San Jose, Calif. - With seven games left in the 2015-16 regular season, the match-up between the Spartans and Lady Rebels will have impact on MW Tournament seeding. Entering the game the teams are tied for fourth place in the conference with identical 6-5 records. The top-five teams in the standings at the end of the season receive a first round bye in the tournament, which is scheduled for March 7-12 in Las Vegas, Nev. This is the only meeting between the two this year, which adds extra significance to the match-up.
San José State (8-14, 6-5 MW)
UNLV Lady Rebels (13-9, 6-5 MW)
Wednesday, February 10 – 7:00 p.m.
The Event Center – San Jose, Calif.
Streaming video, audio and live stats at www.sjsuspartans.com
BYRD NAMED MOUNTAIN WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Riana Byrd (Sr., C, Richmond, Calif.) led all scorers with 17 points, grabbed a game-high eight rebounds, had two steals and blocked two shots. She came into the final period with 7:47 to play and scored eight of the team’s next 12 point to turn a 55-47 deficit into a 59-59 tie. With the Spartans up 65-64 and 11 seconds to play, Byrd blocked the potential go-ahead shot and grabbed the rebound. It is Byrd’s first MW honor and the team’s first Player of the Week honor this season.
AT FRESNO STATE SPARTANS GET FOURTH MW ROAD WIN OF 2015-16
With San Jose State’s 66-64 victory at Fresno State (2/3), the team has won four conference road games in a single season, for the first time since 2005-06. The team still has road contests at Nevada, San Diego State and Boise State to wrap up the 2015-16 season.
BYRD BECOMES THE 14TH PLAYER TO REACH 1,000-CAREER POINTS FOR SJSU
With a game-high 17 points at Fresno State (2/3), Riana Byrd (Sr., C, Richmond, Calif.) has scored 1,004 career-points in a Spartans uniform. Averaging 9.0 points per game for her career, she reached the milestone in 112 games and is the 14th player in program history to achieve quadruple-digit scoring.
LADD SHINES AS A STARTER
Myzhanique Ladd (So., G, Seattle, Wash.) continues to show the skills which got her named Ms. Basketball in the state of Washington in 2014. At Air Force (1/30) she recorded her first career double double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. A career 5.0 ppg scorer, in the last 15 games Ladd has reached double figures in the scoring column eight times and has averaged 10.3 ppg while grabbing 4.9 rebounds. Since being inserted in the starting lineup14 games ago, she has shot 57% from the floor, 50% from three-point range and 70% from the line.
RAMOS PASSES 1,000-CAREER POINTS
With 11 points in the Spartans 66-64 win at Fresno State (2/3), Dezz Ramos (Jr., PG, West Valley, Utah) passed the 1,000 career-point mark. Ramos enters the team’s game against UNLV with 1,002 points. So far this season, she leads the team and ranks second in the Mountain West with 398 points (19.0 ppg). Her previous single season high was 360 points, which she set in the 2013-14 season at Weber State. In two seasons at Weber State, prior to transferring to SJSU, she totaled 604 points.
Honored as the Mountain West Newcomer of the Year prior to the start of the season. In 21 games Ramos has reached double figures 20 times, and in 10 games has scored at least 20 points.
BYRD CLOSING IN ON 1,000-CAREER REBOUNDS
Riana Byrd (Sr., C, Richmond, Calif.) has grabbed 978 career-rebounds entering the Spartans game against UNLV, 22 boards from 1,000. Averaging 9.3 rebounds per game in her first 11 Mountain West Conference contest, she could crack the 1,000-point plateau in the team’s game at Nevada (2/17). When she pulls down her 1,000th rebound, Byrd will be just the second player in Spartans’ history to reach the milestone.