Matadors Up Next For Women's Hoops

San Jose, Calif. - After picking up its first win of the season last week, the Spartans look to get number two this week as they travel the the Los Angeles area for a non-conference matchup with Cal State Northridge.

at Cal State Northridge (4-4, 0-0 Big West)
Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
The Matadome, Northridge, Calif.
Live stats available at
www.sjsuspartans.com

LIVE STATS
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VIDEO STREAMING
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RADIO COVERAGE
KSJS (90.5 FM, San Jose) originates San Jose State women's basketball home broadcasts. Jeff Bowe and Alex Scott call the women's basketball play-by-play.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TICKETS
Tickets for all San Jose State home women's basketball games are free for all SJSU students with a valid student ID. Adult tickets are $5.00, $3.00 for youth (12 and under).

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).

HEAD COACH TIM LA KOSE
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).

JOHNSON NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior forward Brittany Johnson was named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Nov. 28-Dec. 4, the first WAC Player of the Week honor of her career.

The Tulsa, Okla., native averaged a double-double of 20.5 points and 10.5 rebounds to go along with 3.5 steals and 2.0 blocks per game as the Spartans won a non-conference game for the first time in nearly two years. Johnson opened the week with 17 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and four steals in the win over Northern Arizona. She then picked up her third double-double of the season at Weber State, finishing with 24 points and 13 rebounds. She also had three assists and three steals as she scored in double figures for the eighth time in as many games this year. Johnson has scored at least 20 points in all but two games this season.

PLAVLJANIN AND CUNNIGAN TOP WAC IN STEALS
Sara Plavljanin and Ta'Rea Cunnigan share the lead in steals (2.8 spg) in the Western Athletic Conference and are ranked 81st in the nation in steals per game. Plavljanin has a pair of five steal games and Cunnigan has the schools and the conferences top theft effort with seven against Northern Arizona (12/1).

SPARTANS SHINE ON THE GLASS
As a team, San Jose State is second in the WAC in total rebounding at 42.4 boards per game and are the top offensive rebounding team at 17.3 per game. Four Spartans are among the top-20 rebounders in the conference. Brittany Johnson and Myesha Broaden (8.5 rpg) are tied for fifth in the WAC. Rachel Finnegan (5.4 rpg) and Brea Matthews (4.7 rpg) rank 11th and 19 in the conference, respectively.

Broaden, Johnson and Matthews are the second, third and fourth ranked rebounders on the offensive glass in the WAC at 4.0, 3.3 and 2.9 per game, respectively.

JOHNSON LEADS ALL WAC SCORERS
Averaging 19.3 points per game, Brittany Johnson is the top scorer in the WAC and the 31st best in the country.

This season she has produced three double-doubles, good for 29th in the nation, has scored in double figures in every game and has had 20+ points in six of the Spartans' eight games.

PLAVLJANIN ROLLS FROM THE CHARITY STRIPE
Sara Plavljanin has made 22-of-24 free throw attempts this year. Her .917 free throw percentage is second in the WAC and 20th in the nation.

She has hit her last 19 attempts from the charity stripe, dating back to the Cal Poly (11/27) game.

LAST MINUTE SHOT SINKS SJSU AT WEBER STATE
A bucket with 2.3 seconds left in the game gave Weber State a 69-67 win over the Spartans on Saturday in Ogden, Utah.

The hoop spoiled a pair of double-doubles by the Spartans. Brittany Johnson (24 pts., 13 reb.) and Myesha Broaden (10 pts., 12 reb.) did the deeds and were supported by Sara Plavljanin's 16 points and Ta'Rea Cunnigan's 12.

San Jose State built an 18-point first half lead and took a 41-25 advantage into the half. But an 18-4 Wildcats run in the second half gave Weber State a 62-57 lead. The game was tied 67-67 with just over a minute to play. WSU's Mikell Woodfield hit the game-winner in the paint with 2.3 seconds to play.

SCOUTING CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
The Matadors, a members of the Big West Conference, enter this week with a 4-4 record.

CSUN hosted Santa Clara and then traveled to Pepperdine last week. They dropped both games, 90-72 to Santa Clara and 68-64 to Pepperdine. The Matadors finished last season with a 4-26 overall record, 4-14 in conference play.

Cal State Northridge has two players who are averaging double figure scoring so far this season; senior center Jasmine Ewing (16.0 ppg, 9.8 rpg) and Janea Sharpe, a freshman guard (10.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg). Ewing has recorded four double-doubles this year and has led the team in rebounding in six of their eight contests.

Head coach Jason Flowers is in his second season leading the Cal State Northridge women's basketball program. This is his first head coaching position.

HISTORY: Spartans vs. Matadors
The Spartans and Matadors have met 10 times over the years,with San Jose State holding a 7-3 in the all-time series. The Spartans took the first six meeting, but have dropped the three of the last four including the last two in a row. In Northridge, San Jose State holds a 4-1 record. The last meeting in the Matadome was a 69-63 win for CSUN.