Second Half Scoring Drought Stops Spartans

February 10, 2011

Reno, Nev.----San Jose State (2-21, 2-8 WAC) fought a hard battle against the University of Nevada (16-7, 5-5 WAC), but slow starts in each half proved costly, falling 65-36 to the Wolf Pack Thursday night.

In the beginning, the Wolf Pack got off to a fast start, scoring six points before the Spartans made their first field goal at the 14:56 mark. However, the Spartans went into the locker room only trailing 26-24 thanks to a half-court shot at the buzzer from Brittany Johnson, propelling the Spartans to trail by just two points.

"Defensively we really got after it in the first half," said head coach Pam DeCosta.  "We forced 18 turnovers and had 10 steals.  We were really aggressive and it showed.  This was one of our best first halves in terms of rotation."

The Spartans held the advantage at the half in forced turnovers, 18-11, and steals, 10-3.  San Jose State forced 28 turnovers including 15 steals throughout the night, both season-highs.

The second half started off similar to the first, as the Spartans were held scoreless through nearly the first nine minutes of play. Marnesha Hall's jumper with 11:11 remaining ended the scoring drought to make it 41-26.  San Jose State was unable to recover, shooting 5-of-26 from the field, or 19.2 percent.

"Two different teams showed up for us tonight," added DeCosta.  "Coming out at half, we weren't as aggressive, we didn't move as well and we didn't move together.  Starting off 0-10, your defense suffers and your effort suffers.  We did a good job of not hanging our heads, but in the end we couldn't get it done."   

AJ Newton fueled the Spartans' scoring with 10 points, all through the first 20 minutes of the contest. Brittany Johnson finished with eight points and five boards.

Tahnee Robinson scored a game-high 26 points for the Wolf Pack and Shavon Moore grabbed 12 rebounds.

With the weekend off, the Spartans continue their four-game road series at New Mexico State on Thursday, February 17. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.

NEVADA 65, SAN JOSE STATE 36

SAN JOSE STATE (2-21 (2-8 WAC))
Newton, AJ 4-13 0-0 10; Johnson, Brittany 2-9 2-2 8; Plavljanin, Sara 3-10
0-0 6; Sumler, Sayja 3-7 0-0 6; Hall, Marnesha 1-5 2-2 4; Broaden, Myesha
1-7 0-0 2; Woods, Nanea 0-1 0-0 0; Johnson, Liz 0-1 0-1 0; Williams, Marisa
0-1 0-0 0. Totals 14-54 4-5 36.

NEVADA (16-7 (5-5 WAC))
Tahnee Robinson 9-16 3-4 26; Marissa Hammond 3-3 4-4 10; Kayla Williams 2-3
3-6 7; Nicole Williams 3-5 1-2 7; Shavon Moore 2-5 3-4 7; Megan Cherry 2-3
0-0 5; Arielle Wideman 0-0 2-2 2; Amanda Johnson 0-4 1-2 1; Amber Smith 0-0
0-0 0; Kate Kevorken 0-1 0-0 0; Holly Jones 0-0 0-0 0; Danika Sharp 0-2 0-0
0. Totals 21-42 17-24 65.

San Jose State................ 24 12 - 36
NEVADA........................ 26 39 - 65

3-point goals--San Jose State 4-14 (Newton, AJ 2-5; Johnson, Brittany 2-4;
Hall, Marnesha 0-2; Johnson, Liz 0-1; Plavljanin, Sara 0-2), NEVADA 6-11
(Tahnee Robinson 5-8; Megan Cherry 1-1; Amanda Johnson 0-1; Danika Sharp
0-1). Fouled out--San Jose State-None, NEVADA-None. Rebounds--San Jose State
25 (Johnson, Brittany 5; Broaden, Myesha 5), NEVADA 41 (Shavon Moore 12).
Assists--San Jose State 8 (Johnson, Liz 3), NEVADA 11 (Amanda Johnson 6).
Total fouls--San Jose State 19, NEVADA 13. Technical fouls--San Jose
State-None, NEVADA-None. A-729