Women's Basketball Goes For Two In A Row

San Jose, Calif. - Welcoming the Denver Pioneers to Walt McPherson Court on Thursday, San Jose State looks to put together back-to-back wins for the first time since early November and then host the New Mexico State Aggies on Saturday.

GAME 17 & 18

vs. DENVER (8-9, 3-3 WAC)
THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 2013, 7:00 P.M.

vs. NEW MEXICO STATE (9-7, 3-3 WAC)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2013, 2:00 P.M.

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Tickets for San Jose 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).  A "Spartan 4-Pack", four tickets to any game and fans of any age for $15.00.

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 doubleheaders.

Parking for all San Jose 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.

Jan. 17 - Kids Game - Kids 12-years-old and under get in free with a paid adult.
Jan. 19 - Youth Dance Night - Dance Attack performs at halftime.

Emily Schill
(Fr., F, Tecoma, Australia) was named WAC Player of the Week for Jan. 7-14. It's her first WAC POW honor and the third for a Spartan this year.

Schill posted career highs of 36 points, 18 rebounds and six assists to go along with two blocks and four steals in a 103-80 win over Utah State.  The 36 points is the third-highest total in SJSU history as well as a freshman record.

In the Spartans 103-80 win over Utah State, Emily Schill (Fr., F, Tecoma, Australia) and Ta'Rea Cunnigan (So., G, Winchester, Calif.) combined for 62 points (Schill - 36 & Cunnigan - 26).  In a regulation game, it was the second highest output for teammates this season.

The top two-some are Diamond Ford and Ashley Ezeh of Texas State who scored 66 points (Ford - 40 & Ezeh - 26) on December 29th.  The opponent....San Jose State.

Scoring has gone from 65.5 to 76.0 ppg.
Field goal percentage has risen from .364 to .408.
3-point FG percentage is up to .272 from .255.
Blocked shots are up nearly two per game.
Turnovers allowed are down by more than four per game.

Riana Byrd
(Fr., F, Richmond, Calif.) and Emily Schill (Fr., F, Tecoma, Australia) continue to impress.

The two are averaging double-doubles in WAC play (Schill - 15.0 pts, 10.4 pts & Byrd - 12.8 pts, 10. reb.).

Byrd tied The Event Center's rebound record with 19 against Cal State Northridge (12/1).  It was the second of her eight double digit rebounding games this year.  Overall she ranks second in the conference in rebounding, 20th in scoring and leads the WAC in blocks and defensive rebounds.  Nationally she is 49th in rebounds and 19th in blocks.  Against UTSA (12/31), she equalled another The Event Center record when she had eight steals.

Schill is the 15th leading scorer in the WAC.  She is the seventh ranked rebounder giving the Spartans two rebounders in the top-10.

San Jose State is the only school to have two freshman rank in the top-20 in both scoring and rebounding in the WAC.  In the categories in which they appear in the top-10, in the WAC, they are the highest ranked freshman (points, rebounds, FG%, steals, FT%, blocks, offensive and defensive rebounds).

In their 103-80 win over Utah State (1/12) the Spartans set The Event Center scoring record for the second time in two weeks.  They eclipsed the old mark, 98 points, which was set against Texas State (12/29). 

The 103 points ties the all-time scoing high, which was set against San Francisco State (12/5/80).  It's just the third time the Spartans have reached triple digits.  The other was in a 111-100 overtime loss to Sacramento State (12/10/93).

In a list compiled by SIDs across America it has been determined that San Jose State is the youngest team in Division I.  The list is based upon the total years played in college (Division I, II, II, NAIA or Junior College) by members of each school's team. 

The Spartans return one player from last season, Ta'Rea Cunnigan (So., G, Winchester, Calif.) who has one year of college experience.  Classye James (So., G, Palo Alto, Calif.) had one year of college experience (Oregon State) before transfering and sitting out last year and Chereese Thomas (Jr., G, Dublin, Calif.) was at Ohlone College for the past two seasons.  That totals four  years of experience on a roster of nine athletes (0.444 years of experience).
Temple and SIU-Carbondale tied for second on the list with 0.727 years of college experience (eight years season on rosters of 11 players).
The San Jose State women's basketball team set The Event Center scoring record and equaled the team's all-time scoring mark in a 103-80 win over the Utah State Aggies in Western Athletic Conference play.

San Jose State's offense was led by freshman Emily Schill who had a career-night setting a freshman record with 36 points and 18 rebounds.  She and Riana Byrd (15 points and 13 rebounds) dominated the paint contributing to the Spartans 48-to-26 scoring advantage in points around the bucket.

SJSU outrebounded Utah State 55-to-44.  It's the first game they have had an advantage on the boards since they outrebounded Cal State Northridge 47-to-38 on December 1 and their best effort of the season.

Schill and Byrd were two of four San Jose State players who reached double figure scoring.  Ta'Rea Cunnigan and Jayzyl Tauala had 26 and 11 points, respectively.

The Spartans, who never trailed, built as much as a 15-point first half lead, going to the line 24 times to Utah State's nine.  The Spartans hit 20 of their attempts to the Aggies six.

In the second half SJSU had as much as a 25-point advantage before taking the 103-80 victory.

Utah State's offense was paced by Jenna Williams' 19-points.  She was one of five Aggies to score in double figures, but as a team they hit just 26-of-87 shots (.299).

The Pioneers are 8-9 overall and 3-3 in conference play, after dropping two home games last week.  They lost to Idaho 68-60 (1/10) before a 69-66 defeat versus Seattle (1/13).  On the road this year, Denver is 5-3 overall, 2-0 in conference matchups. That tops their 3-6, 1-3 home record.

The Pioneers are being outscored by 1.6 points per game (65.4-to-67.0).  They top the WAC in 3-pt % at .347, which is good for 31st in the nation.  They are second in the conference and 81st in the nation in assist/turnover ratio (0.87:1).

At 13.9 points, the Denver is led by one of the nation's most accurate 3-point shooters sophomore guard Morgan Van Riper-Rose (38th at .404).  Senior guard Emiko Smith is 14th and 24th nationally in assist/turnover ratio and assists, respectively.  She averages 5.8 assists and is at 2.45 in assists to turnovers.  Maiya Michel, a junior forward, is fourth in the WAC and leads her team in rebounds, 8.7 per game.

Kerry Cremeans is in her first season leading the Denver women's basketball program and her first as a head coach at any level.

This will be the third meeting between these two programs.  Denver won both previous meetings.

The Aggies are 9-7 overall and 3-3 in conference play entering this week and play at Utah State on Thursday before their appointment on Walt McPherson Court on Saturday.  Last week they hosted and lost to Seattle 60-54 (1/10) before a 57-51 defeat against Idaho (1/12).  On the road this year, New Mexico State is 3-3 overall, 2-0 in conference matchups.

The Aggies are being outscored by 1.5 points per game (57.9-to-59.4).  They are tied for second lowest scoring team in the WAC, but are the second stingiest defense.  They are second in the conference in turnovers, giving it up just 15.2 times per game, which is 56th best in the nation.

Stephanie Gilbreath, a senior guard, leads the New Mexico State attack at 15.3 points per game.  She ranks 22nd in the country in free throw percentage (.872), which is second in the WAC.  Danesia Williamson. a sophomore guard, is scoring 12.9 points and the team reboundihg leader is Kelsie Rozandall (6.9 per game).

Mark Trakh is in his second season leading the Aggies women's basketball program. In 17 years as a Division I head coach, he had a 292-211 record entering this season including a 6-24 mark in his first season in Las Cruces.

This will be the 30th meeting between these two programs.  New Mexico State has completely dominated the series holding a 25-4 advantage.

In games contested in The Event Center, San Jose State is just 3-11 against the Aggies.  The Spartans 67-62 home victory last year snapped a 10-game, five-year losing streak to New Mexico State, half of them on Walt McPherson Court.