Women's Hoops Closes WAC Homestand With Two Games

San Jose, Calif - After winning its first conference opener in six years, an 83-67 victory over Hawai'i, the San Jose State women's basketball team completes it first WAC homestand against New Mexico State and Louisiana Tech on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.  

vs. New Mexico State (4-13, 1-1 Western Athletic)
Thursday, January 19, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
The Event Center, San Jose, Calif.
Broadcast available on 90.5 KSJS-FM and Live stats available at

vs. Louisiana Tech (8-9, 1-1 Western Athletic)
Saturday, January 21, 2012, 8:30 p.m.
The Event Center, San Jose, Calif.
Broadcast available on 90.5 KSJS-FM and Live stats available at

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KSJS (90.5 FM, San Jose) originates the majority of San Jose State women's basketball home broadcasts.  Jeff Bowe and Alex Scott call the women's basketball play-by-play.

Tickets for all San Jose State home women's basketball games are free for all SJSU students with a valid student ID.  Adult tickets are $5.00, $3.00 for youth (12 and under).

Groups of 20 or more can buy discounted tickets at $3.00 per person.  The ticket office opens two hours prior  to tip-off at The Event Center or can be purchased by calling San Jose State Athletics Ticket Office at 408-924-SJTX (7589).

Senior forward Brittany Johnson was named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 9-15. It's the second WAC Player of the Week honor of the season and career for Johnson.

The Tulsa, Okla., native finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in an 83-67 win over Hawai'i in the Spartans' only game last week. She led San Jose State to its first win in a WAC opener since the 2005-06 season, posting her fifth double-double of the year and extending her streak of double-digit scoring games to 17, including all 16 games this year. The 16-point margin of victory was the largest against Hawai'i since the 2003-04 season.

With an 83-67 win over Hawai'i in its conference opener, the Spartans ended a five-year drought in games to open Western Atheltic Comference play.  Prior to the Hawai'i game, the last WAC opener San Jose State had won was a 63-51 victory at Utah State in the 2005-06 season.

Senior guard Sara Plavljanin was named the WAC Player of the Week for January 2-8.  Late last week she was also named the NetScouts Basketball/Women's WAC Player of the Week and this week (1/9 - 1/15) was honored as the College Sports Madness WAC Player of the Week.

After dropping eight of its first nine games, San Jose State has won fve of its last seven contests, including its last three in a row.  The Spartans haven't won at least three games in a row since the 2005-06 season when they strung together six straight wins.

With their sixth win this year, 83-67 over Hawai'i, the Spartans have equaled their highest single-season wins total in the last five seasons.

Senior forward Brittany Johnson has exploded on the WAC and the nation.

Johnson leads the WAC and ranks 21st nationally in scoring at 19.5 points per game.  She also ranks fourth in the WAC in rebounding (8.4), seventh in steals (1.6) and ninth in blocks (0.9). She has recorded five double-doubles and her 16-game double-digit scoring streak to open the seaosn equals Cricket Williams who accomplished the feat in 2002-03. 

The Aggies enter this week in a tie with Louisiana Tech for fifth place in the WAC at 1-1 and are 4-13 overall.  They opened conference play at home with a 74-56 loss to Utah State on Thursday before defeating Idaho 61-47 on Saturday.  

New Mexico State finished last season with an 14-18 overall record, 7-9 in conference play and made it to the second round of the WAC Tournament.

The Aggies are led in scoring by senior forward Tabytha Wampler (13.0 ppg, 8.9 rpg), a pre-season second-team All-WAC selection and the conferences eighth-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder. Kaitlyn Soto, a senior guard who has started every game this year, is averaging 8.4 ppg, and sophomore guard Jasmine Rutledge is at 6.8 ppg. and 5.1 rebounds per contest.

As a team, New Mexico State is averaging 54.1 points per game on .369 shooting from the field and have won just one of their six road contests, at Houston to open the season.
Head coach Mark Trakh is in his first season leading the Aggies women's program.  Entering the year, his 17th overall, he had a 289-187 record.

HISTORY: Spartans vs. Aggies
New Mexico State holds a 24-3 all-time lead. The series is marked by two double-digit winning streaks for the Aggies sandwiched around three wins in four games for the Spartans.

New Mexico State won the first 13 meetings and have taken the last 10, but from 2003-04 though the 2005-06 season San Jose State won three of four. At home the Spartans are 2-11 against the Aggies, having dropped the last five meetings in The Event Center by an average of 13 points.

The Lady Techsters are 8-9 overall and enter this week in a tie with New Mexico State for fifth place in the WAC at 1-1.  They opened conference play at home with a 66-54 win over Idaho  on Thursday before falling to Utah State 79-62 on Saturday. Louisiana Tech plays at Hawai'i on Thursday, January 19 before their appearance in The Event Center.  

Louisiana Tech finished last season with an 24-8 overall record, 15-1 in conference play, but lost in the championship game of the WAC Tournament.  They received a bid to the NCAA Tournament losing in the first round.

The Lady Techsters have two players averging double-digit scoring.  Jasmine Bendolph, a senior guard, is averaging 10.3 points and a conference-best 5.5 assists per outing.  Shantale Bramble-Donaldson, a senior forward, is at 10.0 points per game and leads the team with 6.6 rebounds per contest.

As a team, Louisiana Tech is averaging 67.6 points per game on .417 shooting from the field and are 2-2 on the road this year.
Head coach Theresa Witherspoon is in her fourth season leading the Louisiana Tech.  Entering the season her record was 56-18.

HISTORY: Spartans vs. Lady Techsters
In 20 attempts the Spartans have never beaten Louisiana Tech.  In the 10 games contested in San Jose, the Spartans have lost by an average of 26 points.  The best result in the series was a seven-point loss, 66-59, in the 2002-03 season.