Spartans Play For Third Place At Alaska Shootout

November 24, 2010

Women's Basketball Preview:
Anchorage, AK.----San Jose State traveled north to Alaska to participate in the 33rd annual Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout (November 23-24), hosted by the University of Alaska Anchorage. Four basketball teams will participate in the women's field. San Jose State (0-5), Alaska Anchorage (5-1), Kent State (3-0), and Washington (1-2) will play in the two-day tournament bracket.

San Jose State dropped its first contest 48-35 to host Alaska Anchorage on Tuesday, November 23. Following the game, Washington got edged by Kent State 59-58. The two winning teams from each contest (UAA & KSU) will play in the championship game on Wednesday, November 24 at 6:00 p.m. PT. The third place game (SJSU & UW) will be held on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. PST.

Tuesday's Games (first round)
7 pm - Alaska Anchorage (5-1) defeated San Jose State (0-5), 48-35.
9 pm - Kent State (3-0) defeated Washington (1-2), 59-58.

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

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 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, lost to BYU (80-55) on the road, and got edged by Kent State (59-58) on Day One at the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout to go 1-2 for the 2010-11 season. Washington is led by Kristi Kingma (20.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, .365 3FG), and Regina Rogers (18.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, .643 FG).

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

Last Outing:
Anchorage, AK----The University of Alaska Anchorage led the entire forty minutes in a hard-fought game, as San Jose State fell prey to the Seawolves, 48-35, in front of 4,682 fans on Day One of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout. The Spartans (0-5) outshot the Seawolves 25%-24.1% in the half, but committed ten turnovers and trailed 22-17 going into the intermission.

AJ Newton shined in the first half, scoring ten, nine of which were from the arc. San Jose State battled back to pull within one point with two good layups from Myesha Broaden to make it 22-21 at the 18:44 mark in the second, but the Seawolves opened the gap with five straight points and never looked back.

"The turnovers hurt us and we weren't aggressive getting to the basket," said head coach Pam DeCosta. "We were having trouble putting the ball in the bucket, but we kept it close. I'm proud of our kids, they kept fighting."

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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 five Spartans sidelined due to injury. Brieanna Ashley, Palagi Atoe, Rachel Finnegan, Marnesha Hall, 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.

Up Next:
The Spartans will finish their sixth consecutive road game at the University of Northern Arizona on Wednesday, December 1.  Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.