San Jose, Calif.----Season-high shooting for San Jose State wasn't enough for the Spartans' 83-68 loss to Boise State at The Event Center.
San Jose State shot an impressive 50.9 percent (26-of-51) from the field, 45.5 percent (10-of-22) from three-point range and 81.8 percent (9-of-11) from the charity stripe.
Sara Plavljanin led all scorers with 24 points and grabbed six boards. Right behind her, Brittany Johnson scored a career-high 21 points and Sayja Sumler scored 13 points.
“Are starting five played well and they did a good job hanging in there, but Boise State’s bench just got to us,” said head coach Pam DeCosta.
The Broncos' bench came up big scoring 48 points while the Spartans came up empty. Nicole Brady led all bench players with 12 points and Cinnamon Lister added 11.
After going scoreless the beginning 4:45, San Jose State ripped off eight straight points and led 8-2 with 14:08 remaining. The Spartans led 13-4 with 12:38 left, but the Broncos overcame the nine-point deficit and brought a 34-24 advantage into the locker room.
"We played tired and that’s not normally how we play,” said DeCosta. “We pride ourselves in our defense and our defense didn’t show up."
San Jose State fell behind 14 points at 70-56 with 5:57 remaining, but the combined efforts of Plavljanin and Johnson knocked it down with an 8-1 run with 2:38 remaining at 71-64.
The Broncos would finish off the Spartans by scoring their final 12 points from the line.
With the loss, San Jose State (2-25, 2-12) would need to sweep its final two games of the season and Boise State (12-16, 3-11) would need to lose both of its final two games, for the Spartans to receive a ticket into the WAC Tournament which will be held March 9-12 in Las Vegas, Nev., at the Orleans Arena..
The Spartans face a difficult road ahead, hosting Fresno State and Utah State. Boise State also faces a challenging schedule as they visit Louisiana Tech and New Mexico State.
The Spartans host Fresno State on Thursday, March 3 at 5:00 p.m. in The Event Center. 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.