San Jose, Calif. – Following back-to-back losses, the San Jose State women’s basketball team has a tall order to get back on the winning track, when they face Wyoming,the top team in the Mountain West.
San José State Spartans (6-13, 3-5 MW)
Wyoming Cowgirls (13-5, 6-1 MW)
Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 2:00 p.m. (MT)
Laramie, Wyo. (Arena-Auditorium - 11,612)
QUICK LOOK AT WYOMING
This will be the Cowgirls’ 19th game of the year. Wyoming (13-5, 6-1 MW) is a perfect 8-0 at home this year including 3-0 in Mountain West games. Overall the Cowgirls are scoring 60.7 points a game and giving up 55.2. Wyoming is shooting .409 from the floor and .358 from three-point range while opponents are hitting at a .386 clip, including .273 from beyond the arc.
Wyoming’s leading scorer and rebounder is Liv Roberts (5-11, Sr., G) at 12.9 points and 6.4 rebounds, respectively. Bailee Cotton (6-2, Jr., F) tops the Cowgirls in blocks (0.7/g) and steals (1.4/g). Clara Tapia (5-7, Jr., G) is dishing out a team-best 4.1 assists per game.
Joe Legerski is in his 15th season leading the Cowgirls’ program. He brought a 267-166 record at Wyoming into this season.
BENALLY EYES SOPHOMORE THREE-POINT RECORD
Analyss Benally (So., G, Shiprock, N.M.) leads SJSU with 44 3-ptrs and ranks seventh in the MW at 2.3/g, sixth in MW games at 2.6/g. She is just three away from equaling the program’s sophomore single-season record of 47 threes, which was set by Kari Steele in 1994-95. If Benally continues at her current pace, and the Spartans play only 11 more games, she will finish with 69 threes, which would be the fifth most in single-season program history.
ANDERSON PUTS FRESHMAN THREE-POINT RECORD IN HER SIGHTS
In 2013-14, Britta Hall made 43 three pointers, to set the program’s freshman record. Megan Anderson (Fr., G, Fresno, Calif.), has made 28 this year, second most on the team, and could reach Hall’s mark. Through 19 games, Anderson is averaging 1.5 threes per game and at that pace would make 44 threes in 30 games.
IT’S A SIMPLE FORMULA
When the Spartans win...they hit the boards...they win the game...period. San José State has not been outrebounded by any of its opponent in its six victories and holds a 269-to-244 advantage in those games, for a +4.2 rebound margin. In its 13 losses, SJSU has been outrebounded 622-to-398 for a rebounding margin of -17.2. It’s a simple formula.
IF IT’S FREE...SJSU WILL TAKE THREE
Making 8.5 three-pointers per game, the Spartans rank second in the Mountain West and rank 29th in the nation. In 14 of the team’s 19 games they have launched at least 20, in nine games they have hit at least nine and in seven have reached double digits makes. In addition, San José State is 29th in the nation in total threes (162), 45th in three-point attempts (461) and 73rd in three-point field goal percentage (.351).
LADD CLIMBING THE SJSU CAREER LISTS
Entering the Wyoming game, Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) ranks in the top-25 of 16 SJSU career categories. She is 21st in scoring (883), 5th in free throws (269), 12th in free throw attempts (358) and 10th in free throw percentage (.751). Ladd ranks 13th in rebounds (535), 6th in offensive (208) and 19th and defensive boards (327). She is 15th in assists (218), 23rd in steals (117), 21st in three-point attempts (173) and 19th in makes (52) and 13th in three-point percentage (.301). Ladd is 8th in starts (82), 14th in games (110) and 10th in minutes (2,800).
If she continues at her current pace, she will finish her Spartans career in the top-10 in nine categories and 13 in the top-20 as well as becoming the 16th player all-time to score 1,000 points in a Spartans jersey.
TURNEY ELITE AMONG GENERATING POINTS IN THE MW
Taylor Turney (So., PG, Henderson, Nev.) ranks 10th in points (14.5/g) and fourth in assists (4.3/g) in the Mountain West, accounting for a combined 23.1 points per game. She ranks third in the MW behind only Cherise Beynon who combines for 31.8 pts (17.0 p & 7.4 a) and McKynzie Fort who combines for 24.8 pts (17.8 p & 3.5 a).
Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) is making a big push to reach 1,000-career points this season. Ladd has scored 883 points in her Spartans’ career. If San José State plays a minimum of 11 more games this season, Ladd needs to average 10.6/game to reach the milestone. It may be a tall order based on her career 8.0 ppg average, but in 2017-18 she has upped her production to 13.0 ppg. Entering today’s game Ladd ranks 21st on the program’s career scoring list and she is projected to reach 1,000 career points at Utah State (2/27).
Hallie Gennett (Sr., F, Post Falls, Idaho) is 40 points from the milestone. With a minimum of 12 more games this season, Gennett needs to average 3.3 points per game to reach 1,000. At her career scoring average of 8.8/g, she is projected to reach 1,000 in five games.
SPARTANS ROSTER SECOND YOUNGEST IN DIVISION I
In a preseason poll of Media Relations Directors, the Spartans are the second youngest team in Division I women’s basketball, based on percentage of freshman and sophomores on the roster. Twelve of SJSU’s 15 players are underclassmen, which ties them for second place with Florida International. UNC Greenville has the youngest team in the nation at 87.7 percent underclassmen.
LADD NAMED MOUNTAIN WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK ON JAN. 6
Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) earned the MW Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honor for games played from December 31 to January 6.
In two games, Ladd averaged 19.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game, while shooting 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from the field and 60.0 percent (3-of-5) from 3-point range. With 27-point in a win against New Mexico, Ladd moved into 24th place on the program’s career scoring list.
Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) Co-Captain...In the past year, scoring average is up from 8.4 to 13.0. On pace to finish 3rd on the program’s all-time free throws list. 117 pts from 1,000 for her Spartans career.
Taylor Turney (So., PG, Henderson, Nev.) averaged 4.3 ppg last year and now leads the team at 14.5/g. At Nevada (1/17) scored a career-high 28 points. Leads team (4th in MW) with 4.3 assists per game.
Analyss Benally (So., G, Shiprock, N.M.) leads SJSU with 44 3-ptrs and ranks 7th in the MW at 2.3/g. In her career, 45 of 48 buckets are three-pointers. On precipice of setting a new SJSU sophomore record for threes in a season
Fieme’a Hafoka (So., G, Kihei, Maui) Co-Captain...set a career-high with 11 points at #19/19 Oregon State and then broke it with 12 points against Nebraska. Averaging 1.3 steals/g (15th in MW).
Mikaylah Wilson (Fr., F, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) has made nine starts in 2017-18, which ties Myzhanique Ladd for 3rd most by a freshman in Coach Craighead’s five seasons at SJSU. (Britta Hall - 27 in 2013-14).
Danae Marquez (Fr., PG, Fresno, Calif.) leads SJSU freshmen in scoring (5.8/g). 2nd on the team with 58 assists (3.2/g 11th in the MW) and 23 steals (1.3/g). First collegiate start came at AFA (1/13).
Megan Anderson (Fr., G, Fresno, Calif.) is shooting 49.1% from 3-pt range, highest on the team and in the MW. 28 3-ptrs ranks 2nd on the team & puts her on pace to break the freshman record (43 Britta Hall, 2013-14). Scored a career-high 15 points on five three-pointers vs. Boise State.
Cydni Lewis (Fr., F, Long Beach, Calif.) scored the buzzer beater vs. Southern Oregon (12/20) & had season-bests with 10 rebounds and three blocks against Nebraska (12/17). Started last ten games and 11 overall this season.
Hallie Gennett (Sr., F, Post Falls, Idaho) ranks 9th among active Division I players with 749 3-pt attempts, 8th with 6.81 3-pt attempts/game and 26th with 228 3-ptrs made. Is 40 points from 1,000 for her career.
Alexis Harris (So., C, Palo Alto, Calif.) set career-high with 9 rebs & 4 blocks vs. Southern Oregon (12/20) and ranks 5th in the MW in blocks/g with 0.9.
Heleyna Hill (Fr., G, Santa Cruz, Calif.) scored the first bucket of her college career against Southern Oregon.
Courtesy Clark (Fr., G, Sacramento, Calif.) scored a career-high 8 pts at UNLV.
Chinwe Ezeonu (Fr., F, Seattle, Wash.) scored a career-high five points at #19/19 Oregon State.
Andrea Kohlhaas (Jr., F, Besigheim, Germany) lost for the season in the Hampton game (11/25/17).