San Jose, Calif. – With four games remaining in the regular season and in the midst of an eight-game slide, the San José State women’s basketball team hopes to right its ship before the start of the Mountain West Championship beginning on Wednesday night with its game against Nevada in The Event Center.
San José State Spartans (6-19, 3-11 MW)
Nevada Wolf Pack (12-13, 5-9 MW)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 7:00 p.m. (PT)
San Jose, Calif. (The Event Center - 5,000)
QUICK LOOK AT NEVADA
This will be the Wolf Pack’s 26th game of the year. Nevada (12-13, 5-9 MW) snapped a seven-game losing streak in its last game, an 85-78 overtime win against Utah State. Overall the Wolf Pack are scoring 69.0 points a game and giving up 69.1. Nevada is shooting .413 from the floor and .339 from three-point range while opponents are hitting at a .437 clip, including .395 from beyond the arc.
Nevada’s top scorer and leading rebounder is Teige Zeller (6-2, Sr., F) at 13.7points and 8.6 rebounds per game, respectively. T Moe (5-8, Sr., G), in her sixth year at Nevada, leads the squad in assists (3.2) and steals (1.5) per game. AJ Cephus (6-0, Jr., F) is the top shot blocker at 0.6 per game.
Amanda Levens is in her first season leading the Wolf Pack’s program and fifth as a Division I head coach. She brought a four-year 41-76 record from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville into this season.
WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE
The Spartans’ women’s basketball team unveiled its “Women Of Excellence” mentor program at the Colorado State game on February 10. The program matches each player with a mentor in the San Jose business community, with the focus of building relationships beyond basketball to inspire the student-athletes to be leaders in their communities and positively affect others after graduation. The program culminates with a banquet on May 6 honoring the participants, both the student-athletes and participants from the community.
BENALLY ESTABLISHES NEW SJSU SOPHOMORE THREE-POINT RECORD
Analyss Benally (So., G, Shiprock, N.M.) leads SJSU with 53 3-ptrs and ranks fifth in the MW at 2.1/g, and sixth in MW games at 2.1/g. Against UNLV (1/31) Benally equaled and then passed Kari Steele’s sophomore single-season record of 47 threes, which was set in 1994-95. If she continues at her current pace, and the Spartans play only five more games, she will finish with 64 threes, which would be the seventh most in single-season program history.
FRESHMAN THREE-POINT RECORD COULD FALL AS WELL
In 2013-14, Britta Hall made 43 three pointers, to set the program’s freshman record. Megan Anderson (Fr., G, Fresno, Calif.), has made 34 this year, second most on the team, and could reach Hall’s mark. Through 25 games, Anderson is averaging 1.4 threes per game. If she continues at her pace this season, she would make 42 threes in 30 games...and oh so close to equaling the current record freshman record.
BENALLY SHOOTS INTO TOP-25 OF SPARTAN CAREER THREE-POINT LIST
Analyss Benally (So., G, Shiprock, N.M.) has come from virtually nowhere to enter the top-25 of Spartan career three-point shooters. Benally made one shot all of last season, a three-pointer at Utah State. This year, she has drained 53 threes in 25 games and with a total of 54 for her career.
The 54 threes for her career slots her into T19th place all-time on the program’s three-point list. In addition, Benally ranks 23rd in career three-point attempts (168) and seventh in three-point percentage (.321). If she continues at the pace she has set this season (2.1/g), she projects to complete her SJSU career with 208 three-pointers which would be a new career record for the program.
REBOUNDS TELL THE STORY
When the Spartans win...they hit the boards...they win the game...period. San José State has not been outrebounded by any of its opponent in its six victories and holds a 269-to-244 advantage in those games, for a +4.2 rebound margin. In its 19 losses, SJSU has been outrebounded 872-to-608 for a rebounding margin of -13.8. It’s a simple formula.
IF IT’S FREE...SJSU WILL TAKE THREE
Making 7.9 three-pointers per game, the Spartans rank second in the Mountain West and rank 50th in the nation. In 17 of the team’s 25 games they have launched at least 20, in nine games they have hit at least nine and in seven have reached double digits makes. In addition, San José State is 59th in the nation in total threes (198), 55th in three-point attempts (592) and 104th in three-point field goal percentage (.334).
LADD CLIMBING THE SJSU CAREER LISTS
Entering the New Mexico game, Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) ranks in the top-25 of 16 SJSU career categories. She is 17th in scoring (963), 4th in free throws (276), 9th in free throw attempts (374) and 10th in free throw percentage (.738). Ladd ranks 11th in rebounds (573), 5th in offensive (220) and 14th and defensive boards (353). She is 15th in assists (225), 22nd in steals (121), 18th in three-point attempts (191) and 17th in makes (57) and 14th in three-point percentage (.298). Ladd is 8th in starts (88), 8th in games (116) and 8th in minutes (2,998).
If she continues at her current pace, she will finish her Spartans career in the top-10 in nine categories and 13 in the top-20 as well as becoming the 16th player all-time to score 1,000 points in a Spartans jersey.
Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) is making a big push to reach 1,000-career points this season. Ladd has scored 963 points in her Spartans’ career. If San José State plays a minimum of five more games this season, Ladd needs to average 7.4/game to reach the milestone. Based on her career 8.3 ppg average, she is projected to reach 1,000 career points in the team’s first game in the Mountain West Championship (3/5-3/9). However, her 13.1 ppg in 2017-18, she could get there at Utah State (2/27). Entering today’s game Ladd ranks 17th on the program’s career scoring list.
Hallie Gennett (Sr., F, Post Falls, Idaho) is 32 points from the milestone. With a minimum of five more games this season, Gennett needs to average 6.4 points per game to reach 1,000. At her career scoring average of 8.8/g, she is projected to reach 1,000 in four games.