Women's Basketball Preview:
San Jose Calif.----The San Jose State women's basketball team (2-19, 2-6 WAC) hosts the Nevada Wolf Pack (14-7, 3-5 WAC) on Saturday, February 5. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m. at The Event Center. The game will begin the second half of the Western Athletic Conference schedule.
Fans can view free live stats for the San Jose State-Nevada 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 Nevada 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 Jane Albright returns for her third year leading the Wolf Pack, her 26th overall. Nevada returns all five starters and 10 letterwinners to its 2010-11 roster.
Leading this diverse group of players is Tahnee Robinson. Robinson, a junior college transfer from Sheridan College, made a big impact on the team last season, averaging 16.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. This performance earned her a spot on the 2010 WAC first-team and the Newcomer of the Year award. Robinson currently leads her team averaging 20.8 points per game. Shavon Moore, All-WAC second-team and all-defensive team honoree, leads the team in rebounds (8.8 rpg) and joins Robinson in double-digit scoring averaging 14.8 points per game.
The Wolf Pack dropped a 79-73 decision to Utah State on Thursday, February 3. Robinson led all scorers for the 13th time this season with 22 points with five three pointers. Nevada shot 41.5 percent for the game on 14-of-36 shooting.
The Series With The Pack:
The Spartans hold a 22-18 overall record against the Wolf Pack. San Jose State dropped the last nine contests before winning 12 straight from 2001-06.
The San Jose State women's basketball team fell behind 36-15 at half and lost to Idaho 62-41 Wednesday night, February 2, at the Cowan Spectrum.
The Spartans did have two players in double figures on the night, including Brittany Johnson, who was one rebound away from her third double-double of the season scoring game-highs, 12 points and nine boards. Sayja Sumler joined her in double figures scoring 10 points. Sara Plavljanin had a team-high three assists.
The Vandals turned the ball over 13 times in the second half, and the Spartans took avantage of Idaho's costly mistakes notching 14 points off turnovers. San Jose State was able to match Idaho's 26 points in the half.
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 ninth in points, averaging 13.8 points per game. From behind the arc, she's fourth-best with a .364 three-point field goal percentage and ranks sixth 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 6.4 per game. She grabbed a career-best 15 boards against Fresno State and ranks fifth in conference games amongst all Western Athletic Conference players with 8.4 RPG. 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 43 assists this season. AJ Newton follows with 41 and Sara Plavljanin has 39.
Stealing The Game:
Sayja Sumler has a team-high 36 steals this season. Sumler snatched a season-best six against Mount Saint Mary's. Sara Plavljanin has 27 steals this season, followed by Brittany Johnson's 24 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 10 thus far including two at Idaho.
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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 21 games played this year, San Jose State has used 13 different starting lineups. Brittany Johnson has started in 20 games this season, Sara Plavljanin with 18, and AJ Newton with 16 starts. Sayja Sumler started in 13 games, followed with Myesha Broaden's 10 and both Liz Johnson and Marnesha Hall have six. 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 to action against the Nevada Wolf Pack on Thursday, February 10 at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nev. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.