WBB Plays Bay Area Rivals This Week

San Jose, Calif. - With two losses last week, the San Jose State women's basketball team will face off against a pair of Bay Area rivals this week looking to get back in the win column.  The team hosts Santa Clara on Wednesday and then travel to San Francisco on Saturday.

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY (3-5)
vs. SANTA CLARA (4-4)
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2012, 7:00 P.M.
THE EVENT CENTER, SAN JOSE, CALIF.

at SAN FRANCISCO (5-4)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2012, 2:00 P.M.
WAR MEMORIAL GYM, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.

LIVE STATS

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VIDEO STREAMING
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SOCIAL MEDIA
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RADIO COVERAGE
KSJS (90.5 FM, San Jose) originates San Jose State women's basketball home broadcasts. 

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TICKETS
Tickets for San Jose State women's basketball home games are free for all SJSU students with a valid student ID.  Adult tickets are $5.00 and $3.00 for youth (12 and under).  A "Spartan 4-Pack", four tickets to any game and fans of any age for $15.00.

Groups of 20 or more can buy discounted tickets at $3.00 per person by 5:00 p.m. the business day before the game via the Spartan Ticket Office at (408) 924-SJTX (7589) or (877) SJSUTIX (757-8849).

The Event Center Box Office opens two hours prior to tip-off for any weekend, holiday game or doubleheader and is open regular business hours (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) for weekday games or doubleheaders.

PARKING
Parking for all San Jose State women's basketball games is in the University's Seventh Street Parking Garage. The Seventh Street Garage, located on the Northwest corner of San Salvador Street and Seventh Street, can be accessed through Seventh Street.  Parking is $5.00.

SCORING CONTINUES TO GO UP
Through eight games the Spartans are scoring 68.8 points per game.  That is good for third in the WAC and 77th in the nation.  The 68.8 points are the most a San Jose State team has scored at this point in the season since the 2003-04 team averaged 69.2. Since head coach Tim La Kose took over the program last season, the scoring per game has risen by more than 20 points per game (46.8-to-68.8).

TURNING UP THE PRESSURE
With an eye on creating defensive pressure, the Spartans are among the best in the nation in taking the ball away from their opponents.  Among 343 Division I schools, the Spartans are ranked 12th in the nation in steals, averaging 13.5 takeaways a game.

Among WAC schools, the Spartans are third in steals with three players ranked in the top-10.  Ta'Rea Cunnigan (So., G, Winchester, Calif.) is averaging 4.3 steals and leads the conference.  Classye James (So., G, Palo Alto, Calif.) and Chereese Thomas (Jr., G, Dublin, Calif.), sixth and ninth in the confer ence, are are averaging 2.5 and 2.4 steals per game, respectively. 

On a national stage, Cunnigan is fouth best at picking her opponents pockets.

47 IS THE NUMBER ON THE BOARDS
The Spartans have won three games this season and in each win they outrebounded their opponent and their rebounding total was 47.  In its five losses, San Jose State has been outrebounded failing to reach 40 boards while their opponents have exceeded 40 rebounds in those games.

SECOND HALF SCORING
In the second half of games the Spartans are improving their scoring by 20 percent (250-to-300).  That's a differential of 6.25 points per game.  In all but one game this season, against Pacific, San Jose State has scored more points in the second half than in the first. 

BYRD TURNING SHOTS AWAY AND GRABBING THE MISSES
Riana Byrd (Fr., F, Richmond, Calif.) leads the WAC in blocked shots with 16 overall, an average of 2.0 per game.  Her per game average ranks 48th in the nation.  She has recorded at least one block in each game this year, two blocks in four games and a high of three vs. UVU (11/15) and SUU (12/8).

She is second in the WAC in rebounds per game (9.1) and her 73 total rebounds are the second most in the conference.  Her 3.75 offensive rebounds per game ranks second in the league and she is also second in defensive rebounding (5.38).

SPARTANS THE YOUNGEST IN DIVISION I
In a list compiled by Sports Information Directors across America it has been determined that San Jose State is the youngest team in Division I.  The list is based upon the total years played in college (Division I, II, II, NAIA or Junior College) by members of each school's team. 

The Spartans return one player from last season, Ta'Rea Cunnigan who has one year of college experience.  Classye James had one year of college experience (Oregon State) before transfering and sitting out last year and Chereese Thomas was at Ohlone College for the past two seasons.  That totals four  years of experience on a roster of nine athletes (0.444 years of experience).
Temple and SIU-Carbondale tied for second on the list with 0.727 years of college experience (eight years season on rosters of 11 players).
 
LAST TIME OUT
San Jose State saw Southern Utah hit an Event Center record 15 3-pointers en route to the Spartans second loss on their home court, 93-82.

SUU shot 58 percent from beyond the arc for the game and a blistering 69 percent in the second half.

The Spartans forced 37 turnovers, which they used for a 33-to-25 advantage in second chance points, but for the second time in three games they turned the ball over 30+ times and struggled to deal with their opponents press.

The Spartans were out rebounded 43-to-37 overall and 20-to-12 on the offensive glass.

Riana Byrd (Fr., F, Richmond, Calif.) led the Spartans with a season-high 24 points, one of four players to score in double figures.  Ta'Rea Cunnigan (So., G, Winchester, Calif.) had 18 points, Alexis Hill (Fr., G, Houston, Texas) scored 14, a career-high, and Emily Schill (Fr., F, Tecoma, Australia) added 10.

SCOUTING SANTA CLARA
The Broncos (4-4) defeated Long Beach State on Sunday 68-67 in Long Beach. 

Santa Clara is being outscored by its opponents by 5.2 points per game (70.8-to-65.5) and are shooting a lower percentage from the field and from behind the 3-point line.  They have attempted 23 fewer free throws and have made 31 fewer as well.  However, on the boards they are a +9.3 per game.

SCU is led by senior guard Meagan Fulps who is averaging 15.0 points, with more than half of her shot attempts coming from 3-point range.  Ruta Zurauskyte, a junior center, is the team's top rebounder (7.5 pg) who also scores at a 11.6 points per game clip.

Jennifer Mountain is in her fifth season leading the Broncos women's basketball program.  Entering 2012-13 she had a 32-91 overall record.

This will be the 44th time these two teams have met.  The Spartans trail in the series 20-23.  In games contested on San Jose State's home court the Spartans hold an 11-8 advantage, but have dropped the last six in a row in The Event Center. The rivalry saw the Spartans take 15 of the first 17 meetings, but the Broncos have won 18 of the last 21.  The last time the team's met was last year at Santa Clara.  San Jose State won that game 74-53.

SCOUTING SAN FRANCISCO
The Dons are 5-4 after defeating Division II Notre Dame de Namur on Monday 93-43 and are 4-1 on their home court this season. 

San Francisco is outscoring by its opponents by 2.3 points per game (62.4-to-60.1) and are shooting a better percentage from the field and from behind the 3-point line. 

USF is led by senior guard Mel Khlok who is averaging 14.4 points.  She is also the team leader in assists and steals. Taylor Proctor, a freshman forward, is the team's top rebounder (6.7 pg) who also scores at a 9.9 points per game clip.

Jennifer Azzi is in her third season leading the Dons women's basketball program.  Entering 2012-13 she had a 9-50 overall record, but two of those nine wins came at the expense of the Spartans.

The two teams have met 37 times with the Spartans holding a 21-16 advantage in the all-time series.  In games contested on the Dons home floor, San Jose State is 8-9 having lost five of the last six in San Francisco dating back to the 1990-91 season. The last meeting was an 88-77 USF win in head coach Tim La Kose's San Jose State debut last season.