Spartans In Thanksgiving Tournament At Pacific

Nov. 21, 2017

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San Jose, Calif. – The San José State women’s basketball team looks to avoid the Tryptofan after-effects of its Thanksgiving dinner in games on Friday and Saturday in the University of the Pacific’s Turkey Tip-Off in Stockton, Calif. SJSU plays the host Tigers on Friday and then either Brown and Hampton on Saturday.

San José State Spartans (1-2)
vs.
Pacific Tigers (2-1)

Friday, November 24, 2017 - 3:30 p.m. (PT)
Stockton, Calif. (Alex G. Spanos Center - 6,150)

Brown (2-1)/Hampton (1-1)
vs.
San José State Spartans (1-2)

Saturday, November 25, 2017 - TBA
Stockton, Calif. (Alex G. Spanos Center - 6,150)

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 TIGERS

This will be the Tigers fourth game of the year. UOP (2-1) last played on Monday evening at UC Davis and fell to the Aggies 90-58. They are scoring 87.3 points a game and giving up 71.3. Pacific is shooting .482 from the floor and .368 from three-point range while allowing opponents to hit at a .415 clip, including .381 from beyond the arc.

UOP gets 60 percent of its offense from four players, GeAnna Luaulu-Summers (14.7 ppg), Chelsea Lidy (14.3 ppg), Brooklyn McDavid (12.7 ppg) and Ameela Li (10.3 ppg). Jenelle Grant is the top rebounder (11.3/g) and Luaulu-Summers and Li lead the team in assists (5.7/g).

Bradley Davis is in his third season leading the Tigers program. He brings a 44-48 record at Pacific into this season.

SJSU VS. THE WCC

Overall, San José State is 66-105 (38.6 percent) against the current make up of West Coast Conference schools. The vast majority of that record is contained in games against San Francisco (22-20) and Santa Clara (23-24) and Pacific (13-34). SJSU has faced all 10 of the WCC schools and has a winning record against only the aforementioned San Francisco. Last year San José State went 1-3 against WCC schools, losing to UOP, USF & St Mary’s and defeating Santa Clara.

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.

IN THREE-POINT RANGE

Making 10.3 three-pointers per game, the Spartans are tied for the lead in the Mountain West, which ranks 11th in the nation. In two of the team’s three games they have launched at least 30 and hit at least 11 from beyond the arc, including MW season-highs in attempts (39) and makes (13) against Portland State. Anaylss Benally (So., G, Park City, Kan.) leads the team, ranks second in the MW and 66th in the nation, making 3.0 threes per game.

1,000-POINT PROSPECTS

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, and with 23 points in the first three games, is now 107 from the mark. With a minimum of 27 more games this season, Gennett needs to average 3.9 points per game to surpass 1,000. Ladd, who has scored 26 through three games, has 662 in her Spartans’ career. She is 338 points from 1,000 and needs to average 12.5 to reach the milestone.

IT’S ALWAYS THANKS ”GIVING”

At all time, and at this time of year especially, it is always better to give than receive. The Spartans lead the MW in assists at 17.7/game, which ranks 49th in the nation. Danae Marquez (Fr., PG, Fresno, Calif.) and Taylor Turney (So., PG, Henderson, Nev.) rank fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Mountain West in assists. Marquez is giving 5.3 assist-per-game and Turney is giving 5.0.

EVERYBODY INTO THE DEEP END OF THE POOL

In the first three games of the season, 14 Spartans saw the floor in each game and at least nine have logged double-digit minutes in each contest. In the games against #8/7 UCLA (11/10), CSU Bakersfield (11/17) and Portland State (11/19), Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) led the team with 22, 29 and 29 minutes, respectively.

FRESHMAN STARTER

When Cydni Lewis (Fr., F, Long Beach, Calif.) got the start in the season opener at #8/7 UCLA (11/10), she became just the second freshman, the other being Britta Hall in 2013-14, to be a starter 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. With her start against Portland State (11/19), Mikaylah Wilson (Fr., F, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) has now joined the group and is the fifth freshman to start for Coach Craighead while she has been at SJSU.

UNDERCLASSMEN STEPPING UP

Through three games the underclassmen on the Spartans roster have comported themselves well. Megan Anderson (Fr., G, Fresno, Calif.) equaled the team-high in points (11) at #8/7 UCLA (11/10). Mikaylah Wilson (Fr., F, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) is the team’s second leading rebounder (4.7/g) and Cydni Lewis (Fr., F, Long Beach, Calif.) is second on the team in both blocks and steals.   Among Mountain West competitors, Danae Marquez (Fr., PG, Fresno, Calif.) is 4th in assists (5.3/g), 8th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6:1) and 9th in steals (2.0/g). Lewis is 11th in blocks (0.7/g)

Sophomores 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.) are also well represented in the MW. Turney is the 8th leading scorer (15.0/g), ranks 5th in assists (5.0/g), free throw percentage (.929) & assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9:1). Benally is second in three-pointers (3.0/g) and 15th in 3-pt FG% (.409). Hafoka is 12th in offensive rebounds (2.3/g) and Harris is 2nd in blocks (1.3/g).