Boise State On Spartans' Radar

January 11, 2011

Women's Basketball Preview:

San Jose Calif.----The Spartans travel to Boise State on Thursday, January 13 to square off against the Broncos at 5:00 p.m. (PST). Both teams are searching for its first conference win of the season with San Jose State entering at 0-15, 0-2 in WAC play, and Boise State 9-7, 0-2 WAC.

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Radio Coverage:
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 Boise 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 Boise State:

The Broncos welcome five newcomers and return seven letterwinners from last year's 19-12 campaign. Gordy Presnell enters his sixth season as head coach at Boise State and notched his 500th career victory on December 5, 2010.

Kati Isham leads the Broncos averaging 15.5 points per game and Lauren Lenhardt trails at 11.4 points per game. Boise State outscores its opponents by an average of 2.2 points per contest. Leading in rebounds, Janie Bos grabs a team-high 8.2 rebounds per game.

Boise State enters Thursday with a two-game losing streak, dropping both conference games at Utah State, 69-57, and at Nevada, 68-51. San Jose State will commence Boise State's opening Western Athletic Conference home series. In WAC home openers the Broncos are 5-4, having won their last 4-5.

The Series With The Broncos: 

San Jose State is dead even, 10-10, with Boise State in all-time series. The Spartans dropped both games last year and eight consecutive, before winning 10-12 dating back to the 2001-02 season.

Last Outing:

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 on January 8.

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.

WAC Openers:
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

Fast Out Of The Gate:
In the month of January, the Spartans held the advantage at the half verses New Mexico State and Santa Clara. They averaged a 4.5 point lead in the first 20 minutes of action and led for a total of 24 minutes in the first half.

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 5.3 per game. She grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds against San Francisco. Sayja Sumler averages 4.9 rebounds and Myesha Broaden trails with 4.4 rebounds per game.

Dishing Out The Round Ball:
AJ Newton leads the team in assists with 31 and dished out six assists at University of the Pacific (11/19). Sayja Sumler produced 28, while Liz Johnson and Sara Plavljanin each dished out 25 this season.

Stealing The Game:

Sayja Sumler grabbed a team-high 25 steals this season. Sumler snatched a season-best six against Mount Saint Mary's. Liz Johnson follows with 17 steals and both Sara Plavljanin and Brittany Johnson have 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 eight 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.

Starting Lineups:
In 15 games played this year, San Jose State has used 10 different starting lineups. Brittany Johnson has started in 14 games this season, Sara Plavljanin with 12, and AJ Newton with 11 starts. Myesha Broaden has 10, Sayja Sumler trails with nine, while Liz Johnson has five starts. Both Dominique Hamilton and Leonie Solia notched four and rounding out with a pair of starts is Monique Coble while 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.

Up Next:

The Spartans will host a pair of conference games at The Event Center against Idaho on January 20 at 7:00 p.m. and Hawai'i on January 22 at 7:00 p.m.