WBB Hosts Utah Valley Then On The Road For Two

San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State women's basketball team host Utah Valley on Thursday ahead of their first road trip of the year.  On Saturday and next Monday they are at Evansville and Eastern Illinois, respectively.

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (1-0)
vs. UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY (1-1)
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2012, 5:00 P.M.
THE EVENT CENTER, SAN JOSE, CALIF.

at EVANSVILLE (1-1)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2012, 1:00 P.M.
FORD CENTER, EVANSVILLE, IND.
Livestats will be available through www.sjsuspartans.com and AcesTV will stream video of the game for a $6.95 fee

at EASTERN ILLINOIS (0-2)
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2012, 12:00 P.M.
LANTZ ARENA, CHARLESTON, ILL.
Livestats will be available through www.sjsuspartans.com

LIVE STATS

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VIDEO STREAMING
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SOCIAL MEDIA
Keep up with all 16 San Jose State's team through social media sites Twitter and Facebook.  For Twitter go to @sjsuathletics and on Facebook become friends with Sammy Spartan.

RADIO COVERAGE
KSJS (90.5 FM, San Jose) originates San Jose State women's basketball home broadcasts.  Alex Scott calls the women's basketball play-by-play.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TICKETS
Tickets for San Jose State women's basketball home games are free for all SJSU students with a valid student ID.  Adult tickets are $5.00 and $3.00 for youth (12 and under).  A "Spartan 4-Pack", four tickets to any game and fans of any age for $15.00.

Groups of 20 or more can buy discounted tickets at $3.00 per person by 5:00 p.m. the business day before the game via the Spartan Ticket Office at (408) 924-SJTX (7589) or (877) SJSUTIX (757-8849).

The Event Center Box Office opens two hours prior to tip-off for any weekend, holiday game or doubleheader and is open regular business hours (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) for weekday games or doubleheaders.

PARKING
Parking for all San Jose State women's basketball games is in the University's Seventh Street Parking Garage. The Seventh Street Garage, located on the Northwest corner of San Salvador Street and Seventh Street, can be accessed through Seventh Street.  Parking is $5.00.

LAST TIME OUT
Classye James
(So., G, Palo Alto, Calif.) had a game-high 21 points, including hitting 11-for-12 from the free throw line, and three other Spartans scored in double figures as the San Jose State pulled away from San Francisco State in the second half for a 70-51 season-opening victory in The Event Center.

For the game, the Spartans shot 38 percent from the field, 25 percent from three-point range and 72 percent from the free throw line. San Jose State edged the Gators on the boards, 47-44.

Emily Schill (Fr., F, Tecoma, Australia) had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, Ta'Rea Cunnigan (So. G, Winchester, Calif.) added 16 points and eight boards, and Chereese Thomas (Jr., G, Dublin, Calif.) added 10 points and six steals.

SEASON OPENING STREAK BROKEN
With their 70-51 win over San Francisco State, San Jose State broke a six-year streak of season opening losses.  Prior to the Firday night victory, the last team to fall to the Spartans in a season-opener was Gonzaga, 69-61 to open the 2005-06 season.

Since the 1977-78 season, San Jose State is 15-21 in home openers and 17-19 in season opening games.

IMPRESSIVE DEBUTS
San Jose State had four players score in double figures in the season-opening 70-51 win against San Francisco State (11/9).  Three of the four were playing in their first game as Spartans.

Classye James 's (So., G, Palo Alto, Calif.) 21 points were the most scored by a player in her San Jose State debut in the team's season opener since 2000-01 when Atari Parker poured in 21 in her first game as a Spartan, a 71-58 victory over Sacramento State.  James' 21 points are the third most scored in a season opener in 13 years.  Natalie White had 27 in the 2008-09 season opener, a 69-68 loss to Oregon, and Amber Jackson scored 26 against Gonzaga in a 69-61 win in the first game of 2005-06.

Emily Schill 's (Fr., F, Tecoma, Australia) 12-point, 10-rebound double-double was the first time a newcomer achieved the feat in the team's season opener in 23 years.  In 1990-91, then freshman, Marilyn Brown had 16 points and 13 rebounds in her first game in blue and gold.  Brown did it in the season opener, a 71-69 win over Northeastern Illinios.

Chereese Thomas (Jr., G, Dublin, Calif.) playing all 40 minutes led the team with six steals and five assists.  She scored 10 points and added six rebounds in her major college debut.

PICKING UP WHERE SHE LEFT OFF
Ta'Rea Cunnigan (So. G, Winchester, Calif.), the leading scorer among all WAC freshman last season and one of the conference's top all-around players, picked up this year right where she left off. In the Spartans opener she had 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.

GETTING HELP UP AND DOWN THE ROSTER
In their season opening win, every Spartan on the active roster saw significant time on the court and all registered in the scoring column.  Riana Byrd (Fr., F, Richmond, Calif.) earned a start and ripped down seven rebounds to go along with her two points.  Jayzyl Tauala (Fr., G, Pacifica, Calif.) saw 26 minutes of action dished out two assists, grabbed four boards and hit a 3-pointer.

Jamiyla DeBoise (Fr., F, Houston, Calif.) played eight minutes and had a steal, an assists and scored three points.  Alexis Hill (Fr., F, Houston, Calif.) hit a trey and pulled down three rebounds.

SCOUTING UTAH VALLEY (1-1)
The Wolverines went 15-15 last season, 6-4 in the Great West Conference and finished in second place.  They opened the season with an 80-63 loss to Boise State but defeated Utah State 78-62 on Monday.

Among 10 returning letterwinners and three starters, UVU is led by last season's leading scorer and rebounder, senior forward Sammie Jensen (13.4 ppg., 10.1 rpg).  Cydne Gray, a senior guard who had 60 assists last season, is back as well.

Cathy Nixon is in her 18th season leading the Utah Valley women's hoops program.  She brings a 297-217 record into the 2012-13 season. 

San Jose State and UVU have met just once, in the 2011-12 season.  The game was played in the UCCU Center in Orem, Utah and the Spartans defeated Utah Valley 57-45.

SCOUTING EVANSVILLE (1-1)
The Purple Aces finished last season at 5-25, 2-16 in the Missouri Valley Conference.  They've opened this season with an 54-45 win at Ball State followed by an 84-52 loss at Illinios.

Evansville returns eight letterwinners and three starters from last season.  The Purple Aces welcome back last year's leading scorer, senior forward Samantha Heck (13.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 30 blk) and also have, 9.4 points-per-game, senior forward Meagan Collins back. They will miss Briyana Blair who led the team with 9.0 rebounds, 100 assists and 64 steals.

Oties Epps is in his second season leading the Evansville  women's program.  He brought a 5-25 record into the 2012-13 season. 

This will be the first meeting between these two schools.

SCOUTING EASTERN ILLINOIS (0-2)
The Panthers finished last season at 22-9, 13-3 and a second place finish in the Ohio Valley Conference.  They opened the season with a 69-39 loss at Indiana State and a 66-65 loss versus Bradley.

Eleven letterwinners and four starters are back from last season.  The Panthers return their top four scorers, all seniors, including Ta'Kenya Nixon (16.3 ppg., 5.5 rpg., 140 assists, 83 steals), Mariah King (12.5 ppg., 7.0 rpg) and Sydney Mitchell (11.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg.)

Lee Buchanan is in his first season leading the Evansville  women's hoops program.  This is his first Division I head coaching position. 

San Jose State and Eastern Illinios' first meeting was in the 2011-12 season.  The Panthers came to San Jose and defeated the Spartans 93-71.