Women's Hoops Roll Past Hawai'i, 53-43

January 22, 2011

San Jose, Calif.----San Jose State turned up its defensive pressure in the first half, and led the entire 40 minutes of action to defeat Hawai'i 53-43 on Saturday night at The Event Center.

The Spartans (2-16, 2-3 WAC) held the Rainbow Wahine (6-12, 0-5 WAC) to just 14.8 percent (4-for-27) from the floor and 7.1 percent (1-for-14) from the arc in the first 20 minutes.

"Their (Hawai'i) game was physical and we knew from watching film they love to get to the basket," said head coach Pam DeCosta. "We knew we needed to come up with a defense that would hold them from getting to the rim and I thought we did a good job keeping them out on the perimeter."

San Jose State sweeps its two-game homestand after beating Idaho 63-61 on Thursday night, January 20. The Spartans haven't won back-to-back conference games since the 2005-06 season when they defeated Utah State at home and Nevada on the road.

Absent from the free throw line at the half, the Spartans came out to shoot a season-high 22-of-24 at the line in the second half.

"We were very consistent at the free throw line which was huge for us tonight," said freshman point guard AJ Newton, who scored a game-high 15 points.  "We knew their (Hawai'i) defense was really tough so we shot most of our points from the line."

San Jose State led wire-to-wire Saturday night, using a strong first-half effort from Sara Plavljanin to earn an early advantage, and relying on top-scorer Newton, Myesha Broaden and Sayja Sumler to hold off UH throughout the second half.  Plavljanin tallied 7 points in the opening stanza while Newton, Broaden and Sumler poured in a combined 28 points in the second half, 19 of which came from the free throw line.  

With a season-low 10 turnovers, the Spartans shot 27.5 percent (14-for-51) from the field to UH's 28.3 percent (13-for-46). The Spartans held the advantage in assists (9-7) and steals (8-4).

Joining Newton in double-figures, Plavljanin scored 11 points and Brittany Johnson grabbed 8 boards.

UH was led by Shawna-Lei Kuehu and Breanna Arbuckle with 11 points each.  Kamilah Jackson grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.

“We are starting to get some chemistry with each other,” added coach DeCosta.  “The fun thing is, if you get your kids playing well, get your kids believing, you can keep moving forward and we’ll see what we can do.”

San Jose State will travel south to face the 2009-10 WAC champions Fresno State, Thursday, January 27. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.

SAN JOSE STATE 53, HAWAI'I 43

HAWAI'I (6-12, 0-5 WAC)
Kuehu, Shawna-Lei 4-13 3-3 11; Arbuckle, Breanna 3-4 5-9 11; Jackson,
Kamilah 3-7 3-7 9; Tinnin, Megan 3-13 0-0 9; Kanekoa, Keisha 0-5 2-2 2;
Haydel, Sydney 0-0 1-2 1; Ayabe, Mai 0-1 0-0 0; Patterson, Allie 0-0 0-1 0;
Dew, Rebecca 0-0 0-0 0; Bungaite, Julita 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 13-46 14-24 43.

SAN JOSE STATE (2-16, 2-3 WAC)
Newton, AJ 3-11 8-9 15; Plavljanin, Sara 4-16 2-2 11; Broaden, Myesha 2-4
5-6 9; Sumler, Sayja 1-6 6-6 8; Hall, Marnesha 2-7 1-1 6; Johnson, Brittany
2-5 0-0 4; Woods, Nanea 0-0 0-0 0; Johnson, Liz 0-1 0-0 0; Williams, Marisa
0-1 0-0 0. Totals 14-51 22-24 53.

Hawai'i....................... 11 32 - 43
San Jose State................ 18 35 - 53

3-point goals--Hawai'i 3-19 (Tinnin, Megan 3-9; Arbuckle, Breanna 0-1;
Jackson, Kamilah 0-1; Kanekoa, Keisha 0-2; Ayabe, Mai 0-1; Bungaite, Julita
0-2; Kuehu, Shawna-Lei 0-3), San Jose State 3-18 (Plavljanin, Sara 1-6;
Hall, Marnesha 1-4; Newton, AJ 1-6; Johnson, Liz 0-1; Sumler, Sayja 0-1).
Fouled out--Hawai'i-None, San Jose State-Johnson, Brittany; Hall, Marnesha.
Rebounds--Hawai'i 38 (Jackson, Kamilah 13), San Jose State 35 (Johnson,
Brittany 8). Assists--Hawai'i 7 (Arbuckle, Breanna 2; Kuehu, Shawna-Lei 2),
San Jose State 9 (Sumler, Sayja 3). Total fouls--Hawai'i 18, San Jose State
21. Technical fouls--Hawai'i-Arbuckle, Breanna, San Jose State-None. A-414