Spartans Meet Lady Techsters On Saturday

February 18, 2011

Women's Basketball Preview:
San Jose Calif.----San Jose State faces its toughest challenge of the season as they play the conference leaders Louisiana Tech on the Lady Techsters' home court on Saturday night, February 19. Tip-off will begin at 4:00 p.m. PST.

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

Video Stream:
The New Gold Zone is your pass to all things Spartans Athletics. For live video/audio of all San Jose State women's basketball home games, sign up to be a Gold Zone member at SJSUSpartans.com.

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 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 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, and leads the conference in scoring with 22.1 points per game and averages a team-best 9.3 rebounds per game.

The Lady Techsters won their 12th-straight game Thursday, February 17, defeating Hawai'i 76-50. With the win, Louisiana Tech improved to 19-5 on the year and 11-0 in WAC play. 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:
New Mexico State held San Jose State to a WAC season-low 29 points in a 54-29 win at the Pan American Center Thursday.

SJSU connected on 17 percent from the field, 13 percent from downtown and 75 percent from the charity stripe. AJ Newton and Sayja Sumler both contributed nine points to the contest. Brittany Johnson grabbed seven boards and two steals.

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 12.4 points per game. From behind the arc she ranks eighth, averaging 1.64 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 6.3 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 7.5 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 50 assists this season. Sumler averages 2.73 assists per game in conference action, and ranks tenth in WAC standings. AJ Newton follows with 46 and Sara Plavljanin has 40.

Stealing The Game:
Sayja Sumler has a team-high 42 steals this season. Sumler snatched a season-best six against Mount Saint Mary's and ranks seventh in conference standings with an average of 2.09 steals per game. Sara Plavljanin has 33 steals this season, followed by Brittany Johnson's 32 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 24 games played this year, San Jose State has used 14 different starting lineups. Brittany Johnson has started in 22 games this season, Sara Plavljanin with 21, and AJ Newton with 16 starts. Sayja Sumler started in 16 games, followed with Myesha Broaden's 11 and both Liz Johnson and Marnesha Hall have nine. 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 7:00 p.m. (PST).