Women's Basketball Preview:
San Jose Calif.----The San Jose State women's basketball team (0-16, 0-3 WAC) begins a two-game homestand this week when the Spartans host Idaho (9-6, 2-1 WAC) this Thursday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m., and Hawai'i (6-11, 0-4 WAC) on Saturday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Fans can view free live stats for the San Jose State-Idaho and San Jose State-Hawai'i women's basketball games at SJSUSpartans.com. To follow, click on the live stats link on the home page.
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KSJS (90.5 FM, San Jose) originates San Jose State University basketball broadcasts. Nolan Rak calls the women's basketball play-by-play. Neither the Idaho nor Hawai'i games will be broadcast.
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).
Head coach Jon Newlee returns for his third season at Idaho and led the Vandals to a 11-20 overall record, capped by an 8-8 record in WAC play in 2009-10.
The Vandals return four out of five starters from the 2009-10 team, as well as 2008-09 WAC Newcomer of the Year, Derisa Taleni. Idaho became the first basketball team, men or women, to advance to the WAC semi-finals after beating New Mexico State 75-63 in the quarterfinals of the 2009-10 Western Athletic Conference Tournament.
Yinka Olorunnife leads the team with 13.9 points and grabs 9.7 rebounds per game, while Rachele Kloke averages 12.0 points per game. The Vandals split last week, losing to Fresno State 84-67 on January 10, and winning 72-48 against Hawai'i on January 13.
The Series With The Vandals:
Idaho holds an 11-9 edge in the all-time series. San Jose State split last year, winning at home 58-53 on January 23, and losing at Idaho, 74-59.
Last season, the Rainbow Wahine posted a 10-20 record overall while going 4-12 in conference action under first year head coach Dana Takahara-Dias. After graduating just one senior last season, the Rainbow Wahine return a veteran squad with 10 letterwinners, including three starters.
Kamilah Jackson averages a team-leading 13.8 points per game and 13.2 rebounds per game. Keisha Kanekoa follows with 12.2 points per game and leads the team with 58 assists and 27 steals.
UH is currently riding a five-game losing streak with its last win coming against CS Bakersfield on December 29, 84-74.
The Series With The Rainbow Wahine:
Hawai'i holds a 38-15 all-time series lead over San Jose State. The Spartans won the most recent contest, 68-61, at The Event Center on February 17.
San Jose State trailed 43-14 at the half, and lost 83-51 to Boise State Thursday night, January 13.
Senior forward Marnesha Hall appeared in her first game of the season after recovering from a preseason leg injury. Hall started for the Spartans, played 31 minutes, grabbed five rebounds and scored five points.
San Jose State was paced by Sara Plavljanin with 13 points. Plavljanin has come to life offensively recently, leading the team in points in back-to-back contests. The Spartans did see some balance on the score sheet with Sayja Sumler scoring 10 and AJ Newton chipping in with nine. Brittany Johnson grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
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 versus 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 of these two games.
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 5.7 per game. She grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds against San Francisco. Sayja Sumler averages 4.8 rebounds and Myesha Broaden trails with 4.1 rebounds per game.
Dishing Out The Round Ball:
AJ Newton leads the team in assists with 32 and dished out six at University of the Pacific (11/19). Sayja Sumler is next with 31 and Sara Plavljanin follows with 26.
Stealing The Game:
Sayja Sumler grabbed a team-high 26 steals this season. Sumler snatched a season-best six against Mount Saint Mary's. Both Sara Plavljanin and Brittany Johnson have 18 steals this season.
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 11 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.
In 16 games played this year, San Jose State has used 11 different starting lineups. Brittany Johnson has started in 15 games this season, Sara Plavljanin with 13, and AJ Newton with 12 starts. Myesha Broaden has 10, Sayja Sumler trails with nine, while Liz Johnson has five starts. Both Dominique Hamilton and Leonie Solia notched four, while Monique Coble and Marisa Williams each have a pair. Marnesha Hall rounds out the roster with one start.
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.
The Spartans hit the road to battle Fresno State on Thursday, January 27. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.