San Jose, Calif. – The San José State women’s basketball team hosts the Fresno State Bulldogs on Wednesday night in The Event Center with both team’s looking to bounce back after disappointing losses in their last outings. The Spartans lost in the last minute to UNLV and Fresno State dropped an overtime game to Colorado State last Saturday.
San José State Spartans (8-16, 5-7 MW)
Fresno State (14-10, 7-6 MW)
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. (PT)
San Jose, Calif. (The Event Center - 5,000)
PLAY4KAY GAME SET FOR FEBRUARY 15 VS. FRESNO STATE
In its annual PLAY4KAY game to raise money and awareness for women’s cancers, the Spartans will don the pink for the team’s game vs. Fresno State on February 15 in the Event Center. PLAY4KAY is the grassroots fundraising initiative of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and has awarded over $5.28 million for scientific research and projects assisting the under served in ALL women’s cancers. Join our coaches and players and wear pink for this important cause/game.
CRAIGHEAD TWO WINS FROM 100
With two more victories, head coach Jamie Craighead will reach the 100-win career plateau. It will be her 49th win at SJSU tying her with Karen Smith (1993-99) for third place on the program all-time wins list. The late Janice Richard (1999-2006) ranks second with 93 wins and Sharon Chatman (1977-86), with 143 victories, is the all-time leader in victories and is the only coach in SJSU women’s basketball with a winning record (143-121/.542).
Through 24 games, San José State has used exactly one starting lineup and those five are also the five leading scorers on the team. The five are Myzhanique Ladd (Jr., G, Seattle, Wash.), Paris Baird (Sr., F, Van Nuys, Calif.), Jasmine Smith (Sr., F, Burbank, Calif.), Rachol West (Sr., G, Bakersfield, Calif.) & Dezz Ramos (Sr., PG, West Valley, Utah). In a survey of Division I programs, only Syracuse and Saint Louis University responded as starting line up all year and having those five players as the five top-scorers on the team.
RAMOS QUICKEST TO 1,000 POINTS IN SJSU HISTORY
Senior Dezz Ramos (Sr., PG, West Valley, Utah), with 14 points against New Mexico (2/4), became the 16th player in program history to score 1,000 points in her Spartans’ career. Ramos reached the milestone in 51 games, four games quicker than Lora Alexander who accomplished the feat in her 55th game. Ramos and Alexander are the only two Spartans to score at least 1,000-career points in their first two seasons in a Spartans jersey. Alexander, an SJSU Hall of Fame honoree, scored 1,019 points in 56 career games. Ramos currently has 1,052 points and at least seven games left in her SJSU career. At her current scoring pace (21.9 ppg) she could slip into the program’s top-10 in career scoring.
CLIMBING THE SINGLE SEASON LISTS
Myzhanique Ladd (Jr., G, Seattle, Wash.) has hit 55 of her 65 free throw attempts (84.6 percent) this year. That percentage is the fifth best on the program’s single-season list.
Jasmine Smith (Sr., F, Burbank, Calif.) has scored on 124 of her 228 field goal attempts (54.4 percent) which is the 36th highest in the nation and currently ranks third on the program’s single-season list.
Dezz Ramos (Sr., PG, West Valley, Utah) has scored 526 points this season which ranks 7th on the program’s single-season list. The record is 603 points by Brittany Johnson in the 2011-12 season. At Ramos’ current scoring pace (21.9 ppg overall & 25.0 ppg in MW) and with a minimum of seven more games this season, she could shatter the record. Ramos is also knocking down free throws at a high rate. She has converted 110 of 124 attempts (88.7 percent which puts her in second place on the program’s single-season list.
RAMOS AMONG THE SCORING ELITE AT SJSU, IN THE MW AND THE NATION
With six 30+ performances this year and seven in her Spartans’ career, Dezz Ramos (Sr., PG, West Valley, Utah) ranks second on the MW list of single-season 30+ point games and first on the SJSU single-season and career lists. Through 12 MW games her 24.8 ppg is slightly less than seven points higher than New Mexico’s Cherise Beynon (17.9 ppg) who is in second place. Nationally, Ramos ranks ninth in total points (526) as well as in points per game (21.9).
DEZZ IN THE SPARTANS CAREER LIST...AND THIS IS IN LESS THAN TWO YEARS ***
After competing in her 50th game as a Spartans in the team’s 76-65 victory at UNLV, Dezz Ramos (Sr., PG, West Valley, Utah) reached the minimum requirement for the program’s career lists. She now ranked first in scoring average (19.8/g), 14th in points (1,052), 17th in field goals (362), 14th in field goal attempts (929), 8th in 3-point field goals (114), 10th in 3-point field goal attempts (340), 6th 3-point percentage (.335), 14th in free throws (214), 22nd in free throw attempts (248), 2nd in free throw percentage (.863), and 13th in assists (240).
TWO...IT’S A SPECIAL NUMBER
When Dezz Ramos (Sr., PG, West Valley, Utah) reached 1,000-career points as a Spartan, in the team’s game against New Mexico (2/4), she became the second SJSU player reach the plateau this season joining Jasmine Smith (Sr., F, Burbank, Calif.) who passed 1,000-career points against Nevada (12/29). It is the second time in San José State women’s basketball history that two players reach the 1,000-point benchmark in the same season. Hall of Famer members Karen Mason (1978-81) and Elinor Banks (1978-81) both reach 1,000 points in the 1979-80 season.
SMITH IS AMONG THE BEST EVER AS A SPARTAN
Having passed 1,000-career points in the Spartans game against Nevada (12/29) and surpassing 700-career rebound at Fresno State (1/7), Jasmine Smith (Sr., F, Burbank, Calif.) became the fifth player to wear the Gold, White and Blue and to join the 1,000/700 club. She joined Elinor Banks (1,672 pts./1,062 rebs.), Lamisha Augustine (1,226 pts./700 rebs.), Rhoda Chew (1,188 pts./946 rebs.) and Riana Byrd (1,034 pts./1,038 rebs.) as the only Spartans to reach the milestone.