San Jose, Calif. – Winner of two of its last three games, the San José State women’s basketball team looks to open the 2018 portion of the 2017-18 season with a win at UNLV, where the Spartans have taken the last two matchups against the Rebels.
San José State Spartans (4-9, 1-1 MW)
UNLV Rebels (5-7, 0-1 MW)
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - 6:00 p.m. (PT)
Las Vegas, Nev. (Cox Pavilion - 2,500)
QUICK LOOK AT UNLV
This will be the Rebels 14th game of the year. UNLV (5-7) lost its conference opener to Boise State, 69-60, and has dropped seven of its last eight including its last four in a row. At home the Rebels have a 4-3 record and overall are scoring 65.1 points a game and giving up 71.0. UNLV is shooting .370 from the floor and .267 from three-point range while holding opponents are hitting at a .407 clip, including .320 from beyond the arc.
UNLV’s top scorer is Brooke Johnson (6-0, Sr., G) at 15.4 points per game. Johnson also leads her squad in assists (4.0/g) and steals (2.0/g). Katie Powell (6-4, Jr., F) leads the team in rebounds at 9.1 per game and blocked shots (1.0/g).
Kathy Olivier is in her tenth season leading the Rebels’ program. She brought a 138-146 record at UNLV into this season.
IF IT’S FREE...SJSU WILL TAKE THREE
Making 8.8 three-pointers per game, the Spartans rank second in the Mountain West and rank 31st in the nation. In ten of the team’s 13 games they have launched at least 20, in seven games they have hit at least nine and in five have reached double digits makes, including MW season-highs in attempts (39) and makes (13) against Portland State. In addition, San José State is 33rd in the nation in total threes (114), 48th in three-point attempts (320) and 65th in three-point field goal percentage (35.6).
LADD CLIMBING THE SJSU CAREER LISTS
Entering the UNLV game, Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) ranks in the top-25 of 13 SJSU career categories. She is 9th in free throws (241), 16th in free throw attempts (318) and 8th in free throw percentage (.758). Ladd ranks T19th in rebounds (403), 7th in offensive (194) & 2oth and defensive boards (299). She is T10th in starts (76), 15th in assists (199), 23rd in steals (111), 22nd in three-point attempts (164) and 20th in makes (49), 23rd in games (104) and 13th in minutes (2,611).
If she continues at her current pace, she will finish her Spartans career in the top-10 in games, starts, minutes, offensive rebounds, free throws, free throw attempts and free throw percentage.
Hallie Gennett (Sr., F, Post Falls, Idaho) and Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) each have a chance to reach 1,000-career points this season. Gennett began 2017-18 with 870 points, and with 82 points through 13 games, is now 48 from the mark. With a minimum of 17 more games this season, Gennett needs to average 2.8 points per game to reach 1,000. At her career scoring average of 9.0/g, she is projected to reach 1,000 on January 24 against Boise State.
Ladd, who has scored 158 points through 13 contests, has 794 in her Spartans’ career. She needs to average 12.1/game to reach the milestone. It may be a tall order based on her career 7.6 ppg average, but in 2017-18 she has upped her production to 12.2 ppg. Entering this evening’s game Ladd is 18 points from tying Pam Pember (812 career points) and moving into the program’s top-25 in career scoring.
SPARTANS ROSTER SECOND YOUNGEST IN DIVISION I
In a preseason poll of Media Relations Directors, the Spartans are the second youngest team in Division I women’s basketball, based on percentage of freshman and sophomores on the roster. Twelve of SJSU’s 15 players are underclassmen, which ties them for second place with Florida International. UNC Greenville has the youngest team in the nation at 87.7 percent underclassmen.
Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) In the past year, scoring average is up from 8.4 to 12.2. Nationally ranked 84th in FT (52) & 85th in FTA (69). 206 pts from 1,000 for her career.
Taylor Turney (So., PG, Henderson, Nev.) averaged 4.3 ppg last year and now leads the team at 13.8/g. Her 86.0 FT% ranks third in the MW and 46th in the nation...vs. USU (12/28) she scored a career-high 24 points.
Analyss Benally (So., G, Shiprock, N.M.) leads SJSU with 26 3-ptrs and ranks T9th in the MW at 2.0/g. On pace to break the program’s sophomore record for 3-ptrs in a season (47 - Kari Steele, 1994-95).
Fieme’a Hafoka (So., G, Kihei, Maui) a co-captain, set a career-high with 11 points at #19/19 Oregon State and then broke it with 12 points against Nebraska.
Hallie Gennett (Sr., F, Post Falls, Idaho) ranks 11th among active Division I players with 734 3-pt attempts, 15th with 6.92 3-pt attempts/game and 25th with 228 3-ptrs made.
Mikaylah Wilson (Fr., F, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) has made nine starts in 2017-18, which ties Myzhanique Ladd for 2nd most by a freshman in Coach Craighead’s five seasons at SJSU. (Britta Hall - 27 in 2013-14).
Danae Marquez (Fr., PG, Fresno, Calif.) leads the freshman in scoring (6.2/g) and the team with 19 steals (1.5/g - T10th in MW). Second on the team with 41 assists (3.2/g 11th in the MW).
Megan Anderson (Fr., G, Fresno, Calif.) is shooting 46.2% from 3-pt range, highest on the team and 4th in the MW. First collegiate start was against Nebraska (12/17) & scored a season-high 14 pts vs. Utah State (12/28).
Cydni Lewis (Fr., F, Long Beach, Calif.) scored the buzzer beater vs. Southern Oregon (12/20) & had season-bests with 10 rebounds and three blocks against Nebraska (12/17). Started last four games in a row.
Alexis Harris (So., C, Palo Alto, Calif) set career-high with 9 rebs & 4 blocks vs. Southern Oregon (12/20) and ranks 2nd in the MW in blocks/g with 1.2.
Heleyna Hill (Fr., G, Santa Cruz, Calif.) scored the first bucket of her college career against Southern Oregon.
Courtesy Clark (Fr., G, Sacramento, Calif), after three games out, returned to lineup vs. Southern Oregon.
Chinwe Ezeonu (Fr., F, Seattle, Wash.) scored a season-high five points at #19/19 Oregon State.
Andrea Kohlhaas (Jr., F, Besigheim, Germany) was averaging 6.0 pts. & 3.4 rebs through five games, but hasn’t played in the last 8 games.