San Jose, Calif. - To wrap up the week, the San José State women's basketball team heads out on the road for a Mountain West match-up with the Nevada Wolf Pack, where one team will end a seven-game slide. The Spartans have dropped their last seven on the road while Nevada has lost seven games in a row after starting conference play 2-0.
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.
Fans across the nation can now listen to every Spartans' women's home game via Stretch Internet Radio. KSJS-FM (90.5 FM, San Jose) also originates 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.
CUNNNIGAN NAMED FIRST-TEAM CAPITAL ONE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT 8
San José State basketball's career scoring leader, Ta'Rea Cunnigan (Sr., G, Winchester, Calif.), is a first-team Capital One Academic All-District 8 honoree, it was announced Wednesday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-District Women's Basketball Teams, selected from eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada, recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.
Cunnigan is a psychology major with a kinesiology minor who maintains a 3.704 grade-point average. In successive games in January, she passed Spartan women's basketball career-scoring leader Karen Mason (1,760 points) and then men's career-scoring leader Rickey Berry (1,767 points) to become the most prolific scorer in San José State basketball history. Cunnigan currently has 1,839 career points.
In addition to the school's scoring record, Cunnigan ranks first for Spartans women's basketball in career free throws (498), second in free throw attempts (680), third in field goals (610) and field goal attempts (1,550), and ninth in assists (259).
Cunnigan, who earned Academic All-District 8 honors in the 2012-13 season, is one of 47 female basketball players who advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
CUNNIGAN SAN JOSÉ STATE HOOPS CAREER SCORING LEADER
With 25 points versus Boise State (1/21), Ta'Rea Cunnigan (Sr., G, Winchester, Calif.) moved past Ricky Berry (1,767 points from 1986-88) to assume ownership of the school's all-time scoring record. Just a game before, at Colorado State (1/17), she passed Karen Mason (1,760 points from 1978-81) to become San José State women's basketball's all-time leading scorer. Entering the game against Fresno State, Cunnigan has 1,839 points...and counting.
Cunnigan drained a 3-pointer with 15:47 to play in the first half to pass Berry and assume the all-time scoring lead. She became the 51st woman in Division I to top her school's career scoring list (men's and women's), according to records available from NCAA member institutions. Among the 51, she is the fifth woman at a Mountain West school to lead her institution in career scoring.
CUNNIGAN THE MOUNTAIN WEST'S SHARP SHOOTER
A two-guard, Ta'Rea Cunnigan (Sr., G, Winchester, Calif.) ranks as the Mountain West's top percentage shooter in conference games. Cunnigan, the third leading scorer in Mountain West games at 17.0 points, is making 47.9 percent of her shots (68-of-142).
34...IT'S A MAGIC NUMBER
Former San José State career scoring leader Ricky Berry, who amassed 1,767 points in his career, wore #34. Ta'Rea Cunnigan (Sr., G, Winchester, Calif.), who passed Berry with a 25-point outburst against Boise State to take sole possession of the school's career scoring title, also wears jersey #34.
THINK PLAY 4KAY AND PINK ON SENIOR DAY
The Spartans will celebrate the careers of three seniors, Ta'Rea Cunnigan, Chereese Thomas and Rebecca Woodberry, in their last regular-season home game on Saturday, February 28. It will also be team's annual Play 4Kay, pink game to benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and The V Foundation, 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 under served and unifying people for a common cause.
Coach Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women's basketball coach, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, and passed away on January 24, 2009, after facing her third bout with the disease. With the creation of the Fund, Coach Yow hoped to raise money to further cutting-edge research conducted by the nation's top doctors and medical experts to allow more and more cancer patients to have access to experimental drugs and clinical trials. Since the majority of these research projects are privately funded, these researchers desperately need our support in order for them to continue to make strides in finding a cure for cancer.
To date, the Fund has contributed over $3.9 million in support of women's cancer research.
CUNNIGAN AMONG ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS IN THE NCAA
Among Division I women's basketball players, Ta'Rea Cunnigan (Sr., G, Winchester, Calif.) ranks second free throws made (498) and free throws attempted (680). She is 13th in steals (239). Her 1,550 field goal attempts are 12th most among active women players and she ranked 17th in field goals (610). Her 16.6/g career scoring average is the 12th highest among current players. Finally, Cunnigan is the eighth leading scorer among active players with 1,839 career points.
SPARTANS CONTINUE TO TOP MOUNTAIN WEST IN SCORING
San José State is scoring 79.4 points per game, which leads the conference. The team is averaging nearly five points more than its next closest rival (Boise State - 74.7 ppg). In addition to leading the Mountain West, San José State is the eighth highest scoring team in the nation.
Against Columbia (11/16) the team set a program and conference record for points in a game, when they dropped 119 on the Lions, which is the fourth highest single-game point total in the NCAA this year. The Spartans have eclipsed 100 points in a game three times this year and have come away with a victory each time.
BYRD MOVES INTO 3RD PLACE ON CAREER BLOCKS LIST
With three blocks in the Spartans 56-51 win over Fresno State (2/4), Riana Byrd (Jr., F, Richmond, Calif.) moved into third place on the program's career shot blocks list. Byrd has turned away140 shots in 80 games. She passed Lamisha Augustine who from 2002-06 swatted 138 shots. Byrd is eight blocks from tying Rhoda Chew's (1982-85) 148 blocks for second place and 16 from equaling the San José State's all-time leader Elinor Banks' (1978-81), who recorded 156 blocks in her Spartans career.
BYRD BOUNDS UP THE REBOUND LIST
With six rebounds versus Boise State (1/21) Riana Byrd (Jr., F, Richmond, Calif.) secured third place on the program's career rebounding list. Byrd has ripped down 732 rebounds in 80 games. She began the season in ninth place with 603 career rebounds and has moved up six spots to third, but she has some work to do to reach second place (Rhoda Chew - 946 rebounds from 1982-85).
At her current pace Byrd could finish her career as just the second Spartan to reach the 1,000-point/1,000-rebound plateau. She would join Elinor Banks (1,672 points/1,062 rebounds - 1978-81) as the only players in program history to reach the milestone.
PRESSURE...SPARTANS 8TH IN STEALS & 8TH IN THE NCAA IN TURNOVER MARGIN
Through 21 games the Spartans have shown what their pressure defense is capable of doing. SJSU has forced its opponents to turn the ball over 469 times and in those, made 247 steals. San José State has made those opponent miscues pay off to the tune of a 445-264 advantage in points off turnovers. Nationally, the team ranks eighth in turnover margin at 6.67 and eighth in steals per game nabbing 11.8 per game. The team leads the Mountain West in both categories.
SPARTANS RANK 23rd IN THE NATION IN 3-POINTERS
San José State is hitting an average of 8.0 shots from beyond the arc per game, which ranks 23rd in the nation and is second in the Mountain West, but taking and hitting threes are nothing new under head coach Jamie Craighead.
With 245 made 3-pointers and 793 attempts, the 2013-14 Spartans shattered the program's previous marks in each category. The previous record of 146 3-pointers in the 27 games (1999-00) was equaled in just 20 games (at UNLV 1/29) last season. In addition, they passed the previous record for attempts in a season (493 in 29 games in 2000-01) in that same game. Both marks set Mountain West Conference records as well.
The Wolf Pack enters its match-up against the Spartans with a 6-14 record and is 2-7 in the Mountain West. They are averaging 59.2 ppg on the year and are being outscored by their opponents by an average of 4.3 points per outing. The squad started Mountain West play with a pair of wins, but has been on a seven game skid since. In those seven game's they have been outscored by an average of 14 points per game.
Nevada is under the direction of seventh-year head coach Jane Albright. Entering the 2014-15 season, Albright had a 90-100 record at Nevada and a 487-412 record in a career that is in its 31st season.
The Wolf Pack offense is led by senior center Mimi Mungedi, who tops the squad in points (11.9/g), rebounds (8.1/g) and blocks (2.4/g). Sophomore guard Iman Lathan is dishing out 2.4 assists per outing and Nyasha LeSure, a junior forward, has made 17 steals in 19 games.
This will be the 47th meeting between these programs in which San José State own a slim 24-22 advantage. Since 2001 each team has had a 10+ game win streak against the other with each team sweeping the last two season series.