Women's Basketball Preview:
San Jose, Calif.----San Jose State women's basketball hits the road to face the University of the Pacific (1-1) on Friday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m. and Cal State Fullerton (1-1) on Sunday, November 21 at 1:00 p.m. The Spartans are looking to pick up their first win of the season at 0-2.
This week's San Jose State-Pacific game and San Jose State-Cal State Fullerton game will have free live stats available through SJSUSpartans.com. Click on the live stats link on the home page to view both games.
Scouting The Tigers:
Ten players from last year's squad, including three starters, return for the 2010-11 season. Pacific's top four scorers from last season, junior forward Christina Thompson, sophomore guard Erica McKenzie, junior guard Eliza Dy, and senior guard Jennifer Fath all return for head coach Lynne Roberts' fifth year.
Danielle Peacon leads the team in points per game (25.5) and rebounds per game (12.0). After sweeping a pair of exhibition games by an average of 32 points, the Pacific women's basketball team split its first pair of non-conference games, winning 94-86 on November 12 at home to Sacramento State and losing 72-61 to San Diego at home on November 15.
The Series With Pacific:
Leading into its 44th meeting between the two schools, Pacific holds a 30-13 all-time advantage. In the last contest on November 20, 2007, the Spartans dropped a 75-74 nail-biter in overtime at The Event Center. A 12-4 run the last 3:19 of the game by San Jose State sent the game to overtime, and an 8-0 run to start the extra period gave the Spartans a 71-63 lead, but Pacific chipped away at the lead and made two free throws with 2.6 seconds left in the game to win. San Jose State last beat the Tigers a year prior in 2006 at Pacific, 65-56.
Scouting The Titans:
Head coach Marcia Foster, who is entering her second season at the helm of the program and her eighth year on the sidelines with the Titans, will have a lot to work with for 2010-11 as Fullerton loses only one starter and welcomes back 13 players overall from last season's squad that finished 15-17 overall and 8-8 in Big West Conference play. The Titans return all-conference first-team honoree Megan Richardson (15.3 ppg., 3.7 rpg.) and senior Lyndsey Grove (12.1 ppg., 4.5 rpg.), along with Big West All-Freshman Team selection Mya Olivier (5.3 ppg., 4.9 rpg.).
Megan Richardson averages a team-leading 19.5 points per game and Jenna Breite leads the team with 8.0 rebounds per game. Cal State Fullerton (1-1) split last week in Washington, dropping its season opener on November 12 at Eastern Washington 80-70, and beating Seattle University 63-58 on November 14.
The Series With The Titans:
Cal State Fullerton leads the all-time series 24-9. The Spartans lost a heartbreaker in last year's game, after trailing by 11 points at halftime; the Spartans used a 46-point second half to take a one-point lead with 42 seconds remaining in the game. However, a three-point basket by Cal State Fullerton's Lauren Chow gave the Titans a 79-77 win. San Jose State last got the ‘W' at Cal State Fullerton in 2001, beating the Titans 66-54.
It was a tale of two different halves as the San Jose State women's basketball team fell to San Francisco 71-59 on Monday night, November 15. The Spartans led by as many as seven points in the first minute of the second half, but were unable to stop the Dons' offense, giving up 44 points in the final 20 minutes. Despite the loss, four San Jose State players scored double-figures. Sayja Sumler finished with 13 points, Sara Plavljanin with 12 points, Brittany Johnson with 11, and AJ Newton also scored 11 points.
Top 5 WAC Rankings:
Two San Jose State newcomers finished Week 1 in the top 5 in conference player rankings. Junior forward Brittany Johnson rounded out the top 5 in average blocks per game with 1.50 and freshman point guard AJ Newton finished fifth in assist/turnover ratio at 2.33. Overall, San Jose State ranked among the best in blocked shots, averaging 4.0 blocks per game, placing second in the nine-team conference.
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On The Road Again:
San Jose State is facing a season-long six consecutive road game stretch. It has been a decade since the Spartan women's basketball team took on six or more consecutive road games. In 1999-2000 the team scheduled eight road games in a row. The Spartans will be the visiting team through December 1, after the completion at Northern Arizona.
Racking Up The Frequent Flyer Miles:
With close to 21,000 miles of travel this season, the Spartans are projected to log 19,697 air miles and 1,301 miles of ground transportation in 2010-11.
For the first time in the program's history, the Spartans will travel to Alaska to participate in the Carrs Safeway Great Alaska Shootout at the University of Alaska Anchorage. San Jose State will play host Alaska Anchorage on Tuesday, November 23 at 7:00 p.m. PT. Following the game, Washington will face Kent State at 9:00 p.m. PT. The two winning teams from each contest will play in the championship game on Wednesday, November 24 at 6:00 p.m. PT. The third place game will be held on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. PT.