San Jose, Calif. – Looking to win its second Mountain West road contest in a row, the San Jose State women’s basketball team takes on the San Diego State Aztecs on Wednesday night in a city in which they have recorded just one win in 12 tries.
San José State Spartans (7-15, 4-6 MW)
San Diego State Aztecs (8-13, 3-7 MW)
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. (PT)
San Diego, Calif. (Viejas Arena - 12,414)
Streaming Video and Live Stats : www.sjsuspartans.com
RAMOS QUICKEST TO 1,000 POINTS IN SJSU HISTORY
Senior Dezz Ramos (Sr., PG, West Valley, Utah), with 14 points against New Mexico (2/4)points became the 16th player in program history to score 1,000 points in her Spartans’ career. Ramos reached the milestone in 51 games, four games quicker than Lora Alexander who accomplished the feat in her 55th game. Ramos and Alexander are the only two Spartans to score at least 1,000-career points in their first two seasons in a Spartans jersey. Alexander, an SJSU Hall of Fame honoree, scored 1,019 points in 56 career games. Ramos currently has 1,003 points and at least 10 games left in her SJSU career.
CRAIGHEAD THREE WINS FROM 100
With three more victories, head coach Jamie Craighead will reach the 100-win career plateau. It will be her 49th win at SJSU tying her with Karen Smith (1993-99) for third place on the program all-time wins list. The late Janice Richard (1999-2006) ranks second with 93 wins and Sharon Chatman (1977-86), with 143 victories, is the all-time leader in victories and is the only coach in SJSU women’s basketball with a winning record (143-121/.542).
Through 22 games, San José State has used exactly one starting lineup and those five are also the five leading scorers on the team. The five are Myzhanique Ladd (Jr., G, Seattle, Wash.), Paris Baird (Sr., F, Van Nuys, Calif.), Jasmine Smith (Sr., F, Burbank, Calif.), Rachol West (Sr., G, Bakersfield, Calif.) & Dezz Ramos (Sr., PG, West Valley, Utah). In a survey of Division I programs, only Syracuse and Saint Louis University responded as starting line up all year and having those five players as the five top-scorers on the team.
RAMOS AMONG THE SCORING ELITE AT SJSU, IN THE MW AND THE NATION
With six 30+ performances this year and seven in her Spartans’ career, Dezz Ramos (Sr., PG, West Valley, Utah) ranks second on the MW list of single-season 30+ point games and first on the SJSU single-season and career lists. Through 10 MW games her 24.8 ppg is seven points higher than New Mexico’s Cherise Beynon’s 17.8 ppg, who is in second place. Nationally, Ramos ranks 11th in total points (477) and tenth points per game (21.7).
After competing in her 50th game as a Spartans in the team’s 76-65 victory at UNLV, she reached the minimum requirement for the program’s career lists. She now ranked first in scoring average (19.7/g), 16th in points (1,003), 18th in field goals (345), 19th in field goal attempts (888), 9th in 3-point field goals (110), 10th in 3-point field goal attempts (328), 6th 3-point percentage (.335), 16th in free throws (203), 24th in free throw attempts (237), 2nd in free throw percentage (.857), and 14th in assists (228).
TWO...IT’S A SPECIAL NUMBER
When Dezz Ramos (Sr., PG, West Valley, Utah) reached 1,000-career points as a Spartan, in the team’s game against New Mexico (2/4), she became the second SJSU player reach the plateau this season joining Jasmine Smith (Sr., F, Burbank, Calif.) who passed 1,000-career points against Nevada (12/29). It is the second time in San José State women’s basketball history that two players reach the 1,000-point benchmark in the same season. Hall of Famer members Karen Mason (1978-81) and Elinor Banks (1978-81) both reach 1,000 points in the 1979-80 season.
SMITH IS AMONG THE BEST EVER AS A SPARTAN
Having passed 1,000-career points in the Spartans game against Nevada (12/29) and surpassing 700-career rebound at Fresno State (1/7), Jasmine Smith (Sr., F, Burbank, Calif.) became the fifth player to wear the Gold, White and Blue and to join the 1,000/700 club. She joined Elinor Banks (1,672 pts./1,062 rebs.), Lamisha Augustine (1,226 pts./700 rebs.), Rhoda Chew (1,188 pts./946 rebs.) and Riana Byrd (1,034 pts./1,038 rebs.) as the only Spartans to reach the milestone.
Entering the Spartans game at San Diego State, Smith ranks 13th on the career-scoring list (1,123) and fourth in career rebounds (767). She also ranks in the program’s top-25 in field goals (#9 - 474), field goal attempts (#13 - 978), field goal percentage (#9 - .485), free throws (#21 - 175), free throw attempts (#13 - 339), offensive rebounds (#2 - 345), defensive rebounds (#4 - 422), rebounding average (#14 - 6.7/g), steals (#21 - 125), games (#6 - 114) and starts (#12 - 68).
Taylor Turney (Fr., PG, Henderson, Nev.) has seen increased floor time in the Spartans nine conference games and it’s paying dividends. In the team’s game at Boise State, Turney scored a career-best 15 points, including going 7-of-7 from the free throw line. Since the start of MW play, Turney is playing 15.4 minutes per game, up from 8.8 in the non-conference schedule. She is averaging 6.7 points, more than double her 2.9 points in the 12 games before conference play began and ranks second on the team in shooting percentage (40.3% on 25-of-62). With 28 assists (2.8/g), she has nearly tripled her per game output from the preseason (1.0/g).
SMITH DOUBLING UP
Jasmine Smith (Sr., F, Burbank, Calif.) has recorded a double double in eight of 22 games this year and since the start of Mountain West play has been a double double machine. She has achieved a double double in six of the team’s ten conference games. Since the start of MW play she is averaging 13.0 points and 10.2 boards per game. Entering the game against San Diego State she ranks 2nd in the league in double doubles.
PLAY4KAY GAME SET FOR FEBRUARY 15 VS. FRESNO STATE
In its annual PLAY4KAY to raise money and awareness for breast cancer, the Spartans will don pink uniforms for the team’s game vs. Fresno State on February 15 in the Event Center. PLAY4KAY is the grassroots fundraising initiative of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and has awarded over $5.28 million for scientific research and projects assisting the under served in ALL women’s cancers. Join our coaches and players and wear pink for this important cause/game.