November 20, 2010
Women's Basketball Preview:
San Jose, Calif.----San Jose State (0-3) heads down to face Cal State Fullerton (2-1) on Sunday, November 21 at 1:00 p.m. The Spartans are looking for revenge after losing a heartbreaker to the Titans, 79-77, in last year's contest.
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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 (2-1) won its second straight contest, beating Seattle University 63-58 and San Francisco 69-66.
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.
San Jose State held the University of the Pacific to a season-low 27 points in the first half, but Pacific scored 43-points in the second half, to win the game 70-57 Friday night, November 19. San Jose State was slightly edged in field goal percentage, shooting 38.8 percent from the field, while Pacific finished the night at 39 percent. Britney Bradley and Brittany Johnson led the Spartans with 14 points each. AJ Newton dished out six assists and Sayja Sumler grabbed nine rebounds.
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.
Fighting The Injury Bug:
San Jose State has had a string of bad luck with five Spartans sidelined due to injury. Brieanna Ashley, Palagi Atoe, Rachel Finnegan, Marnesha Hall, and Sara Plavljanin are out indefinitely due to injuries. Sayja Sumler left the game against the University of the Pacific on Friday, November 19, with 8:41 remaining in the second half with a lower back injury, and is probable to return for the Cal State Fullerton game on Sunday, November 21.
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.