Spartans Battle Host Alaska Anchorage In Alaska Shootout

November 22, 2010

Women's Basketball Preview:
San Jose, Calif.----San Jose State travels north to Alaska to participate in the 33rd annual Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout on November 23-24, hosted by the University of Alaska Anchorage. Four basketball teams will participate in the women's field. San Jose State (0-4), Alaska Anchorage (4-1), Kent State (2-0), and Washington (1-1) will play in a two-day tournament bracket.

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.

Tuesday's Games (first round)
7 pm - San Jose State (0-4) vs Alaska Anchorage (4-1)
9 pm - Kent State (2-0) vs Washington (1-1)
Wednesday's Games
3:30 pm - Consolation game (SJSU/UAA loser vs KSU/UW loser)
6 pm - Championship game (SJSU/UAA winner vs KSU/UW winner)

Live Online Video:
In conjunction with JumpTV, all games of the 2010 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout can be viewed via online videostream at GoSeawolves.com. Cost is $6.95 per day or $19.95 for a full-tourney package, which includes all 4 women's and all 12 men's contests.

Free Live Stats:
Fans can view free live stats for all Shootout games at SJSUSpartans.com. To follow each game, click on the live stats link on the home page.

Scouting Alaska Anchorage:
The Seawolves return six letterwinners and welcome 12 newcomers for head coach Tim Moser's fifth season at the helm. UAA was tabbed with a No. 9 preseason ranking by Women's Division II Bulletin and picked to finish second in the GNAC preseason coaches' poll. The Seawolves will be shooting for their fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, following Final Fours in 2007-08 and 2008-09 and 2nd-round showings in 2006-07 and 2009-10.

The Seawolves made their home debut Friday and Saturday, November 19-20, with a pair of convincing victories, 73-39 (11/19) and 81-43 (11/20), over fellow Division II opponent New Mexico Highlands. The Seawolves are led by Hanna Johansson averaging 13.2 points a game, followed by Nikki Aden with 12.4 points. Kaylie Robison and Alysa Horn each average a team-leading 7.4 rebounds and Kylie Burns leads the team with ten assists.

Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout:
UAA is the only Div. II women's team to win a tournament against all-Division I competition, having won the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout in 1990, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009.

The Series With The Seawolves:
First meeting between San Jose State and University of Alaska Anchorage.

Scouting Kent State:
Kent State Golden Flashes advanced to postseason play for the first time in six seasons with their WNIT berth in 2009-10. The Golden Flashes welcome four freshmen and a first-year sophomore, who will join six returning players. With another 20-win season in the record books, head coach Bob Lindsay starts the 2010-11 season just eight victories away from reaching 400 wins for his career.

Kent State is off to a 2-0 start with road wins over Canisius (60-64) and Northeastern (71-53). Earning preseason all-MAC honors in 2009-10, Jamilah Humes leads the Golden Flashes with 13.5 points per game. Taisja Jones and Chenel Harris each average five rebounds and Stephanie Gibson leads the team with five assists.

The Series With The Golden Flashes:
First meeting between San Jose State and Kent State.

Scouting Washington:
Head coach Tia Jackson is in her fourth season at Washington, finishing the 2009-10 campaign with a 13-18 overall record. Despite having just one senior on their roster, the Huskies are far from inexperienced. Washington boasts five juniors, one sophomore, one redshirt freshman and four true freshmen.

The Huskies knocked off Portland State (51-50) at home and lost to BYU (80-55) on the road to go 1-1 for the 2010-11 season. Washington is led by Regina Rogers (18.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, .643 FG) and Kristi Kingma (15.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.0 apg, .357 3FG).

The Series With The Huskies:
Washington holds a 6-0 lead in the all-time series.

Last Outing:
An injury-plagued San Jose State couldn't slow down Cal State Fullerton's offense on Sunday afternoon, November 21, as they fell 76-45 to the Titans. The Spartans played without their starting guard Sayja Sumler, who went down with a lower back injury on Friday, November 19, at the University of the Pacific. San Jose State was led by Myesha Broaden with a career-high 15 points, who also led the team grabbing eight rebounds. Brittany Johnson joined her in double-figures with 11 points. The Spartans finished the game shooting 32.6 percent from the field and came away with eight steals, leading over the Titans seven.

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Words From Head Coach:
"We are looking forward to play in the tournament," added head coach Pam DeCosta. "With us being down in numbers and with our main players being out, it gives us a chance to develop our depth. This will give our players who haven't had Division I experience, the opportunity to get some minutes and prepare for conference play. All we can do is keep getting better and to play hard."

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 six Spartans sidelined due to injury. Brieanna Ashley, Palagi Atoe, Rachel Finnegan, Marnesha Hall, Sara Plavljanin and Sayja Sumler 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. Plavljanin (foot) is scheduled to practice with the team on Monday, November 22 and is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game.

Up Next:
Depending on how the Spartans fare, they will play the winner or loser of the other side of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout - Washington or Kent State.

Wednesday's Games (November 24)
3:30 pm - Consolation game (SJSU/UAA loser vs KSU/UW loser)
6 pm - Championship game (SJSU/UAA winner vs KSU/UW winner)