Feb. 10, 2014
San Jose, Calif. - The San José State women's basketball team gets its first shot a sweeping a Mountain West Conference opponent this week when they play at the Air Force Academy on Wednesday night. The Spartans defeated the Falcons 79-70 earlier this year on Walt McPherson Court.
at Air Force (1-20, 0-11 MW)
Wednesday, February 12, 7:00 p.m.
Clune Arena, Colorado Springs, Colo.
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CUNNIGAN FIFTH ON ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
Ta'Rea Cunnigan (Jr., G, Winchester, Calif.) has scored 1,364 career points and is in 5th place on the Spartans career-scoring list. She is 10 points from moving ahead Hulett Brooks (1990, 92-94 1,373 pts.) into fourth place on the program's all-time scoring list.
She became the 13th player to reach the 1,000-point plateau in a game against UC Riverside (11/15). She accomplished the feat in 63 games, the second fastest in program history.
WOODBERRY SEVENTH ON SPARTANS SINGLE SEASON 3-POINT LIST
Rebecca Woodberry's (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) 66 3-pointers are good for 3rd place on the San José State women's basketball single-season 3-point list. Woodberry is four from tying Jessica Kellogg (70 in 2002-03) for 2nd place on the list and eight from Kari Steele's single-season record (74 in 1996-97). She leads the MW in 3-pointers (3.1/g) and ranks 9th in the nation.
BYRD TOPS CONFERENCE IN REBOUNDING
Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.) leads the MW (9.8/g) in rebounding and ranks 42nd in the nation. Byrd ranks 1st in offensive (3.8) and 2nd in defensive (6.0) rebounds in the conference and her 11 double-digit rebounding efforts lead the league.
SPARTANS ALREADY SETTING MW RECORDS
When the Spartans launched 42 3-pointers at San Diego State (1/25), they set a San José State single game and a Mountain West Conference record. They broke the program's previous record of 36, which was set against USF (11/20/14) and the previous MW record of 41 set by Wyoming at Colorado State (1/28/05).
TEAM SCORING CONTINUES TO GO UP - FOUR PLAYERS IN THE TOP-20
Averaging 77.2 points per game, the Spartans are the second leading scoring team in the Mountain West Conference and rank 36th in the nation. Just three years ago, the team was averaging less than 48 points. They have increased scoring by nearly 30 points per game.
San José State has three players among the top-20 scorers in the league, tied for the most of any team. Ta'Rea Cunnigan (Jr., G, Winchester, Calif.) ranks 2nd (19.2/g). Rebecca Woodberry (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) is 6th (14.1/g) and Classye James (Jr., G, East Palo Alto, Calif.) is 17th (12.0/g).
SPARTANS AMONG TOP MW GLASS CLEANERS
At 43.5 rebounds per game, the Spartans are the 2nd-ranked rebounding team in the Mountain West and have three of the top-5 rebounders in the league.
Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.) leads the league at 9.8 boards. Jasmine Smith (Fr., F, Burbank, Calif.) is at 7.7 rebounds and Rebecca Woodberry (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) checks in at 7.0 rebounds. The three are a one-three-five punch when it comes to rebounding among MW players.
CUNNIGAN IN TOP-10 OF SIX MORE CAREER CATEGORIES
The fifth-leading scorer in program history, Ta'Rea Cunnigan (Jr., G, Winchester, Calif.) is also in the top-10 of seven other San José State career categories.
She ranks 2nd in both free throws (405) and free throw attempts (544), trailing only Cricket Williams (2001-04) in both categories. Cunnigan is 61 free throws and 188 free throw attempts from tying Williams in each category.
She ranks 5th in career free throw percentage (.744) and 7th in career steals (190).
In San José State history, Cunnigan ranks 8th in 3-point attempts (280) and makes (87). She is 17 3-point attempts from and nine 3-pointers from tying Sara Plavljanin (2011-12) for 7th place on each list.
Lastly she checks in on the field goals list in 9th place with 1,116 for her career.
BYRD IN CAREER RECORD BOOK AS WELL
Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.), who blocked 64 shots in her freshman campaign and has 30 more this season, is already in fourth place in the program's career blocks list. She is 44 blocks from tying Lamisha Augustine (2002-06) for third place all-time. With 16 points against Wyoming (1/18), Byrd reached the 500-point scoring plateau for her career.
WOODBERRY IS LOOKING LONG
Rebecca Woodberry (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.), who transferred from Nebraska, has found her stroke from long range. She is 9th in the nation in 3-pointers made per game (3.14) and leads all Mountain West shooters. Her 66 3-pointers are 12 more, and her 178 3-point attempts are more than 40 more than her next closest conference rival.
Woodberry is currently 5th on the Spartans single-season list for 3-point attempts nine behind Kari Steele's 187 in 1996-97, for fourth place. The single-season record is 212 by Jessica Kellogg in 2002-02. She is four threes behind Jessica Kellogg (70 in 2002-03) for 2nd place on the single season list.
In addition, Woodberry is four 3-pointers from entering the career top-10 in that category. Megan Gluhan (1998-2000), in 10th place, had 70 treys for her career.
With six double doubles, Jasmine Smith (Fr., F, Burbank, Calif.) ranks second the Mountain West. She along with Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.) and Rebecca Woodberry (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) have combined for 13 double doubles which also lead the league.
SMITH AMONG THE TOP OF THE MW AND THE BEST FRESHMAN
Jasmine Smith (Fr., F, Burbank, Calif.) is just a freshman, but ranks in the top-20 of four categories in the Mountain West Conference. She is 2nd in offensive rebounds (3.3/g), third in total rebounds (7.7/g), 11th in field goal percentage (.454) and 10th in defensive rebounds (4.4/g).
She is the highest ranked freshman in two of those categories (rebounds and offensive rebounds) and second in the other two (defensive rebounds and FG%). She is achieving these numbers while coming off the bench in 18 of the Spartans 22 games this year.
BYRD PICKS UP WHERE SHE LEFT OFF LAST SEASON
Last year Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.) was the first Spartan to average a double double, 11.4 pts and 10.9 rebs., in 23 years.
In 2013-14 Byrd is nearly there again. She is averaging 9.2 points and 9.8 rebounds, but is doing it in nearly five minutes less per game (28.5-to-23.2) .
STILL ONE OF THE YOUNGEST TEAMS
San José State was the youngest team in Division I last year with just four years of collegiate experience on the roster (two years of Division I and two years of junior college). With injuries, which have sidelined several players, the Spartans are nearly right back to where they were last year. Ta'Rea Cunnigan (Jr., G, Winchester, Calif.), Classye James (Jr., G, East Palo Alto, Calif.) and Rebecca Woodberry (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) each have two years of collegiate experience. Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.) and Jayzyl Tauala (So., G, Pacifica, Calif.) have one year each of college experience
SCOUTING AIR FORCE
The Falcons are 1-20 overall and 0-11 in Mountain West Conference action heading into the match up with the Spartans on Wednesday evening. Air Force is in last place in the conference standing, three games behind the 10th place Spartans (3-8 MW).
The Falcons were on the road last week and fell 76-49 at Fresno State and 88-28 at Colorado State. Air Force is 1-8 overall and 0-5 on its home court, Clune Arena, this year.
Senior guard Camille Thompson leads the team in scoring (11.0/g) with Jimi Blagowsky, a junior guard, the only other Falcon in double figures in scoring (10.2/g). Sophomore forward Madeleine Philpot leads the team with 4.2 rebounds and Cherae Medina is second in the conference at 4.8 assists/g.
Head coach Andrea Williams is in her fourth season leading the Air Force program. She brought a 31-107 career-record into this year.
This will be the 6th meeting between these programs. The Spartans hold the all-time series advantage 4-to-1. The schools spent one season together in the Western Athletic Conference (1996-97). The Spartans won both those contests. They then played twice as non-conference foes and split before renewing the rivalry this year in the Mountain West. San Jose State won the game earlier this year 79-70 on Walt McPherson Court.