Feb. 27, 2014
San Jose. Calif. - The San Jose State women's basketball team, the highest scoring team in the Mountain West, and the Utah State Aggies, ranked second in the conference in points per game, meet on Saturday night on Utah State's home court in a game that will affect seeding in the Reese's Mountain West Championship Tournament.
at Utah State (12-15, 6-10 MW)
Saturday, March 1, 7:00 p.m.
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, Logan, Utah
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SINGLE-SEASON SCORING MARK IN JEOPARDY
The San José State women's basketball single-season record for points, 2,301, was set in 1979-80. The 2013-14 Spartans have that record in sight. The MW's leaders in points per game (77.7/g) have scored 2,021 so far this season. San José State has a minimum of four more games to play and if they continue their per game scoring average the will set a new scoring record with 2,332.
FREE THROW MARKS ARE LOOKING OVER THEIR SHOULDERS AS WELL
The Spartan records for free throws in a season and free throw attempts, 487 and 678 respectively, could fall this year. San José State has made 438 so far, an average of 16.8 makes per game. With a minimum of four game to go and assuming they continue to make16+ a game, they would finish 30 games with 505 free throws made...a new record.
The Spartans have averaged going to the line 24.6 times in their 26 games or 640 free throw attempts. At that pace they will shatter the previous record and within four games could be at 840 attempts for the year.
WOODBERRY OWNS SPARTANS SINGLE-SEASON 3-POINT RECORDS
Rebecca Woodberry's (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) 78 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 9th in the nation.
With Woodberry's 14 3-point attempts against San Diego State she moved in to first place on the programs' single-season list. She has attempted 215 this season.
WOODBERRY CLOSING IN ON MW 3-POINT RECORDS
With 114 3-point attempts in conference play, Rebecca Woodberry's (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) is just three attempts from tying the single-season MW record of 117. At her current place of 7.6 attempts per game, she would finish the regular season with 137 3-point attempts and set a new Mountain West record.
CUNNIGAN FOURTH ON ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
Ta'Rea Cunnigan (Jr., G, Winchester, Calif.) has scored 1,434 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 675 3-point attempts and 209 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 775 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 4-4 performance at the free throw line against San Diego State (2/26), Rebecca Woodberry is shooting .981 for the season and leads the Mountain West. She is 52-for-53 this year and has made 50 in a row. Her last miss was in her first attempt against Evansville (11/17/13), that's more than three months without being off the mark.
In 31 conference FT attempts, she has yet to miss. She is the only player, who qualifies to be ranked, who has yet to miss in MW play and with three games to go could become the only player in conference history to complete Mountain West play without a miss.
BYRD AMONG TOP IN CONFERENCE IN REBOUNDING
Riana Byrd (So., C, Richmond, Calif.) is second overall in the MW (9.2/g) in rebounding and ranks 56th in the nation. Byrd ranks 1st in offensive (3.6) and 2nd in defensive (5.6) 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 77.7 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 30.0 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 (18.9/g). Rebecca Woodberry (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) is 6th (14.6/g) and Classye James (Jr., G, East Palo Alto, Calif.) is 15th (12.1/g).
SPARTANS AMONG TOP MW GLASS CLEANERS
At 42.8 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.
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 (562), trailing only Cricket Williams (2001-04) in both categories. Cunnigan is 52 free throws and 170 free throw attempts from tying Williams in each category.
She ranks 5th in career free throw percentage (.739) and 6th in career steals (198). She is six steals from tying Spartan Hall of Famer Karen Mason (1978-81) for fifth place on the program's all-time steals list.
In San José State history, Cunnigan ranks 7th in 3-point attempts (311) and T7th in makes (96). She is five 3-pointers from tying Atari Parker (2001-02) for 6th place in career makes.
Lastly she checks in in 8th place for field goals made (462) and in attempts (1,192).
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 78 3-pointers are five more, and her 215 3-point attempts are more than 30 more than her next closest conference rival.
Woodberry holds the San José State 3-point attempts and makes single-season record.
In addition, Woodberry is in 9th place in the San José State career top-10 for made 3-pointers. She is two 3-pointer from tying Kim Skaggs (1989-92) 80 makes for eighth place on the list.
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 9.0 points and 9.2 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.
SCOUTING UTAH STATE
The Aggies are 12-15 overall, 6-10 in Mountain West play. Entering Saturday's game they occupy eighth place in the conference standings, one spot ahead of the Spartans.
Utah State defeated visitor New Mexico on Wednesday night 67-65 in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The Aggies are 8-5 overall and 4-4 in conference games at home this season.
Jennifer Schlott, a senior guard, leads the team and the conference in scoring (25.8 pts). Sophomore guard Makenlee Williams also scores in double figures (16.4 pts). Schlott leads the squad and the MW in assists (6.0/g). Elise Nelson, a junior guard, is the leading rebounder at 6.6/g.
Head coach Jerry Finkbeiner is in his second season leading the Utah State program. He brought a 492-257 career-record into the 2013-14 season.
This will be the 19th meeting between these programs, with the Aggies holding a 13-5 lead in the all-time series. In the meeting earlier this year in The Event Center, the Spartans Mountain West home opener, Utah State defeated San Jose State 78-65.