Women's Hoops Face First WAC Road Test This Week

After opening conference play with three home games and winning two, the San Jose State women's basketball team heads out on the road for its first WAC road trip.  The Spartans are at Fresno State on Thursday and then at Nevada for a Saturday matinee.  

at Fresno State (15-4, 3-0 Western Athletic)
Thursday, January 26, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Save Mart Center, Fresno, Calif.
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at Nevada (5-13, 1-2 Western Athletic)
Saturday, January 28, 2012, 2:00 p.m.
Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nev.
Live stats available at www.sjsuspartans.com

Steaming video is available through www.nevadawolfpack.com

Fans can view live stats of all San Jose State home and road contests by accessing the "Live Stats" feature at www.sjsuspartans.com.  Click on the link at the top of the home page to follow the action.

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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).

With two wins to open conference play, the Spartans have already equaled or surpassed their single-season WAC win total from any of the last five seasons.  The last time they won as many as three conference games was in 2006-07 when San Jose State went 3-13 in WAC play.

With its first WAC road trip this week, San Jose State will try to break a 43-game conference road losing streak that dates back to the 2005-06 season.  The last time a Spartans team won a WAC road game was on February 1, 2006 at Boise State.  San Jose State defeated the Broncos, now members of the Mountain West Conference, 69-64.

Freshman guard Ta'Rea Cunnigan is the WAC's sixth leading scorer after two weeks of conference play.  Her 14.7 points per game makes her the only freshman in the top-10 and one of only two freshman in the top-20.   Idaho's Krissy Karr is 18th (10.3 ppg).

In all games played, Cunnigan is the 13th leading scorer in the WAC (11.3 ppg) and the leading scorer among freshman.  She leads Idaho's Stacy Barr who is at 10.1 ppg and is 15th on the scoring list. 

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

Johnson leads the WAC and ranks 21st nationally in scoring at 19.1 points per game.  She also ranks fourth in the WAC in rebounding (8.5), sixth in steals (1.7) and 10th in blocks (0.8). She has recorded six double-doubles and her 18-game double-digit scoring streak to open the season surpasses the program's previous best, Cricket Williams' 16-game streak in 2002-03. 

The Bulldogs are 15-4 overall and in first place in the WAC at 3-0.  They opened conference play at home with an 85-67 win over Nevada.  Last week, in their first WAC road trip of the year, they defeated Utah State 90-67 in Logan on Thursday and Idaho 72-49 in Moscow on Saturday.

Fresno State finished last season with an 25-8 overall record, 14-2 in conference play.  They won the WAC Tournament and the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, but lost to North Carolina in the first round.

The Bulldogs have two players averaging double-digit scoring on the year.  Sophomore guard Ki-Ki Moore tops the team at 16.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.  Rosie Moult, a junior forward, is averaging 12.4 points and 2.4 steals per contest.

In WAC play, Veronica Wilson, a senior center, is at 15.0 points and four rebounds per game off the bench, while hitting on 68 percent of her attempts (18-of-27).  Sophomore guard Taylor Thompson is averaging 13.0 points and 4.7 rebounds and Moore is at 13.7 points and 11.7 boards.

As a team, Fresno Stae is averaging a league-best 75.3 points per game on .418 shooting from the field and are 8-1 at home  this year.
Head coach Adrian Wiggins is in his seventh season leading Fresno State.  Entering the season his record was 147-60.

HISTORY: Spartans vs. Bulldogs
In 66 attempts the Spartans have only won 17 games against Fresno State.  In the 31 games contested in Fresno, the Spartans record is 8-23.  The Bulldogs have won the last nine meetings on their home court with the last Spartans win coming in the 2001-02 season, 65-48.

The Wolf Pack are 5-13 overall and in seventh place in the WAC at 1-2.  They opened conference play with an 85-67 loss at Fresno State and a 91-69 defeat at Utah State. Their game scheduled for last Thursday, at Idaho, was snowed out and re-scheduled for Monday.  The Nevada beat the Vandals 76-70 to pick up thier first conference win.  Nevada hosts Hawai'i on Thursday prior to facing the Spartans on Saturday afternoon.  

The Wolf Pack finished last season 9-7 in conference play and 22-11 overall. They received a bid to the WNIT and won their first game before falling in the second round.

Nevada is led by Kate Kevorken, a senior guard, who at 16.9 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per contest leads the team.  Kayla Williams, a senior forward, is averaging 11.9 points and 8.1 boards per outing. 

As a team, the Wolf Pack is averaging 66.9 points per game on .421 shooting from the field and are 3-5 at home this year.
Head coach Jane Albright is in her fourth season leading the Wolf Pack.  Entering the season her record was 57-41 at Nevada and 454-353 in 27 total years as a head coach.

HISTORY: Spartans vs. Wolf Pack
The Spartans hold a 22-20 lead over the Wolf Pack in the all-time series.  In the 19 games contested in Reno, the Spartans are 7-12.  San Jose State has dropped its last five tries at The Lawlor Events Center.  Prior to that the Spartans had a five game winning streak from 2001-02 to 2005-06.