Orem, Utah - Two Spartans had double-doubles as the San Jose State women's basketball team finished off a two-game sweep of its Utah road trip, 57-45, over the Utah Valley University Wolverines (6-8) on Thursday afternoon in the UCCU Center.
Sara Plavljanin led the Spartans with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Myesha Broaden scored 14 and grabbed 10 boards and Brittany Johnson extended her double-figure scoring streak to 15 straight games to open the season. She finished the game with 13 points and eight rebounds.
San Jose State (5-10) held the Wolverines to 26 percent shooting for the game, 17-of-66 with aggressive defense.
"We wanted to pressure them on every possession and shut down their high-post offense," head coach Tim La Kose said. "I am pretty pleased with the outcome."
San Jose State jumped to a 9-0 lead in the first four minutes keeping the Wolverines out of the scoring column until the 15:18 mark, when Utah Valley University's (UVU) Erika Newbold hit a free throw that started a 7-0 run for the Wolverines.
A Broaden layup with 8:07 to go before the half gave San Jose State a 14-9 lead. Broaden would finish the half 5-for-5 from the floor and the game 6-for-7. The Spartans finished the first 20 minutes with a 15-to-7 spurt and took a 29-16 lead to the locker room. The 16 points are the fewest San Jose State has allowed in a half this season.
A Johnson layup with 14:34 to play in the second half gave the Spartans their biggest lead of the game, 23 points, at 41-18. But turnovers on six of their next nine possessions allowed the Wolverines to get back into the game. UVU's Jenna Johnson hit two of her game-high 21 points with 11:10 to play to cut the lead to 12 points, 41-29.
Utah Valley sliced the lead to nine before a Brea Matthews 3-pointer with 4:13 to play restored order for the Spartans.
Over the final four minutes, with UVU fouling to stop the clock, the Spartan made only 5-of-14 free throw attempts, but the Wolverines hit just 1-of-10 from the floor and San Jose State closed out the game for its third road win of the year.
The Wolverines leading scorer for the season, Sammie Jensen, was held to just five points, ten points below her 15-point per game average. She led her team with 18 rebounds.
"This is a good way to head into conference play," La Kose said. "We still have a lot to do to get better and this is a process, but to go on the road and take two feels pretty good."
San Jose State opens Western Athletic Conference play in its next contest. The Spartans host the University of Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine on Saturday, January 14 in the Event Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.