Jan. 13, 2014
San Jose, Calif. - The San José State women's basketball team and Air Force Falcons are the last two winless teams in Mountain West Conference play this season. The two meet Wednesday night on Walt McPherson Court and one team will get their first conference win.
vs. Air Force (1-13, 0-4 MW)
Wednesday, January 15, 7:00 p.m.
The Event Center, San Jose, Calif.
Streaming video is available on the Spartan Digital Network at www.sjsuspartans.com/video
Radio broadcast on 90.5 KSJS-FM and at www.ksjs.org
Live stats abvailable at www.sjsuspartans.com
Fans can view live stats of all San José State women's basketball games, home and away, by accessing the "Gametracker" feature at www.sjsuspartans.com. Click on the link on the women's basketball schedule page to follow the action.
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Keep up with all 16 of San José State's team through social media sites Twitter and Facebook. For Twitter go to @sjsuathletics and on Facebook become friends with Sammy Spartan.
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KSJS-FM (90.5 FM, San Jose) originates San José State women's basketball home broadcasts and select road contests.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TICKETS
Tickets for San José State women's basketball home games are free for all SJSU students with a valid student ID. Adult tickets are $5.00 and $3.00 for youth (12 and under).
Groups of 20 or more can buy discounted tickets at $3.00 per person by 5:00 p.m. the business day before the game via the Spartan Ticket Office at (408) 924-SJTX (7589) or (877) SJSUTIX (757-8849).
The Event Center Box Office opens two hours prior to tip-off for any weekend, holiday game or doubleheader and is open regular business hours (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) for weekday games or weekday doubleheaders.
Parking for all San José State women's basketball games is in the University's Seventh Street Parking Garage. The Seventh Street Garage, located on the Northwest corner of San Salvador Street and Seventh Street, can be accessed through Seventh Street. Parking is $5.00.
FILLING IT UP
Averaging 79.7 points per game, the Spartans are the second leading scoring team in the Mountain West Conference and rank 29th in the nation. Just three years ago, the team was averaging less than 48 points, that's an increase of more than 31 points per game.
San José State has four players among the top-15 scorers in the league, the most of any team. Ta'Rea Cunnigan (Jr., G, Winchester, Calif.) ranks 3rd (17.7/g). Rebecca Woodberry (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) is 10th (13.3/g), Classye James (Jr., G, East Palo Alto, Calif.) is 12th (13.3/g) and Jasmine Smith (Fr., F, Burbank, Calif.) ranks 15th (12.8/g).
CRASHING THE BOARDS
Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.), Jasmine Smith (Fr., F, Burbank, Calif.) at 8.9 rebounds and Rebecca Woodberry (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) at 7.3 rebounds are a one-three-five punch when it comes to rebounding in the Mountain West.
Byrd leads the MW (9.4/g) and ranks 62nd in the nation, Smith is 88th in the country. The three have combined for 17 double-digit rebounding efforts led by Byrd and Smith's seven each, also tops in the conference.
CLIMBING THE CAREER LIST(S)
After little more than two seasons, Ta'Rea Cunnigan (Jr., G, Winchester, Calif.) is already in the top-10 of five San José State career categories. Her 1,207 points put her in ninth place. She is 20 points from moving ahead Lamisha Augustine (2002-06, 1,226 pts.) for eighth.
Both her 361 free throws and 486 free throw attempts rank second on the program's career list. She trails only Cricket Williams (2001-04) in both categories. Cunnigan is 105 made free throws and 246 free throw attempts from tying Williams in each category.
She ranks 5th in career free throw percentage (.743) and 8th in career steals (174).
Cunnigan ranks 10th in 3-point attempts (236) and makes (72). She is two 3-point attempts from tying Kim Skaggs (1989-92) and Sherry Yult for ninth place at 238 and is four made 3-pointers from tying Yult for ninth.
She joined Cricket Williams as just the second player in Spartans' history with more than 1,000 points and 300 free throws.
Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.), blocked 64 shots in her freshman campaign and has 21 more this season, is already in fourth place in the program's career blocks list. She is 53 blocks from tying Lamisha Augustine (2002-06) for third place all-time.
WOODBERRY FINDING SAN JOSE TO HER LIKING
Rebecca Woodberry (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) who transferred from Nebraska, has found her stroke from long range. She is 24th in the nation in 3-pointers made per game (2.9) and leads all Mountain West shooters. Her 44 made 3-pointers are 11 more and her 129 3-point attempts are nearly 40 more than her next closest conference rival.
Her 44 makes are just three shy of tying Kari Steele (1994-95) for 10th place on the program's single-season 3-point list. Steele holds the program record with 74 treys in 1996-97.
Woodberry is 24 3-point attempts from cracking the top-10 of the Spartans single-season list. Natalie White launched 153 in 2008-09 and ranks 10th. The single-season record is 212 by Jessica Kellogg in 2002-02.
In addition, Woodberry is fifth overall in the MW, and first among juniors, in total rebounding at 7.3 per game. Her 5.5 defensive boards are third in the league.
With six double doubles, Jasmine Smith (Fr., F, Burbank, Calif.) ranks among the best in the nation and leads the Mountain West. She, Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.) and Rebecca Woodberry (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) have combined for 10 double doubles which also lead the league.
SMITH AMONG THE TOP OF THE MW AND THE BEST FRESHMAN
Jasmine Smith (Fr., F, Burbank, Calif.) is just a freshman, but ranks in the top-15 of five categories in the Mountain West Conference. She is first in offensive rebounds (3.9/g), third in total rebounds (8.9/g), seventh in field goal percentage (.484) & defensive rebounds (5.0/g), 11th in steals (1.5/g) and 15th in scoring (12.8/g).
She is the highest ranked freshman in each of those categories and is achieving these numbers while coming off the bench in 14 of the Spartans 15 games this year.
BYRD PICKS UP WHERE SHE LEFT OFF LAST SEASON
Last year Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.) was the first Spartan to average a double double, 11.4 pts. and 10.9 rebs., in 23 years. In 2013-14 the beat goes on for Byrd. She is averaging 9.5 points and 9.4 rebounds, but is doing it in six minutes less per game (28.5-to-22.0).
HALL SERVING THEM UP
Britta Hall (Fr., G, Tualatin, Ore.) leads the Spartans and all Mountain West freshmen in assists, averaging 3.5 per game. In six of the team's 14 contests Hall has recorded at least five assists and her season-high came against San Francisco (11/20) when she dropped eight dimes on the Dons.
STILL ONE OF THE YOUNGEST TEAM
San José State was the youngest team in Division I last year with just four years of collegiate experience on the roster (two years of Division I and two years of junior college). With injuries, which have sidelined several players, the Spartans are nearly right back to where they were last year. Ta'Rea Cunnigan (Jr., G, Winchester, Calif.), Classye James (Jr., G, East Palo Alto, Calif.) and Rebecca Woodberry (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) each have two years of collegiate experience. Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.) and Jayzyl Tauala (So., G, Pacifica, Calif.) have one year each of college experience.
BEING HEALTHY HELPS
Classye James (Jr., G, East Palo Alto, Calif.) was hampered by a hip injury all last season but gutted it out in 27 of the team's 30 games. She averaged 7.6 points, shot just .263 from the field and .183 from behind the arc. With a summer to heal, James is showing the game that earned her a McDonald's All-American nomination as a senior in high school. She is averaging 13.1 points, has reached double figure scoring in 10 games, including seven of the last eight. Her shooting has improved to .365 (58-for-159) and in 14 games is nearly 90 percent of the way to her season scoring total from a year ago (184 points in 14 games in 2013-14 vs. 206 in 27 games in 2012-13).
SPARTANS FIRST FIVE...NEARLY ALL THE TIME
In head coach Jamie Craighead's up tempo offense every player on the roster will get lots of time on the court this season. Through 15 games, the Spartans have sent the same five out to start 13 games - Britta Hall (Fr., G, Tualatin, Ore.), Ta'Rea Cunnigan (Jr., G, Winchester, Calif.), Classye James (Jr., G, East Palo Alto, Calif.), Rebecca Woodberry (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) and Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.).
The first change to the starting line up came in the 12th game of the year, at Nevada (1/1). Jasmine Smith (Fr., F, Burbank, Calif.) was inserted in place of Hall and the second time there was a change in the starting line up was at Colorado State (1/8) Smith started in place of Byrd.
SCOUTING AIR FORCE
The Falcons have started the year 1-13 overall and are 0-4 in Mountain West Conference action heading into their match up with the Spartans on Wednesday night.
Air Force's lone win came against North Dakota State (12/6). Last week they lost at home to Fresno State (77-43) and at San Diego State (72-39). The Falcons are 0-7 on the road this season.
Jimi Blagowsky, a junior guard, and Cherea Medina, a senior guard, leads the team in scoring (10.3 pts each). Camille Thompson is also in double figures at 10.0 points/game. Sophomore forward Madeleine Philpot is grabbing a team-high 4.3 rebounds per outing. Medina is dishing out 4.3 assists and along with Blagowsky leads the team with 1.1 blocks per game.
Head coach Andrea Williams is in her fourth season leading the Air Force program. She brought a 19-72 record with the Falcons and a 31-107 career-record into the 2013-14 season.
This will be the fifth meeting between these programs, with the Spartans holding a 3-1 advantage in the all-time series. San José State has won both games which have been contested on its home court. The last meeting was in the 2011-12 season, a 68-53 win for the Spartans on Walt McPherson Court.