San Jose, Calif. – With both the San José State women’s basketball team and San Diego State having 4-11 records in Mountain West play and in ninth and eighth place, respectively, Saturday’s afternoon matchup has MW Tournament seeding implications.
San José State Spartans (7-19, 4-11 MW)
San Diego State Aztecs (10-16, 4-11 MW)
Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. (PT)
San Diego, Calif. (Viejas Arena - 12,414)
QUICK LOOK AT SAN DIEGO STATE
This will be the Aztecs’ 27th game of the year. SDSU (10-16, 4-11 MW) has lost seven of its last eight games, including , a 56-48 loss against Air Force on Wednesday. Overall the Aztecs are scoring 64.2 points a game and giving up 68.0. San Diego State is shooting .390 from the floor and .337 from three-point range while opponents are hitting at a .417 clip, including .319 from beyond the arc.
SDSU’s top scorer and leading rebounder is McKynzie Fort (5-9, Sr., G) at 16.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, respectively. In addition, Fort tops the team with 1.4 steals per game. Geena Gomez (5-8, Sr., G) leads SDSU in assists (3.7/g) and Balyee Vanderdoes (6-1, So., F) is the top shot blocker at 0.7 per game.
Stacie Terry is in her fifth season leading the Aztecs’ program. She brought a 48-74 record into this season.
LADD CLIMBING THE SJSU CAREER LISTS
Entering the SDSU game, Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) ranks in the top-25 of 16 SJSU career categories. She is 17th in scoring (972), 23rd in both field goals (319) and field goal attempts (771), 4th in free throws (277), 9th in free throw attempts (378) and 11th in free throw percentage (.733). Ladd ranks 11th in rebounds (579), 5th in offensive (223) and 14th and defensive boards (356). She is 15th in assists (231), 22nd in steals (124), 18th in three-point attempts (192) and 17th in makes (57) and 14th in three-point percentage (.297). Ladd is 8th in starts (89), 8th in games (117) and 8th in minutes (3,030).
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 972 points in her Spartans’ career. If San José State plays a minimum of four more games this season, Ladd needs to average 7.0/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 12.9 ppg in 2017-18, she could get there versus Air Force (3/2). Entering today’s game Ladd ranks 17th on the program’s career scoring list.
Hallie Gennett (Sr., F, Post Falls, Idaho) is 25 points from the milestone. With a minimum of four more games this season, Gennett needs to average 6.3 points per game to reach 1,000. At her career scoring average of 8.8/g, she is projected to reach 1,000 in three games.
BENALLY BUILDING ON NEW SJSU SOPHOMORE THREE-POINT RECORD
Analyss Benally (So., G, Shiprock, N.M.) leads SJSU with 56 3-ptrs and ranks fifth in the MW at 2.2/g, and sixth in MW games at 2.2/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 26 games, Anderson is averaging 1.3 threes per game. If she continues at her pace, she would make 39 threes in 30 games...and would be oh so close to equaling the current record freshman record.
BENALLY SHOOTS INTO CAREER & SINGLE SEASON THREE-POINT LISTS
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 56 threes in 26 games and with a total of 57 for her career.
The 57 threes for her career slots her into T17th place all-time on the program’s three-point list. In addition, Benally ranks 22nd in career three-point attempts (175) and seventh in three-point percentage (.326)
Her 56 three pointers are the 10th most by a Spartans in a single-season. If she continues at the current pace and SJSU plays only four more games, she would end the season with 65 three, which would be the sixth most in a season by a Spartan.
IF IT’S FREE...SJSU WILL TAKE THREE
Making 7.8 three-pointers per game, the Spartans rank second in the Mountain West and rank 54th in the nation. In 18 of the team’s 26 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 53rd in the nation in total threes (203), 51st in three-point attempts (612) and 104th in three-point field goal percentage (.332).
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.
SPARTANS ROSTER SECOND YOUNGEST IN DIVISION I
In a preseason poll of Media Relations Directors, the Spartans are the second youngest team in Division I women’s basketball, based on percentage of freshman and sophomores on the roster. Twelve of SJSU’s 15 players are underclassmen, which ties them for second place with Florida International. UNC Greenville has the youngest team in the nation at 87.7 percent underclassmen.
LADD NAMED MOUNTAIN WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK ON JAN. 6
Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) earned the MW Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honor for games played from December 31 to January 6.
In two games, Ladd averaged 19.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game, while shooting 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from the field and 60.0 percent (3-of-5) from 3-point range. With 27-point in a win against New Mexico, Ladd moved into 24th place on the program’s career scoring list.
Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) Co-Captain...In the past year, scoring average is up from 8.4 to 12.9. On pace to finish 3rd on the program’s all-time free throws list. Is 28 pts from 1,000 for her Spartans career.
Taylor Turney (So., PG, Henderson, Nev.) averaged 4.3 ppg last year and now leads the team at 13.6/g. At Nevada (1/17) scored a career-high 28 points. Leads team (4th in MW) with 4.2 assists per game.
Analyss Benally (So., G, Shiprock, N.M.) leads SJSU with 56 3-ptrs and ranks 5th in the MW at 2.2/g. In her career, 57 of 65 buckets are three-pointers. Established a new SJSU sophomore record for threes in a season vs. UNLV (1/31).
Fieme’a Hafoka (So., G, Kihei, Maui) Co-Captain...set a career-high with 11 points at #19/19 Oregon State and then broke it with 12 points against Nebraska. Tied for the team lead in steals (32) and fourth in assists (48).
Mikaylah Wilson (Fr., F, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) has made nine starts in 2017-18, which ties Myzhanique Ladd for 3rd most by a freshman in Coach Craighead’s five seasons at SJSU. (Britta Hall - 27 in 2013-14). Second team in blocks (25).
Danae Marquez (Fr., PG, Fresno, Calif.) third among SJSU frosh in scoring (4.9/g). Second on the team with 86 assists (3.3/g, 11th in the MW) and in steals with 29 (1.3/g). First collegiate start came at AFA (1/13).
Megan Anderson (Fr., G, Fresno, Calif.) is shooting .442 from 3-pt range, highest on the team and 4th in the MW. Her 34 3-ptrs rank 2nd on the team & puts her on pace to possibly equal the freshman record (43 Britta Hall, 2013-14).
Cydni Lewis (Fr., F, Long Beach, Calif.) scored the buzzer beater vs. Southern Oregon (12/20) & had a season-best with 10 rebounds vs. Nebraska (12/17). Started last 17 games and 18 overall this season.
Hallie Gennett (Sr., F, Post Falls, Idaho) ranks 13th among active Division I players with 761 3-pt attempts and 10th with 6.62 3-pt attempts/game. Is 25 points from 1,000 for her career.
Alexis Harris (So., C, Palo Alto, Calif.) set career-high with 9 rebs & 4 blocks vs. Southern Oregon (12/20) and ranks 11th in the MW in blocks/g with 0.8.
Heleyna Hill (Fr., G, Santa Cruz, Calif.) scored the first bucket of her college career against Southern Oregon and hit her first three-pointer at New Mexico (2/3).
Courtesy Clark (Fr., G, Sacramento, Calif.) scored a career-high 8 pts at UNLV.
Chinwe Ezeonu (Fr., F, Seattle, Wash.) scored a career-high five points at #19/19 Oregon State.
Andrea Kohlhaas (Jr., F, Besigheim, Germany) lost for the season in the Hampton game (11/25/17).