Women's Basketball Preview:
San Jose Calif.----The San Jose State women's basketball team (2-16, 2-3 WAC) begins its three-game road series this week, traveling south to face the defending WAC champions Fresno State (12-6, 3-1 WAC) on Thursday, January 27. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Save Mart Center.
The Spartans will end the week battling the Aggies of Utah State (8-10, 2-3 WAC) on Saturday, January 29. The matchup is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. (PST).
Fans can view free live stats for both 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. There is no KSJS broadcast for either the Fresno State or Utah State 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 Fresno State:
The Bulldogs, winners of five of their past six games, remain one game behind Louisiana Tech in the early WAC title race. Under the guidance of head coach Adrian Wiggins, Fresno State won its third straight WAC regular season championship in 2009-10 and advanced to the conference tournament title game for the third straight year.
As a team, the Bulldogs lead the nation in three-pointers per game (10.1). Jaleesa Ross leads the Bulldogs averaging 16.1 points, followed by Hayley Munro's 13.1 points per game. Ross ranks fourth nationally in three-pointers per game (3.3) and 23rd in three-point field goal percentage (42.9). Rosie Moult averages a team-best 6.8 boards a game.
The Series With The Bulldogs:
The Spartans have played the 'Dogs in 64 games, the longest NCAA D1 series in the Spartan women's basketball program. Fresno State holds the all-time series advantage, 45-19. The last San Jose State victory was a 66-53 decision at home on January 25, 2003.
Scouting Utah State:
Head coach Raegan Pebley is in her eighth season as head coach, returning eight letterwinners from the 2009-10 team. The Aggies are led by Ashlee Brown, who averages 15.0 points per game and 8.7 boards.
Brown scored a team-high 19 points in a close 75-71 loss at New Mexico State on Saturday, January 22. The Aggies dropped two consecutive games last week and return home for a week of WAC action, hosting Hawai'i on Thursday, January 27 followed by San Jose State on Saturday, January 29.
The Series With The Aggies:
Utah State holds the 7-4 advantage in the all-time series between the two schools. The Spartans last defeated the Aggies, 65-57, at home on February 3, 2007.
San Jose State turned up its defensive pressure in the first half to defeat Hawai'i 53-43 on Saturday night at The Event Center. The Spartans held the Rainbow Wahine 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.
San Jose State led wire-to-wire, using a strong first-half effort from Sara Plavljanin to earn an early advantage, and relying on top-scorer AJ 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.
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.
San Jose State swept its two-game homestand after beating Idaho 63-61 on Thursday night, January 20 and Hawai'i 53-43 on Saturday night, January 22. 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.
Fast Out Of The Gate:
In the month of January, the Spartans held the advantage at the half versus New Mexico State, Santa Clara, Idaho and Hawai'i. They averaged a 4.25 point lead in the first 20 minutes of action and led for a total of 64 minutes in the first half of these four games.
Current WAC Winning Streaks:
Louisiana Tech - 6 games
San Jose State - 2 games
Fresno State - 2 games
Idaho - 1 game
New Mexico State - 1 game
From The Line:
As a team, the Spartans rank second in the conference, shooting .760 percent (73-of-96) from the free throw line in WAC contests. Myesha Broaden leads the WAC, shooting .933 percent (14-of-15).
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.
Grabbing The Round Ball:
Brittany Johnson leads the Spartan team in rebounding with 6.0 per game. She grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds against San Francisco. Sayja Sumler averages 5.2 rebounds and Sara Plavljanin trails with 4.1 rebounds per game.
Dishing Out The Round Ball:
Both AJ Newton and Sayja Sumler produced 36 assists this season. Sara Plavljanin is next with 31 and Liz Johnson follows with 28 assists.
Stealing The Game:
Sayja Sumler has a team-high 30 steals this season. Sumler snatched a season-best six against Mount Saint Mary's. Sara Plavljanin has 24 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.
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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 18 games played this year, San Jose State has used 12 different starting lineups. Brittany Johnson has started in 17 games this season, Sara Plavljanin with 15, and AJ Newton with 14 starts. Both Myesha Broaden and Sayja Sumler started in 10 games, while Liz Johnson has five starts. Dominique Hamilton and Leonie Solia notched four, while Marisa Williams and Marnesha Hall have three. Rounding out with a pair is Monique Coble.
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 continue their three-game road stretch and visit the Vandals of Idaho on Wednesday, February 2. Tip-off is slated for 6:00 p.m.