Women's Hoops Travel To UC Davis & UNLV

San Jose, Calif. - San Jose State makes its first foray on the road this week.  The Spartans head to UC Davis for a mid-week matchup with the Aggies and then travel to Las Vegas for a Saturday afternoon affair against UNLV.

San Jose State University (0-1, 0-0 WAC)
at UC Davis (2-0, 0-0 Big West)
Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
The Pavillion, Davis, Calif.

at UNLV (2-0, 0-0 MWC)
Saturday, November 19, 2011, 3:00 p.m.
Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nev.

Fans can view live stats of all San Jose State home games and most road contests by accessing the "Live Stats" feature at www.sjsuspartans.com.  Click on the link at the top of the home page to follow the action.

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KSJS (90.5 FM, San Jose) originates San Jose State women's basketball home broadcasts.  Jeff Bowe and Alex Scott call the women's basketball play-by-play.

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).

When San Jose State scored 77 points against USF (11/13) it was the first time in 43 games that they broke the 70-point plateau.  The last time the Spartans scored at least 70 points was a 75-64 win at Santa Clara (1/2/10).  

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 Aggies, a member of the Big West Conference, have posted wins at Washington (11/11, 69-68) and at Seattle (11/13, 66-62), so far this season. UC Davis finished last season with a 24-9 record, 10-6 in conference play.  They won the Big West Tournament and played in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Aggies are led by senior guard Hana Asano (11.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg., 5.0 apg.) and junior guard Cortney French (10.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg.)

Jennifer Gross, the Aggies head coach, begins her first season leading UC Davis after seven season on the staff as an assistant.

HISTORY: Spartans vs. Aggies
San Jose State trails the all-time series 6-to-5 against the Aggies after last season's 100-62 loss in the Event Center.  This trip to Davis is the Spartans first since the 1979-80 season.

With wins over Butler (11/12, 62-39) and Iowa (11/13, 69-59) at last week's Iowa Hawkeye Challenge, the Rebels are 2-0 on the season.  A member of the Mountain West Conference, UNLV finished last season with a 11-20 record, 4-12 in conference play and were knocked out of the Mountain West tournament in the first round.

UNLV is led by junior guard Kelli Thompson (21.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg.) and senior forward Sandrine Nzeukou (17.0 ppg, 15.0 rpg.).  Jamie Smith (7.0 ppg, 13.0 rpg.), a senior forward, has also been a contributor.  For her efforts at Iowa, Thompson was named the Iowa Hawkeye Challenge MVP and Mountain West Women's Basketball Player of the Week. 
Head coach Kathy Olivier is in her fourth season leading UNLV.  She began the year with a 38-56 record in Las Vegas and a career record of 270-264 in a total of 18 seasons as a Division I head coach.

HISTORY: Spartans vs. Rebels
UNLV has won 25 of the 28 times the teams have met. The Spartans, in 13 trips, have never beaten the Rebels in Las Vegas.  San Jose State's three wins have all come in the last eight matchups.

Three Spartans scored in double figures and San Jose State forced 35 turnovers, but it wasn't enough to defeat the San Francisco Dons.  USF (1-1) beat San Jose State in the Spartans' season opener 88-77 on Sunday afternoon in the Event Center.

Brittany Johnson and Sara Plavljanin each scored 18 points for the San Jose State.  Johnson ripped down 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season.  Plavljanin had five of the Spartans' 15 steals and grabbed seven boards.  Ta'Rea Cunnigan added 13 points and six rebounds.

San Francisco was led by Rheina Ale's 23 points, nine assists and three steals.  Taj Winston had 16 points and seven rebounds.  Katy Keating and Mel Khlok added 14 and 13 points, respectively.

The San Jose State women's basketball program has signed four high school seniors and the California Junior College Co-MVP to National Letters of Intent for competition beginning in the 2012-13season.

The four high school playersare Riana Byrd (13.8 points, 12.6 rebounds and 3.6 blocks), a 6-1 post player, she was selected Tri-County Conference MVP and earned Sacramento Bee second-team All-Metro honors last season. 

Jayzyl Tauala (JAY-zel Ta-wala), a 5-7 guard averaged 10.2 points, 3.0 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game as the her team won their fourth straight Peninsula Athletic League - Bay Division Championship as well as the San Mateo County title.

Paris Baird, a 6-1 forward, averaged 7.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game last season for the Windward School in Los Angeles, Calif., the 2010-11 CIF Division IV State Champions and a No. 9 national ranking.

Jasmine Smith, 6-0 forward, earned first-team All-CIF Division IIIA honors last season. Smith, who averaged 12 points per game last season, was a pivotal member of the 2009 Bell-Jeff State Championship team. In 2010, the team reached the state semifinals and Smith earned second-team All- CIF honors. 

Janis Peterson, a 6-1 guard at City College of San Francisco, led the California Community College Athletic Association's Coast North Division in scoring, averaging 22.6 points last year. The Rams finished with a 27-6 record, 9-1 in conference play and were the state runner-up. Peterson earned Co-Player of the Year honors for her play.