San Jose, Calif. – The 11th seed San José State women’s basketball team faces the sixth seed New Mexico Lobos in the first round of the 2018 Mountain West Women’s Basketball Championship on Monday. The Spartans, who split the regular season series with New Mexico, will go for series win at 7:00 p.m. in the Thomas & Mack Center.
#11 San José State Spartans (7-22, 4-14 MW)
#6 New Mexico Lobos (22-9, 10-8 MW)
Monday, March 5, 2018 - 7:00 p.m. (PT)
Las Vegas, Nev. (Thomas & Mack Center -19,522)
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 44.4 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 44-of-99 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 59 3-ptrs and her 2.0 threes per game ranks seventh in the Mountain West and ninth 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 59 three-pointers on the season are the ninth most in a season for a Spartan and with 60 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 one 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 (187) and seventh in three-point percentage (.321).
ANDERSON SETS PROGRAM’S FRESHMAN THREE-POINT RECORD
Megan Anderson (Fr., G, Fresno, Calif.) drained a three-pointer in the team’s regular season finale against Air Force, to set a new San Jose State freshman record of 44 three pointers. In the previous game, at Utah State the knocked down a single game-best six threes to equal the then record of 43 three-pointers, which was set by Britta Hall in the 2013-14 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 from 1,000 entering the Mountain West Tournament. At her career scoring average of 8.4/g, she will need to up her game to reach the milestone.
LADD ALL OVER THE CAREER LISTS
Entering the Mountain West Tournament, Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) ranks in the top-25 of 17 SJSU career categories. She is 16th in scoring (1,022), 21st in field goals (335) and 22nd in field goal attempts (803), 3rd in free throws (293), 7th in free throw attempts (399) and 11th in free throw percentage (.734). Ladd ranks 11th in rebounds (603), 4th in offensive (234) and 14th and defensive boards (369). She is 14th in assists (243), 21st in steals (120), 18th in three-point attempts (197) and 17th in makes (59) and 14th in three-point percentage (.299). Ladd is 7th in starts (92), T4th in games (120) and 8th in minutes (3,133).
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.
SPARTANS ROSTER SECOND YOUNGEST IN DIVISION I
In a preseason poll of Media Relations Directors, the Spartans are the second youngest team in Division I women’s basketball, based on percentage of freshman and sophomores on the roster. Twelve of SJSU’s 15 players are underclassmen, which ties them for second place with Florida International. UNC Greenville has the youngest team in the nation at 87.7 percent underclassmen.
TEAM FAST BREAKS
Entering the Mountain West Tournament as the 11th seed is the lowest the Spartans have been seeded since a #10 seed in the 2014, the first year they competed in the conference
SJSU & UNM have met once in the MW Tournament, which ended in a 65-51 win for the Lobos.
SJSU has been eliminated in its first game of the tournament in even numbered years (2014 & 2016).
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 13.3. Will finish her career in the top-5 of four SJSU career categories.
Taylor Turney (So., PG, Henderson, Nev.) averaged 4.3 ppg last year and now leads the team at 13.4/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 59 3-ptrs and ranks 7th in the MW at 2.0/g. In her career, 60 of 69 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 (28).
Danae Marquez (Fr., PG, Fresno, Calif.) fourth among SJSU frosh in scoring (5.1/g). Second on the team with 97 assists (3.3/g, 10th in the MW) and in steals with 33 (1.3/g). 4th in MW games in A/TO Ratio at 1.7/g.
Megan Anderson (Fr., G, Fresno, Calif.) is shooting .444 from 3-pt range, highest on the team and 5th in the MW and #5 nationally among all freshman. Her 44 3-ptrs rank 2nd on the team & is th program’s freshman record.
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 20 games & 21 overall this season.
Hallie Gennett (Sr., F, Post Falls, Idaho) ranks 13th among active Division I players with 774 3-pt attempts and 6.56 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 12th in the MW in blocks/g with 0.7.
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).