Feb. 17, 2014
San Jose, Calif. - Getting its second bye of the season, the San José State women's basketball team plays just one game this week. They host the Nevada Wolf Pack on Wednesday, looking to get back in the win column after Wyoming snapped their two-game win streak on Saturday afternoon.
vs. Nevada (13-11, 8-5 MW)
Wednesday, February 19, 7:00 p.m.
The Event Center, San Jose, Calif.
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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TICKETS
Tickets for San José State women's basketball home games are free for all SJSU students with a valid student ID. Adult tickets are $5.00 and $3.00 for youth (12 and under).
Groups of 20 or more can buy discounted tickets at $3.00 per person by 5:00 p.m. the business day before the game via the Spartan Ticket Office at (408) 924-SJTX (7589) or (877) SJSUTIX (757-8849).
The Event Center Box Office opens two hours prior to tip-off for any weekend, holiday game or doubleheader and is open regular business hours (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) for weekday games or weekday doubleheaders.
Parking for all San José State women's basketball games is in the University's Seventh Street Parking Garage. The Seventh Street Garage, located on the Northwest corner of San Salvador Street and Seventh Street, can be accessed through Seventh Street. Parking is $5.00.
WOODBERRY ONE TREY FROM SPARTANS SINGLE-SEASON 3-POINT RECORD
Rebecca Woodberry's (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) 73 3-pointers are good for 2nd place on the San José State women's basketball single-season 3-point list. Woodberry is one trey from tying Kari Steele's single-season record (74 in 1996-97). She leads the MW in 3-pointers (3.2/g) and ranks 9th in the nation.
CUNNIGAN MOVES INTO FOURTH PLACE ON ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
Ta'Rea Cunnigan (Jr., G, Winchester, Calif.) has scored 1,399 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.) for the fourth spot on the list. With her next point, she will become just fourth player in the Spartans' 38-year history to reach the 1,400-point plateau.
Cunnigan became the 13th player to reach the 1,000-point plateau in the game against UC Riverside (11/15). She accomplished the feat in 63 games, the second fastest in program history.
THREES ARE THE NAME OF THE GAME
With 611 3-point attempts and 188 makes, the 2013-14 Spartans have shattered the program's previous marks in each category. San José State scored 146 3-pointers in the 27 games of the 1999-00 season. This year's team equaled that number in just 20 games (at UNLV 1/29). In addition, they passed the previous record for attempts in a season (493 in 29 games in 2000-01) in that same game.
At their current pace (25 attempts per game overall & 18 per MW game) the Spartans are projected to attempt 761 3-pointers for the year and 431 in Mountain West games. Both would set conference records. Fresno State holds the single-season and conference season records; 737 overall and 361 in conference games.
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 NEARLY AUTOMATIC AT THE LINE
With a 2-2 performance at the free throw line against Wyoming (2/15), Rebecca Woodberry is shooting .977 for the season. She is 42-for-43 this year and has made 40 in a row. Her last miss was in her first attempt against Evansville (11/17/13), that's three months without a miss.
BYRD AMONG TOP IN CONFERENCE IN REBOUNDING
Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.) is second overall in the MW (9.6/g) in rebounding and ranks 49th in the nation. Byrd ranks 1st in offensive (3.8) and 2nd in defensive (5.8) 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 - THREE PLAYERS IN THE TOP-15
Averaging 77.6 points per game, the Spartans are the second leading scoring team in the Mountain West Conference and rank 32nd in the nation. Just three years ago, the team was averaging 47.7 points. They have increased scoring by nearly 30 points per game.
San José State has three players among the top-15 scorers in the league, tied for the most of any team. Ta'Rea Cunnigan (Jr., G, Winchester, Calif.) ranks 2nd (19.0/g). Rebecca Woodberry (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) is 7th (14.3/g) and Classye James (Jr., G, East Palo Alto, Calif.) is 15th (12.0/g).
SPARTANS AMONG TOP MW GLASS CLEANERS
At 43.5 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.) ranks second at 9.6 boards. Jasmine Smith (Fr., F, Burbank, Calif.) is at 7.7 rebounds and Rebecca Woodberry (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) checks in at 7.2 rebounds. The three are a two-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 (193). She is one steal from tying Sayja Summler (2008-11) for sixth on the all-time steals list.
In San José State history, Cunnigan ranks 8th in 3-point attempts (292) and makes (88). She is five 3-point attempts from and seven 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 (448) and attempts (1,149).
BYRD IN CAREER RECORD BOOK AS WELL
Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.), who blocked 64 shots in her freshman campaign and has 33 more this season, is already in fourth place in the program's career blocks list. She is 41 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 (3.17) and leads all Mountain West shooters. Her 74 3-pointers are 10 more, and her 197 3-point attempts are more than 30 more than her next closest conference rival.
Woodberry is currently 2nd on the Spartans single-season list for 3-point attempts 15 behind Jessica Kellogg's record of 212 in the 2002-03 season. She is one made 3-pointer behind Kari Steele (74 in 1996-97) for the single season record.
In addition, Woodberry is in 10th place in the San José State career top-10 for made 3-pointers. She is three 3-pointers from tying Sherry Yult (1990-93) for ninth place on the list at 76 total.
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 (7.7/g), 9th in field goal percentage (.470) and defensive rebounds (4.4/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 20 of the Spartans 24 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 9.4 points and 9.8 rebounds, but is doing it in more than five minutes less per game (28.5-to-23.4) .
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 two Wednesdays ago, 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 Wolf Pack are 13-11 overall and 8-5 in Mountain West Conference action heading into the match up with the Spartans on Wednesday evening. Nevada is in fifth place in the conference standing.
The Wolf Pack split their two games last week. They lost 73-48 at Fresno State but came back for a 75-73 home victory over New Mexico on Saturday. Nevada is 4-6 overall (2-4 MW) on the road this year.
Senior guard Danika Sharpe leads the team in scoring (12.7/g) and passed the 1,000-point scoring plateau in the game against New Mexico. Terilyn Moe, a sophomore guard, and senior guard Arielle Wideman are the other Wolf Pack players in double figures in scoring at 11.9 and 11.0 point per game, respectively. Wideman also leads the team and is sixth in the league at 4.3 assists per game. Mimi Mungedi, 6-8 junior center, is the team's leading rebounder (6.3/g) and is averaging a league-best 1.8 blocks per game
The Wolf Pack leads the league in rebounding (44.3/g) and outrebound their opponents by more than three per game (third in the MW). They are first in offensive rebounds (15.5) and second in defensive boards (28.8).
Head coach Jane Albright is in her sixth season leading the Nevada program. She brought a 469-399 career and 72-87 program-record into the 2013-14 season.
This will be the 46th meeting between these programs, with Nevada holding a 24-21 advantage in the all-time series. This rivalry has seen two double-digit win streaks from each team. The Spartans ripped of 12 in a row from 2001-02 through 2005-06. When that ended, the Wolf Pack took the next 11 meetings. Nevada won the first game this year 101-74 in the Lawlor Event Center.