Spartans Look For Home Sweep Versus Hawai'i On Saturday

January 21, 2011

Women's Basketball Preview:

San Jose Calif.----The San Jose State women's basketball team (1-16, 1-3 WAC) concludes a two-game homestand this week when the Spartans host Hawai'i (6-11, 0-4 WAC) this Saturday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m. The Spartans look to ride their momentum into Saturday's contest after pulling off an upset, beating Idaho 63-61 on Thursday, January 20.

Live Stats:

Fans can view free live stats for the San Jose State-Hawai'i women's basketball game at To follow, click on the live stats link on the home page.

Video Stream:

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Radio Coverage:
KSJS (90.5 FM, San Jose) originates San Jose State University basketball broadcasts. Nolan Rak calls the women's basketball play-by-play. There is no KSJS broadcast of the Hawai'i game.

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).

Scouting Hawai'i:

Head coach Dana Takahara-Dias returns for her second season at the helm of her alma mater. After graduating just one senior last season, the Rainbow Wahine return a veteran squad with 10 letterwinners, including three starters.

Hawai‘i fell in its first two WAC road games last week at Idaho (72-48) and Boise State (73-69). The ‘Bows hope to bounce back against the Spartans to end a five game losing streak. The Rainbow Wahine also look to snap a 14-game WAC road slide. Last season, the ‘Bows went 0-8 at their mainland foes' arenas. UH's last road conference win was a 63-61 game at Utah State on January 30, 2009.

Hawai‘i is led by freshman forward, Kamilah Jackson, who is averaging an impressive double-double overall with 13.8 points per game and 13.2 rebounds per game. Nationally, Jackson is second best in NCAA DI rebounds this year with 211 total boards. Senior guard, Keisha Kanekoa, is second on the team with 12.2 points per game and leads UH with 58 assists, 27 steals, and free-throw percentage (.754).

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, 2010. 

Last Outing:

San Jose State women's basketball led the entire first half and hung on for the 63-61 win over Idaho during a Western Athletic Conference clash at The Event Center on Thursday night. Marnesha Hall and Sara Plavljanin both tallied 13 points, as four Spartans scored in double-figures.

San Jose State shot 39.6 percent (19-for-48) as a team in the contest, while holding Idaho to 37.3 percent (19-for-51) from the field. The Spartans also held an edge in assists (12-11) and steals (9-7).

The Spartans ended a 20-game losing streak and a seven-game conference slide dating back to the 2010 season in the win over Idaho.  San Jose State's previous win came against Hawai'i in a 68-61 home victory on February 17, 2010.

Fast Out Of The Gate:
In the month of January, the Spartans held the advantage at the half versus New Mexico State, Santa Clara and Idaho. They averaged a 3.3 point lead in the first 20 minutes of action and led for a total of 44 minutes in the first half of these three 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 5.9 per game. She grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds against San Francisco. Sayja Sumler averages 5.0 rebounds and both Myesha Broaden and Sara Plavljanin trail with 4.0 rebounds per game.

Dishing Out The Round Ball:
AJ Newton leads the team in assists with 35 and dished out six at University of the Pacific (11/19). Sayja Sumler is next with 33 and Sara Plavljanin follows with 30.

Stealing The Game:

Sayja Sumler has a team-high 28 steals this season. Sumler snatched a season-best six against Mount Saint Mary's. Sara Plavljanin has 21 steals this season, followed by Brittany Johnson's 19 steals.

Get That Out Of Here:
On defense, Myesha Broaden 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.

Starting Lineups:
In 17 games played this year, San Jose State has used 11 different starting lineups. Brittany Johnson has started in 16 games this season, Sara Plavljanin with 14, and AJ Newton with 13 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 Marisa Williams has three. Rounding out with a pair are Monique Coble and Marnesha Hall.

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.

Up Next:

The Spartans hit the road to battle Fresno State on Thursday, January 27. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.