San Jose, Calif. – The San José State women’s basketball team opened January with a 79-60 loss at UNLV and will wrap up the month hosting the Rebels on Wednesday night on Walt McPherson Court.
San José State Spartans (6-14, 3-6 MW)
UNLV Rebels (11-8, 6-2 MW)
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 7:00 p.m. (PT)
San Jose, Calif. (The Event Center - 5,000)
QUICK LOOK AT UNLV
This will be the Rebels’ 20th game of the year. UNLV (11-8, 6-2 MW) is 3-1 on the road in Mountain West games this year, including a 75-64 victory at San Diego State on Saturday. Overall the Rebels are scoring 66.5 points a game and giving up 67.3. UNLV is shooting .379 from the floor and .268 from three-point range while opponents are hitting at a .392 clip, including .329 from beyond the arc.
UNLV relies heavily on its starters, who average 60.5 of the team 66.5 points per game. Brooke Johnson (6-0, Sr., G) is leading the team in scoring, assists and steals. She is averaging 15.7 points, 3.9 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Katie Powell (6-4, Jr., F/C) tops the team in rebounds, 9.3 per game, and blocks at 1.0 per outing.
Kathy Olivier is in her tenth season leading the Rebels’ program. She brought a 138-146 record at UNLV into this season.
BENALLY ON PRECIPICE SOPHOMORE THREE-POINT RECORD
Analyss Benally (So., G, Shiprock, N.M.) leads SJSU with 48 3-ptrs and ranks sixth in the MW at 2.3/g, and fourth in MW games at 2.6/g. She is one 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 10 more games, she will finish with 69 threes, which would be the fifth most in single-season program history.
FRESHMAN THREE-POINT RECORD COULD FALL AS WELL
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 20 games, Anderson is averaging 1.4 threes per game. If she continues at her pace this season, she would make 42 threes in 30 games, however, if she stays at her average for Mountain West games, 1.7 per game, she would finish with 45 three pointers...a new freshman record.
BENALLY SHOOTS INTO TOP-25 OF SPARTAN CAREER THREE-POINT LIST
Analyss Benally (So., G, Shiprock, N.M.) has come from virtually nowhere to enter the top-25 of Spartan career three-point shooters. Benally made one shot all of last season, a three-pointer at Utah State. This year, she has drained 46 threes in 20 games and is on pace to make a total of 69. If she gets to 69, it will be the sixth most by a Spartan in a single season.
The 47 threes for her career slots her into 23rd place all-time on the program’s three-point list. If she continues at her current pace, and there is no reason to think she won’t, right, she projects to complete her SJSU career with 207 three-pointers which would be a new career record for the program.
IT ALL COMES DOWN TO REBOUNDS
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 14 losses, SJSU has been outrebounded 661-to-430 for a rebounding margin of -16.5. It’s a simple formula.
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 20th in scoring (891), 5th in free throws (271), 11th in free throw attempts (360) and 9th in free throw percentage (.753). Ladd ranks 13th in rebounds (541), 6th in offensive (209) and 18th and defensive boards (332). She is 15th in assists (219), 23rd in steals (117), 21st in three-point attempts (174) and 19th in makes (52) and 13th in three-point percentage (.299). Ladd is 8th in starts (83), 13th in games (111) and 9th in minutes (2,836).
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.
Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) is making a big push to reach 1,000-career points this season. Ladd has scored 891 points in her Spartans’ career. If San José State plays a minimum of 10 more games this season, Ladd needs to average 10.9/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 12.8 ppg. Entering today’s game Ladd ranks 20th on the program’s career scoring list and she is projected to reach 1,000 career points on Senior Day vs. Air Force (3/2).
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.
IF IT’S FREE...SJSU WILL TAKE THREE
Making 8.3 three-pointers per game, the Spartans rank second in the Mountain West and rank 39th in the nation. In 14 of the team’s 20 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 47th in the nation in total threes (165), 50th in three-point attempts (476) and 79th in three-point field goal percentage (.347).
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 12.8. On pace to finish 3rd on the program’s all-time free throws list. 109 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 13.9/g. At Nevada (1/17) scored a career-high 28 points. Leads team (T6th in MW) with 4.2 assists per game.
Analyss Benally (So., G, Shiprock, N.M.) leads SJSU with 46 3-ptrs and ranks 7th in the MW at 2.3/g. In her career, 47 of 50 buckets are three-pointers. Ranks 23rd on the program’s career three-point list. 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. Second on the team is steals (25) and fourth in assists (35).
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). Leads the team in blocks (19).
Danae Marquez (Fr., PG, Fresno, Calif.) leads SJSU freshmen in scoring (5.7/g). Second on the team with 64 assists (3.2/g 13th in the MW) and leads the squad in steals with 27 (1.4/g). First collegiate start came at AFA (1/13).
Megan Anderson (Fr., G, Fresno, Calif.) is shooting .475 from 3-pt range, highest on the team and 2nd in the MW. Her 28 3-ptrs rank 2nd on the team & puts her on pace to break the freshman record (43 Britta Hall, 2013-14).
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 11 games and 12 overall this season.
Hallie Gennett (Sr., F, Post Falls, Idaho) ranks 19th among active Division I players with 749 3-pt attempts, 16th with 6.81 3-pt attempts/game. 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 7th 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).