Jan. 30, 2014
San Jose, Calif. - The San José State women's basketball team returns to the south bay for a Saturday afternoon, Mountain West matchup against the New Mexico Lobos. The game will be played at De Anza College and Spartans are looking for revenge from their loss earlier this year in Albuquerque, N.M.
vs. New Mexico (7-12, 2-6 MW)
Saturday, February 1, 2:00 p.m.
DeAnza College, Cupertino, Calif.
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CUNNIGAN SIXTH ON ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
Ta'Rea Cunnigan (Jr., G, Winchester, Calif.) has scored 1,323 career points and is in 6th place on the Spartans career-scoring list. She is 18 points from moving ahead Kari Steele (1994-97, 1,340 pts.) and into the top five all-time scoring leaders in program history.
She became the 13th player to reach the 1,000 point plateau in a game against UC Riverside (11/15). She accomplished the feat in 63 games, the second fastest in program history.
WOODBERRY SEVENTH ON SPARTANS SINGLE SEASON 3-POINT LIST
Rebecca Woodberry's (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) 58 3-pointers are good for 5th place on the San José State women's basketball single-season 3-point list. Woodberry is three 3-pointers from tying Sara Plavljanin (61 in 2011-12) for 4th place on the list. She leads the MW in 3-pointers (3.1/g) and ranks 13th in the nation.
BYRD TOPS CONFERENCE IN REBOUNDING
Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.) leads the MW (9.9/g) in rebounding and ranks 39th in the nation. Byrd ranks 1st in offensive (3.8) and 2nd in defensive (6.1) rebounds in the conference and her 11 double digit rebounding efforts lead the league.
SPARTANS ALREADY SETTING MW RECORDS
When the Spartans launched 42 3-pointers at San Diego State (1/25), they set a San José State single game and a Mountain West Conference record. They broke the program's previous record of 36, which was set against USF (11/20/14) and the previous MW record of 41 set by Wyoming at Colorado State (1/28/05).
TEAM SCORING CONTINUES TO GO UP - FOUR PLAYERS IN THE TOP-20
Averaging 77.9 points per game, the Spartans are the second leading scoring team in the Mountain West Conference and rank 36th in the nation. Just three years ago, the team was averaging less than 48 points, that's an increase of nearly 30 points per game.
San José State has four players among the top-20 scorers in the league, the most of any team. Ta'Rea Cunnigan (Jr., G, Winchester, Calif.) ranks 2nd (19.1/g). Rebecca Woodberry (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) is 7th (13.9/g), Classye James (Jr., G, East Palo Alto, Calif.) is 16th (12.1/g) and Jasmine Smith (Fr., F, Burbank, Calif.) ranks 20th (11.3/g).
SPARTANS AMONG TOP MW GLASS CLEANERS
At 44.0 rebounds per game, the Spartans are the 2nd-ranked rebounding team in the Mountain West and have three of the top-5 rebounders in the league.
Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.) leads the league at 9.9 boards. Jasmine Smith (Fr., F, Burbank, Calif.) is at 8.0 rebounds and Rebecca Woodberry (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) checks in at 7.3 rebounds. The three are a one-three-five punch when it comes to rebounding among MW players.
CUNNIGAN IN TOP-10 OF SIX MORE CAREER CATEGORIES
The sixth-leading scorer in program history, Ta'Rea Cunnigan (Jr., G, Winchester, Calif.) is also in the top-10 of seven other San José State career categories.
She ranks 2nd in both free throws (396) and free throw attempts (531), trailing only Cricket Williams (2001-04) in both categories. Cunnigan is 70 free throws and 201 free throw attempts from tying Williams in each category.
She ranks 5th in career free throw percentage (.746) and 8th in career steals (185).
Cunnigan ranks 8th in 3-point attempts (267) and makes (83). She is 30 3-point attempts from and 13 3-pointers from tying Sara Plavljanin (2011-12) for 7th place on each list
Lastly she checks in on the field goals list in 9th place with 1,070 for her career.
BYRD IN CAREER RECORD BOOK AS WELL
Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.), who blocked 64 shots in her freshman campaign and has 26 more this season, is already in fourth place in the program's career blocks list. She is 50 blocks from tying Lamisha Augustine (2002-06) for third place all-time. With 16 points against Wyoming (1/18), Byrd reached the 500-point scoring plateau for her career.
WOODBERRY IS LOOKING LONG
Rebecca Woodberry (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) who transferred from Nebraska, has found her stroke from long range. She is 13th in the nation in 3-pointers made per game (3.1) and leads all Mountain West shooters. Her 58 3-pointers are 14 more, and her 165 3-point attempts are nearly 40 more, than her next closest conference rival.
Woodberry is currently 8th on the Spartans single-season list for 3-point attempts five behind Natalie White's and Atari Parker's 170 in 2007-08 and 2001-02, respectively, for sixth place. The single-season record is 212 by Jessica Kellogg in 2002-02. Her 58 3-pointers, fifth on the program's single-season list, are three behind Sara Plavljanin's 61 in 2011-12 and seven behind Jessica Kellogg's 65, in 2004-05, for 3rd place.
With six double doubles, Jasmine Smith (Fr., F, Burbank, Calif.) ranks among the best in the nation and leads the Mountain West. She along with Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.) and Rebecca Woodberry (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) have combined for 11 double doubles which also lead the league.
SMITH AMONG THE TOP OF THE MW AND THE BEST FRESHMAN
Jasmine Smith (Fr., F, Burbank, Calif.) is just a freshman, but ranks in the top-20 of six categories in the Mountain West Conference. She is 2nd in offensive rebounds (3.6/g), third in total rebounds (8.0/g), 9th in field goal percentage (.456) and defensive rebounds (4.5/g), 15th in blocked shots (0.8/g) and ohh by the way she is 20th in scoring (11.3/g).
She is the highest ranked freshman in four of those categories (points, rebounds, FG% and offensive rebounds) and second in the other two (defensive rebounds and blocks). She is achieving these numbers while coming off the bench in 17 of the Spartans 20 games this year.
BYRD PICKS UP WHERE SHE LEFT OFF LAST SEASON
Last year Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.) was the first Spartan to average a double double, 11.4 pts and 10.9 rebs., in 23 years.
In 2013-14 the beat goes on for Byrd. She is averaging 9.7 points and 10.1 rebounds, but is doing it in nearly six minutes less per game (28.5-to-23.1) and she is the only player in the MW to be in double digits for rebounds.
HALL SERVING THEM UP
Britta Hall (Fr., G, Tualatin, Ore.) leads the Spartans and tops all Mountain West freshmen in assists, averaging 3.6 per game. In seven of the team's contests Hall has recorded at least five assists and her season-highs came against San Francisco (11/20) and at UNLV (1/29) when she dropped eight dimes on the Dons and Rebels.
STILL ONE OF THE YOUNGEST TEAMS
San José State was the youngest team in Division I last year with just four years of collegiate experience on the roster (two years of Division I and two years of junior college). With injuries, which have sidelined several players, the Spartans are nearly right back to where they were last year. Ta'Rea Cunnigan (Jr., G, Winchester, Calif.), Classye James (Jr., G, East Palo Alto, Calif.) and Rebecca Woodberry (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) each have two years of collegiate experience. Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.) and Jayzyl Tauala (So., G, Pacifica, Calif.) have one year each of college experience.
SCOUTING NEW MEXICO
The Lobos are 7-12 overall and 2-7 in Mountain West Conference action heading into the match up with the Spartans on Saturday afternoon.
UNM lost at home on Wednesday night 75-69 to Utah State and have dropped their last five conference games. Their last win came on January 11, in The Pit, against the Spartans. The final score of that game was 80-68. The Lobos are 0-6 overall and 0-3 in conference road games.
Antiesha Brown leads the team in scoring (12.8/g) and ranks 12th in the MW. Sara Halasz is the only other Lobo in double figures at 10.8/g and leads the team in rebounds. Bryce Owens is dishing out 3.2 assists, 12th in the conference.
Head coach Yvonne Sanchez is in her thirdseason leading the New Mexico program. She brought a 28-34 record into this year.
This will be the fourth meeting between these programs. The Spartans have never beaten the Lobos and are 0-3 in the all-time series. This will be the second time New Mexico has been to San Jose to face the Spartans. The only previous visit was a 58-49 win for UNM in the 1998-99 season.