San Jose, Calif. – The San Jose State women’s basketball team, after a road loss at #8/7 UCLA last Friday, open the home portion of its 2017-18 schedule with a game against CSU Bakersfield on Friday night in The Event Center.
San José State Spartans (0-1)
CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners (1-1)
Friday, November 17, 2017 - 7:00 (PT)
San Jose, Calif. (The Event Center - 5,000)
Streaming Video: The Mountain West Network
COACH CRAIGHEAD AND PLAYER INTERVIEWS
All interview requests for Head Coach Jamie Craighead or any players should be made through the SJSU Athletics Media Relations Office, 408-924-1208, at least 24 hours in advance. Players are available as their class schedules, practices and meetings permit. Players will not be available until post-game on game days. Media members are also required to make arrangements with the San José State’s Athletics Media Relations Office to attend any practice session.
QUICK LOOK AT THE ROADRUNNERS
This will be the ‘Runners third game of the year. CSUB (1-1) dropped its season opener 67-56 at UTEP, but bounced back for a 74-63 win over Fresno Pacific on Tuesday evening. They are scoring 65.0 points a game and giving up the same. CSUB is shooting .376 from the floor, .278 from three-point range while allowing opponents to hit at a .440 clip including .333 from beyond the arc.
Aja Williams leads the CSU Bakersfield offense with a 12.5 ppg average while Malaysia McHenry and Jazmine Johnson are scoring at a 10.0 ppg clip. Jerice Fears, has played only one game, but leads the team in roumving at 9.0 /game and Alexxus Gilbert is at 3.0 assists per outing.
Greg McCall is in his seventh season leading the Runners’ program. He brings an 88-93 record at CSU Bakersfield into this season.
SJSU VS. THE WAC
Overall, San José State is 9-34 (26.5 percent) against the current make up of WAC schools. The vast majority of that record is contained in a 5-28 mark against New Mexico State. SJSU has faced five of the eight WAC schools and has a winning record against only Utah Valley (2-0) and Kansas City (1-0). San José State has dropped three straight against WAC team and last defeated a WAC school on December 21, 2013, an 81-76 victory over Kansas City.
WHERE’S THE ADVANTAGE IN HOME OPENERS
The Spartans have played 42 home openers in the history of the program, but despite what should be a home court advantage, San José State is 20-22 in its first game of the year on its own court. Recent history has been a bit kinder to the team. SJSU has won four of its last five home openers, with the lone exception, a 99-96 overtime loss to Pacific last year.
SPARTANS ROSTER SECOND YOUNGEST IN DIVISION I
In a preseason poll of Media Relations Directors, the Spartans are the second youngest team in Division I women’s basketball, based on percentage of freshman and sophomores on the roster. Twelve of SJSU’s 15 players are underclassmen, which ties them for second place with Florida International. UNC Greenville has the youngest team in the nation at 87.7 percent underclassmen.
When Cydni Lewis (Fr., F, Long Beach, Calif.) got the start in the season opener at #8/7 UCLA, she became just the second freshman, the other being Britta Hall in 2013-14, to be in the starting lineup in the opener in Coach Craighead’s five seasons at SJSU. Hall had 27 starts and Jasmine Smith earned five in 2013-14. Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) was the last freshman to start a game for SJSU. She had nine starts in 2014-15.
Hallie Gennett (Sr., F, Post Falls, Idaho) and Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) each have a chance to reach 1,000-career points this season. Gennett began 2017-18 with 870 points, 130 from reaching the milestone, and with nine in the season opener, is now 121 from the mark. With a minimum of 29 more games this season, Gennett needs to average 4.2 points per game to surpass 1,000. Ladd, who scored 11 in the season opener at #8/7 UCLA, has 647 in her Spartans’ career. She is 353 points from 1,000 and needs to average 12.2 to reach the plateau.
UNDERCLASSMEN STEPPING UP
Despite the outcome in the season opener at #8/7 UCLA, the underclassmen on the Spartans roster comported themselves well in the game. Megan Anderson (Fr., G, Fresno, Calif.) equaled the team-high in points (11). Danae Marquez (Fr., PG, Fresno, Calif.) had team-highs in assists (5) and steals (3) and Cydni Lewis (Fr., F, Long Beach, Calif.) tied for the team lead in rebounds (5). Overall of the seven freshmen who played, five scored and all contributed in either points, rebounds, assists or steals.
Analyss Benally (So., G, Park City, Kan.), Taylor Turney (So., PG, Henderson, Nev.), Fieme’a Hafoka (So., G, Kihei, Maui) and Alexis Harris (So., C, Palo Alto, Calif.) were all represented in the scoring column led by nine points each by Benally and Turney.
EVERYBODY INTO THE DEEP END OF THE POOL
In the season opener at #8/7 UCLA, 14 Spartans saw the floor and 12 logged double-digit minutes. Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) led the team with 22 minutes and Danae Marquez (Fr., PG, Fresno, Calif.) played 19 on the Pauley Pavilion floor.
SPARTANS SELECTED NINTH IN MW PRESEASON COACHES & MEDIA POLL
By a vote of the conference’s 11 head coaches and media members, the Spartans were picked ninth in the Mountain West this year. In its four previous seasons, SJSU was selected to finish conference play in ninth (2013-14), tenth (2014-15), eighth (2015-16) and fifth (2016-17).
#8/7 UCLA WOMPS SJSU 129-69
The Spartans suffered the second worst defeat in program history in a 129-69 loss in the season opener last Friday. Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) and Megan Anderson (Fr., G, Fresno, Calif.) paced SJSU with 11 points each. Ladd and Cydni Lewis (Fr., F, Long Beach, Calif.) led the team with five rebounds and Danae Marquez (Fr., PG, Fresno, Calif.) had team-highs with five assists and three steals.