Spartans Host Boise State Saturday In Crucial Game

February 25, 2011

Women's Basketball Preview:
San Jose Calif.----The Spartans (2-24, 2-11 WAC) face a crucial home game against Boise State (11-16, 2-11 WAC) on Saturday, February 26 at 8:30 p.m. Both teams enter the contest with a pair of conference victories and are in eighth and ninth place respectively fighting for a spot in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament which will be held March 9-12 in Las Vegas, Nev., at the Orleans Arena.

Saturday's game is a Pink Zone contest to encourage fans to wear pink in support of breast cancer. It will be the second game of a doubleheader with the men's basketball game against Louisiana Tech.

Game Time Change For Saturday:
The start time for this Saturday's women basketball game against Boise State has been bumped to a later time from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Live Stats:
Fans can view free live stats for the Boise State game at SJSUSpartans.com. To follow, click on the live stats link on the home page.

Video Stream:
The New Gold Zone is your pass to all things Spartans Athletics. For live video/audio of all San Jose State women's basketball home games, sign up to be a Gold Zone member at SJSUSpartans.com.

Radio Coverage:
KSJS (90.5 FM, San Jose) originates San Jose State University basketball broadcasts. Nolan Rak calls the women's basketball play-by-play. Air time for the Boise State broadcast on KSJS is 8:00 p.m. (PST). Fans out of the area can listen on the website at www.ksjs.org.

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).

Scouting Boise State:
Gordy Presnell enters his sixth season as head coach at Boise State and notched his 500th career victory on December 5, 2010. Presnell welcomes five newcomers and returns seven letterwinners from last year's 19-12 campaign.

The Broncos are 11-16 overall and 2-11 in WAC play which ranks them eighth in the standings. Boise State enters the contest coming off nine-consecutive losses. Most recently they closed their home schedule with losses to Fresno State (75-57) and Nevada (74-57).

Junior guard Kati Isham continues to lead Boise State averaging 13.4 points per game to rank eighth in the WAC. She is third in the conference and 51st nationally in 3-point percentage hitting 39.3 percent on the year. Lauren Lenhardt is second on the team averaging 12.5 points (10th in WAC) and 5.8 rebounds (t-13th in WAC) per contest on the year, in league games she leads the team in scoring at 13.8 ppg (8th in WAC). Senior post Janie Bos adds 9.2 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds (8th in WAC) per game.

The Series With The Broncos: 

The Broncos hold a 11-10 all-time edge in the series. The Spartans dominated the league series early, winning 10 of 12 dating back to the 2001-02 season. However, Boise State has now won eight consecutive including an 83-51 victory earlier this year in Boise on January 13.

Saturday's game will mark the final time the two teams will play a regular season contest as conference rivals, as the Broncos head to the Mountain West Conference next year. 


Season Matchup Against Boise State:
San Jose State trailed 43-14 at the half, and lost 83-51 to Boise State Thursday night, January 13.

The Spartans showed a tremendous amount of fight in the second half scoring 37 points to the Broncos' 40, but the Broncos had an answer all night, hitting 11 timely three-pointers, scoring 33 points off of turnovers, and holding the Spartans to 35.2 percent from the field.

San Jose State was paced by Sara Plavljanin with 13 points. The Spartans did see some balance on the score sheet with Sayja Sumler scoring 10 and AJ Newton chipping in with nine. Brittany Johnson grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

Last Outing:
The Rainbow Wahine (10-17, 4-10 WAC) trailed for most of the game, but held the Spartans scoreless in the final 3:50, while reeling off the final seven points to pull out a come-from-behind victory, 55-53 at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Sayja Sumler recorded her first double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 boards. AJ Newton scored 14 points, while Marnesha Hall scored 11, respectively.

The Spartans shot 44.7 percent (21-of-47) from the floor to the Rainbow Wahine's 34.0 percent (17-of-50). San Jose State held the advantage in steals, 12-6; assists 13-11; and shooting behind the arc at 50 percent (7-of-14) to 29.6 percent (4-of-13).

Plavljanin's Producing Buckets:
Junior guard Sara Plavljanin ranks among the best in conference action when it comes to producing points. Plavljanin ranks 11th, averaging 12.2 points per game. From behind the arc she ranks sixth, averaging 1.69 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 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 6.0 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 6.8 RPG. Sayja Sumler averages 5.1 rebounds and recently grabbed 10 boards at Hawai'i recording a double-double.

Dishing Out The Round Ball:
After missing five games due to an injury (lower back), Sayja Sumler has a Spartan-high 59 assists this season. Sumler averages 3.00 assists per game in conference action, and ranks 8th in WAC standings, four spots higher than last week after recording a game-high six assists at Hawai'i on February 24. AJ Newton follows with 52 and Sara Plavljanin has 42.

Stealing The Game:
Sayja Sumler has a team-high 52 steals this season. Sumler snatched a career-best eight at Louisiana Tech and ranks third in conference standings with an average of 2.50 steals per game. Sara Plavljanin has 37 steals this season, followed by Brittany Johnson's 36 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. 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.

Starting Lineups:
In 26 games played this year, San Jose State has used 14 different starting lineups. Brittany Johnson has started in 24 games this season, Sara Plavljanin with 23, and both AJ Newton and Sayja Sumler started in 17 games. Myesha Broaden and Marnesha Hall have 11 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.

Up Next:
The Spartans host Fresno State on Thursday, March 3 at 5:00 p.m. Thursday's game is part of the NCAA Pack the House Challenge with the goal of setting an attendance record. San Jose State will compete against other WAC schools as well as all Division I schools for a chance to be the 2010-11 NCAA Women's Basketball Pack the House Challenge Champion.