Women's Basketball Preview:
San Jose Calif.----The Spartans host the Aggies of New Mexico State on Saturday, January 8 at The Event Center. Tip-off is slated for 5:00 p.m. San Jose State (0-14, 0-1 WAC) is searching for its first 2010-11 win, while New Mexico State (7-8, 1-0 WAC) looks to go perfect in WAC play.
Fans can view free live stats for the San Jose State-New Mexico State women's basketball game at SJSUSpartans.com. To follow, click on the live stats link on the home page.
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KSJS (90.5 FM, San Jose) originates San Jose State University basketball broadcasts. Nolan Rak calls the women's basketball play-by-play. There will be no air time for the New Mexico State game.
Women's Basketball Ticket Prices:
Tickets for all San Jose State home women's basketball games are $5 for adults, $3 for youth 12 and under, and free admission to all students with a valid SJSU ID. Also, groups of 20 or more can buy discounted tickets of $3 per person. The ticket office opens two hours prior to tip-off at The Event Center or can be purchased by calling the San Jose State Athletics Ticket Office at 408-924-SJTX (7589).
Scouting New Mexico State:
Last season the Aggies advanced to their fourth postseason appearance in school history as a WNIT selectee and finished in a tie for fourth place in the WAC after finishing the year at 18-14, 8-8 WAC, doubling its win total from the season prior.
Entering year eight as New Mexico State's head coach, Darin Spence welcomes back 10 letterwinners including four starters to his 2010-11 squad. Jasmine Lowe and Madison Spence lead the team in scoring averaging 14.1 points per game and Tabytha Wampler averages 8.9 boards per game.
After dropping five-straight, the Aggies defeated Hawai'i Thursday night, January 6, 74-58. Junior forward Tabytha Wampler tied for game-high honors with 17 points and senior guard Jasmine Lowe added 16.
The Series With The Aggies:
San Jose State is 3-22 against New Mexico State. The Spartans won in 2003 (69-41), 2004 (54-43), and 2006 (58-35). The Aggies took both games last year, 68-48 and 62-35 at home.
The San Jose State women's basketball team evened the score 16-16 early, but couldn't deliver on its offense in a 69-34 loss to Louisiana Tech at The Event Center on Thursday, January 6.
San Jose State was paced by Myesha Broaden's 12 points, while Sara Plavljanin notched 10. Marisa Williams grabbed a career-high eight rebounds. The Spartans were held to 27.3% shooting (12-of-44) from the floor, 2-of-10 from three-point range, and made 8-of-16 at the free throw line for 50.0%.
Since joining the WAC for the 1996-97 season, San Jose State is 5-10 in WAC openers. The Spartans won five-straight openers from 2002-06 before losing the past five WAC openers.
WAC Opening Games
1996-97 - L, at San Diego State, 82-37, Jan. 2, 1997
1997-98 - L, at Hawaii, 86-56, Jan. 2, 1998
1998-99 - L, at Fresno State, 76-48, Jan. 8, 1999
1999-2000 - L, at TCU, 84-42, Jan. 13, 2000
2000-01 - L, UTEP, 69-66, Jan. 2, 2001
2001-02 - W, at UTEP, 73-48, Dec. 28, 2001
2002-03 - W, Boise State, 69-64, Jan. 2, 2003
2003-04 - W, at Nevada, 70-63, Jan. 3, 2004
2004-05 - W, Nevada, 76-63, Dec. 30, 2004
2005-06 - W, at Utah State, 63-51, Jan. 5, 2006
2006-07 - L, Louisiana Tech, 65-52, Jan. 4, 2007
2007-08 - L, at Utah State, 68-58, Jan. 5, 2008
2008-09 - L, Idaho, 66-47, Jan. 8, 2009
2009-10 - L, Nevada, 64-56, Jan. 6, 2010
2010-11 - L, Louisiana Tech, 69-34, Jan. 6, 2011
First Career Double-Doubles:
Two San Jose State players this season recorded their first career double-doubles. The latest, Myesha Broaden, grabbed 10 rebounds and tipped in 14 points versus Mount Saint Mary's on December 29. Brittany Johnson notched two double-doubles this season, one against Cal Poly (16 points, 10 rebounds) on December 18 and at San Francisco (11 points, 11 rebounds) on November 15.
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Grabbing The Round Ball:
Brittany Johnson leads the Spartan team in rebounding with 5.2 per game. She grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds against San Francisco. Sayja Sumler averages 5.0 rebounds and Myesha Broaden trails with 4.7 rebounds per game.
Dishing Out The Round Ball:
AJ Newton leads the team in assists with 30 and dished out six assists at University of the Pacific (11/19). Sara Plavljanin produced 25 and Liz Johnson dished out 23 this season.
Stealing The Game:
Sayja Sumler grabbed a team-high 23 steals this season. Sumler snatched a season-best six against Mount Saint Mary's. Sara Plavljanin and Liz Johnson follow with 16 steals.
Get That Out Of Here:
On defense, Myesha Broaden is trying to keep the ball out of opponents hands as she leads the Spartans with 10 blocked shots. Broaden recorded a season-high two blocks against Mount Saint Mary's and Louisiana Tech. Brittany Johnson notched seven thus far including two against Weber State.
Racking Up The Frequent Flyer Miles:
With close to 21,000 miles of travel this season, the Spartans are projected to log 19,697 air miles and 1,301 miles of ground transportation in 2010-11.
In 14 games played this year, San Jose State has used 10 different starting lineups. Brittany Johnson has started in 13 games this season, while AJ Newton and Sara Plavljanin have 11 each. Myesha Broaden has nine, Sayja Sumler trails with eight, while Dominique Hamilton, Leonie Solia, and Liz Johnson notched four. Rounding out with a pair of starts is Monique Coble and Marisa Williams has one.
2010-11 Media Guides:
San Jose State women's basketball media guides are now available! To purchase, call the San Jose State Athletics Ticket Office at 408-924-SJTX (7589). The 2010-11 media guide is available for $10.00.
WAC Tournament Held In Vegas:
The 2011 Western Athletic Conference Tournament will be held March 9-12 in Las Vegas, Nev., at the Orleans Arena.
The Spartans will travel to Boise State on Thursday, January 13. The game is scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m. (PST).