San Jose, Calif. - With two games left on the Mountain West regular-season schedule, the San José State women's basketball team plays at Utah State on Tuesday night with seeding on the line for next week's conference tournament.
San José State Spartans (7-20, 4-12 MW)
Utah State Aggies (6-21, 4-12 MW)
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 7:00 p.m. (MT)
Logan, Utah (Dee Glen Smith Spectrum - 10,270)
WHAT'S AT STAKE
San Jose State and Utah State are tied for 10th place in the Mountain West standings. A win for the Spartans and they would sweep USU and would have a chance to rise as high as seventh place in the standings and would finish no worse than 10th. A loss and SJSU would be in 10th place and could finish in 11th if it lost its last game of the year and certain other scenarios occurred.
QUICK LOOK AT UTAH STATE
This will be the Aggies' 28th game of the year. USU (6-21, 4-12 MW) had lost five straight and eight of its last nine before defeating Air Force, 57-55 on Saturday. Overall the Aggies are scoring 58.3 points a game and giving up 67.7. Utah State is shooting .385 from the floor and .266 from three-point range while opponents are hitting at a .418 clip, including .384 from beyond the arc.
USU's top scorer is Olivia West (5-6, So., G) at 12.1 points per game. Shannon Dufficy (6-2, So., G/F) and Eliza West (5-5, So., G) lead the team in rebounds (8.2/g) and assists (4.0/g), respectively. Rachel Brewster (5-11, Jr., G) tops the squad in steals (1.4/g) and Deja Mason (6-4, Jr., C) is the leading shot blocker at 1.7 per game.
Jerry Finkbeiner is in his sixth season leading the Aggies' program. He brought a 72-85 record at Utah State into this season.
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.
BENALLY BUILDING ON NEW SJSU SOPHOMORE THREE-POINT RECORD
Analyss Benally (So., G, Shiprock, N.M.) leads SJSU with 56 3-ptrs and ranks sixth in the MW at 2.1/g, and eighth in MW games at 2.1/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 62 threes, which would be the seventh most in single-season program history.
ANDERSON AMONG THE BEST FRESHMEN IN THE NATION FROM DISTANCE
Megan Anderson (Fr., G, Fresno, Calif.) has made 37 of 86 from beyond the three-point line for a .430 shooting percentage. She leads the team, and ranks fifth in the Mountain West and among all freshmen in the nation, she is the seventh most accurate shooter from distance.
In 2013-14, Britta Hall made 43 three pointers, to set the program's freshman record. Anderson's 37 this year are second most on the team and she could reach Hall's mark. Through 27 games, Anderson is averaging 1.4 threes per game. If she continues at her pace, she would make 41 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 27 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 three more games, she would end the season with 35 threes, which would be the sixth most in a season by a Spartan.
LADD CLIMBING THE SJSU CAREER LISTS
Entering the Utah State game, Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) ranks in the top-25 of 17 SJSU career categories. She is 17th in scoring (988), 23rd in both field goals (323) and field goal attempts (782), 4th in free throws (283), 8th in free throw attempts (385) and 11th in free throw percentage (.735). Ladd ranks 11th in rebounds (586), 4th in offensive (227) and 14th and defensive boards (359). She is 15th in assists (236), 22nd in steals (126), 18th in three-point attempts (195) and 17th in makes (59) and 14th in three-point percentage (.303). Ladd is 7th in starts (90), 7th in games (118) and 8th in minutes (3,064).
If she continues at her current pace, she will finish her Spartans career in the top-5 of four categories, nine in the top-10, and 16 in the top-20 as well as becoming the 17th 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 988 points in her Spartans' career. If San José State plays a minimum of three more games this season, Ladd needs to average 4.0/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 final regular season game, Senior Night against Air Force (3/2). However, with her 13.0 ppg in 2017-18, she could get there at Utah State (2/27). Entering today's game Ladd ranks 17th on the program's career scoring list.
Hallie Gennett (Sr., F, Post Falls, Idaho) is 13 points from the milestone. With a minimum of three more games this season, Gennett needs to average 4.3 points per game to reach 1,000. At her career scoring average of 8.8/g, she is projected to reach 1,000 in two games.
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.
Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) Co-Captain...In the past year, scoring average is up from 8.4 to 13.0. On pace to finish 3rd on the program's all-time free throws list. Is 12 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 6th in the MW at 2.1/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. Leads the team in steals (32) and fourth in assists (50).
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 91 assists (3.4/g, 10th in the MW) and in steals with 31 (1.3/g). First collegiate start came at AFA (1/13).
Megan Anderson (Fr., G, Fresno, Calif.) is shooting .430 from 3-pt range, highest on the team and 5th in the MW. Her 37 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 18 games & 19 overall this season.
Hallie Gennett (Sr., F, Post Falls, Idaho) ranks 13th among active Division I players with 769 3-pt attempts and 12th with 6.63 3-pt attempts/game. Is 13 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).