Spartans At New Mexico State, LA Tech

February 15, 2011

Women's Basketball Preview:
San Jose Calif.----The Spartans continue their four-game road stretch, and travel to battle New Mexico State (10-14, 4-6 WAC) on Thursday, February 17 at 6:00 p.m. (PST). San Jose State (2-21, 2-8 WAC) is seeking its first road victory of the season while NM State holds a 1-3 home record in conference play.

Later in the week the Spartans head to Louisiana Tech on Saturday, February 19. Tip-off is slated for 4:00 p.m. (PST).

Live Stats:
Fans can view free live stats for the New Mexico State and Louisiana Tech game at SJSUSpartans.com. To follow, click on the live stats link on the home page.

Video Stream:
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Radio Coverage:
KSJS (90.5 FM, San Jose) originates San Jose State University basketball broadcasts. Nolan Rak calls the women's basketball play-by-play. There is no KSJS broadcast for the NM State or LA Tech game.

Women's Basketball Ticket Prices:
Tickets for all San Jose State home women's basketball games are $5 for adults, $3 for youth 12 and under, and free admission to all students with a valid SJSU ID. Also, groups of 20 or more can buy discounted tickets of $3 per person. The ticket office opens two hours prior to tip-off at The Event Center or can be purchased by calling the San Jose State Athletics Ticket Office at 408-924-SJTX (7589).

Scouting New Mexico State:
Entering year eight as New Mexico State's head coach, Darin Spence welcomes back 10 letterwinners including four starters to his 2010-11 squad.

Madison Spence leads the team in scoring, averaging 15.1 points per game and joining her in double-digit scoring is Jasmine Lowe (13.4), Tabytha Wampler (12.5) and Danisha Corbett (10.6). Wampler averages a team-high 7.7 boards per game.

The Aggies (10-14, 4-6 WAC) dropped four consecutive games and recently lost to Hawai'i 57-52 at home on Tuesday, February 15.

The Series With The Aggies:
San Jose State is 3-23 against New Mexico State. The Spartans won in 2003 (69-41), 2004 (54-43), and 2006 (58-35).

Season Matchup Against NM State:
The Spartans took a 28-21 lead into the locker room, their largest point differential of the season, but had trouble getting to the basket in the second half and dropped a 52-46 contest at home against the Aggies on January 8, 2011.

Guard Sara Plavljanin came up big, tripling her scoring average for the season with a career-high 28 points, accounting for 61 percent of the Spartans' points in the game. Plavljanin nearly went perfect notching 5-of-6 behind the arc. Brittany Johnson and Marisa Williams each grabbed seven boards.

Scouting Louisiana Tech:
The Lady Techsters are led by head coach Teresa Weatherspoon. Entering her third year as the head coach (her second full year), Weatherspoon returns three starters and eight letterwinners from last year's team who captured the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Tournament title and advanced to the program's 26th NCAA Tournament.

Adrienne Johnson was named the WAC player of the week for the week of February 7-13, leads the conference in scoring with 22.1 points per game and averages a team-best 9.4 rebounds per game.

The Lady Techsters are 18-5 overall, 10-0 in WAC play after their 88-79 win at New Mexico State on Saturday, February 12. In the latest collegerpi.com rankings, LA Tech is an RPI of 26.

The Series With The Lady Techsters:
San Jose State is 0-19 against the Lady Techsters. Last year the Spartans dropped the series, 92-48 at home and 81-66 at Louisiana Tech.

Season Matchup Against LA Tech:
The Spartans evened the score 16-16 early, but couldn't deliver on its offense in a 69-34 loss to Louisiana Tech at The Event Center on Thursday, January 6, 2011.

San Jose State was paced by Myesha Broaden's 12 points, while Sara Plavljanin notched 10. Marisa Williams grabbed a career-high eight rebounds. The Spartans were held to 27.3% shooting (12-of-44) from the floor, 2-of-10 from three-point range, and made 8-of-16 at the free throw line for 50.0%.

Last Outing:
San Jose State fought a hard battle against the University of Nevada and trailed 26-24 at the half, but poor shooting in the second half proved costly, falling 65-36 to the Wolf Pack Thursday, February 10.

San Jose State was unable to recover from a 12-0 Wolf Pack run to begin the second, shooting just 5-of-26 from the field, or 19.2 percent.

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. 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.

Fast Out Of The Gate:
In the month of January, the Spartans held the advantage at the half versus New Mexico State, Santa Clara, Idaho and Hawai'i. They averaged a 4.25 point lead in the first 20 minutes of action and led for a total of 64 minutes in the first half of these four games.

Plavljanin's Producing Buckets:
Junior guard Sara Plavljanin ranks among the best in conference action when it comes to producing points. Plavljanin rounds out the top 10, averaging 12.9 points per game. From behind the arc she ranks eighth, averaging 1.70 three-pointers a game. Plavljanin tallied double-digit scoring in 14 games this season.

First Career Double-Doubles:
Two San Jose State players this season recorded their first career double-doubles. The latest, Myesha Broaden, grabbed 10 rebounds and tipped in 14 points versus Mount Saint Mary's on December 29. Brittany Johnson notched two double-doubles this season, one against Cal Poly (16 points, 10 rebounds) on December 18 and at San Francisco (11 points, 11 rebounds) on November 15.

Grabbing The Round Ball:
Brittany Johnson leads the Spartan team in rebounding with 6.2 per game. She grabbed a career-best 15 boards against Fresno State and ranks fifth in conference games amongst all Western Athletic Conference players with 7.6 RPG. Sayja Sumler averages 5.0 rebounds and Sara Plavljanin trails with 4.0 rebounds per game.

Dishing Out The Round Ball:
After missing five games due to an injury (lower back), Sayja Sumler has a Spartan-high 48 assists this season. Sumler averages 2.80 assists per game in conference action, and ranks ninth in WAC standings. AJ Newton follows with 44 and Sara Plavljanin has 40.

Stealing The Game:
Sayja Sumler has a team-high 41 steals this season. Sumler snatched a season-best six against Mount Saint Mary's and ranks sixth in conference standings with an average of 2.20 steals per game. Sara Plavljanin has 33 steals this season, followed by Brittany Johnson's 30 steals.

Get That Out Of Here:
On defense, Myesha Broaden leads the Spartans with 12 blocked shots. Broaden recorded a season-high two blocks against Mount Saint Mary's and Louisiana Tech. Brittany Johnson notched 11 thus far including two at Idaho.

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Racking Up The Frequent Flyer Miles:
With close to 21,000 miles of travel this season, the Spartans are projected to log 19,697 air miles and 1,301 miles of ground transportation in 2010-11.

Starting Lineups:
In 23 games played this year, San Jose State has used 13 different starting lineups. Brittany Johnson has started in 22 games this season, Sara Plavljanin with 20, and AJ Newton with 16 starts. Sayja Sumler started in 15 games, followed with Myesha Broaden's 10 and both Liz Johnson and Marnesha Hall have eight. Dominique Hamilton, and Leonie Solia notched four, while Marisa Williams has three. Rounding out with a pair is Monique Coble.

2010-11 Media Guides:
San Jose State women's basketball media guides are now available! To purchase, call the San Jose State Athletics Ticket Office at 408-924-SJTX (7589). The 2010-11 media guide is available for $10.00.

WAC Tournament Held In Vegas:
The 2011 Western Athletic Conference Tournament will be held March 9-12 in Las Vegas, Nev., at the Orleans Arena.

WAC Tournament Format Change:
The 2011 WAC Tournament features a new format that rewards teams based on regular-season success. The tournament begins on Wednesday (March 9) with two men's and two women's games featuring the No. 5 seed against the No. 8 seed and No. 6 vs. No. 7. The winners then advance to Thursday's (March 10) quarterfinal matchups to play the No. 4 and No. 3 seeds. The winners of those games then advance to Friday's (March 11) semifinals against the top two seeds. The change also results in two men's and two women's games being played each day of the tournament except for Saturday (March 12), which will feature the men's and women's championship games.

Up Next:
The Spartans will meet the Rainbow Wahine across the Pacific Ocean in Honolulu, Hawai'i on Thursday, February 24, for their final road game of the season. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. (PST).