Women's Basketball At UC Riverside For A Thursday Matinée

The Spartans and Ali Bettencourt, who contributed eight points and two assists and two steals against Columbia, play UC Riverside on Thursday.
Nov. 18, 2014

San Jose, Calif. - Coming off one of the finest offensive displays in San José State women's basketball history, the Spartans travel to southern California to play a pair of games this week.  First up is a Thursday matinée at the Highlanders of UC Riverside.

at UC Riverside (1-0)
Thursday, November 20, 2:00 p.m.
SRC Arena, Riverside, Calif.

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Fans can view live stats of all San José State women's basketball games, home and away, by accessing the "Gametracker" feature at www.sjsuspartans.com.  Click on the link on the women's basketball schedule page to follow the action.

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Fans across the nation can now listen to every Spartans' women's home game via Stretch Internet Radio. KSJS-FM (90.5 FM, San Jose) also originates home broadcasts and select road contests.

Tickets for San José 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).  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 weekday doubleheaders.

Parking for all San José 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. 

The Spartans set several records in 119-76 win over Columbia (11/16), mostly notably the 119 points. That's both a team and Mountain West record. The previous team high was 103, which they clearly shattered. That had been achieved twice: in a 103-69 win over San Francisco State on Dec. 5, 1980, and a 103-80 win over Utah State on Jan. 12, 2013.

The Spartans also set school records with 42 free throws made and 53 free throw attempts. The teams combined for 69 made free throws, which is a Mountain West record. San Jose State's 89 field goal attempts and 53 free throw attempts are No. 2 in Mountain West history. Finally, the combined 195 points, the Spartans' 119 points and the free throws made and attempted totals are Event Center records and the field goals (35) and field goal attempts tied Event Center records....Whew!

In the Spartans 119-76 win over Columbia, every player made a contribution to record setting performance.  All 11 players were represented in the scoring column, led by Jasmine Smith (So., F, Burbank, Calif.) who scored 23 points.  Ten grabbed a rebound with Myzhanique Ladd (Fr., G, Seattle, Wash.) and Paris Baird (So., F, Van Nuys, Calif.) paced the team with six each.  Ten players dished out an assist with Aniya Baker (So., G, Perris, Calif.) toping the team with five and 10 players had steals with Smith leading the way with five.  Oh, and every player sank at least one free throw.  Nine of the 11 made more than one free throw and of those, none shots less than .625 from the charity stripe.

It's only two games, but the Spartans showed an inkling of what their pressure defense is capable of this year.  SJSU has forced its to turn the ball over 65 times and in those, made 35 steals.  San José State made those opponent miscues pay off to the tune of a 70-6 advantage in points off turnovers.  Why so few points off turnovers for their opponents?  The Spartans have turned the ball over just 17 times this year.

Entering the 2014-15 season, Ta'Rea Cunnigan (Sr., G, Winchester, Calif.) stood at 1,495 career points.  With an 18 point performance at Utah (11/14), she became the fourth player in San José State women's basketball history to pass that milestone.  Cunnigan has scored 1,523 points in just 92 games.  Her next milestone comes at 1,666 points, when she reaches Elinor Banks (1978-81) for third place on the program's all-time scoring list.

San José State is competing in its 41st season of women's college basketball.  In the second half of the game against Columbia the Spartans scored 64 points and launched 50 shots.  Both are records San José State records for a half of basketball.

All 11 Spartans who were available to play, have seen action in both games this year.  Nine played double digit minutes at Utah (11/14) and 10 did against Columbia (11/16) as Coach Craighead kept a steady rotation of fresh players coming into the game to keep the intensity at a constantly high pace.  Every Spartan made a positive impact on the stat sheet, including four who scored in double figures, led by a career-high 30 points from Rebecca Woodberry (Sr., F, Phoenix, Ariz.).

The Highlanders, who play in the Big West Conference, come into their match up with the San José State with a 1-0 record after an 80-69 victory over Santa Clara to start the season.  UCR was 6-23 in 2013-14 under 11th-year head coach John Margaritis, but one of their wins as a 105-74 dismantling of the Spartans (11/15/13).

The Highlanders return three of their top five scorers from a year ago, including Brittany Crane, a junior guard, who led the team at 19.2 ppg.  Sophomore Guard Simone DeCoud and Annelise Ito, a junior guard, averaged 11.9 and 10.5 ppg, respectively.

Against the Broncos, UC Riverside had three players in double figures led the Crane 29 points and eight rebounds.

Despite the somewhat close proximity of the two institutions, this will be just the second meeting between these programs. 
The Last Meeting
UC Riverside105
San Jose State74
November 15, 2013
The Event Center
Cunnigan Passes 1,000-Point Plateau Against UC Riverside
Junior guard Ta'Rea Cunnigan is the 13th player in San José State women's basketball history to pass the 1,000-point plateau. She had 1,010 career points.