Women's Basketball Preview:
San Jose Calif.----The Spartans (2-25, 2-12 WAC) host in-state rival Fresno State (21-7, 12-2 WAC) Thursday, March 3 at 5:00 p.m. It will be the first game of a doubleheader with the men's basketball game against Hawai'i.
For a chance to play in the WAC Tournament (March 9-12), the Spartans must win and Louisiana Tech needs to win over Boise State. Tip-off for the LA Tech-Boise State game begins an hour before SJSU's crucial contest at 4:00 p.m. PST.
Fans can view free live stats for the Fresno State game at SJSUSpartans.com. To follow, click on the live stats link on the home page.
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KSJS (90.5 FM, San Jose) originates San Jose State University basketball broadcasts. Air time for the Fresno State broadcast on KSJS is 4:30 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 Fresno State:
Under the guidance of sixth-year head coach Adrian Wiggins, Fresno State won its third straight WAC regular season championship in 2009-10 and advanced to the conference tournament title game for the third straight year.
Fresno State has won six consecutive games with its two conference losses coming against conference leader Louisiana Tech. This past week Fresno State fended off New Mexico State (65-55), Idaho (77-51), and despite leading by 21 points in the first half, the Bulldogs were forced to claw their way to victory over Hawai'i (83-70) on Sunday, February 27.
Senior guard Jaleesa Ross ranks third in conference standings averaging a team-high 16.8 points per game. Joining Ross in double figures, Hayley Munro and Rosie Moult average 12.2 points, while Moult pulls down 6.4 rebounds per game.
The Series With The Bulldogs:
The Spartans played the 'Dogs in 65 games, the longest series in the SJSU's women's basketball program. Fresno State holds the all-time series advantage, 46-19. The last San Jose State victory was a 66-53 decision at home on January 25, 2003.
Season Matchup Against Fresno State:
San Jose State trailed 31-12 at half, and lost 65-33 to Fresno State in the in-state rivalry contest on January 27.
The Spartans finished shooting 32.4 percent from the floor to Fresno State's 40.7 percent. Both teams shot around 25 percent from the arc with San Jose State shooting 3-for-12 (25.0%) and Fresno State shooting 8-for-30 (26.7%).
Sara Plavljanin scored a team-high 14 points and Brittany Johnson grabbed a game-high 15 boards with nine points.
Season-high shooting for San Jose State wasn't enough for the Spartans' 83-68 loss to Boise State at The Event Center on February 26.
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.
Second Half Team:
During the season, the Spartans put up their strongest numbers in the second half. San Jose State scored 736 points in the second to 561 points in the first, averaging 6.5 more points per game after the half. They more than doubled their scoring at the free-throw line, shooting 70.4 percent (193-of-274) in the second to 67.7 percent (84-of-124) at the half.
Plavljanin's Producing Buckets:
Junior guard Sara Plavljanin ranks among the best in conference action when it comes to producing points. Plavljanin rounds out the top 10, averaging 13.0 points per game. From behind the arc she ranks sixth, averaging 1.71 three-pointers a game. Plavljanin tallied double-digit scoring in 16 games this season.
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 5.9 per game. She grabbed a career-best 15 boards against Fresno State and ranks seventh in conference games amongst all Western Athletic Conference players with 6.6 RPG. Sayja Sumler averages 4.9 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 64 assists this season. Sumler averages 3.14 assists per game in conference action, and ranks seventh in WAC standings, five spots higher than last week after recording a game-high six assists at Hawai'i on February 24. AJ Newton follows with 56 and Liz Johnson has 45.
Stealing The Game:
Sayja Sumler has a team-high 55 steals this season. Sumler snatched a career-best eight at Louisiana Tech and ranks second in conference standings with an average of 2.57 steals per game. Sara Plavljanin and Brittany Johnson both have contributed 38 apiece.
Get That Out Of Here:
On defense, Myesha Broaden leads the Spartans with 14 blocks and Brittany Johnson follows with 13. 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.
In 27 games played this year, San Jose State has used 14 different starting lineups. Brittany Johnson has started in 25 games this season, Sara Plavljanin with 24, and both AJ Newton and Sayja Sumler started in 18 games. Marnesha Hall has 12, followed with Myesha Broaden's 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.
The Spartans play their final regular season game of the season and host Utah State on March 5 at 7:00 p.m. San Jose State will recognize two seniors and their accomplishments at the half. Marnesha Hall and Sayja Sumler will play their final game as Spartans on Walt McPherson Court in The Event Center.