Spartans Downed By Aggies In Finale

March 5, 2010

San Jose, Calif.----The Spartans fell behind 46-14 at the half, and lost to Utah State 75-39, in their WAC finale on Saturday night.

The Utah State game was the final contest for Spartan seniors' Marnesha Hall and Sayja Sumler , who collectively scored 1,099 points, playing in a combined 159 games in their career for 4,819 total minutes.

"Marnesha Hall came back from an injury and is still only 50 percent, but she keeps fighting so I have the upmost respect for her and I love her fight," said head coach Pam DeCosta.

"Sayja Sumler was our first recruit and has been with this coaching staff for four years," said DeCosta. "She's laid the foundation for this program to move further into the future. She comes everyday and plays hard and did a great job for this program."

The Spartan seniors accounted for 51 percent of the home team points, scoring a combined 20 points. Hall led the Spartans with a career-high 14 points while grabbing four boards. Brittany Johnson also scored in double figures with 10 points.

With 12:36 on the clock, San Jose State trailed 13-11, but the Aggies held the Spartans scorless over a stretch of 7 minutes, 11 seconds, allowing Utah State to mount a 17-0 run during that time. Sumler snapped the skid with a free throw at the 5:16 mark to cut the lead to 18 points, 30-12, but that was as close as the Spartans would get the rest of the contest.

The Aggies flexed their depth on the night, forcing 27 turnovers, hitting five three pointers, and having 12 players score at least two points. Alice Coddington led Utah State with 11 points and Ashlee Brown grabbed a game-high nine boards.

"I don't know what is was, but we just didn't play well tonight," added coach Pam DeCosta. "I'm proud of our kids, they could have easily quit but they continued to fight."

San Jose State connected on 24.5 percent from the field, 68.4 percent from the charity stripe and came up empty from behind the arc. The Aggies won the rebounding battle, 37-30.

San Jose State finishes the 2010-11 season 2-27 overall and 2-14 in Western Athletic Conference action.

UTAH STATE 75, SAN JOSE STATE 39

UTAH STATE (16-13, 10-6 WAC)
Coddington, Alice 4-6 3-4 11; Brown, Ashlee 5-8 0-1 10; Johnson, Jenna 5-6
0-2 10; Christensen, Devyn 1-7 4-4 7; Plunkett, Maddy 3-3 0-0 7; Howard,
Stacey 2-3 1-2 6; Diop, Banna 1-2 3-4 5; Burns, Chelsea 2-4 1-2 5; White,
Amber 2-5 0-0 5; Mays, Reyneisha 2-4 0-0 4; Pringle-Buchanan, L. 1-1 0-0 3;
Imai, Kamie 1-3 0-0 2; Furtado, Pualei 0-1 0-0 0; Schlott, Jennifer 0-2 0-0
0. Totals 29-55 12-19 75.

SAN JOSE STATE (2-27, 2-14 WAC)
Hall, Marnesha 5-11 4-7 14; Johnson, Brittany 4-12 2-2 10; Sumler, Sayja
2-10 2-4 6; Newton, AJ 2-11 0-0 4; Johnson, Liz 0-0 2-2 2; Williams, Marisa
0-3 2-2 2; Plavljanin, Sara 0-5 1-2 1; Woods, Nanea 0-1 0-0 0; Broaden,
Myesha 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-53 13-19 39.

Utah State.................... 46 29 - 75
San Jose State................ 14 25 - 39

3-point goals--Utah State 5-14 (Howard, Stacey 1-2; White, Amber 1-3;
Plunkett, Maddy 1-1; Christensen, Devyn 1-3; Pringle-Buchanan, L. 1-1;
Furtado, Pualei 0-1; Schlott, Jennifer 0-1; Burns, Chelsea 0-1; Coddington,
Alice 0-1), San Jose State 0-9 (Hall, Marnesha 0-3; Sumler, Sayja 0-1;
Newton, AJ 0-4; Plavljanin, Sara 0-1). Fouled out--Utah
State-Pringle-Buchanan, L., San Jose State-None. Rebounds--Utah State 37
(Brown, Ashlee 9), San Jose State 30 (Sumler, Sayja 5). Assists--Utah State
20 (Christensen, Devyn 7), San Jose State 10 (Newton, AJ 3). Total
fouls--Utah State 22, San Jose State 16. Technical fouls--Utah
State-Pringle-Buchanan, L., San Jose State-Newton, AJ. A-442