Spartans Taken Down By Wolf Pack

February 5, 2011

San Jose, Calif.----The Spartans trailed 30-18 at half and lost 66-47 against the Nevada Wolf Pack on Saturday night at The Event Center.

San Jose State drops to 2-20, 2-7 for the season, while Nevada improves to 15-7, 4-5.

The Spartans played a stronger second half than the opening stanza, scoring 12 points off Nevada's 12 turnovers and six points off the bench. Sayja Sumler scored in double figures with 10 points, including going perfect from the line, 4-of-4.

Sumler was the hot-shot shooter for the Spartans with 17 points, two short from her career-best. Sara Plavljanin joined her in double figures with 13 points and was the only Spartan to knock in a 3-pointer, as San Jose State shot 1-of-14 behind the arc.  Myesha Broaden grabbed a Spartan-high seven boards.

Plavljanin and Sumler accounted for 88 percent of San Jose State's first half points at nine and seven respectively. The Spartans held the edge in rebounds, 16-15 at half and both teams had four steals. But in the end, San Jose State couldn't slow the hot hands of the Wolf Pack, shooting 27.9 percent (17-of-61) from the floor to the Wolf Packs' 51.2 percent (21-of-41).

"For us, the game came down to missing a lot of inside shots, you can't win a ball game when you miss a lot of those layups," stated head coach Pam DeCosta. "Nevada's inside interior was very good and from the outside, Tahnee Robinson hit a lot of big shots. Going into the game we didn't want to leave her (Robinson), and we lost her on defense and she made us pay."

Both Tahnee Robinson's 21 points and Kayla Williams' nine boards led the Wolf Pack and were also good for game-highs.

"Going into Nevada, we got to stop their inside game and we got to score" added DeCosta. "Our defense can only hold for so long, but when you're not putting the ball in the bucket, your defense gets tired and frustrated if your not scoring."

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.

NEVADA 66, SAN JOSE STATE 47

NEVADA (15-7, 4-5)
Tahnee Robinson 6-10 6-6 21; Nicole Williams 3-4 8-10 14; Shavon Moore 6-8
0-0 12; Kayla Williams 3-4 3-4 9; Marissa Hammond 1-3 2-2 4; Megan Cherry
0-1 2-4 2; Amber Smith 1-2 0-0 2; Kate Kevorken 1-3 0-0 2; Arielle Wideman
0-3 0-0 0; Amanda Johnson 0-2 0-0 0; Holly Jones 0-0 0-0 0; Danika Sharp 0-1
0-0 0. Totals 21-41 21-26 66.

SAN JOSE STATE (2-20, 2-7)
Sumler, Sayja 6-13 5-7 17; Plavljanin, Sara 6-13 0-1 13; Johnson, Brittany
2-9 3-4 7; Broaden, Myesha 1-5 2-2 4; Johnson, Liz 1-3 0-1 2; Hall, Marnesha
0-7 2-2 2; Newton, AJ 1-8 0-0 2; Williams, Marisa 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 17-61
12-17 47.

NEVADA........................ 30 36 - 66
San Jose State................ 18 29 - 47

3-point goals--NEVADA 3-8 (Tahnee Robinson 3-5; Kate Kevorken 0-2; Danika
Sharp 0-1), San Jose State 1-14 (Plavljanin, Sara 1-4; Johnson, Brittany
0-2; Johnson, Liz 0-1; Hall, Marnesha 0-4; Newton, AJ 0-3). Fouled
out--NEVADA-None, San Jose State-None. Rebounds--NEVADA 36 (Kayla Williams
9), San Jose State 30 (Broaden, Myesha 7). Assists--NEVADA 18 (Amanda
Johnson 8), San Jose State 9 (Sumler, Sayja 4). Total fouls--NEVADA 14, San
Jose State 18. Technical fouls--NEVADA-None, San Jose State-None. A-364