Spartans Look To Big Sky For First Win

San Jose, Calif. - This week San Jose State will plays two Big Sky Conference opponents in search of its first win of the season.  The Spartans host the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks and then travel to the Weber State University Wildcats.

vs. Northern Arizona (4-3, 0-0 Big Sky)
Thursday, December 1, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
The Event Center, San Jose, Calif.
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at Weber State (0-6, 0-0 Big Sky)
Saturday, December 3, 2011, 5:00 p.m.
Dee Event Center, Ogden, Utah
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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).

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).­­­­

Averaging 23.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in two games earned Brittany Johnson all-tournament selection at the Cal Poly Thanksgiving Invitational over the weekend. Johnson, the third leading scorer in the WAC scored a career-high 27 points against American University and then backed it up with a 20-point performance against host Cal Poly.  It was her first all-tournament honors as a Spartan.

Freshman Ta'Rea Cunnigan has show a proclivity for being in the right place at the right time on the defensive end.  Through the first three weeks of the season, Cunnigan leads the WAC in steals at 2.5 per game.

Senior Brittany Johnson leads the Spartans with two double-doubles this season, which ranks second in the WAC.  In addition, everytime San Jose State has laced 'em up, six time in total, Johnson has reached double figures in scoring.

Senior Myesha Broaden is the fourth leading rebounder (8.6 rpg) in the WAC.  She has two double-digit efforts this season and is the second leading offensive rebounder in the conference (3.7 orpg) as well as the fifth most prolific boarder on the defensive end (4.8 drpg).  In addition, Broaden is third in the conference with 1.0 blocks per game.

A member of the Big Sky Conference, the Lumberjacks enter this week with a 4-3 record. Last week they won their own tournament the Hilton Garden Inn Thanksgiving Classic with wins over Utah Valley (73-59) and Kent State (73-56). NAU finished last season with an 11-18 record, 6-10 in conference play and seventh place.

The Lumberjacks are led by junior guard Amy Patton (14.3 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 18 ast, 14 st.) and junior center Aubrey Davis (6.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg)). 
In her ninth season leading Northern Arizona, head coach Laurie Kelley sported a 108-132 record at the begining of the year and an overall record of 212-171 in 13 years.

HISTORY: Spartans vs. Lumberjacks
The Spartans won the first game in the series in 1992, but have dropped the last four meetings.  The only game contested in San Jose was a 64-56 loss for the Spartans in 1996.

The Wildcats, a members of the Big Sky Conference, enter this week with a 0-6 record and will play at Utah on Thursday before facing the Spartans on Saturday.

Weber State played in Oregon's Global Sports Cage Classic last week.  They dropped games to Oregon (88-73), Nicholls State (83-56) and UC Irvine (57-54)  The Wildcats finished last season with a 7-21 overall record, 3-13 in conference play.

Weber State has two players who are averaging double figure scoring so far this season; senior forward Mikell Woodfield (10.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg) and Caela Mohre, a senior guard (10.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg).  Junior forward Amanda Hughes is the Wildcats leading rebounder at 6.8 per game.
Head coach Bethann Ord is in her first season leading the Weber State women's basketball program.  She has spent the past 21 seasons an assistant coach for such universities as Louisville, Colorado and Tulsa.

HISTORY: Spartans vs. Wildcats
The Spartans and Wildcats have split the six meetings, 3-3 in the all-time series.  The only trip San Jose State has made to Ogden was in the 2000-01 season and resulted in a 71-64 win for the Spartans.  Weber State has taken the last two meeting both contested in The Event Center.