San Jose, Calif. – In Friday’s regular season finale, the San José State women’s basketball team hosts the Air Force Falcons with Mountain West Conference Tournament seeding on the line and will honor seniors Myzhanique Ladd and Hallie Gennett.
San José State Spartans (7-21, 4-13 MW)
Air Force Falcons (4-24, 4-13 MW)
Friday, March 2, 2018 - 7:00 p.m. (PT)
San Jose, Calif. (The Event Center - 5,000)
SENIOR DAY WILL HONOR LADD AND GENNETT
Friday’s game against Air Force will be the final game in a Spartans’ jersey for Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) and Hallie Gennett (Sr., F, Post Falls, Idaho). Pregame ceremonies honoring the two and acknowledgment of three Falcons’ seniors are scheduled to begin at 6:52 with tip off set for 7:05 p.m.
LADD PASSES 1,000-CAREER POINTS AT UTAH STATE
With 1:56 to go in the third quarter at Utah State (2/27), Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) hit a running jumper in the lane scoring the 1,000 and1,001 points of her Spartans career. In doing so she becomes the 17th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau and it marks the sixth time in head coach Jamie Craighead’s five seasons at SJSU that a player has reached a 1,000-point milestone.
ANDERSON THE FIFTH SHARPEST THREE-POINT SHOOTER AMONG NCAA FRESHMAN
Hitting 44.3 percent of her three point shots this season, Megan Anderson (Fr., G, Fresno, Calif.) is the fifth best percentage shooter among freshman in the nation. From beyond the arc, she has made 43-of-97 this season and her percentage is the fifth best among all players in the Mountain West and the best among MW freshmen.
FOR BENALLY IT’S ALL ABOUT THE THREES
Analyss Benally (So., G, Shiprock, N.M.) leads SJSU with 58 3-ptrs and her 2.1 threes per game ranks sixth in the Mountain West and eighth in MW games. Against UNLV (1/31), Benally passed Kari Steele’s sophomore single-season record of 47, which was set in 1994-95.
Her 58 three-pointers on the season are the ninth most in a season for a Spartan and with 59 threes in her career, she ranks 17th on the program’s all-time list. If she continues at her current pace, and the Spartans play only two more games, she will finish with 62 threes, which would be the seventh most in single-season program history.
In addition to her 17th place on the program’s all-time three-point list, Benally ranks 19th in career three-point attempts (183) and seventh in three-point percentage (.322).
ANDERSON EQUALS PROGRAM’S FRESHMAN THREE-POINT RECORD
Megan Anderson (Fr., G, Fresno, Calif.) drained a single game-best six threes in the team’s game at Utah State and in doing so, equaled the program’s freshman record of 43 three-pointers, which was set by Britta Hall in the 2013-14 season.
QUICK LOOK AT AIR FORCE
This will be the Falcons’ 29th game of the year. Air Force (4-24, 4-13 MW), with its 57-47 victory on Tuesday night in its Senior Day game, has set a program record for wins in Mountain West play. Overall the Falcons are scoring 55.3 points a game and giving up 62.7. Air Force is shooting .353 from the floor and .260 from three-point range while opponents are hitting at a .430 clip, including .319 from beyond the arc.
AFA’s top scorer is Kaelin Immel (5-9, Fr., G) at 14.6 points per game. Dee Bennett (6-0, Sr., F) and Courtney Porter (5-9, Sr., G) lead the team in rebounds (6.0/g). Porter also paces the Falcons in assists (4.1/g) and steals (2.7/g) and Bennett is the leading shot blocker at 1.0 per game.
Chris Gobrecht is in her third season leading the Falcons’ program and 38th as a Division I head coach. She brought a 5-54 record at Air Force and 547-527 overall record into this season.
With Myzhanique Ladd passing the 1,000-career point plateau at Utah State, Hallie Gennett (Sr., F, Post Falls, Idaho) is the next Spartan who can reach the career milestone. She is 13 points away and with a minimum of two more games this season, Gennett needs to average 6.5 points per game to reach 1,000. At her career scoring average of 8.4/g, she is projected to reach 1,000 in the team’s opening game of the 2018 Mountain West Basketball Championship.
LADD ALL OVER THE CAREER LISTS
Entering the Air Force game, Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) ranks in the top-25 of 17 SJSU career categories. She is 17th in scoring (1,009), 22nd in field goals (332) and 23rd in field goal attempts (796), 4th in free throws (286), 8th in free throw attempts (389) and 11th in free throw percentage (.735). Ladd ranks 11th in rebounds (595), 4th in offensive (231) and 14th and defensive boards (364). She is 14th in assists (241), 21st in steals (129), 18th in three-point attempts (197) and 17th in makes (59) and 14th in three-point percentage (.299). Ladd is 7th in starts (91), 6th in games (119) and 8th in minutes (3,100).
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.
Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) Co-Captain. Became the 17th player in program history to pass 1,000 career points at Utah State (2/27). 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.
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 (7th in MW) with 4.0 assists per game.
Analyss Benally (So., G, Shiprock, N.M.) leads SJSU with 58 3-ptrs and ranks 6th in the MW at 2.1/g. In her career, 59 of 67 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 (34) and fourth in assists (53).
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 (26).
Danae Marquez (Fr., PG, Fresno, Calif.) fourth among SJSU frosh in scoring (5.2/g). Second on the team with 95 assists (3.4/g, 9th in the MW) and in steals with 32 (1.3/g). Leads MW in A/TO Ratio at 1.9/g in MW contests.
Megan Anderson (Fr., G, Fresno, Calif.) is shooting .443 from 3-pt range, highest on the team and 5th in the MW and #5 nationally among all freshman. Her 43 3-ptrs rank 2nd on the team & ties her for the program’s 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 19 games & 20 overall this season.
Hallie Gennett (Sr., F, Post Falls, Idaho) ranks 13th among active Division I players with 771 3-pt attempts and 12th with 6.61 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.
Courtesy Clark (Fr., G, Sacramento, Calif.) scored a career-high 8 pts at UNLV.
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).
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).