San Jose, Calif. – On Friday night in The Event Center, four San José State women’s basketball players will take the court in front of the home crowd for the final time in the team’s regular season finale against the Wyoming Cowgirls. Seniors Rachol West, Paris Baird, Dezz Ramos and Jasmine Smith will be honored in a ceremony prior to the tipoff of the game.
San José State Spartans (10-19, 7-10 MW)
Wyoming Cowgirls (20-8, 12-5 MW)
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. (PT)
San Jose, Calif. (The Event Center -5,000)
FOUR HONORED ON SENIOR NIGHT VS. WYOMING
The Spartans final home game of the 2016-17 season against Wyoming (3/3) will mark the last time four Spartans will suit up in the White, Gold and Blue on Walt McPherson Court. In pregame ceremonies Dezz Ramos (Sr., PG, West Valley, Utah), Paris Baird (Sr., F, Van Nuys, Calif.), Jasmine Smith (Sr., F, Burbank, Calif.) and Rachol West (Sr., G, Bakersfield, Calif.) will be honored.
SPARTANS BATTLING FOR THE 7 or 8 SEED IN LAST TWO GAMES
With one game left in the regular season, San José State is locked into either the seven or eighth seed in next week’s Mountain West Conference Championship Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Spartans know they will play on Monday, it is just a matter of what seed the team will get, when they play and who they will face. SJSU is locked into the seventh or eighth seed with Fresno State.
The scenario is very simple. If Fresno State loses at UNLV on Tuesday and the Spartans defeat Wyoming the teams will be tied. SJSU holds the tiebreaker and would get the seventh seed and play at 4:30 p.m. on Monday against the tenth seed. If Fresno State wins, or if both the Spartans and Bulldogs lose, SJSU will get the eighth seed and would open the tournament with a 2:00 p.m. Monday tipoff against the number nine seed.
SMITH SCORES A CAREER-HIGH 26 POINTS AT NEVADA
On Tuesday night at Nevada (2/28), Jasmine Smith (Sr., F, Burbank, Calif.) shot an impressive 12-of-15 from the field hit both her free throw attempts and finished the game with a career-high 26 points. She eclipsed her previous high of 25 points, which she achieved against Stanislaus State earlier this season and in the first game of her collegiate career, against San Francisco State in the 2013-14 season.
RAMOS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN PROHOOPS COMBINE
Senior Dezz Ramos (Sr., PG, West Valley, Utah) has accepted an invitation to the ProHoops Combine, which is the premier combine for potential professional basketball players. WNBA coaches and general managers, agents and foreign coaches will be on hand to evaluate players in preparation for the draft and foreign team opportunities. The combine will be conducted in conjunction with the Women’s NCAA Final Four on April 1 in Dallas, Texas.
CRAIGHEAD GETS 100th CAREER VICTORY IN WIN AT AIR FORCE
With the team’s 83-67 victory at Air Force (2/18), head coach Jamie Craighead reached the 100-win plateau for her career. It is her 49th win at SJSU, tying her with Karen Smith (1993-99) for third place on the program all-time wins list. The late Janice Richard (1999-2006) ranks second with 93 wins and Sharon Chatman (1977-86), with 143 victories, is the all-time leader in wins as a had coach and is the only coach in SJSU women’s basketball with a winning record (143-121/.542).
The Air Force victory was the team’s 10th of the year. In each of Craighead’s four seasons at San José State, she has led the team to double digit wins...Why is that notable? Other than Richard and Craighead, no head coach has led the Spartans to at least 10 wins in three consecutive seasons, let alone four seasons. Richard did it in six straight (2001-06) and Chatman had back-to-back 10+-win seasons on two occasions.
SPARTANS IN MW RECORD BOOK
Dezz Ramos (Sr., PG, West Valley, Utah) has set two records for a single-season in Mountain West play and has the opportunity to set a couple of more in the next two games. Through 17 conference games, she has established a new record for field goal attempts (395) and three-point attempts (150). With 54 threes, she could equal or pass the MW record for three-pointers in conference play - 57 set by Colorado State’s Jamie Patrick in 2015-16. It would take a Herculean effort, but with 41 points and 16 field goals, she would tie the MW record in conference play for points (489) and field goals (172). With a minimum of two games left in the season Ramos is at 604 field goal attempts. The record is 637. Utah State’s Jennifer Schlott who set them in the 2013-14 season owns all the records Ramos could break, with the exception of three-pointers.
With nine double doubles this season, Jasmine Smith (Sr., F, Burbank, Calif.) has 21 for her career and is tied for 13th all-time in Mountain West Conference.