Women's Hoops Outlasted At Home 52-46

January 8, 2011

San Jose, Calif.----The Spartans took a 28-21 lead into the locker room, their largest point differential of the season, but had trouble getting to the basket in the second half in a 52-46 loss at home against New Mexico State.

San Jose State drops to 0-15 and 0-2 in WAC play, while New Mexico State stays a perfect 2-0 in conference with an 8-8 overall record.

Guard Sara Plavljanin came up big, tripling her scoring average for the season with a career-high 28 points, accounting for 61 percent of the Spartans' points in the game. Plavljanin nearly went perfect notching 5-of-6 behind the arc.  Brittany Johnson and Marisa Williams each grabbed seven boards.

"I felt really confident in the game," said Plavljanin. "After hitting the first couple shots, my teammates found me open and I was able to score. I'm happy to help my teammates and I'm happy to know they can count on me when needed."

After trailing 5-0 to open the game, the Spartans tied the score 19-19 with 5:35 remaining. Plavljanin caught fire from the floor scoring seven straight points to give San Jose State its first lead of the game at 22-19 with 3:38 remaining. Those seven were part of a 13-2 Spartan run, taking them into the half with a 28-21 lead.

Plavljanin scored a career-high 17 points in the first half going a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, 2-of-2 at the line and 6-of-8 from the field.

"I thought we finally played with fight and effort for 40 minutes," stated head coach Pam DeCosta. "With all of our injuries and being limited in players, these kids are doing an amazing job staying together and fighting.

Point Guard AJ Newton played one minute and was fighting a knee injury that occurred Thursday night verses Louisiana Tech.

San Jose State shot 35.9 percent from the floor to the Aggies' 32.0 percent. The difference-maker in the game was the Spartans 25 turnovers. The Aggies capitalized on the home team's mistakes, scoring 21 points off those turnovers.

"Defensively we played a good game, we just have to put the ball in the basket, added coach DeCosta. "We have to get more players to step up and score besides Sara (Plavlanin)."

The Aggies would regain the lead after the half, collaborating a 15-3 run over eight minutes to lead 40-34 with 10:05 remaining.

The Spartans rallied to take a 46-42 lead at the 4:20 mark after Plavljanin's two 3's, but the Aggies scored the final eight points of the game to end San Jose State's fight.

The Aggies were led by Tabytha Wampler and Jasmine Lowe with 12 points each.  Wampler also grabbed nine boards.

The Spartans will travel to Boise State on Thursday, January 13 to battle Boise State. Tip-off is scheduled at 5:00 p.m. (PST).

 NEW MEXICO STATE 52, SAN JOSE STATE 46

NEW MEXICO STATE (8-8, 2-0)
Wampler, Tabytha 1-9 10-10 12; Lowe, Jasmine 4-13 3-3 12; Spence, Madison
4-8 2-5 11; Corbett, Danisha 3-8 0-1 8; Soto, Kaitlyn 2-5 0-0 4; Sanchez,
Erica 1-3 0-0 3; McGhee, Ariella 1-2 0-0 2; Fletcher, Christina 0-0 0-0 0;
Magazzeni, Malia 0-0 0-0 0; Rutledge, Jasmine 0-1 0-4 0; Chenier, Andrea 0-1
0-0 0. Totals 16-50 15-23 52.

SAN JOSE STATE (0-15, 0-2)
Plavljanin, Sara 9-15 5-6 28; Johnson, Brittany 1-9 3-4 5; Sumler, Sayja 1-8
2-2 4; Broaden, Myesha 0-0 0-0 0; Johnson, Liz 0-2 3-4 3; Williams, Marisa 2-4 0-0 4;
Johnson, Liz; 0-2 3-4 3; Solia, Leonie 1-1 0-0 2; Newton, AJ 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-39 13-16
46.

New Mexico State.............. 21 31 - 52
San Jose State................ 28 18 - 46

3-point goals--New Mexico State 5-20 (Corbett, Danisha 2-6; Lowe, Jasmine
1-4; Spence, Madison 1-5; Sanchez, Erica 1-2; Chenier, Andrea 0-1; Soto,
Kaitlyn 0-1; Wampler, Tabytha 0-1), San Jose State 5-11 (Plavljanin, Sara
5-6; Johnson, Brittany 0-3; Johnson, Liz 0-2). Fouled out--New Mexico
State-None, San Jose State-None. Rebounds--New Mexico State 28 (Wampler,
Tabytha 9), San Jose State 29 (Johnson, Brittany 7; Williams, Marisa 7).
Assists--New Mexico State 9 (Corbett, Danisha 3; Wampler, Tabytha 3), San
Jose State 10 (Sumler, Sayja 6). Total fouls--New Mexico State 13, San Jose
State 21. Technical fouls--New Mexico State-None, San Jose State-None.