Spartans Home Wednesday Then At Cal Poly Tourney

San Jose, Calif. - San Jose State returns home for a Wednesday against Eastern Illinois before setting out on a post-Thanksgiving road trip to San Luis Obispo, Calif., where they will face American University and host Cal Poly in a weekend tournament.

vs. Eastern Illinois (3-0, 0-0 Ohio Valley)
Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
The Event Center, San Jose, Calif.

CAL POLY THANKSGIVING TOURNAMENT
vs. American University (2-2, 0-0 Patriot League)
Saturday, November 26, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Mott Gym, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

at Cal Poly (1-2, 0-0 Big West)
Sunday, November 27, 2011, 2:00 p.m.
Mott Gym, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

LIVE STATS
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VIDEO STREAMING­­­
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RADIO COVERAGE
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.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TICKETS
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).

HEAD COACH TIM LA KOSE
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).­­­­

SPARTANS RULE THE WAC GLASS
San Jose State is leading the Western Athletic Conference in total rebounding as well as offensive boards. The Spartans are grabbing 49.7 and 23.7 rebounds per game, respectively.

DEFENSE AND TURNOVERS ARE THE NAME OF THE GAME
In three games, San Jose State leads the WAC in turnovers forced at 23.3 per game. In addition, Ta'Rea Cunnigan, Brittany Johnson, Sara Plavljanin and Palagi Atoe are all in the top-10 in the conference in steals. Cunnigan and Johnson lead SJSU with 2.33 steals per game.

JOHNSON AMONG WAC BEST
Senior forward Brittany Johnson ranks fifth in the Western Athletic Conference in points, rebounds and steals (14.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.3 spg). She has scored in double figures in each of the team's three games.

BROADEN DENYING THE OPPOSITION POINTS
Senior center Myesha Broaden is the second leading shot blocker in the WAC and is the conferences sixth leading rebounder averaging 4.0 boards on both the offensive and defensive glass.

SCOUTING EASTERN ILLINOIS
The Panthers, a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, head to San Jose with a 3-0 record. Eastern Illinois has wins over Oakland City University (93-32), Bradley (59-58) and Illinois State (83-69). EIU finished last season with a 18-13 record, 13-5 in conference play. They were knocked out of the Ohio Valley Tournament in the quarterfinal round and played in the postseason in the Women's Basketball Invitational.

Eastern Illinois has four players averaging in double figures, led by junior guard Ta'Kenya Nixon (15.3 ppg, 6.3rpg, 16 ast, 13 stl.) and junior forward Sydney Mitchell (13.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg.). Sabina Oroszova (6.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg.), a freshman forward, is the team's top rebounder.

Head coach Brady Sallee is in his eighth season leading the Panthers. He began the year with a 114-101 record.

HISTORY: Spartans vs. Panthers
This will be the first meeting between the two schools.

SCOUTING AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
A member of the Patriot League, the Eagles enter this week with a 2-2 record and will play Youngstown State on Monday before heading to San Luis Obispo for the Cal Poly Tournament. Prior to playing the Spartans on Saturday, American will face Austin Peay in the opening game of the tournament.

The Eagles have wins over over George Mason (55-51) and Mount St. Mary's (77-62) sandwiched around losses to James Madison (68-64) and Oakland (68-62). American finished last season with a 22-9 record, 10-4 in conference play, and reached the Patriot League championship game.

The Eagles are led by senior guard Lisa Strack (14.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 11 ast, 10 st.) and sophomore guard Ti'Asia McGeorge (10.5 ppg, .480 [12-25] 3-point shooting).

Entering his fouth season leading American University, head coach Matt Corkery sported a 63-31 record at the begining of the year.

HISTORY: Spartans vs. Eagles
This will be the first meeting between the two schools.

SCOUTING CAL POLY
The Mustangs, a members of the Big West Conference, enter this week with a 1-2 record and will play Austin Peay on Saturday before facing the Spartans on Sunday.

Cal Poly defeated San Francisco (82-66) between losses to Oregon (102-93) and Fresno State (79-76). The Mustangs finished last season with a 18-13 record, 13-4 in conference play, and reached the Big West championship game, a 66-49 loss to UC Davis. Cal Poly played in the 2011 WNIT, falling to California 74-60 in the first round.

The Mustangs have two players who are averaging a double-double so far this season; senior forward Kristina Santiago (27.5 ppg, 14.7 rpg) and Kayla Griffin, a junior guard (12.5 ppg, 10.5 rpg).

Head coach Faith Mimnaugh is in her 15th season leading the Cal Poly women's basketball program. She had a 178-220 record heading into the 2011-12 season.

HISTORY: Spartans vs. Mustangs
The Spartans hold an 8-5 lead in the all-time series between the two schools. San Jose State took eight of the first nine meetings, but have come up short in the last four. In San Luis Obispo, the Spartans hold a 3-2 advantage and averaged 20-point victories in their three wins. In the two losses, San Jose State twice lost by 12 points.