Women's Hoops Hosts Colorado State To Start 2014-15's Final Homestand

Paris Baird and the Spartans host Colorado State on Wednesday night.
Feb. 24, 2015

San Jose, Calif. - In the first of its last two home games of the 2014-15 season, the San José State women's basketball hosts the Mountain West's top team, the Colorado State Rams, on Wednesday night in the Event Center.


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  vs. Colorado State (20-6, 12-3 MW)

Wednesday, February 25, 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





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.


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.


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.


Fans across the nation can now listen to every Spartans' women's home game via Stretch Internet Radio. KSJS-FM (90.5 FM, San Jose) also originates home broadcasts and select road contests. 


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 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.


Ta'Rea Cunnigan (Sr., G, Winchester, Calif.), San José State's career-scoring leader, currently sits at 1,916 points.  She is 84 points from 2,000 for her career.  The Spartans have a minimum of five games left in the season and if Cunnigan continues to score at her current clip, 16.8 ppg, she will reach the 2,000-point plateau in the team's first game of the 2015 Reese's Mountain West Basketball Tournament.


The 2013-14 edition of the Spartans were the most prolific scoring team in program history.  They surpassed the 2,300-point mark for the first time finishing the year with 2,308 points, an average 76.9 points per game. The 2014-15 Spartans are on pace to top last year's mark.  The team has scored 1,949 points through 25 games, an average of 78.0 per game.  At this pace, and with a minimum of five games left on the schedule, the team will break the program's single-season scoring record in the first game of the 2015 Reese's Mountain West Basketball Tournament.


With three blocks in the Spartans 56-51 win over Fresno State (2/4), Riana Byrd (Jr., F, Richmond, Calif.) moved into third place on the program's career shot blocks list.  Byrd has turned away 147 shots in 84 career games.  Byrd is one block from tying Rhoda Chew's (1982-85) 148 blocks for second place and nine from equaling the San José State's all-time leader Elinor Banks' (1978-81), who recorded 156 blocks in her Spartans career.


The Rams, the top team in the conference, have won their last three games including a 70-56 win over Fresno State (2/18).  The team enters its match-up against the Spartans with a 20-6 record, 12-3 in Mountain West games. 

Colorado State is under the direction of third-year head coach Ryun Williams.  Entering the 2014-15 season, Williams brought a 36-27 record with the Rams and in eight years as a Division I head coach he is 112-74.  

The Colorado State offense is led by senior guard Gritt Rider, who tops the squad in points (10.5/g) assists (4.8/g) and steals (1.1/g).  Ellen Nystrom, a sophomore guard leads the team in rebounds (6.4/g). 

This will be the 11th meeting between these programs in which Colorado State own a 8-2 advantage. In the match up earlier this season in Fort Collins, the Rams defeated San Jose State 77-59.  In games contested in San Jose, the teams have split the four contests and the Spartans have won each of the last two.