San Jose, Calif. – Coming off its biggest win of the season, the San José State women’s basketball team wraps up a two-game homestand and looks to keep its momentum going when it hosts the San Diego State Aztecs in The Event Center.
San José State Spartans (5-10, 2-2 MW)
San Diego State Aztecs (7-7, 1-2 MW)
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 7:00 p.m. (PT)
San Jose, Calif. (The Event Center - 5,000)
QUICK LOOK AT SAN DIEGO STATE
This will be the Aztecs 15th game of the year. SDSU (7-7, 1-2 MW) has lost its only conference road game this year, 62-58 at Utah State and has not played in a week. Overall on the road the Aztecs have a 1-2 record and are scoring 65.4 points a game and giving up 65.7. San Diego State is shooting .390 from the floor and .335 from three-point range while opponents are hitting at a .408 clip, including .332 from beyond the arc.
SDSU’s top scorer is McKynzie Fort (5-9, Sr., G) at 16.8 points per game. Fort is also the team leader in rebounds (5.8/g) and steals (1.2/g). Geena Gomez (5-10, Jr., G) is dishing out a team-high 4.1 assists per game and Arantxa Gomez (6-0, Jr., F) leads the team in blocked shots (0.6/g).
Stacie Terry is in her fifth season leading the Aztecs’ program. She brought a 48-74 record at San Diego State into this season.
LADD NAMED MOUNTAIN WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) earned the Mountain West Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honor for games played through Saturday, January 6. The announcement was made at the conference’s office in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Monday.
In two games last week, Ladd averaged 19.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game, while shooting 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from the field and 60.0 percent (3-of-5) from 3-point range.
In an upset win Saturday afternoon over New Mexico, the native of Seattle, Wash., scored a career-high 27 points shooting 66.7 percent from the field (8-of-12) and 88.9 percent from the charity stripe (8-of-9). At UNLV on Wednesday evening Ladd led the team in rebounds (5), assists (5) and steals (2), while contributing 11 points.
With her 27-point outburst against the Lobos, Ladd moved into 24th place on the program’s career scoring list. This is the first career MW weekly honor for Ladd and the first for a Spartan in the 2017-18 season.
IT’S A SIMPLE FORMULA
When the Spartans win they outrebound their opponent they win the game...period. San José State has not been outrebounded by any of its opponent in its five victories and holds a 226-to-201 advantage in those games, for a +5.0 rebound margin. In its 10 losses, SJSU has been outrebounded 518-to-353 for a rebounding margin of -16.5. It’s a simple formula.
IF IT’S FREE...SJSU WILL TAKE THREE
Making 8.7 three-pointers per game, the Spartans rank second in the Mountain West and rank 28th in the nation. In 12 of the team’s 15 games they have launched at least 20, in eight games they have hit at least nine and in six have reached double digits makes, including MW season-highs in attempts (39) and makes (13) against Portland State. In addition, San José State is 22nd in the nation in total threes (131), 33rd in three-point attempts (375) and 77th in three-point field goal percentage (34.9).
LADD QUIETLY PUTTING TOGETHER A HALL OF FAME CAREER
Entering the San Diego State game, Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) ranks in the top-25 of 15 SJSU career categories. She is 24th in scoring (832), 6th in free throws (256), 14th in free throw attempts (3237) and 8th in free throw percentage (.760). Ladd ranks 17th in rebounds (503), 7th in offensive (196) and 20th and defensive boards (307). She is 15th in assists (207), 23rd in steals (113), 22nd in three-point attempts (169) and T19th in makes (52) and T12th in three-point percentage (.308). Ladd is T9th in starts (78), T18th in games (106) and 10th in minutes (2,676).
If she continues at her current pace, she will finish her Spartans career in the top-10 in nine categories and 13 in the top-20 as well as becoming the 17th player all-time to score 1,000 points in a Spartans jersey.
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 40 points from the milestone. With a minimum of 15 more games this season, Gennett needs to average 2.6 points/g to reach 1,000. At her career scoring average of 8.9/g, she is projected to reach 1,000 on January 27 at Wyoming.
Ladd has 832 points in her Spartans’ career. She needs to average 11.2/game to reach the milestone. It may be a tall order based on her career 7.7 ppg average, but in 2017-18 she has upped her production to 13.1 ppg. Entering today’s game Ladd ranks 24th on the program’s career scoring list.
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.
EPIC COME BACK WIN
At Santa Clara (11/28/17) the Spartans trailed by 22 points, 36-14, with 6:02 to go in the second period, came all the way back to force overtime and won the game 71-66. It was the largest comeback win in head coach Jamie Craighead’s four plus seasons at SJSU. The biggest comeback before that game was after a 16-point deficit with 8:03 to play in the third quarter against Fresno State on February 15, 2017. The Spartans won that game 77-68, also in overtime.
Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) Co-Captain...In the past year, scoring average is up from 8.4 to 13.1. On pace to finish 3rd on the program’s all-time free throws list. 168 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 13.6/g. Against USU (12/28) scored a career-high 24 points. Leads team (4th in MW) with 4.3 assists per game.
Analyss Benally (So., G, Shiprock, N.M.) leads SJSU with 33 3-ptrs and ranks T5th in the MW at 2.2/g. On pace to smash the program’s sophomore record for 3-ptrs in a season (47 - Kari Steele, 1994-95).
Fieme’a Hafoka (So., G, Kihei, Maui) Co-Captain...set a career-high with 11 points at #19/19 Oregon State and then broke it with 12 points against Nebraska. Tied for team lead in steals at 1.4/g (T10th in MW).
Hallie Gennett (Sr., F, Post Falls, Idaho) ranks 6th among active Division I players with 738 3-pt attempts, 8th with 6.90 3-pt attempts/game and 18th with 228 3-ptrs made. Is 40 points from 1,000 for her career.
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.) second in freshmen scoring (5.6/g) and tied for team lead with 21 steals (1.4/g - T10th in MW). Second on the team with 51 assists (3.4/g 10th in the MW).
Megan Anderson (Fr., G, Fresno, Calif.) is shooting 46.7% from 3-pt range, highest on the team and 3rd in the MW. 21 3-ptrs ranks 2nd on the team & gives her a chance to equal the freshman record (43 Britta Hall, 2013-14).
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 six 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 T4th in the MW in blocks/g with 1.0.
Heleyna Hill (Fr., G, Santa Cruz, Calif.) scored the first bucket of her college career against Southern Oregon.
Courtesy Clark (Fr., G, Sacramento, Calif.) scored a career-high 8 pts at UNLV.
Chinwe Ezeonu (Fr., F, Seattle, Wash.) scored a career-high five points at #19/19 Oregon State.
Andrea Kohlhaas (Jr., F, Besigheim, Germany) has not played since the game vs. Hampton (11/25/17).