Women's Hoops Stopped At Fresno

January 27, 2011

Fresno, Calif.----San Jose State trailed 31-12 at half, and lost 65-33 to Fresno State in the in-state rivalry contest on Thursday night before 2,764 fans.  The Spartans drop to 2-17 and 2-4 in conference play, while Fresno State climbs to 14-6, 5-1 WAC.

"We have to learn how to play on the road," said head coach Pam DeCosta. "We finally learned how to play 40 minutes at home, but when you go out on the road, it's a different story and different environment and we have to come out ready to play. Fresno (State) is a great team. We knew what we had to do against them, and we didn't come out and do it."

San Jose State suffered from poor free throw shooting, a category in which the Spartans had excelled up to this point in the season. For the game, the Spartans connected on 6-of-18 from the line, or 33.3 percent. Fresno State out-rebounded the Spartans 39-33, but San Jose State did retrieve 23 defensive rebounds, one more than Fresno State.

Sara Plavljanin was the lone Spartan who finished the night with double-digit scoring at 14 points. Brittany Johnson was one point away from recording her third double-double of the season, grabbing a game-high 15 boards and scoring nine points.

The Bulldogs' Jaleesa Ross was the only Fresno State player to record double-digit scoring with 18 points. Ross needed nine points to pass former Bulldogs' forward Yvette Roberts' scoring record of 1,778 points set in 1989, and did so with 4:23 remaining in the first half.

The Spartans finished shooting 32.4 percent from the floor to Fresno State's 40.7 percent. Both teams shot around 25 percent from the arc with San Jose State shooting 3-for-12 (25.0%) and Fresno State shooting 8-for-30 (26.7%).

"When you play a team like Fresno (State), who averages 81 points in conference and you hold them to 65 points, I would say that's a great team," noted coach DeCosta.  "The problem was we couldn't put the ball in the bucket and that's the name of the game. We have to learn from this and move on and get ready for Saturday."

The Spartans travel to Utah State (9-10, 3-3 WAC) to battle the Aggies on Saturday, January 29. Tip-off in slated for 6:00 p.m. (PST).

FRESNO STATE 65, SAN JOSE STATE 33

SAN JOSE STATE (2-17, 2-4)
Plavljanin, Sara 4-12 3-4 14; Johnson, Brittany 4-7 1-6 9; Hall, Marnesha
2-7 1-3 5; Sumler, Sayja 1-1 1-3 3; Newton, AJ 1-8 0-2 2; Woods, Nanea 0-1
0-0 0; Johnson, Liz 0-1 0-0 0; Broaden, Myesha 0-0 0-0 0; Williams, Marisa
0-0 0-0 0. Totals 12-37 6-18 33.

FRESNO STATE (14-6, 5-1)
Ross, Jaleesa 7-11 0-0 18; Farley, Bree 3-5 2-5 9; Moult, Rosie 3-9 0-0 8;
Furr, Alex 2-8 2-2 6; Munro, Hayley 1-5 3-4 5; Andrews, Emma 2-5 0-0 5;
Edwards, Taja 2-7 1-4 5; Wilson, Veronica 2-4 0-0 4; Arnold, Marnique 1-2
1-2 3; Drennan, Ali 1-3 0-0 2; Goldberg, Blakely 0-0 0-0 0; Furst, Jeanna
0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-59 9-17 65.

San Jose State................ 12 21 - 33
Fresno State.................. 31 34 - 65

3-point goals--San Jose State 3-12 (Plavljanin, Sara 3-5; Hall, Marnesha
0-3; Newton, AJ 0-4), Fresno State 8-30 (Ross, Jaleesa 4-8; Moult, Rosie
2-7; Farley, Bree 1-2; Andrews, Emma 1-3; Wilson, Veronica 0-1; Drennan, Ali
0-1; Munro, Hayley 0-3; Furr, Alex 0-5). Fouled out--San Jose State-Sumler,
Sayja, Fresno State-None. Rebounds--San Jose State 33 (Johnson, Brittany
15), Fresno State 39 (Farley, Bree 8). Assists--San Jose State 10 (Newton,
AJ 4), Fresno State 17 (Andrews, Emma 4). Total fouls--San Jose State 15,
Fresno State 21. Technical fouls--San Jose State-None, Fresno State-None.
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