Women's Basketball Preview:
San Jose Calif.----San Jose State (2-26, 2-13 WAC) 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.
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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 Utah State:
Head coach Raegan Pebley is in her eighth season as head coach, returning eight letterwinners from the 2009-10 team. Utah State is 15-13 overall, 9-6 in Western Athletic Conference action and must win at San Jose State to solidify its third-place seeding for the WAC tournament.
The Aggies have lost two straight, 78-70 against Louisiana Tech (Feb. 26) and 72-71 in overtime at Hawai'i (March 3). Banna Diop led the Aggies, tying her career-high 22 points and adding 11 rebounds for a double-double against the Rainbow Wahine Thursday, March 3.
Ashlee Brown leads all scorers averaging 17.5 points per game and grabbing 8.7 boards. Brown has ten 20+ point games and has nine double-doubles on the season. Alice Coddington brings with her 219 career steals, breaking current USU assistant, Danyelle Snelgro's school record of 216.
The Series With The Aggies:
Utah State holds the 8-4 advantage in the all-time series between the two schools. The Spartans last defeated the Aggies, 65-57, at home on February 3, 2007.
Season Matchup Against Utah State:
San Jose State trailed by 24 points with 12:08 remaining and pulled within eight points, but the Aggies held off the rally by limiting the Spartans to one point while hitting 6-of-8 free throws during the final 2:50 to seal a 72-57 win.
Four Spartans finished the night in double-figures, led with Sara Plavljanin's 15 points. Both Sayja Sumler and Marnesha Hall tallied 12 points and AJ Newton chipped in with 10 points. Sumler grabbed a game-high nine boards while Plavljanin added seven boards, as the Spartans had a 36-28 rebounding advantage.
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. With the loss San Jose State was eliminated from contention for the WAC Tournament.
San Jose State connected on 40 percent from the field, 29 percent from downtown and 63 percent from the line. The Bulldogs edged the Spartans on the boards, 34-33.
The Utah State game will be the final contest for San Jose State seniors Marnesha Hall and Sayja Sumler. This duo collectively scored 1,079 points, playing in a combined 155 games in their career for 4,427 total minutes. The two seniors will be recognized during pregame ceremonies prior to the introduction of the starting lineups.
Second Half Team:
During the season, the Spartans put up their strongest numbers in the second half. San Jose State scored 758 points in the second to 586 points in the first, averaging 6.2 more points per game after the half. They more than doubled their scoring at the free-throw line, shooting 70.4 percent (197-of-280) in the second to 67.5 percent (85-of-126) 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 ranks eleventh, averaging 12.5 points per game. From behind the arc she ranks seventh, averaging 1.60 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 6.0 per game. She grabbed a career-best 15 boards against Fresno State and ranks sixth in conference games amongst all Western Athletic Conference players with 6.7 RPG. Sayja Sumler averages 5.0 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 67 assists this season. Sumler averages 3.13 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 57 and both Liz Johnson and Sara Plavljanin contributed 46.
Stealing The Game:
Sayja Sumler has a team-high 57 steals this season. Sumler snatched a career-best eight at Louisiana Tech and ranks second in conference standings with an average of 2.53 steals per game. Sara Plavljanin and Brittany Johnson both have contributed 39 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.
Eliminated From WAC Tournament:
With the loss against Fresno State on March 3, San Jose State was eliminated from contention for the WAC Tournament. The Spartans have been absent from the conference tournament now in back-to-back seasons and hold a 4-6 postseason record the previous six years (2003-2009).
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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 28 games played this year, San Jose State has used 14 different starting lineups. Brittany Johnson has started in 26 games this season, Sara Plavljanin with 25, and both AJ Newton and Sayja Sumler started in 19 games. Marnesha Hall has 13, 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 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.