San Jose, Calif. - Off to its best conference start since the 2005-06 team opened with five wins in the first half of conference, the San Jose State women's basketball team embarks on its second time through the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) beginning at Hawai'i this week.
at Hawai'i (8-14, 3-4 Western Athletic)
Saturday, February 11, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu, Hawai'i
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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TICKETS
Tickets for all San Jose State home women's basketball games are free for all SJSU students with a valid student ID. Adult tickets are $5.00, $3.00 for youth (12 and under).
Groups of 20 or more can buy discounted tickets at $3.00 per person. The ticket office opens two hours prior to tip-off at The Event Center or can be purchased by calling San Jose State Athletics Ticket Office at 408-924-SJTX (7589).
LOOKING FOR CONSECUTIVE (WAC) ROAD WINS
With its 86-79 win at Nevada two Saturday's ago, San Jose State broke a 44-game conference road losing streak that dated back to the 2005-06 season. The last time a Spartans team had won a WAC road game was on February 1, 2006 at Boise State. San Jose State will now try, at Hawai'i, to put together consecutive conference road wins for the first time since it won at Utah State and Nevada to open the 2005-06 WAC schedule.
The last time the Spartans won any two road games in a row was in the 2009-10 season when they defeated California and Sacramento State in consecutive road outings.
SPARTANS GO FOR FOURTH WAC WIN
With three wins in their first seven conference games, the Spartans have already equaled or surpassed their single-season WAC win total from any of the last five seasons. The last time they won as many as three conference games was in 2006-07 when San Jose State went 3-13 in WAC play.
DOUBLE DIGIT SCORING ELITE
Senior Brittany Johnson's 22 consecutive double-digit scoring efforts to open the season is the most for a Spartan since the start of the 1999-00 season. Cricket Williams holds the single-season record for double-digit scoring games with 27 in 2002-03 and she holds the consecutive games streak in double-digits with 41 (25 in a row to end 2001-02 and 16 straight to open 2002-03).
CUNNIGAN TOPS FRESHMAN SCORING
After four weeks of conference play, freshman guard Ta'Rea Cunnigan is the WAC's seventh-leading scorer. Her 14.3 points per game makes her the only freshman in the top-10 and one of three freshman in the top-20. Fresno State's Madison Parrish is 13th (11.6 ppg) and La Tech's Whitney Frazier is 19th (9.0 ppg).
In all games played, Cunnigan is the 10th leading scorer in the WAC (11.8 ppg) and the leading scorer among freshman. She leads Idaho's Stacy Barr who is at 9.8 ppg and is 16th on the scoring list and Parrish, at 9.7 ppg, is 17th.
SHARPENING THEIR SHOOTING EYES
Through seven games, the Spartans are among the top offensive teams in the WAC. They rank third in scoring (69.3 ppg) and field goal percentage (.426), fourth in 3-point percentage (.310) and lead the WAC in free throw percentage (.734).
BRITTANY, BRITTANY BRITTANY
Senior forward Brittany Johnson contines to exert her will on the WAC and is opening eyes across the country.
Johnson leads the WAC and ranks 21st nationally in scoring at 19.6 points per game. She ranks third in the WAC in defensive rebounds (6.0), fourth in rebounding (8.6) and minutes played (34.2), fifth in offensive rebounds (2.6), seventh in steals (1.7) and 10th in free throw percentage (.695). She has recorded seven double-doubles and her 22-game double-digit scoring streak to open the season surpasses the program's previous best, Cricket Williams' 16-game streak in 2002-03.
In addition, Johnson is the 81st ranked rebounder in the nation. She set a career-high with 32 points in the Spartans 86-79 win at Nevada (1/28).
PLAVLJANIN MOVING UP THE SPARTANS RECORD BOOK
With her next 3-point bucket, senior Sara Plavljanin will move into a tie with Sherry Yudt for eighth place in the San Jose State single-season list for made 3-pointers. Yudt made 49 in 1992-93 and trails Atari Parker who hit 50 and 51 trey's in the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons, respectively. Parker holds the sixth and seventh place spots on the list.
In addition, Plavljanin is the single season record holder for 3-point percentage at .407. Her career marks include: seventh in 3-pointers made (83), eighth in 3-point attempts (236) and fifth in 3-point percentage (.355).
The Rainbow Wahine, in their final season as members of the Western Athletic Conference, enter this week tied with San Jose State for fourth place in the conference with 3-4 WAC records. However, the Spartans hold the advantage by virtue of their 83-67 win over Hawai'i on January 14 in The Event Center. Last week, Hawai'i hosted the Idaho and Utah State, falling in both contests. Idaho defeated them 69-61 before Utah State handed them a 69-55 loss.
The Rainbow Wahine finished last season with an 11-19 overall record, 5-11 in conference play and made it to the first round of the WAC Tournament.
Hawai'i is led in scoring by sophomore forward Kamilah Jackson (13.6 ppg, 11.1 rpg), who leads the WAC in rebounding and is seventh in scoring. Vicky Tagalicod, a junior forward who has only played in the last 13 games, is averaging 10.2 ppg, and senior guard Breanna Arbuckle is at 9.3 ppg. and has blocked 33 shots so far this year.
As a team, the Rainbow Wahine are averaging 59.0 points per game on .376 shooting from the field.
Head coach Dana Takahara-Dias is in her third season leading Hawai'i. Entering the season her career record stood at 21-39.
HISTORY: Spartans vs. Rainbow Wahine
Hawai'i holds a 41-15 lead in the all-time series. The Spartans took the first three of the 56 meetings between these two teams. Then, from the 1985-86 season to the first of two matchups in 2002-03, the Rainbow Wahine won 32-of-34 games.
The Spartans won the first meeting of the year 83-67 in The Event Center. Brittany Johnson's 22 point, 12 rebound double-double earned her the Verizon WAC Player of the Week. She was one of four Spartans to score in double figures. Sara Plavljanin had 19 points followed by Ta'Rea Cunnigan and Brea Matthews who scored 14 and 12 points, respectively.
The game was significant because it was the first time the Spartans opened their WAC schedule with a win since the 2005-06 season. In addition, San Jose State had its best outing from the charity stripe shooting 82 percent (28-of-34).