Women's Basketball Preview:
San Jose Calif.----The San Jose State women's basketball team (2-18, 2-5 WAC) concludes its three-game road series against the Vandals of Idaho (11-8, 4-3 WAC) on Wednesday, February 2. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
Fans can view free live stats for the San Jose State-Idaho game at SJSUSpartans.com. To follow, click on the live stats link on the home page.
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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 Idaho 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).
Head coach Jon Newlee returns for his third season at Idaho and returns four out of five starters from the 2009-10 team, as well as 2008-09 WAC Newcomer of the Year, Derisa Taleni. Yinka Olorunnife leads the team with 15.1 points per game and averages 10.3 rebounds per game, while Rachele Kloke averages 11.8 points.
On Saturday, January 29, three Vandals scored in double figures, including freshman Alyssa Charlston's career-high 15 points off the bench, and Idaho defeated New Mexico State at home by a 64-51 margin.
Idaho senior Rachele Kloke joined the 1,000-point club on Saturday, as she scored a game-high 17 to bring her career total to 1,002. Fellow senior Yinka Olorunnife tallied the 27th double-double of her career and 10th of the season with 16 points and a season-high-tying 18 rebounds. Olorunnife moved into a tie for fourth place in WAC history with 936 career rebounds.
The Series With The Vandals:
Idaho holds an 11-10 edge in the all-time series. San Jose State split last year, winning at home 58-53 on January 23, and losing at Idaho, 74-59. This year the Spartans topped the Vandals at home, 63-61 on January 20.
A second half run landed the Spartans within just eight points from Utah State, but San Jose State eventually ran out of gas losing the contest 72-57.
The Aggies held the 35-22 advantage at halftime and led by as much as 24 points, 55-31, with 12:08 remaining. The Spartans rallied and pulled within eight points on a 15-4 run trailing 64-56 with 2:49 remaining, but the Aggies held off the rally by limiting the Spartans to only one point from there on out and hit 6-of-8 at the free throw line during that same span to seal the win.
The Spartans shot 23-of-57 (40.4%) from the field, which tied their season-best. As a team San Jose State notched 16 assists and 12 steals, both season records for the team. Four Spartans finished the night in double-figures, led with Sara Plavljanin's 15 points.
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 14.9 points per game. From behind the arc, she rounds out the top three with a .381 three-point field goal percentage and ranks fifth in total three-pointers made with 16.
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 6.3 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 5.1 rebounds and Sara Plavljanin trails with 4.3 rebounds per game.
Dishing Out The Round Ball:
After missing five games due to an injury (lower back), Sayja Sumler has a Spartan-high 42 assists this season. AJ Newton follows with 41 and Sara Plavljanin has 36.
Stealing The Game:
Sayja Sumler has a team-high 33 steals this season. Sumler snatched a season-best six against Mount Saint Mary's. Sara Plavljanin has 25 steals this season, followed by Brittany Johnson's 21 steals.
Get That Out Of Here:
On defense, Myesha Broaden leads the Spartans with 12 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.
In 20 games played this year, San Jose State has used 12 different starting lineups. Brittany Johnson has started in 19 games this season, Sara Plavljanin with 17, and AJ Newton with 16 starts. Sayja Sumler started in 12 games, followed with Myesha Broaden's 10 and both Liz Johnson and Marnesha Hall have five. Dominique Hamilton, and Leonie Solia 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.
The Spartans return home to host the Nevada Wolf Pack on Saturday, February 5. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.