Spartans Looking To Bounce Back At Utah State

January 28, 2011

Women's Basketball Preview:
San Jose Calif.----The San Jose State women's basketball team (2-17, 2-4 WAC) continues its three-game road series at Utah State (9-10, 3-3 WAC) on Saturday, January 29. The matchup is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. (PST).

Live Stats:
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Video Stream:
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Radio Coverage:
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 the 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 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 15.3 points per game and 9.0 boards.

Brown's school-record eighth double-double of the season with game highs of 21 points and 14 rebounds sparked Utah State to a 52-41 win over Hawai'i in Western Athletic Conference women's basketball play Thursday night (January 27) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. USU overcame a 12-point first-half deficit and used an 8-0 and a 9-0 second-half spurt to snap its two-game losing skid.

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.

Last Outing:
San Jose State trailed 31-12 at half, and lost 65-33 to Fresno State in the in-state rivalry contest on Thursday night, January 27, before 2,764 fans.

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.

Streaking Spartans:
Last week, 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.

Plavljanin's Producing Buckets:
Junior gaurd, Sara Plavljanin, ranks among the best in conference action when it comes to producing points. Plavljanin ranks seventh in points, averaging 14.8 points per game. From behind the arc, she rounds out the top three with a .438 three-point field goal percentage and ranks fourth in total three-pointers made with 14.

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 6.5 per game. She grabbed a career-best 15 boards against Fresno State and ranks fifth in conference games amongst all Western Athletic Conference players. Sayja Sumler averages 4.9 rebounds and Sara Plavljanin trails with 4.2 rebounds per game.

Dishing Out The Round Ball:
AJ Newton holds the title, producing 40 assists this season for the Spartans. Sayja Sumler follows with 38 and Sara Plavljanin has 33.

Stealing The Game:
Sayja Sumler has a team-high 31 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.

Starting Lineups:
In 19 games played this year, San Jose State has used 12 different starting lineups. Brittany Johnson has started in 18 games this season, Sara Plavljanin with 16, and AJ Newton with 15 starts. Sayja Sumler started in 11 games, followed with Myesha Broaden's 10 and Liz Johnson's five. Dominique Hamilton, Leonie Solia and Marnesha Hall notched four, while Marisa Williams has 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.

Up Next:
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.