San Jose, Calif. – Having lost its last five games in a row and coming off its second bye of the Mountain West schedule, the San José State women’s basketball team returns to The Event Center on Saturday afternoon looking to change its fortunes with a victory over the Colorado State Rams.
San José State Spartans (6-16, 3-8 MW)
Colorado State Rams (17-7, 9-4 MW)
Saturday, February 10, 2018 - 2:00 p.m. (PT)
San Jose, Calif. (The Event Center - 5,000)
QUICK LOOK AT COLORADO STATE
This will be the Rams’ 25th game of the year. Colorado State (17-7, 9-4 MW) is 6-2 away home this season including 4-2 in Mountain West road games including two road victories in its last two road contests. Overall the Rams are scoring 61.4 points a game and giving up 54.9. Colorado State is shooting .420 from the floor and .338 from three-point range while opponents are hitting at a .338 clip, including .258 from beyond the arc.
Colorado State relies heavily on its entire roster with just one player averaging double digits in the scoring column. Hannah Tvrdy (5-10, Sr., G) is leading the team in scoring and rebounds. She is averaging 10.6 points and 6.5 rebounds, respectively. Grace Colaivalu (5-7, Fr., G) tops the team in assists (3.3/g) and steals (1.2/g) and Veronika Mirkovic (6-1, Sr., F) is at a team-high 0.7 blocks per outing.
Ryun Williams is in his sixth season leading the Rams’ program. He brought a 115-46 record at Colorado State into this season.
WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE
The Spartans’ women’s basketball team unveils its “Women Of Excellence” mentor program at the Colorado State game on February 10. The program matches each player with a mentor in the San Jose business community, with the focus of building relationships beyond basketball to inspire the student-athletes to be leaders in their communities and positively affect others after graduation. The program culminates with a banquet on May 6 honoring the participants, both the student-athletes and participants from the community.
BENALLY ESTABLISHES NEW SJSU SOPHOMORE THREE-POINT RECORD
Analyss Benally (So., G, Shiprock, N.M.) leads SJSU with 52 3-ptrs and ranks fourth in the MW at 2.3/g, and third in MW games at 2.6/g. Against UNLV (1/31) Benally equaled and then passed Kari Steele’s sophomore single-season record of 47 threes, which was set in 1994-95. If she continues at her current pace, and the Spartans play only eight more games, she will finish with 69 threes, which would be the fifth most in single-season program history.
FRESHMAN THREE-POINT RECORD COULD FALL AS WELL
In 2013-14, Britta Hall made 43 three pointers, to set the program’s freshman record. Megan Anderson (Fr., G, Fresno, Calif.), has made 33 this year, second most on the team, and could reach Hall’s mark. Through 22 games, Anderson is averaging 1.5 threes per game. If she continues at her pace this season, she would make 45 threes in 30 games...a new freshman record.
BENALLY SHOOTS INTO TOP-25 OF SPARTAN CAREER THREE-POINT LIST
Analyss Benally (So., G, Shiprock, N.M.) has come from virtually nowhere to enter the top-25 of Spartan career three-point shooters. Benally made one shot all of last season, a three-pointer at Utah State. This year, she has drained 52 threes in 22 games and with a total of 53 for her career.
The 53 threes for her career slots her into 19th place all-time on the program’s three-point list. In addition, Benally ranks 24th in career three-point attempts (155) and sixth in three-point percentage (.342) If she continues at the pace she has set this season (2.3/g), she projects to complete her SJSU career with 208 three-pointers which would be a new career record for the program.
REBOUNDS TELL THE STORY
When the Spartans win...they hit the boards...they win the game...period. San José State has not been outrebounded by any of its opponent in its six victories and holds a 269-to-244 advantage in those games, for a +4.2 rebound margin. In its 16 losses, SJSU has been outrebounded 749-to-504 for a rebounding margin of -15.3. It’s a simple formula.
LADD CLIMBING THE SJSU CAREER LISTS
Entering the New Mexico game, Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) ranks in the top-25 of 16 SJSU career categories. She is 20th in scoring (904), 4th in free throws (272), 11th in free throw attempts (364) and 10th in free throw percentage (.747). Ladd ranks 13th in rebounds (557), 6th in offensive (214) and 16th and defensive boards (343). She is 15th in assists (222), 23rd in steals (117), 21st in three-point attempts (176) and 20th in makes (52) and 14th in three-point percentage (.295). Ladd is 8th in starts (85), 11th in games (113) and 8th in minutes (2,894).
If she continues at her current pace, she will finish her Spartans career in the top-10 in nine categories and 13 in the top-20 as well as becoming the 16th player all-time to score 1,000 points in a Spartans jersey.
Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) is making a big push to reach 1,000-career points this season. Ladd has scored 904 points in her Spartans’ career. If San José State plays a minimum of eight more games this season, Ladd needs to average 12.0/game to reach the milestone. It may be a tall order based on her career 8.0 ppg average, but in 2017-18 she has upped her production to 12.2 ppg. Entering today’s game Ladd ranks 20th on the program’s career scoring list and she is projected to reach 1,000 career points in the team’s first game in the Mountain West Championship (3/5-3/9).
Hallie Gennett (Sr., F, Post Falls, Idaho) is 40 points from the milestone. With a minimum of 8 more games this season, Gennett needs to average 5.0 points per game to reach 1,000. At her career scoring average of 8.8/g, she is projected to reach 1,000 in five games.
IF IT’S FREE...SJSU WILL TAKE THREE
Making 8.2 three-pointers per game, the Spartans rank second in the Mountain West and rank 43rd in the nation. In 15 of the team’s 22 games they have launched at least 20, in nine games they have hit at least nine and in seven have reached double digits makes. In addition, San José State is 45th in the nation in total threes (180), 47th in three-point attempts (524) and 83rd in three-point field goal percentage (.344).
SPARTANS ROSTER SECOND YOUNGEST IN DIVISION I
In a preseason poll of Media Relations Directors, the Spartans are the second youngest team in Division I women’s basketball, based on percentage of freshman and sophomores on the roster. Twelve of SJSU’s 15 players are underclassmen, which ties them for second place with Florida International. UNC Greenville has the youngest team in the nation at 87.7 percent underclassmen.
LADD NAMED MOUNTAIN WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK ON JAN. 6
Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) earned the MW Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honor for games played from December 31 to January 6.
In two games, Ladd averaged 19.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game, while shooting 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from the field and 60.0 percent (3-of-5) from 3-point range. With 27-point in a win against New Mexico, Ladd moved into 24th place on the program’s career scoring list.
Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) Co-Captain...In the past year, scoring average is up from 8.4 to 12.2. On pace to finish 3rd on the program’s all-time free throws list. Is 96 pts from 1,000 for her Spartans career.
Taylor Turney (So., PG, Henderson, Nev.) averaged 4.3 ppg last year and now leads the team at 13.9/g. At Nevada (1/17) scored a career-high 28 points. Leads team (7th in MW) with 3.9 assists per game.
Analyss Benally (So., G, Shiprock, N.M.) leads SJSU with 52 3-ptrs and ranks 4th in the MW at 2.4/g. In her career, 53 of 56 buckets are three-pointers. Established a new SJSU sophomore record for threes in a season vs. UNLV (1/31).
Fieme’a Hafoka (So., G, Kihei, Maui) Co-Captain...set a career-high with 11 points at #19/19 Oregon State and then broke it with 12 points against Nebraska. Tied for the team lead in steals (27) and fourth in assists (40).
Mikaylah Wilson (Fr., F, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) has made nine starts in 2017-18, which ties Myzhanique Ladd for 3rd most by a freshman in Coach Craighead’s five seasons at SJSU. (Britta Hall - 27 in 2013-14). Leads the team in blocks (20).
Danae Marquez (Fr., PG, Fresno, Calif.) tied for the SJSU frosh lead in scoring (5.4/g). Second on the team with 73 assists (3.3/g, 11th in the MW) and tied for team lead in steals with 27 (1.3/g). First collegiate start came at AFA (1/13).
Megan Anderson (Fr., G, Fresno, Calif.) is shooting .478 from 3-pt range, highest on the team and 1st in the MW. Her 33 3-ptrs rank 2nd on the team & puts her on pace to break the freshman record (43 Britta Hall, 2013-14).
Cydni Lewis (Fr., F, Long Beach, Calif.) scored the buzzer beater vs. Southern Oregon (12/20) & had season-bests with 10 rebounds and three blocks against Nebraska (12/17). Started last 13 games and 14 overall this season.
Hallie Gennett (Sr., F, Post Falls, Idaho) ranks 19th among active Division I players with 751 3-pt attempts, 17th with 6.77 3-pt attempts/game. Is 40 points from 1,000 for her career.
Alexis Harris (So., C, Palo Alto, Calif.) set career-high with 9 rebs & 4 blocks vs. Southern Oregon (12/20) and ranks 7th in the MW in blocks/g with 0.8.
Heleyna Hill (Fr., G, Santa Cruz, Calif.) scored the first bucket of her college career against Southern Oregon and hit her first three-pointer at New Mexico (2/3).
Courtesy Clark (Fr., G, Sacramento, Calif.) scored a career-high 8 pts at UNLV.
Chinwe Ezeonu (Fr., F, Seattle, Wash.) scored a career-high five points at #19/19 Oregon State.
Andrea Kohlhaas (Jr., F, Besigheim, Germany) lost for the season in the Hampton game (11/25/17).