Women's Basketball Preview:
San Jose Calif.---- The Spartans will meet the Rainbow Wahine (9-17, 3-10 WAC) across the Pacific Ocean in Honolulu, Hawai'i on Thursday, February 24, for their final regular-season road game of the season. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (PST).
Fans can view free live stats for the Hawai'i game at SJSUSpartans.com. To follow, click on the live stats link on the home page.
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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 Hawai'i 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).
Head coach Dana Takahara-Dias returns for her second season at the helm of her alma mater. After graduating just one senior last season, the Rainbow Wahine return a veteran squad with 10 letterwinners, including three starters.
Hawai‘i is led by freshman forward, Kamilah Jackson, who is averaging a double-double overall with 11.8 points per game and 11.8 rebounds per game. Nationally, Jackson is fifth best in NCAA DI rebounds this year with 284 total boards. Senior guard, Keisha Kanekoa, is second on the team with 10.8 points per game and leads UH with 85 assists.
Last week UH went 1-2 on the road, losing 69-42 at Nevada, beating Idaho 57-52 and dropping its final road contest of the season, 76-50 at LA Tech.
The Series With The Rainbow Wahine:
Hawai'i holds a 38-16 all-time series lead over San Jose State. However, the Spartans have won recent back-to-back contests, both wins coming at the comforts of The Event Center.
Season Matchup Against UH:
The Spartans came out to shoot a season-high 22-of-24 at the line in the second half, to defeat Hawai'i 53-43 on January 22 at The Event Center.
San Jose State led wire-to-wire against Hawai'i, using a strong first-half effort from Sara Plavljanin to earn an early advantage, and relying on top-scorer AJ Newton, Myesha Broaden and Sayja Sumler to hold off UH throughout the second half. Plavljanin tallied 7 points in the opening stanza while Newton, Broaden and Sumler poured in a combined 28 points in the second half, 19 of which came from the free throw line.
The Spartans chipped away at a 20-point deficit in the first half, to just one with less than five minutes to play, but the Lady Techsters survived the scare from San Jose State winning 62-53 Saturday at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Sayja Sumler had career-bests of 25 points and eight steals. Sara Plavljanin scored 14 points and Marnesha Hall grabbed six boards. The Spartans finished shooting 42.6 percent (20-of-47) to the Lady Techsters' 40.5 percent (17-of-42).
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 12.5 points per game. From behind the arc she ranks seventh, averaging 1.67 three-pointers a game. Plavljanin tallied double-digit scoring in 15 games this season.
Second Half Team:
During the month of February, the Spartans put up their strongest numbers in the second half in all five games. San Jose State scored 115 points in the second and 91 points in the first. They went to the line just 18 times for 66.7 percent (12-of-18) in the first to 44 times for 75 percent (33-of-44) in the second half.
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 6.1 per game. She grabbed a career-best 15 boards against Fresno State and ranks sixth in conference games amongst all Western Athletic Conference players with 7.1 RPG. Sayja Sumler averages 4.9 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 53 assists this season. Sumler averages 2.75 assists per game in conference action, and ranks 12th in WAC standings. AJ Newton follows with 48 and Sara Plavljanin has 42.
Stealing The Game:
Sayja Sumler has a team-high 50 steals this season. Sumler snatched a career-best eight at Louisiana Tech and ranks second in conference standings with an average of 2.58 steals per game. Sara Plavljanin has 36 steals this season, followed by Brittany Johnson's 35 steals.
Get That Out Of Here:
On defense, Myesha Broaden and Brittany Johnson lead the Spartans with 13 blocks each. Broaden recorded a season-high two blocks against Mount Saint Mary's and Louisiana Tech. Brittany Johnson grabbed two at Idaho and at Louisiana Tech.
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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.
In 25 games played this year, San Jose State has used 14 different starting lineups. Brittany Johnson has started in 23 games this season, Sara Plavljanin with 22, and both AJ Newton and Sayja Sumler started in 16 games. Myesha Broaden has 11 starts, Marnesha Hall has 10 and Liz Johnson has nine starts. Dominique Hamilton and Leonie Solia notched four, while Marisa Williams has three starts. 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.
The Spartans return home to battle Boise State on Saturday, February 26 at a new start time, 8:30 p.m. Saturday's doubleheader with men's basketball is Breast Cancer Awareness Night. Fans are encouraged to show their support by wearing pink to the game.