San Jose, Calif. – After getting its first conference road win of the season at Air Force, the San José State women’s basketball team will play once this week, at Nevada on Wednesday night looking for back-to-back road wins.
San José State Spartans (6-11, 3-3 MW)
Nevada Wolf Pack (9-7, 2-3 MW)
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 6:30 p.m. (PT)
Reno, Nev. (Lawlor Events Center - 11,536)
QUICK LOOK AT NEVADA
This will be the Wolf Pack’s 17th game of the year. Nevada (9-7, 2-3 MW) posted seven wins in the non-conference portion of the schedule against four losses. Only one non-conference loss came against a non-Power-5 program. Overall the Wolf Pack are scoring 68.8 points a game and giving up 69.1. Nevada is shooting .410 from the floor and .352 from three-point range while opponents are hitting at a .435 clip, including .410 from beyond the arc.
Nevada’s top scorer and leading rebounder is Teige Zeller (6-2, Sr., F) at 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, respectively. Zeller also tops the Wolf Pack in blocks at 0.5/g. T Moe (5-8, Sr., G), in her sixth year at Nevada, leads the squad in assists (3.1) and steals (1.6) per game.
Amanda Levens is in her first season leading the Wolf Pack’s program and fifth as a Division I head coach. She brought a four-year 41-76 record from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville into this season.
BENALLY EYES SOPHOMORE THREE-POINT RECORD
Analyss Benally (So., G, Shiprock, N.M.) leads SJSU with 40 3-ptrs and ranks T6th in the MW at 2.4/g, 5th in MW games at 2.8/g. She is on pace to smash the program’s sophomore single-season record of 47 3-ptrs, which was set by Kari Steele in 1994-95. If Benally continues at her current pace, and the Spartans play only 13more games, she would finish with 72 threes, which would be the fifth most in single-season program history.
FRESHMAN THREE-POINT RECORD COULD FALL AS WELL
In 2013-14, Britta Hall made 43 three pointers, to set the program’s freshman record. Megan Anderson (Fr., G, Fresno, Calif.), has made 22 this year, second most on the team, and could reach Hall’s mark. Through 17 games, Anderson is averaging 1.3 threes per game and at that pace would make 39 threes in 30 games. However, if she increases her pace to 1.6 per game, and SJSU only plays 13 more games, she will tie Hall with 43 three pointers.
IT’S A SIMPLE FORMULA
When the Spartans win...they hit the boards...they win the game...period. San José State has not been outrebounded by any of its opponent in its six victories and holds a 269-to-244 advantage in those games, for a +4.2 rebound margin. In its 11 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 39th in the nation. In 13 of the team’s 17 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 (144), 34th in three-point attempts (417) and 82nd in three-point field goal percentage (34.5).
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 (863), 5th in free throws (263), 12th in free throw attempts (349) and 9th in free throw percentage (.754). Ladd ranks 13th in rebounds (527), 7th in offensive (203) and 19th and defensive boards (324). She is 15th in assists (211), 23rd in steals (114), T21st in three-point attempts (172) and T19th in makes (52) and 13th in three-point percentage (.302). Ladd is 9th in starts (80), 18th in games (108) and 10th in minutes (2,746).
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 16th player all-time to score 1,000 points in a Spartans jersey.
TURNEY ELITE AMONG GENERATING POINTS IN THE MW
Taylor Turney (So., PG, Henderson, Nev.) ranks 12th in points (13.4/g) and fourth in assists (4.4/g) in the Mountain West, accounting for a combined 23.4 points per game. She ranks third in the MW behind only Cherise Beynon who combines for 30.7pts (15.9 p & 7.4 a) and McKynzie Fort who combines for 24.1 pts (16.7 p & 3.7 a).
Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) is making a big push to reach 1,000-career points this season. Ladd has socred 863 points in her Spartans’ career. If San José State plays a minimum of 13 more games this season, Ladd needs to average 10.5/game to reach the milestone. It may be a tall order based on her career 8.0 ppg average, but in 2017-18 she has upped her production to 13.4 ppg. Entering today’s game Ladd ranks 21st on the program’s career scoring list and she is projected to reach 1,000 career points at Utah State (2/27).
Hallie Gennett (Sr., F, Post Falls, Idaho) is 40 points from the milestone. With a minimum of 13 more games this season, Gennett needs to average 3.1 points per game to reach 1,000. At her career scoring average of 8.8/g, she is projected to reach 1,000 on February 10 vs. Colorado State.
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.
LADD EARNS MOUNTAIN WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR
Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) earned the MW Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honor for games played from December 31 to January 6.
In two games, 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. With 27-point in a win against New Mexico, Ladd moved into 24th place on the program’s career scoring list.
Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) Co-Captain...In the past year, scoring average is up from 8.4 to 13.4. On pace to finish 3rd on the program’s all-time free throws list. 137 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 4.4 assists per game.
Analyss Benally (So., G, Shiprock, N.M.) leads SJSU with 40 3-ptrs and ranks 6th in the MW at 2.4/g. In her career, 41 of 43 buckets are three-pointers.
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. Leads team in steals at 1.4/g (T9th in MW).
Mikaylah Wilson (Fr., F, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) has made nine starts in 2017-18, which ties Cydni Lewis and 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.) tied for SJSU freshmen lead in scoring (5.6/g). Second on the team with 55 assists (3.2/g 11th in the MW) and 21 steals (1.3/g). First collegiate start came at AFA (1/13).
Megan Anderson (Fr., G, Fresno, Calif.) is shooting 47.8% from 3-pt range, highest on the team and 1st in the MW. 22 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 eight games and nine overall this season.
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.
Alexis Harris (So., C, Palo Alto, Calif.) set career-high with 9 rebs & 4 blocks vs. Southern Oregon (12/20) and ranks 8th in the MW in blocks/g with 0.9.
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).