WBB Begins Four-Game, Nine-Day Push To MW Tourney Against SDSU

Feb. 24, 2014

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San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State women's basketball team will play four games in the next nine days before heading to Las Vegas, Nev., to participate in the Reese's Mountain West Championship.  The odyssey begins with the San Diego State Aztecs on Wednesday night in The Event Center.

GAME 26

vs. San Diego State (10-14, 7-7 MW)

Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 p.m.

The Event Center, San Jose, Calif.

Streaming video is available on the Spartan Digital Network at www.sjsuspartans.com/video

Live stats available at www.sjsuspartans.com

LIVE STATS

Fans can view live stats of all San José State women's basketball games, home and away, by accessing the "Gametracker" feature at www.sjsuspartans.com.  Click on the link on the women's basketball schedule page to follow the action.

VIDEO STREAMING

Spartan Digital is your all-access passport to Spartan Athletics.  For live and recorded video/audio of San José State women's basketball home, Mountain West (road and home) and select road contests, Spartan Digital is your home.  Go to Spartan Digital at top of the Spartans Athletics home page or go to www.sjsuspartans.com/video.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Keep up with all 16 of San José State's team through social media sites Twitter and Facebook.  For Twitter go to @sjsuathletics and on Facebook become friends with Sammy Spartan.

The women's basketball Twitter handle is @sjswbb and Facebook page is /SanJoseStateWBB.

RADIO COVERAGE

KSJS-FM (90.5 FM, San Jose) originates San José State women's basketball home broadcasts and select road contests. 

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TICKETS

Tickets for San José State women's basketball home games are free for all SJSU students with a valid student ID.  Adult tickets are $5.00 and $3.00 for youth (12 and under). 

Groups of 20 or more can buy discounted tickets at $3.00 per person by 5:00 p.m. the business day before the game via the Spartan Ticket Office at (408) 924-SJTX (7589) or (877) SJSUTIX (757-8849).

The Event Center Box Office opens two hours prior to tip-off for any weekend, holiday game or doubleheader and is open regular business hours (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) for weekday games or weekday doubleheaders.

PARKING

Parking for all San José State women's basketball games is in the University's Seventh Street Parking Garage. The Seventh Street Garage, located on the Northwest corner of San Salvador Street and Seventh Street, can be accessed through Seventh Street.  Parking is $5.00. 

GAME PROMOTION

The first 500 people through the doors receive "Spartan Pride" t-shirts.

WOODBERRY OWNS SPARTANS SINGLE-SEASON 3-POINT RECORD

Rebecca Woodberry's (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) 75 3-pointers are the most by any women's basketball player in a single season in San José State history. Woodberry past Kari Steele's single-season record (74 in 1996-97) with her second trey vs. NEV (2/19).  She leads the MW in 3-pointers (3.1/g) and ranks 11th in the nation.

CUNNIGAN MOVES INTO FOURTH PLACE ON ALL-TIME SCORING LIST

Ta'Rea Cunnigan (Jr., G, Winchester, Calif.) has scored 1,417 career points and is in 4th place on the Spartans career-scoring list.  On a layup with 1:49 to play in the first half at Air Force (2/12), she moved ahead Hulett Brooks (1990, 92-94 1,373 pts.) for the fourth spot on the list.  On her first bucket against NEV (2/19), she become just fourth player in the Spartans' 38 year history to reach the 1,400-point plateau.

Cunnigan was the 13th player to reach the 1,000-point plateau in the game against UC Riverside (11/15).  She accomplished the feat in 63 games, the second fastest in program history.

THREES ARE THE NAME OF THE GAME

With 637 3-point attempts and 201 makes, the 2013-14 Spartans have shattered the program's previous marks in each category.  San José State sank 146 3-pointers in the 27 games of the 1999-00 season. This year's team equaled that number in just 20 games (at UNLV 1/29).  In addition, they passed the previous record for attempts in a season (493 in 29 games in 2000-01) in that same game.

At their current pace (25.5 attempts per game overall & 25.0 per MW game) the Spartans are projected to attempt 765 3-pointers for the year and 450 in Mountain West games.  Both would set conference records.  Fresno State holds the single-season and conference season records; 737 overall and 361 in conference games.

THREE DOUBLE DOUBLES AT AIR FORCE

Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.), Rebecca Woodberry's (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) and Jasmine Smith (Fr., F, Burbank, Calif.) each grabbed 10 rebounds at Air Force (2/12) and scored 14, 15 and 12 points, respectively.  It is the first time this season, and in available records, that three Spartans had double doubles in the same game.

WOODBERRY NEARLY (ABSOLUTLELY IN MW GAMES) AUTOMATIC AT THE LINE

With a 6-6 performance at the free throw line against Nevada (2/19), Rebecca Woodberry is shooting .980 for the season and leads the Mountain West.  She is 48-for-49 this year and has made 46 in a row.  Her last miss was in her first attempt against Evansville (11/17/13), that's three months without being off the mark.

In 27 conference FT attempts, she has yet to miss.  She is the only player, who qualifies, who has yet to miss in MW play.

BYRD AMONG TOP IN CONFERENCE IN REBOUNDING

Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.) is second overall in the MW (9.4/g) in rebounding and ranks 56th in the nation.  Byrd ranks 1st in offensive (3.8) and 2nd in defensive (5.7) rebounds in the conference and her 12 double-digit rebounding efforts lead the league.

SPARTANS ALREADY SETTING MW RECORDS

When the Spartans launched 42 3-pointers at San Diego State (1/25), they set a San José State single game and a Mountain West Conference record.  They broke the program's previous record of 36, which was set against USF (11/20/14) and the previous MW record of 41 set by Wyoming at Colorado State (1/28/05).

TEAM SCORING CONTINUES TO GO UP - THREE PLAYERS IN THE TOP-15

Averaging 78.3 points per game, the Spartans are the leading scoring team in the Mountain West Conference and rank 27th in the nation.   Just three years ago, the team was averaging 47.7 points.  They have increased scoring by nearly 30 points per game.

San José State has three players among the top-15 scorers in the league, tied for the most of any team. Ta'Rea Cunnigan (Jr., G, Winchester, Calif.) ranks 2nd (19.0/g).  Rebecca Woodberry (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) is 6th (14.5/g) and Classye James (Jr., G, East Palo Alto, Calif.) is 15th (12.1/g).

SPARTANS AMONG TOP MW GLASS CLEANERS

At 43.4 rebounds per game, the Spartans are the 2nd-ranked rebounding team in the Mountain West and have three of the top-6 rebounders in the league.

Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.) ranks second at 9.4 boards. Jasmine Smith (Fr., F, Burbank, Calif.) is at 7.7 rebounds and Rebecca Woodberry (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) checks in at 7.1 rebounds. 

CUNNIGAN IN TOP-10 OF SEVEN MORE CAREER CATEGORIES

The fifth-leading scorer in program history, Ta'Rea Cunnigan (Jr., G, Winchester, Calif.) is also in the top-10 of seven other San José State career categories.  

She ranks 2nd in both free throws (414) and free throw attempts (560), trailing only Cricket Williams (2001-04) in both categories.  Cunnigan is 52 free throws and 172 free throw attempts from tying Williams in each category. 

She ranks 5th in career free throw percentage (.739) and 7th in career steals (193). She is one steal from tying Sayja Summler (2008-11) for sixth on the all-time steals list. 

In San José State history, Cunnigan ranks 7th in 3-point attempts (301) and 8th in makes (93). She is three 3-pointers from tying Sara Plavljanin (2011-12) for 7th place in career makes.

Lastly she checks in in 8th place for field goals made (455) and 9th in attempts (1,170).

BYRD IN CAREER RECORD BOOK AS WELL

Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.), who blocked 64 shots in her freshman campaign and has 35 more this season, is already in fourth place in the program's career blocks list.  She is 39 blocks from tying Lamisha Augustine (2002-06) for third place all-time.  With 16 points against Wyoming (1/18), Byrd reached the 500-point scoring plateau for her career.

WOODBERRY IS LOOKING LONG

Rebecca Woodberry (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.), who transferred from Nebraska, has found her stroke from long range.  She is 11th in the nation in 3-pointers made per game (3.13) and leads all Mountain West shooters.  Her 75 3-pointers are seven more, and her 201 3-point attempts are more than 30 more than her next closest conference rival.

Woodberry is currently 2nd on the Spartans single-season list for 3-point attempts 11 behind Jessica Kellogg's record of 212 in the 2002-03 season.  With two 3-pointers against  NEV (2/19), she passed Kari Steele (74 in 1996-97) for the program's single-season record.

In addition, Woodberry is in 10th place in the San José State career top-10 for made 3-pointers.  She is one 3-pointer from tying Sherry Yult (1990-93) for ninth place on the list at 76 total.

SEEING DOUBLE

With seven double doubles, Jasmine Smith (Fr., F, Burbank, Calif.) ranks second the Mountain West.  She along with Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.) and Rebecca Woodberry (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) have combined for 16 double doubles which also lead the league.

SMITH AMONG THE TOP OF THE MW AND THE BEST FRESHMAN

Jasmine Smith (Fr., F, Burbank, Calif.) is just a freshman, but ranks in the top-20 of four categories in the Mountain West Conference.  She is 2nd in offensive rebounds (3.3/g), third in total rebounds (7.7/g), 9th in field goal percentage (.470) and defensive rebounds (4.4/g).

She is the highest ranked freshman in two of those categories (rebounds and offensive rebounds) and second in the other two (defensive rebounds and FG%).  She is achieving these numbers while coming off the bench in 20 of the Spartans 24 games this year.

BYRD PICKS UP WHERE SHE LEFT OFF LAST SEASON

Last year Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.) was the first Spartan to average a double double, 11.4 pts. and 10.9 rebs., in 23 years. 

In 2013-14 Byrd is nearly there again. She is averaging 9.4 points and 9.4 rebounds, but is doing it in more than five minutes less per game (28.5-to-23.4) .

STILL ONE OF THE YOUNGEST TEAMS

San José State was the youngest team in Division I last year with just four years of collegiate experience on the roster (two years of Division I and two years of junior college).  With injuries, which have sidelined several players, the Spartans are nearly right back to where they were last year.  Ta'Rea Cunnigan (Jr., G, Winchester, Calif.), Classye James (Jr., G, East Palo Alto, Calif.) and Rebecca Woodberry (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) each have two years of collegiate experience.  Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.) and Jayzyl Tauala (So., G, Pacifica, Calif.) have one year each of college experience.

LAST TO THE "BYE WEEK"

Beginning this season there are 11 teams competing in the Mountain West and each gets two byes during the conference schedule.  Prior to two Wednesdays ago, San José State had been the only team to not get a competition day off.  On Wednesday, while the rest of the MW was battling, the Spartans finally got some rest.  Their second "bye week" was on Saturday, February 22.

SCOUTING SAN DIEGO STATE

The Aztecs are 10-14 overall and 7-7 in Mountain West Conference action heading into the match up with the Spartans on Wednesday evening.  SDSU is in seventh place in the conference standing.

San Diego State split their two games last week.  They lost 79-69 at Utah State but came back for a 53-48 home victory over New Mexico on Saturday. The Aztecs are 3-8 overall (2-5 MW) on the road this year.

Senior center Cierra Warren leads the team in scoring (15.3/g), ranks fourth in the conference, and is also tops the squad at 6.3 rebounds.  Danesha Long, a senior guard is the other Aztec in double figures at 10.4 point per game.  Freshman guard Ariell Bostick is at 2.7 assists per game. 

San Diego State leads the league in rebounding margin (+7.0/g).  They are second in offensive rebounds (15.5) and eighth in defensive boards (25.1). 

Head coach Stacey Terry is in her first season leading the Aztecs' program.  The 2013-14 season is her first as a head coach at any level. 

This will be the 22nd meeting between these programs. The Aztecs hold an overwhelming 17-4 advantage in the all-time series.  The series record was even worse before the Spartans won two of the last three meetings.  San Diego State won the first meeting this year, 88-65, on their home court.

The Last Meeting
San Jose State65
San Diego State88
January 22, 2014
San Diego, Calif.
Scoring Droughts Doom Women's Hoops at SDSU
Spartans suffer scoring droughts of 10-to-0 to open the first half and 11-to-0 start the second half and lost 88-65 to the San Diego State Aztecs in Mountain West Conference action on Wednesday night.