San Jose, Calif. – The San Jose State women’s basketball team continues Mountain West Conference play this weekend in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Spartans are looking for their first conference road win of the year when they play at Air Force on Saturday.
San José State Spartans (5-11, 2-3 MW)
Air Force Falcons (0-16, 0-5 MW)
Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. (MT)
Colorado Springs, Colo. (Clune Arena - 5,858)
QUICK LOOK AT AIR FORCE
This will be the Falcons 16th game of the year. Despite its overall and conference record, Air Force (0-15, 0-4 MW) is an improved team from years past. Overall the Falcons are scoring 56.7 points a game and giving up 68.8. Air Force is shooting .346 from the floor and .274 from three-point range while opponents are hitting at a .456 clip, including .316 from beyond the arc.
Air Force’s top scorer is Kaelin Immel (5-9, Fr., G) at 15.2 points per game. Dee Bennett (6-0, Sr., F) leads the team in rebounds (6.1/g) and blocks (0.9/g). Cortney Porter (5-9, Sr., G) is averaging 3.3 steals (1.2/g) and 4.8 assists per game.
Chris Gobrecht is in her third season leading the Falcons’ program and 38th as a Division I head coach. She brought a 5-54 record at Air Force and 547-527 overall record 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 8.5 three-pointers per game, the Spartans rank second in the Mountain West and rank 35th in the nation. In 13 of the team’s 16 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 27th in the nation in total threes (136), 27th in three-point attempts (395) and 90th in three-point field goal percentage (34.2).
LADD CLIMBING THE SJSU CAREER LISTS
Entering the Air Force game, Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) ranks in the top-25 of 16 SJSU career categories. She is 21st in scoring (848), 5th in free throws (260), 14th in free throw attempts (343) and 8th in free throw percentage (.758). Ladd ranks 16th in rebounds (514), 7th in offensive (200) and 19th and defensive boards (314). She is 15th in assists (210), 23rd in steals (113), T21st in three-point attempts (172) and T19th in makes (52) and 13th in three-point percentage (.302). Ladd is 9th in starts (79), 18th in games (107) and 10th in minutes (2,714).
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 14 more games this season, Gennett needs to average 2.9 points per game to reach 1,000. At her career scoring average of 8.8/g, she is projected to reach 1,000 on January 31 vs. UNLV.
Ladd has 848 points in her Spartans’ career. She needs to average 10.8/game to reach the milestone. It may be a tall order based on her career 7.8 ppg average, but in 2017-18 she has upped her production to 13.3 ppg. Entering today’s game Ladd ranks 21st 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 13.3. On pace to finish 3rd on the program’s all-time free throws list. 152 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 13.4/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 36 3-ptrs and ranks T7th in the MW at 2.3/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 1.3/g (T13th in MW).
Hallie Gennett (Sr., F, Post Falls, Idaho) ranks 6th among active Division I players with 738 3-pt attempts, 8th with 6.84 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.) leads SJSU freshmen in scoring (5.8/g) and tied for team lead with 21 steals (1.3/g - T13th in MW). Second on the team with 53 assists (3.3/g 12th in the MW).
Megan Anderson (Fr., G, Fresno, Calif.) is shooting 46.7% from 3-pt range, highest on the team and T3rd 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 seven games and eight overall this season.
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) lost for the season in the Hampton game (11/25/17).