November 29, 2010
Women's Basketball Preview:
San Jose, Calif.----San Jose State travels south to face the Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona on Wednesday, December 1. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:35 PST.
The Spartans are looking for their first win of their non-conference schedule, holding a record of 0-6, while the Lumberjacks enter the game at 3-3.
Fans can view free live stats for the San Jose State-Northern Arizona game at SJSUSpartans.com. To follow, click on the live stats link on the home page. The game will also be aired live on Fox College Sports Pacific.
Scouting Northern Arizona:
Head coach Laurie Kelly returns for her eighth year at the helm of the Northern Arizona women's basketball program, bringing in the No. 53 ranked recruiting class in the country according to ESPN HoopGurlz, the only class in the Big Sky to receive a national ranking. The Lumberjacks went 5-24 in 2009-10 and bring nine returning letterwinners to the 2010-11 campaign.
Northern Arizona's three-game win streak was snapped on Saturday, November 27, as the Lumberjacks finished as the runner-up at the Hilton Garden Inn Thanksgiving Tournament, hosted by Northern Arizona, with a 67-52 loss to Drake. The team's 61-57 win over Binghamton on Friday, November 26, advanced the Lumberjacks to the championship game. Sophomore Amy Patton leads the team in points (15.0 ppg) and rebounds (5.2 rpg).
The Series With The Lumberjacks:
Northern Arizona leads the all-time series 3-1. The Spartans victory came during the 1992-93 season in Flagstaff, winning 62-50. The Lumberjacks have taken three straight, winning 64-56 (1996-97), 59-43 (1998-99), and 65-52 (1999-00).
San Jose State's 31 turnovers proved costly in front of 4,641 fans at Sullivan Arena, as the University of Washington went on to win 49-27 over the Spartans in the third-place game in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout women's tournament. Brittany Johnson led San Jose State with seven points with a game-high seven boards and three steals. With the loss in Game One to host Alaska Anchorage (48-35), the Spartans finished at the bottom of the women's field at fourth.
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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 four Spartans sidelined due to injury. Brieanna Ashley, Palagi Atoe, Rachel Finnegan, and Marnesha Hall are out indefinitely due to injuries. On the bright side, Sayja Sumler (lower back) might see some playing time this week after being sidelined the last three games, while Sara Plavljanin (foot) is likely to see some considerable action.
WAC Tournament Held In Sin City:
The 2011 Western Athletic Conference Tournament will be held March 9-12 in Las Vegas, Nev., at the Orleans Arena.
The Spartans will host UNLV on Sunday, December 5 at 2:00 p.m. General admission adult tickets are $5.00, youth are $3.00, and SJSU students receive free admission (w/Student ID).