Feb. 6, 2014
San Jose, Calif. - The San José State women's basketball team returns to The Event Center on Saturday afternoon, for a Mountain West matchup against the Fresno State Bulldogs. The contest will be the Spartans Play 4Kay game and will feature San José State player and coaches in pink to raise awareness for women's cancer.
vs. Fresno State (13-8, 7-3 MW)
Saturday, February 8, 2:00 p.m.
The Event Center, San Jose, Calif.
Streaming video is available on the Spartan Digital Network at www.sjsuspartans.com/video
Live stats available at www.sjsuspartans.com
Fans can view live stats of all San José State women's basketball games, home and away, by accessing the "Gametracker" feature at www.sjsuspartans.com. Click on the link on the women's basketball schedule page to follow the action.
Spartan Digital is your all-access passport to Spartan Athletics. For live and recorded video/audio of San José State women's basketball home, Mountain West (road and home) and select road contests, Spartan Digital is your home. Go to Spartan Digital at top of the Spartans Athletics home page or go to www.sjsuspartans.com/video.
Keep up with all 16 of San José State's team through social media sites Twitter and Facebook. For Twitter go to @sjsuathletics and on Facebook become friends with Sammy Spartan.
The women's basketball Twitter handle is @sjswbb and Facebook page is /SanJoseStateWBB.
KSJS-FM (90.5 FM, San Jose) originates San José State women's basketball home broadcasts and select road contests.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TICKETS
Tickets for San José State women's basketball home games are free for all SJSU students with a valid student ID. Adult tickets are $5.00 and $3.00 for youth (12 and under).
Groups of 20 or more can buy discounted tickets at $3.00 per person by 5:00 p.m. the business day before the game via the Spartan Ticket Office at (408) 924-SJTX (7589) or (877) SJSUTIX (757-8849).
The Event Center Box Office opens two hours prior to tip-off for any weekend, holiday game or doubleheader and is open regular business hours (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) for weekday games or weekday doubleheaders.
Parking for all San José State women's basketball games is in the University's Seventh Street Parking Garage. The Seventh Street Garage, located on the Northwest corner of San Salvador Street and Seventh Street, can be accessed through Seventh Street. Parking is $5.00.
WHY PINK AND PLAY4KAY
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) charity of choice is the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Founded in December 2007, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a 501 c(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women's cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause.
The late Kay Yow, the Fund's namesake and former North Carolina State University head women's basketball coach, was a past president and founding member of the WBCA, and a galvanizing voice for the Association. Yow was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, and passed away on January 24, 2009, after facing her third bout with the disease.
From 2012 and beyond, the WBCA Pink Zone was been rebranded as Play4Kay. The mission of the initiative, which was brought to life in 2007, will remain intact: a nation of coaches raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund will continue to be the official charity of the initiative.
The justification behind the rebranding is to keep the story and legacy of Kay Yow at the forefront of everything the Fund commits itself to.
PLAY4KAY PROMOTIONS & ACTIVITIES
-Pink "Spartan Pride" t-shirts will be given to the first 500 fans through the doors.
-Youth Night post-game clinic for kids 12-and-under with the Spartans. Sign-up before the game and get a free ticket to the game and a pink "Spartan Pride" at the clinic.
-Cancer awareness organization will be in the building to promote services and awareness.
-Cancer survivors will be recognized throughout the event.
LAST TO THE "BYE WEEK"
Beginning this season there are 11 teams competing in the Mountain West and each gets two byes during the conference schedule. Entering this week, San José State was the only team to not get a competition day off. On Wednesday, while the rest of the MW was battling, the Spartans finally got some rest. Their second "bye week" comes on Saturday, February 22.
CUNNIGAN FIFTH ON ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
Ta'Rea Cunnigan (Jr., G, Winchester, Calif.) has scored 1,346 career points and is in 5th place on the Spartans career-scoring list. She is 28 points from moving ahead Hulett Brooks (1990, 92-94 1,373 pts.) into fourth place on the program's all-time scoring list.
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.) 60 3-pointers are good for 5th place on the San José State women's basketball single-season 3-point list. Woodberry is one 3-pointers from tying Sara Plavljanin (61 in 2011-12) for 4th place on the list. She leads the MW in 3-pointers (3.0/g) and ranks 18th in the nation.
BYRD TOPS CONFERENCE IN REBOUNDING
Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.) leads the MW (9.8/g) in rebounding and ranks 43rd 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 77.7 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 47.7 points, that's an increase 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 (19.2/g). Rebecca Woodberry (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) is 7th (13.7/g), Classye James (Jr., G, East Palo Alto, Calif.) is 15th (12.1/g) and Jasmine Smith (Fr., F, Burbank, Calif.) ranks 19th (11.3/g).
SPARTANS AMONG TOP MW GLASS CLEANERS
At 43.6 rebounds per game, the Spartans are the 2nd-ranked rebounding team in the Mountain West and have three of the top-6 rebounders in the league.
Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.) leads the league at 9.8 boards. Jasmine Smith (Fr., F, Burbank, Calif.) is at 7.7 rebounds and Rebecca Woodberry (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) checks in at 7.0 rebounds. The three are a one-three-six punch when it comes to rebounding among MW players.
CUNNIGAN IN TOP-10 OF SIX MORE CAREER CATEGORIES
The fifth-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 (401) and free throw attempts (537), trailing only Cricket Williams (2001-04) in both categories. Cunnigan is 65 free throws and 195 free throw attempts from tying Williams in each category.
She ranks 5th in career free throw percentage (.747) and 8th in career steals (189).
In San José State history, Cunnigan ranks 8th in 3-point attempts (273) and makes (85). She is 24 3-point attempts from and 11 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 1,092 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 27 more this season, is already in fourth place in the program's career blocks list. She is 49 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 18th in the nation in 3-pointers made per game (3.0) and leads all Mountain West shooters. Her 60 3-pointers are eight more, and her 169 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 one 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 60 3-pointers, fifth on the program's single-season list, is one behind Sara Plavljanin's 61 in 2011-12 and five behind Jessica Kellogg's 65, in 2004-05, for 3rd place.
With six double doubles, Jasmine Smith (Fr., F, Burbank, Calif.) ranks second the Mountain West. She along with Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.) and Rebecca Woodberry (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) have combined for 13 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 five categories in the Mountain West Conference. She is 2nd in offensive rebounds (3.4/g), third in total rebounds (7.7/g), 9th in field goal percentage (.460) and 10th in defensive rebounds (4.3/g) and ohh by the way she is 19th in scoring (11.3/g).
She is the highest ranked freshman in three of those categories (points, rebounds and offensive rebounds) and second in the other two (defensive rebounds and FG%). She is achieving these numbers while coming off the bench in 17 of the Spartans 21 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 Byrd is nearly there again. She is averaging 9.1 points and 9.8 rebounds, but is doing it in nearly six minutes less per game (28.5-to-22.9) .
HALL SERVING THEM UP
Britta Hall (Fr., G, Tualatin, Ore.) leads the Spartans and ranks second among Mountain West freshmen in assists, averaging 3.4 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 FRESNO STATE
The Bulldogs are 13-8 overall and 7-3 in Mountain West Conference action heading into the match up with the Spartans on Saturday afternoon. Fresno State is tied with Boise State in second place in the conference standing, two games behind leader Colorado State (9-1 MW).
Fresno State came off an 0-1 record last week which included an 87-76 loss at Wyoming and a bye to defeat Air Force on Wednesday night on their home court 76-49. The Bulldogs are 4-4 away from the Save Mart Center this year including 3-2 in conference road games.
Senior guard Taylor Thompson leads the team in scoring (13.3/g) and ranks 9th in the MW. Alex Sheedy, a junior forward, and Bree Farley, a senior guard, are the other Bulldogs in double figures at 12.6 and 11.3/g, respectively. Sophomore center Jacinta Vandenberg leads the team with 6.4 rebounds (10th in MW) and Thompson is sixth in the conference at 4.3 assists/g.
Head coach Raegan Pebley is in her second season leading the Fresno State program. She brought a 134-164 career-record into this year.
This will be the 69th meeting between these programs. The Spartans trail by a large margin in the all-time series 18-to-50. The last meeting was in the regular season finale in the 2011-12 season. San José State snapped a 20-game losing streak to the Bulldogs with a 62-61 win in The Event Center. It was the only conference (WAC) loss of the year for Fresno State.