Spartans Host UNLV On Sunday

December 4, 2010

Women's Basketball Preview:
San Jose Calif.----San Jose State women's basketball (0-7) will host the UNLV Rebels (4-2) of the Mountain West Conference on Sunday, December 5. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. (PST) at The Event Center.

Live Stats:
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Video Stream:
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Radio Coverage:
KSJS (90.5 FM, San Jose) originates San Jose State University basketball broadcasts. Nolan Rak calls the women's basketball play-by-play. Air time for the UNLV broadcast on KSJS is 1:30 p.m. (PST). Fans out of the area can listen on the website at

Women's Basketball Ticket Prices:
Tickets for all San Jose State home women's basketball games are $5 for adults, $3 for youth 12 and under, and free admission to all students with a valid SJSU ID. Also, groups of 20 or more can buy discounted tickets of $3 per person. The ticket office opens one hour prior to tip-off at The Event Center or can be purchased by calling the San Jose State Athletics Ticket Office at 408-924-SJTX (7589).

Scouting UNLV:
Kathy Olivier is in her third year at the helm of her alma mater, returning the top eight scorers and 11 of 13 players overall from last season. The Rebels finished 13-18 overall and 6-10 in the Mountain West Conference in 2009-10, dropping their final contest to Wyoming in the first round of the MWC Tournament.

After a 3-0 start, UNLV went 1-2 this past week and placed third in its 2010 Hyatt Place Lady Rebel Round-up Tournament. The Rebels posted a loss to Oregon State 57-45 in their first game, and then beat University of the Pacific 65-41 in the consolation contest. Starting the season with six consecutive home games, the Rebels lost their first road game to No. 24 Nebraska, 65-41, on November 30.

Kelli Thomson (14.0 ppg), Jamie Smith (9.5 ppg), and Lenita Sanford (9.0 ppg) lead the team in scoring, while Smith averages a team-high 9.5 rebounds per game.

The Series With The Rebels:
What will be the first meeting between the schools since 1997, the Lady Rebels own a 3-24 all-time series lead over the Spartans. San Jose State notched a double-digit victory (70-60) the last time these two teams met in 1997 at The Event Center.

Last Outing:
Three San Jose State players scored in double-figures, but the Spartans second-half comeback couldn't hold off Northern Arizona University, losing 67-53. AJ Newton finished with a team-high 18 points, while Brittany Johnson scored 16, and Sara Plavljanin netted ten with five assists. Dominique Hamilton grabbed a career-high eight rebounds, followed by Plavljanin with seven.

Plavljanin's two made free throws at 12:30 put the Spartans within six points at 44-38 in a second-half comeback. After committing four turnovers in a span of three minutes, San Jose State's second-half surge was short-lived as the Lumberjacks scored 12 straight, handing the Spartans their seventh straight loss.

Women's Basketball Coach Janice Richard (1964-2010):
An imposing, caring and warm coaching figure according to several of her San Jose State players, Ms. Richard died after a four-year battle with breast cancer on December 1, 2010, at age 46, in an Alexandria, Louisiana hospital.

Born Janice Joseph, Ms. Richard had a 16-year head-coaching career with tenures at Xavier (La.) (1993-98), San Jose State (2000-06) and Louisiana College (2008-10), and compiled a 307-166 win-loss record.

"We are saddened to learn of Janice's passing. Her coaching accomplishments here are well documented. Our thoughts and our prayers are with her immediate family," San Jose State University director of athletics Tom Bowen said upon learning of her death.

A full release on coach Janice Richard can be found in the women's basketball section at

Home Sweet Home:
After playing six consecutive games on the road (11/15-12/1), San Jose State returns home for its second home game of the season playing its next nine of eleven games at The Event Center. During the home span, the Spartans host one Mountain West Conference game, two Big West, one Northeast Conference, one West Coast Conference, and four Western Athletic Conference games.

Spartan Head Coach Pam DeCosta:
San Jose State head coach Pam DeCosta begins her fourth season at the helm of the program. She enters Sunday's game with a 11-86 coaching record at San Jose State and an overall record of 56-152 in seven seasons.

First Career Double-Doubles:
One Spartan this season recorded their first collegiate double-double. The latest to do this was Brittany Johnson who had 11 points and 11 rebounds at San Francisco on November 15, 2010.


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Grabbing The Round Ball:
Brittany Johnson leads the Spartan team in rebounding with 34, 4.9 per game. She grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds against San Francisco. Myesha Broaden trails by one with 33, 5.5 per game. Broaden's season-best eight rebounds at Cal State Fullerton was also her career-best.

Dishing Out The Round Ball:
AJ Newton leads the team in assists with 20 and dished out six assists at University of the Pacific (11/19). Sara Plavljanin and Liz Johnson each have ten assists.

Stealing The Game:
Brittany Johnson has grabbed 11 steals this season. Johnson snatched a season-best three at San Francisco and versus Washington. AJ Newton and Liz Johnson follow with eight steals apiece this season.

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.

Starting Lineups:
In seven games played this season, San Jose State has used different starting lineups in each. Brittany Johnson is the only Spartan to have started all seven games this season. AJ Newton has started six, while Sara Plavljanin has started four games. Sayja Sumler, Britney Bradley, Dominique Hamilton and Myesha Broaden each have three starts, while Monique Coble, Liz Johnson, and Leonie Solia have a pair.

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. Sumler, a four-year starter who leads the team in minutes (2,774), is recovering from a lower back injury and may see some minutes as soon as conference play.

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.

Up Next:

The Spartans will travel to the Mile High City to face the Denver Pioneers on Saturday, December 11 at 1:30 p.m. (MST).