Feb. 13, 2014
San Jose, Calif. - Following its first conference road win, 84-71 at Air Force on Wednesday, the San José State women's basketball wraps up a two-game road trip at Wyoming on Saturday afternoon. The Spartans have back-to-back wins and look to extend their streak to a season-best, three games.
at Wyoming (16-6, 7-4 MW)
Saturday, February 15, 2:00 p.m.
Arena-Auditorium, Laramie, Wyo.
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CUNNIGAN MOVES INTO FOURTH PLACE ON ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
Ta'Rea Cunnigan (Jr., G, Winchester, Calif.) has scored 1,385 career points and is in 4th place on the Spartans career-scoring list. On a layup with 1:49 to play in the first half at Air Force (2/12), she moved ahead Hulett Brooks (1990, 92-94 1,373 pts.).
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.
THREE DOUBLE DOUBLES AT AIR FORCE
Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.), Rebecca Woodberry's (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) and Jasmine Smith (Fr., F, Burbank, Calif.) each grabbed 10 rebounds at Air Force (2/12) and scored 14, 15 and 12 points, respectively. It is the first time this season, and in available records, that three Spartans had double doubles in the same game.
WOODBERRY THIRD ON SPARTANS SINGLE SEASON 3-POINT LIST
Rebecca Woodberry's (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) 69 3-pointers are good for 3rd place on the San José State women's basketball single-season 3-point list. Woodberry is one trey from tying Jessica Kellogg (70 in 2002-03) for 2nd place on the list and five 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.
WOODBERRY NEARLY AUTOMATIC AT THE LINE
With a 2-2 performance at the free throw line against Air Force (2/12), Rebecca Woodberry is shooting .976 for the season. She is 40-for-41 this year and has made 38 in a row. Her last miss was in her first attempt against Evansville (11/17/13), that's nearly three months.
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 (3.9) and 2nd in defensive (5.9) rebounds in the conference and her 12 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 77.5 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 more than 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 (19.3/g). Rebecca Woodberry (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) is 7th (14.1/g) and Classye James (Jr., G, East Palo Alto, Calif.) is 17th (12.0/g).
SPARTANS AMONG TOP MW GLASS CLEANERS
At 43.7 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 7.8 rebounds and Rebecca Woodberry (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) checks in at 7.2 rebounds. The three are a one-three-five punch when it comes to rebounding among MW players.
CUNNIGAN IN TOP-10 OF SEVEN 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 (414) and free throw attempts (558), trailing only Cricket Williams (2001-04) in both categories. Cunnigan is 52 free throws and 174 free throw attempts from tying Williams in each category.
She ranks 5th in career free throw percentage (.742) and 7th in career steals (191).
In San José State history, Cunnigan ranks 8th in 3-point attempts (284) and makes (87). She is 13 3-point attempts from and nine 3-pointers from tying Sara Plavljanin (2011-12) for 7th place on each list.
Lastly she checks in in 9th place for field goals made (442) and attempts (1,130).
BYRD IN CAREER RECORD BOOK AS WELL
Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.), who blocked 64 shots in her freshman campaign and has 31 more this season, is already in fourth place in the program's career blocks list. She is 43 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 69 3-pointers are 12 more, and her 186 3-point attempts are more than 30 more than her next closest conference rival.
Woodberry is currently 5th on the Spartans single-season list for 3-point attempts one 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 one three behind Jessica Kellogg (70 in 2002-03) for 2nd place on the single season list.
In addition, Woodberry is one 3-pointer from entering the career top-10 in that category. Megan Gluhan (1998-2000), in 10th place, had 70 treys for her career.
With seven 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 16 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 (7.8/g), 9th in field goal percentage (.469) and defensive rebounds (4.5/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 19 of the Spartans 23 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 9.5 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.
LAST TO THE "BYE WEEK"
Beginning this season there are 11 teams competing in the Mountain West and each gets two byes during the conference schedule. Prior to last Wednesday, San José State had been the only team to not get a competition day off. On Wednesday, while the rest of the MW was battling, the Spartans finally got some rest. Their second "bye week" comes on Saturday, February 22.
The Cowgirls are 16-6 overall and 7-4 in Mountain West Conference action heading into the match up with the Spartans on Saturday afternoon. Wyoming is in fourth place in the conference standing.
The Cowgirls are riding a three-game win streak and defeated San Diego State 69-60 on the road on Wednesday night. Wyoming is 10-1 overall and 6-0 on its home court, Arena-Auditorium, this year.
Junior forward Kayla Woodward leads the team in scoring (17.4/g) and ranks third in the conference. Fallon Lewis a senior guard, and junior guard Kaitlyn Mileto are the other Cowgirls in double figures in scoring at 14.9 and 14.2 point per game, respectively. Lewis leads the team at 9.5 rebounds, second in the Mountain West and Marquelle Dent is fourth in the conference at 4.6 assist per game.
Head coach Joe Legerski is in his 11th season leading the Wyoming program. He brought a 207-118 career-record with the Cowgirls into the 2013-14 season.
This will be the fourth meeting between these programs, with Wyoming holding a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series. Prior to this year the previous meetings came in the 1996-97 season, when the teams were both in the WAC. It was a home-and-home series and the Cowgirls defeated San José State 74-51 on the Spartans home court. The Spartans took game one this year 74-68 on Walt McPherson Court.