Johnson, Cunnigan and La Kose Earn WAC Honors

Denver, Colo. - Senior Brittany Johnson, freshman Ta'Rea Cunnigan and head coach Tim La Kose were honored by the coaches of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) with year-end awards.  Johnson was selected a first-team all-conference performer, Cunnigan was named to the WAC All-Freshman team and La Kose earned Coach of the Year honors.

Johnson, the conference's leading scorer and the nation's 16th at 19.7 points per game, also ranks in the top-10 of the WAC in rebounds, free throw percentage, steals, blocked shots, offensive and defensive rebounds and minutes played.

This season, the 5-10 forward from Tulsa, Okla., set the Spartans' single-season records for points and free throws made and scored in double figures in every game, also a San Jose State women's basketball record.

Cunnigan, a product of Chaparral High School in Winchester, Calif., led all WAC freshmen in scoring at 11.8 points per game and one of two freshman in the top-20 in the conference in scoring.  She was sixth in steals, snatching 2.07 per game.

A 5-9 guard, Cunnigan was the team's third leading scorer and ranked second in steals.  She scored a season-high 21 points at Nevada and failed to reach double-figure scoring twice in 14 WAC games.

La Kose, in his first season in charge the San Jose State women's program, led the team to nine more wins than last year and the most wins since 2005-06.  The nine-game improvement, from two to 11 victories, is amongst the best in the nation this year.  He is the second Spartans head coach to earn the honor from the WAC; Janice Richard was selected in 2001-02 and his 11 wins are the second most by a first-year Spartans' women's basketball coach.

Under La Kose San Jose State improved their scoring by 487 points from a year ago and increased their per-game average from 47.7 points to 64.5.  The team's 1,870 total points rank fourth best in San Jose State history.  La Kose has twice been honored as National Independent Coach of the Year, after the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons.

The Spartans (11-18) are the fifth seed in this week's WAC Basketball Tournament and take on the fourth seed Idaho Vandals in a quarterfinal game on Wednesday, March 7.  Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. in Las Vegas, Nevada's Orleans Arena.