Las Vegas, Nev. – The eighth seed San José State women’s basketball team faces the ninth seed San Diego State Aztecs in the first game of the 2017 Mountain West Women’s Basketball Championship on Monday. The Spartans, who swept the regular season series from SDSU, will go for three in a row at 2:00 p.m. in the Thomas & Mack Center.
#8 San José State Spartans
#9 San Diego State
Monday, March 6, 2017 - 2:00 p.m. (PT)
Las Vegas, Nev. (Thomas & Mack Center -19,522)
LUCKY 8 IN LAS VEGAS?
The Spartans enter the 2017 Mountain West Women’s Basketball Championships as the eighth seed and will face the ninth seeded San Diego State Aztecs in the first round. The last time San Jose State occupied the eighth seed was two years ago in the 2015 Championship. That tournament SJSU defeated #9 Utah State 99-85 in its opening game; the 99 points are a MW Women’s Basketball Championship record. Then upset #1 seed Colorado State in the quarterfinals 66-55 before falling to Boise State 76-67 in the semis.
STARTERS LOGGING BIG MINUTES
In its 30 games, San Jose State has relied heavily on its four seniors Paris Baird (Sr., F, Van Nuys, Calif.), Jasmine Smith (Sr., F, Burbank, Calif.), Rachol West (Sr., G, Bakersfield, Calif.) & Dezz Ramos (Sr., PG, West Valley, Utah) and junior Myzhanique Ladd (Jr., G, Seattle, Wash.). Just how heavily? The five have logged 4,503 of the team’s 6,100 total minutes or a whopping 73.8 percent.
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. In the just completed 18 game conference schedule, she has established a new record for field goal attempts (419) and three-point attempts (159). With 57 threes, she equaled the MW record for three-pointers in conference play set by Colorado State’s Jamie Patrick in 2015-16. With a minimum of one games left in the season, Ramos is at 628 field goal attempts. The record is 637. All the records, with the exception of three-pointers, are owned by Utah State’s Jennifer Schlott who set them in the 2013-14 season.
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.
RAMOS QUICKEST TO 1,000 POINTS IN SJSU HISTORY
Senior Dezz Ramos (Sr., PG, West Valley, Utah), with 14 points against New Mexico (2/4), became the 16th player in program history to score 1,000 points in her Spartans’ career. Ramos reached the milestone in 51 games, four games quicker than Lora Alexander. Ramos and Alexander are the only two Spartans to score at least 1,000-career points in their first two seasons in a Spartans jersey. Alexander, an SJSU Hall of Fame honoree, scored 1,019 points in 56 career games. Ramos currently has 1,203 points and at least two games left in her SJSU career. She ranks 10th on the career scoring list and at her current scoring pace (23.3 ppg), she would reach and pass Sheila Brown (1,230 points from1981-84) for seventh place.