Women's Basketball Preview:
San Jose Calif.----The Spartans look to even the series with the Nevada Wolf Pack on Thursday, February 10 at the Lawlor Events Center. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.
With the loss at home to Nevada on Saturday, February 5, San Jose State enters the contest at 2-20 and 2-7 in conference play, while Nevada brings a 15-7, 4-5 overall record.
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KSJS (90.5 FM, San Jose) originates San Jose State University basketball broadcasts. Nolan Rak calls the women's basketball play-by-play. There is no KSJS broadcast for the Nevada game.
Women's Basketball Ticket Prices:
Tickets for all San Jose State home women's basketball games are $5 for adults, $3 for youth 12 and under, and free admission to all students with a valid SJSU ID. Also, groups of 20 or more can buy discounted tickets of $3 per person. The ticket office opens two hours prior to tip-off at The Event Center or can be purchased by calling the San Jose State Athletics Ticket Office at 408-924-SJTX (7589).
Head Coach Jane Albright returns for her third year leading the Wolf Pack, her 26th overall. Nevada returns all five starters and 10 of 11 letterwinners to its 2010-11 roster.
Leading this diverse group of players is Tahnee Robinson. Robinson, a junior college transfer from Sheridan College, made a big impact on the team last season, averaging 16.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. This performance earned her a spot on the 2010 WAC first-team and the Newcomer of the Year award. Robinson currently leads her team averaging 20.8 points per game. Shavon Moore, All-WAC second-team and all-defensive team honoree, leads the team in rebounds (8.5 rpg) and joins Robinson in double-digit scoring averaging 14.7 points per game.
With a 66-47 victory at San Jose State on Saturday, February 5, the University of Nevada will look for its second home win in conference play with a 1-3 record.
The Series With The Pack:
The Spartans hold a 22-19 overall record against the Wolf Pack. San Jose State dropped the last 10 contests before winning 12 straight from 2001-06.
The Spartans trailed 30-18 at half and lost 66-47 against the Nevada Wolf Pack on Saturday night at The Event Center.
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 Myesha Broaden grabbed a Spartan-high seven boards.
Fast Out Of The Gate:
In the month of January, the Spartans held the advantage at the half versus New Mexico State, Santa Clara, Idaho and Hawai'i. They averaged a 4.25 point lead in the first 20 minutes of action and led for a total of 64 minutes in the first half of these four games.
Plavljanin's Producing Buckets:
Junior guard, Sara Plavljanin, ranks among the best in conference action when it comes to producing points. Plavljanin ranks eighth in points, averaging 13.7 points per game. From behind the arc she ranks seventh with 16 total three-pointers. Plavljanin paced the Spartans in scoring in the last 5 of 8 games.
First Career Double-Doubles:
Two San Jose State players this season recorded their first career double-doubles. The latest, Myesha Broaden, grabbed 10 rebounds and tipped in 14 points versus Mount Saint Mary's on December 29. Brittany Johnson notched two double-doubles this season, one against Cal Poly (16 points, 10 rebounds) on December 18 and at San Francisco (11 points, 11 rebounds) on November 15.
Grabbing The Round Ball:
Brittany Johnson leads the Spartan team in rebounding with 6.3 per game. She grabbed a career-best 15 boards against Fresno State and ranks fifth in conference games amongst all Western Athletic Conference players with a 7.9 RPG. Sayja Sumler averages 5.1 rebounds and Sara Plavljanin trails with 4.2 rebounds per game.
Dishing Out The Round Ball:
After missing five games due to an injury (lower back), Sayja Sumler has a Spartan-high 47 assists this season. Sumler averages 3.00 assists per game in conference action, good for eighth amongst her competition. AJ Newton follows with 44 and Sara Plavljanin has 40.
Stealing The Game:
Sayja Sumler has a team-high 40 steals this season. Sumler snatched a season-best six against Mount Saint Mary's and ranks in the top three in conference standings with an average of 2.33 steals per game. Sara Plavljanin has 31 steals this season, followed by Brittany Johnson's 26 steals.
Get That Out Of Here:
On defense, Myesha Broaden leads the Spartans with 12 blocked shots. Broaden recorded a season-high two blocks against Mount Saint Mary's and Louisiana Tech. Brittany Johnson notched 10 thus far including two at Idaho.
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Racking Up The Frequent Flyer Miles:
With close to 21,000 miles of travel this season, the Spartans are projected to log 19,697 air miles and 1,301 miles of ground transportation in 2010-11.
In 22 games played this year, San Jose State has used 13 different starting lineups. Brittany Johnson has started in 21 games this season, Sara Plavljanin with 19, and AJ Newton with 16 starts. Sayja Sumler started in 14 games, followed with Myesha Broaden's 10 and both Liz Johnson and Marnesha Hall have seven. Dominique Hamilton, and Leonie Solia notched four, while Marisa Williams has three. Rounding out with a pair is Monique Coble.
2010-11 Media Guides:
San Jose State women's basketball media guides are now available! To purchase, call the San Jose State Athletics Ticket Office at 408-924-SJTX (7589). The 2010-11 media guide is available for $10.00.
WAC Tournament Held In Vegas:
The 2011 Western Athletic Conference Tournament will be held March 9-12 in Las Vegas, Nev., at the Orleans Arena.
WAC Tournament Format Change:
The 2011 WAC Tournament features a new format that rewards teams based on regular-season success. The tournament begins on Wednesday (March 9) with two men's and two women's games featuring the No. 5 seed against the No. 8 seed and No. 6 vs. No. 7. The winners then advance to Thursday's (March 10) quarterfinal matchups to play the No. 4 and No. 3 seeds. The winners of those games then advance to Friday's (March 11) semifinals against the top two seeds. The change also results in two men's and two women's games being played each day of the tournament except for Saturday (March 12), which will feature the men's and women's championship games.
The Spartans continue their four-game road series at New Mexico State on Thursday, February 17. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.