San Jose, Calif. – In its lone game of the week, the San José State women’s basketball team hosts Big West opponent the Cal State Northridge Matadors on Friday night in The Event Center.
San José State Spartans (2-5)
Cal State Northridge Matadors (2-6)
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. (PT)
San Jose, Calif. (The Event Center - 5,000)
LADD AND THE CAREER LISTS
Entering the CSUN game, Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) ranks in the top-25 of 10 SJSU career categories. She is 15th in free throws (215), 20th in free throw attempts (285) and 9th in free throw percentage (.754). Ladd ranks 21st in rebounds (459) as well as 8th and 24th in offensive boards (184) and defensive boards (275), respectively. She is 13th in starts (70), 15th in assists (190), and 25th in both three-point attempts (145) and steals (106).
QUICK LOOK AT THE MATADORS
This will be the Matadors ninth game of the year. CSUN (2-6) split a pair of games last week, losing to Weber State at home (64-61) before defeating Fresno State (85-72). They are scoring 63.5 points a game and giving up 70.2. Cal State Northridge is shooting .381 from the floor and .245 from three-point range while allowing opponents to hit at a .399 clip, including .377 from beyond the arc.
CSUN’s top scorer and rebounder is Channon Fluker at 16.6 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. Serafina Maulupe’s 2.9 assists per game tops the team. Maulupe and Meghann Henderson lead the squad with 1.1 steals and Tessa Boagni is the top shot blocker with 2.6 per game.
Jason Flowers is in his eighth season leading the Matadors’ program. He brings a 103-119 record, all at Cal State Northridge, into this season.
SJSU VS. THE BIG WEST
Overall, San José State is 63-154 (29.0 percent) against the current make up of the Big West Conference. The vast majority of that record is contained in games against Hawai’i (17-42), Cal State Fullerton (9-28) and Long Beach State (1-29). Take those three schools out of the mix and the Spartans are a more respectable 46-55 (45.5 percent) against the Big West. SJSU has faced all nine of the schools in the conference and has a winning record against only Cal Poly (8-6) and tonight’s opponent Cal State Northridge (8-4). In 2015-16, the last year SJSU faced Big West competition, San José State went 1-1 defeating UC Irvine (79-58), but falling to Hawai’i (76-73).
SPARTANS ROSTER SECOND YOUNGEST IN DIVISION I
In a preseason poll of Media Relations Directors, the Spartans are the second youngest team in Division I women’s basketball, based on percentage of freshman and sophomores on the roster. Twelve of SJSU’s 15 players are underclassmen, which ties them for second place with Florida International. UNC Greenville has the youngest team in the nation at 87.7 percent underclassmen.
AIN’T NOTHING BUT A THREE THING BABY
Making 9.9 three-pointers per game, the Spartans rank second in the Mountain West and rank 12th in the nation. In four of the team’s seven games they have launched at least 25 and in three have hit at least 11 from beyond the arc, including MW season-highs in attempts (39) and makes (13) against Portland State. In addition, San José State is 24th in the nation in total threes and 38th in three-point attempts. Anaylss Benally (So., G, Park City, Kan.) leads the team, ranks third in the MW and 82nd in the nation, making 2.71 threes per game.
Hallie Gennett (Sr., F, Post Falls, Idaho) and Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) each have a chance to reach 1,000-career points this season. Gennett began 2017-18 with 870 points, and with 54 points in the first seven games, is now 76 from the mark. With a minimum of 23 more games this season, Gennett needs to average 3.3 points per game to surpass 1,000. At her career scoring average of 9.2/g, she is projected to reach 1,000 on January 6, in The Event Center, against New Mexico
Ladd, who has scored 83 points through seven games, has 719 in her Spartans’ career. She is 281 points from 1,000 and needs to average 12.2/game to reach the milestone. It may be a tall order based on her career 7.2 ppg average, but in 2017-18 she has upped her production to 11.9 ppg.
GENNETT AMONG THE NCAA’S THREE ELITE
Hallie Gennett (Sr., F, Post Falls, Idaho) ranks amongst the top active three-point shooters in the nation. In 100 career games, split between San José State and Sacramento State, she has launched 710 threes, which ranks fifth among active Division I players. That’s an average of 7.1 threes attempted per game, fourth highest among active players and Gennett has made 220 threes which ranks 15th on the active list.
Taylor Turney (So., G, Henderson, Nev.) leads the team in scoring at 15.0 ppg, which is the seventh highest in the Mountain West. She is shooting 50.7 percent, which leads the team and ranks fifth in the MW. Turney leads the team in free throw percentage and assists and is second in steals. In the MW she’s second in free throw percentage (.893), fourth in assists (4.4/g) and tied for seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.7:1/g) and steals (1.6/g).
When Cydni Lewis (Fr., F, Long Beach, Calif.) got the start in the game at #8/7 UCLA (11/10), she became the second freshman, with Britta Hall in 2013-14, to start in a season opener in Coach Craighead’s five years at SJSU. Hall finished 2013-14 with 27 starts. Before this season, Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) was the last freshman to start a game for SJSU. She had nine in 2014-15, which ranks second since Coach Craighead started at SJSU. Entering the game against Cal State Northridge, Mikaylah Wilson (Fr., F, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) has made five starts, which ties her with Jasmine Smith (2014-17) for the third most freshman starts for Coach Craighead at SJSU.
COACH CRAIGHEAD AND PLAYER INTERVIEWS
All interview requests for Head Coach Jamie Craighead or any players should be made through the SJSU Athletics Media Relations Office, 408-924-1208, at least 24 hours in advance. Players are available as their class schedules, practices and meetings permit. Players will not be available until post-game on game days. Media members are also required to make arrangements with the San José State’s Athletics Media Relations Office to attend any practice session.