Turnovers Bite Spartans

March 3, 2011

San Jose, Calif.----Freshman point guard AJ Newton scored a team-high 17 points, but it was not enough to will the Spartans to victory Thursday night, as San Jose State fell to in-state rival Fresno State, 73-47, at The Event Center.

Newton connected on 60 percent of her 3-pointers going 3-of-5 beyond the arc. She sparked a five-point game with her second trey at 24-19 with 7:24 remaining, but the Spartans eventually fell behind and trailed 38-25 at the half.

"We started the game off with a lot of energy," said head coach Pam DeCosta. "As the game went on we just lost steam and ran out of gas. We just don't have enough depth to sustain the effort."

The loss drops the Spartans to 2-25 overall (2-12 WAC) and eliminates an at-large bid to next week's conference tournament. Fresno State improves to 22-7 (14-2 WAC) and sits comfortably in second place in league standings.

Despite San Jose State notching a better shooting percentage of 39.6 percent (19-of-48) to 37.7 percent (20-of-53) for the night, the Spartans gave up 26 points off 29 costly turnovers.  Fresno State held the edge in rebounds 34-33, while both teams finished with 12 assists.

Sayja Sumler grabbed a game-high eight boards and added three assists for the Spartans.

Hayley Munro scored a season-high 25 points on 7-of-13 shooting in just 24 minutes for the Bulldogs. Taylor Thompson was the only other Fresno State player to score in double figures with 16 points, four steals and three assists.

San Jose State outshot Fresno State through the first half 42.3 percent (11-of-26) to 33.3 percent (10-of-30), but Fresno State appeared 16 more times from the line, shooting 16-of-18 to San Jose States' 1-of-2. Newton was the hot shooter for the Spartans at the half with 10 points, going 4-of-6 from the floor and 2-of-3 from the arc.

San Jose State will recognize its two seniors Marnesha Hall and Sayja Sumler in the final game of the season on Saturday, March 5 against Utah State. Tip-off on Senior Night is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at The Event Center.

FRESNO STATE 73, SAN JOSE STATE 47

FRESNO STATE (22-7, 14-2 WAC)
Munro, Hayley 7-13 7-8 25; Thompson, Taylor 4-7 6-6 16; Moult, Rosie 3-12
0-0 8; Edwards, Taja 1-4 5-7 7; Ross, Jaleesa 2-6 0-0 4; Furr, Alex 0-0 4-5
4; Arnold, Marnique 1-3 1-2 3; Goldberg, Blakely 1-3 0-1 2; Wilson, Veronica
1-4 0-0 2; Farley, Bree 0-1 2-2 2; Furst, Jeanna 0-0 0-0 0; Drennan, Ali 0-0
0-0 0. Totals 20-53 25-31 73.

SAN JOSE STATE (2-26, 2-13 WAC)
Newton, AJ 7-12 0-0 17; Hall, Marnesha 3-6 2-2 9; Sumler, Sayja 4-9 1-2 9;
Plavljanin, Sara 2-10 1-2 5; Johnson, Brittany 2-6 0-0 4; Broaden, Myesha
1-2 1-2 3; Woods, Nanea 0-1 0-0 0; Johnson, Liz 0-1 0-0 0; Williams, Marisa
0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-48 5-8 47.

Fresno State.................. 38 35 - 73
San Jose State................ 25 22 - 47

3-point goals--Fresno State 8-25 (Munro, Hayley 4-5; Moult, Rosie 2-8;
Thompson, Taylor 2-5; Goldberg, Blakely 0-1; Wilson, Veronica 0-2; Ross,
Jaleesa 0-4), San Jose State 4-14 (Newton, AJ 3-5; Hall, Marnesha 1-4;
Plavljanin, Sara 0-3; Johnson, Brittany 0-1; Johnson, Liz 0-1). Fouled
out--Fresno State-None, San Jose State-Johnson, Brittany; Hall, Marnesha;
Newton, AJ. Rebounds--Fresno State 34 (Ross, Jaleesa 5; Edwards, Taja 5;
Munro, Hayley 5; Moult, Rosie 5), San Jose State 33 (Sumler, Sayja 8).
Assists--Fresno State 12 (Thompson, Taylor 3), San Jose State 12 (Sumler,
Sayja 3; Johnson, Brittany 3; Plavljanin, Sara 3). Total fouls--Fresno State
12, San Jose State 25. Technical fouls--Fresno State-None, San Jose
State-None.