEST IN DIVISION I
In a list compiled by Sports Information Directors across America it has been determined that San Jose State is the youngest team in Division I. The list is based upon the total years played in college (Division I, II, II, NAIA or Junior College) by members of each school's team.
The Spartans return one player from last season, Ta'Rea Cunnigan who has one year of college experience. Classye James had one year of college experience (Oregon State) before transfering and sitting out last year and Chereese Thomas was at Ohlone College for the past two seasons. That totals four years of experience on a roster of nine athletes (0.444 years of experience).
Temple and SIU-Carbondale tied for second on the list with 0.727 years of college experience (eight years season on rosters of 11 players).
SCOUTING CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
The Matadors (3-2) played in the Radisson Hotel Chatsworth Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament last week. They went 1-1 and reached the tournament's championship game. CSUN defeated South Alabama 47-40 before falling to No. 7 Penn State 85-73.
Cal State Northridge has three player scoring in double digits led by sophomore guard Ashlee Guay at 15.4 ppg. Marta Masoni, a freshman forward, and Camille Mahlknecht, sophomore center, are scoring at 13.0 and 10.4 ppg, respectively. Mahlknecht is averaging 8.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks. Guay has dished out 28 assists.
Jason Flowers is in his third season leading the Matadors women's basketball program. Entering 2012-13 he sported a 21-40 overall record and won the 2011-12 Big West Coach of the Year honor.
This will be the 12th time these two teams have met. The Spartans hold a 7-4 advantage overall, but have dropped four of the last five meetings including a 85-55 decision last year in the Matadome.
The Tigers (5-0) hosted and defeated Santa Clara and Fordham last week. The wins were by scores of 72-45 and 62-40, respectively. Pacific hosts Fresno State on Nov. 28, prior to playing in San Jose.
UOP has two players in double digit scoring. Sophomore forward Kendall Kenyon is averaging 13.4 points and Gena Johnson, a junior guard, is at 10.4. Kenyon leads the team with 9.0 rebounds per contest and Johnson is averaging 3.8 assists
Lynn Roberts is in her seventh season leading the Matadors women's basketball program. Entering 2012-13 she had a 69-113 overall record.
This will be the 37th time these two teams have met. The Tigers have dominated the series and hold a 31-13 advantage overall. The last time the teams met in San Jose was in the 2007-08 season. UOP won 75-74 in overtime.