Spartans Host Final Two Home Games Of 2011-12

San Jose, Calif. - With matchups against Nevada on Wednesday and Fresno State on Saturday, the San Jose State women's basketball team wraps up the home portion of its 2011-12 schedule.  Wednesday night is the team's Think Pink game and Saturday will be Senior Night; four seniors will be honored prior to tipoff. 

vs. Nevada (5-20, 1-9 Western Athletic)
Think Pink Night
Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
The Event Center, San Jose, Calif.
Live stats available at
www.sjsuspartans.com
Broadcast is available on 90.5 KSJS-FM
Streaming video is available through the Gold Zone at
www.sjsuspartans.com

vs. Fresno State (22-4, 10-0 Western Athletic)
Senior Night Celebration
Saturday, February 25, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
The Event Center, San Jose, Calif.
Live stats available at
www.sjsuspartans.com
Broadcast is available on 90.5 KSJS-FM
Streaming video is available through the Gold Zone at
www.sjsuspartans.com

LIVE STATS
Fans can view live stats of all San Jose State home and road contests by accessing the "Live Stats" feature at www.sjsuspartans.com.  Click on the link at the top of the home page to follow the action.

VIDEO STREAMING
The Gold Zone is your passport to Spartan Athletics.  For live video/audio of San Jose State women's basketball home games, sign up to be a Gold Zone member at www.sjsuspartans.com

RADIO COVERAGE
KSJS (90.5 FM, San Jose) originates the majority of San Jose State women's basketball home broadcasts.  Alex Scott calls the women's basketball play-by-play.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TICKETS
Tickets for all San Jose State home women's basketball games are free for all SJSU students with a valid student ID.  Adult tickets are $5.00, $3.00 for youth (12 and under).
Groups of 20 or more can buy discounted tickets at $3.00 per person.  The ticket office opens two hours prior  to tip-off at The Event Center or can be purchased by calling San Jose State Athletics Ticket Office at 408-924-SJTX (7589).

THINK PINK ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT
San Jose State University invites fans to support the fight against cancer at the "Think Pink" game against Nevada on Wednesday, February 22.

San Jose State Athletics is partnering with the American Cancer Society and Good Samaritan Hospital to promote breast cancer awareness and raise money for a cure. Donations will be accepted at the game and fans are encouraged to wear pink to show their support.

The first 100 fans in the door will get a FREE pink Spartan Basketball shirt courtesy of Good Samaritan Hospital, so get there early!

SATURDAY IS SENIOR NIGHT
Prior to the 7:00 p.m. tipoff against Fresno State on Saturday, February 25, San Jose State University, the Athletics Department and the women's basketball team will honor four women's basketball seniors.

Palagi Atoe, Myesha Broaden, Brittany Johnson and Sara Plavljanin will compete in The Event Center for San Jose State for the final time.

SPARTANS GO FOR FIFTH WAC WIN
With four wins in their first 10 conference games, the Spartans have already equaled or surpassed their single-season WAC win total from any of the last five seasons.  The last time they won as many as four conference games was in 2005-06 when San Jose State went 8-8 in WAC play.

DOUBLE DIGIT SCORING ELITE
Senior Brittany Johnson's 25 consecutive double-digit scoring efforts to open the season is the most for a Spartan since the start of the 1999-00 season. Cricket Williams holds the single-season record for double-digit scoring games with 27 in 2002-03 and she holds the consecutive games streak in double-digits with 41 (25 in a row to end 2001-02 and 16 straight to open 2002-03). 

CUNNIGAN TOPS FRESHMAN SCORING
After six weeks of conference play, freshman guard Ta'Rea Cunnigan is the WAC's ninth-leading scorer.  Her 13.5 points per game makes her the only freshman in the top-10 and one of three freshman in the top-20.   Fresno State's Madison Parrish is 15th (10.7 ppg) and Louisiana Tech's Whitney Frazier is 16th (10.5 ppg) and .

In all games played, Cunnigan is the 12th-leading scorer in the WAC (11.8 ppg) and the leading scorer among freshman.  She leads Idaho's Stacy Barr who is at 9.6 ppg and is 18th in the conference and Parrish who is 20th at 9.6 ppg.

BRITTANY, BRITTANY BRITTANY
Senior forward Brittany Johnson contines to exert her will on the WAC and is opening eyes across the country.

Johnson leads the WAC and ranks 20th nationally in scoring at 19.6 points per game.  She ranks fourth in the WAC in defensive rebounds (5.8), fourth in minutes per game (34.1), fifth in total rebounding (8.3), seventh in offensive rebounds (2.4), eighth in steals (1.6) and 1ninth in blocks (0.8). She has recorded seven double-doubles and her 25-game double-digit scoring streak to open the season surpassed Cricket Williams' 16-game streak in 2002-03. 

PLAVLJANIN MOVING UP THE SPARTANS RECORD BOOK
With her next 3-point bucket, her 51st of the season, senior Sara Plavljanin will move into sixth place in the San Jose State single-season list for made 3-pointers.  She is currently tied with Atari Parker who hit 50 and 51 trey's in the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons, respectively. 

In addition, Plavljanin is the fourth on the single-season list for 3-point percentage at .385.  Her career marks include: seventh in 3-pointers made (85) and 3-point attempts (248) and sixth in 3-point percentage (.344).

SCOUTING NEVADA
The Wolf Pack are 5-20 overall and in eighth place in the WAC at 1-9.  They lost both of their home games last week; 84-76 against Utah State and 87-86 in overtime against Idaho. Nevada has dropped their last seven games dating back to a 72-36 loss to Hawai'i on January 26. 

The Wolf Pack finished last season 9-7 in conference play and 22-11 overall. They received a bid to the WNIT and won their first game before falling in the second round.

Nevada is led by Kate Kevorken, a senior guard, who at 15.8 points per game leads the team.  She ranks second on the team at 5.9 rebounds per contest.  Kayla Williams, a senior forward, is averaging 13.2 points and leads Nevada at 7.4 boards per outing. 

As a team, the Wolf Pack is averaging 67.4 points per game on .411 shooting from the field and are 1-4 in WAC road games and 2-10 overall on the road.
 
Head coach Jane Albright is in her fourth season leading the Wolf Pack.  Entering the season her record was 57-41 at Nevada and 454-353 in 27 total years as a head coach.

HISTORY: Spartans vs. Wolf Pack
The Spartans hold a 23-20 lead over the Wolf Pack in the all-time series.  The Spartans broke an 11-game losing streak to Nevada with their 86-79 win on January 28.  The win also ended a 44-game WAC road losing streak that covered six years.

In the win at Nevada, the Spartans dominated the paint, outscoring the Wolf Pack 46-to-26 on their way to outshooting Nevada 50.8 percent (30-of-59) to 36.5 percent (27-of 74) from the floor.

The Wolf Pack jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead in the first three minutes, but a Johnson layup and Sara Plavljanin 3-pointer tied it up with just over 15 minutes to play.  The game was tied again at 11-11 with 13:33 to play.

The Spartans then went on a 6-to-0 run, and never trailed again. 

They had their largest first-half lead 29-20 with 5:08 to play.  Nevada (5-15, 1-4 WAC) chipped away at the advantage and got it down to one point, 33-32 before a Johnson layup with 28 seconds to go sent the teams to the locker room with the score 35-32. San Jose State shot 48.4 percent (15-of-31) led by 14 points by Johnson.

In the second half, San Jose State pushed its lead to 11 points on a Broaden layup with just over 11 minutes to play and maintained its double-digit advantage until a pair of Kate Kevorken free throws at the 7:31 mark cut it to nine.  Kevorken, who would finish the game with a team-high 25 points for the Wolf Pack, scored eight of her team's next 15 points as part of a 15-to-7 run which cut the Spartans lead to one point 74-73 with 3:06 to play.

The Spartans hit 8-of-10 free throws in the last minute and 13 seconds to secure the 86-79 win.

SCOUTING FRESNO STATE
The Bulldogs are 22-4 overall and in first place in the WAC at 10-0.  They hosted two games last week defeating Idaho 76-68 and Utah State 78-60.  They play at Hawai'i on Thursday before traveling to San Jose for this Saturday matchup.

Fresno State finished last season with an 25-8 overall record, 14-2 in conference play.  They won the WAC Tournament and the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, but lost to North Carolina in the first round.

The Bulldogs have two players averaging double-digit scoring on the year.  Sophomore guard Ki-Ki Moore tops the team at 17.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.  Rosie Moult, a junior forward, is averaging 12.1 points and 5.1 boards per contest.

As a team, Fresno State is averaging a league-best 75.7 points per game on .425 shooting from the field.

Head coach Adrian Wiggins is in his seventh season leading Fresno State.  Entering the season his record was 147-60.

HISTORY: Spartans vs. Bulldogs
In 67 attempts the Spartans have only won 17 games against Fresno State.  In the 36 games contested in San Jose, the Spartans record is 9-25.  The Bulldogs have won the last eight meetings on San Jose State's home court with the last Spartans win coming in the 2002-03 season, 66-53.

In the game in Fresno earlier this season, Fresno State outplayed San Jose State in two critical areas.  They forced 32 turnovers to the Spartans 10 and turned that into a 29-to-6 advantage in points off turnovers.  They beat the Spartans on the offensive glass 16-to-10 and used that margin to get a 10-to-3 advantage in second-chance points on their way to the victory.

In the first half the Spartans shot a better percentage than the Bulldogs, 45.8 percent-to 33.3 percent, but Fresno State hit seven 3-pointers to San Jose State's one.  The 'Dogs also won the turnover battle 17-to-5 and converted them into 11 points to the Spartans four, taking a 35-25 lead into the locker room.

In the second half the Spartans kept the game close, trailing 48-38 with just over 11 minutes to play.  But the Bulldogs closed the game on a 28-to-11 run led by 12 points from Ki-Ki Moore, who finished with a game-high 19 points.  Alex Sheedy added 10 of her 16 points for the game in the second half and was joined by Rosie Moult and Madison Parrish who chipped in with 13 points each in double-figure scoring.