San Jose, Calif. – The San Jose State women’s basketball team returns to action on Wednesday night in a Mountian West match-up against the Fresno State Bulldogs, a team they have beaten in three of the last five meetings, including a split in the last two games in Fresno.
San José State Spartans (6-17, 3-9 MW)
Fresno State Bulldogs (14-10, 9-4 MW)
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 7:00 p.m. (PT)
Fresno, Calif. (Save Mart Center - 15,596)
QUICK LOOK AT FRESNO STATE
This will be the Bulldogs’ 25th game of the year. Fresno State (14-10, 9-4 MW) is in teh midst of a four game winning streak and this year is 10-2 at home, including 6-0 in Mountain West home games. Overall the Bulldogs are scoring 65.0 points a game and giving up 65.5. Fresno State is shooting .401 from the floor and .347 from three-point range while opponents are hitting at a .400 clip, including .226 from beyond the arc.
Fresno State relies heavily on Candice White (5-8, Jr., G) is leading the team in scoring, rebounds and assists. She is averaging 16.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists and is the only player to start in all the team’s games. Aly Gamez (5-6, Fr., G) tops the team in steals (1.6/g) and Katelin Noyer (6-4, So., C) is at a team-high 1.0 blocks per outing.
Jamie White is in her fourth season leading the Bulldogs’ program. She brought a 63-37 record at Fresno State into this season.
WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE
The Spartans’ women’s basketball team unveiled 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 53 3-ptrs and ranks fourth in the MW at 2.3/g, and third in MW games at 2.5/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 23 games, Anderson is averaging 1.4 threes per game. If she continues at her pace this season, she would make 43 threes in 30 games...and equal the current record 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 53 threes in 23 games and with a total of 54 for her career.
The 54 threes for her career slots her into T18th place all-time on the program’s three-point list. In addition, Benally ranks 23rd in career three-point attempts (160) and sixth in three-point percentage (.338). 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 17 losses, SJSU has been outrebounded 795-to-540 for a rebounding margin of -15.0. 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 19th in scoring (919), 4th in free throws (276), 9th in free throw attempts (373) and 10th in free throw percentage (.740). Ladd ranks 11th in rebounds (562), 5th in offensive (216) and 16th and defensive boards (346). She is 15th in assists (223), 23rd in steals (119), 18th in three-point attempts (182) and 20th in makes (53) and 14th in three-point percentage (.291). Ladd is 8th in starts (86), 9th in games (114) and 8th in minutes (2,929).
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 919 points in her Spartans’ career. If San José State plays a minimum of seven more games this season, Ladd needs to average 11.5/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 12.3 ppg. Entering today’s game Ladd ranks 19th 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 7 more games this season, Gennett needs to average 5.7 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 8.1 three-pointers per game, the Spartans rank second in the Mountain West and rank 45th in the nation. In 16 of the team’s 23 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 50th in the nation in total threes (186), 53rd in three-point attempts (548) and 89th in three-point field goal percentage (.339).
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 12.3. On pace to finish 3rd on the program’s all-time free throws list. Is 81 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 13.5/g. At Nevada (1/17) scored a career-high 28 points. Leads team (7th in MW) with 4.0 assists per game.
Analyss Benally (So., G, Shiprock, N.M.) leads SJSU with 53 3-ptrs and ranks 4th in the MW at 2.3/g. In her career, 54 of 59 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 (28) and fourth in assists (43).
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). Second team in blocks (21).
Danae Marquez (Fr., PG, Fresno, Calif.) second among SJSU frosh in scoring (5.3/g). Second on the team with 75 assists (3.3/g, 12th in the MW) and in steals with 27 (1.3/g). First collegiate start came at AFA (1/13).
Megan Anderson (Fr., G, Fresno, Calif.) is shooting .465 from 3-pt range, highest on the team and 2nd in the MW. Her 33 3-ptrs rank 2nd on the team & puts her on pace to equal 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 a season-best with 10 rebounds vs. Nebraska (12/17). Started last 14 games and 15 overall this season.
Hallie Gennett (Sr., F, Post Falls, Idaho) ranks 11th among active Division I players with 752 3-pt attempts, 8th with 6.71 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 11th 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).