WBB Season Opener Versus USF

San Jose, Calif. - The 37th season of San Jose State women's basketball begins Sunday, November 13, when Bay Area rival the University of San Francisco Dons travel to The Event Center for both team's season opener.

San Jose State University (0-0, 0-0 WAC)
vs. San Francisco (0-0, 0-0 WCC)
Sunday, November 13, 2011, 2:00 p.m.
The Event Center, San Jose, Calif.

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Tickets for all San Jose State home women's basketball games are free for all SJSU students with a valid student ID. Adult tickets are $5.00, $3.00 for youth (12 and under).

Groups of 20 or more can buy discounted tickets at $3.00 per person. The ticket office opens two hours prior to tip-off at The Event Center or can be purchased by calling San Jose State Athletics Ticket Office at 408-924-SJTX (7589).

On April 20, 2011, Tim La Kose was named the seventh women's basketball head coach in the 37-year history of the program. In his 18 seasons coaching women's basketball, he has a 347-152 win-loss record.

La Kose started his head coaching career at California Lutheran University. In eight seasons (1994-01) at Cal Lutheran he posted a 136-67 record, won five conference championships and participated in four NCAA Division III Championship tournaments.

La Kose came to San Jose State after spending the last 10 seasons at Cal State Bakersfield. His teams won 20 or more games in a season seven times, competed in six NCAA Division II Championship tournaments and two NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Invitationals (WBI).­­­­

The Dons, a member of the West Coast Conference, posted a 4-25 record in 2010-11. In the conference's preseason coaches poll, USF was selected to finish in ninth place.

San Francisco returns their second-leading scorer and rebounder from a year ago, senior forward Katy Keating (8.9 4.1 rpg). Vania Singleterry (7.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg), a senior guard is also back.

Jennifer Azzi, the Dons head coach, begins her second season on the hilltop.

San Jose State enjoys a 21-15 lead in the all-time series with the Dons, but in the last 10 meetings USF holds a 6-4 advantage. In games contested in San Jose, the Spartans took the last meeting (63-51 in 2009-10), but San Francisco has won three of the last five.

San Jose State has fallen on hard times in recent home and season openers. The Spartans haven't tasted victory on a home or season opener since 2005-06 when the defeated Gonzaga 69-61.

Since the 1977-78 season, San Jose State is 14-20 in home openers and 16-18 in season opening games. With a victory on Sunday, against USF, the Spartans can break a five-game losing streak in both home and season openers.

San Jose State had five players score in double figures led by senior Brittany Johnson's 13-point, 14-rebound double-double as the Spartans defeated the Cal State East Bay Pioneers 70-53 in an exhibition game on Sunday, November 6.

Freshman Ta'rea Cunnigan led the Spartans with 14 points. Johnson and Myesha Broaden each scored 13. Broaden, a center, nailed three 3-pointers, all in the first half. Sara Plavljanin and Brea Matthews added 12 points each, with Plavljanin getting nine of the Spartans 20 steals on the day.

For the game, the Spartans outscored CSUEB 24-to-14 in the paint, 30-to-17 in points off turnovers and 10-to-3 in second chance points.