Women's Hoops At Santa Clara

San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State Spartans women's basektball team embark on their shortest road trip of the year when they travel six miles to take on Bay Area rival Santa Clara in a non-conference matchup.

at Santa Clara (6-4, 0-0 WCC)
Saturday, December 17, 2011, 5:00 p.m.
The Leavey Center, Santa Clara, Calif.
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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).

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).

Senior forward Brittany Johnson has opened the season with nine straight double-digit scoring games and dating back to last season has a streak of 10 games hitting double figures. Johnson's streak to open the season is the longest since Natalie White opened the 2007-08 season with 12 straight double-figure scoring efforts. In cluding two games at the end of the 2006-07 season, White scored in double-digits in 14 straight games.

Freshman guard Ta'Rea Cunnigan leads the Western Athletic Conference in steals (2.7 spg) in the Western Athletic Conference and is ranked 94st in the nation in steals per game. Cunnigan has the schools and the conferences top theft effort with seven against Northern Arizona (12/1).

Averaging 18.4 points per game, Brittany Johnson is the top scorer in the WAC for the second straight week and the 40st leading scorer in the country.

This season she has produced three double-doubles, good for 51th in the nation, has scored in double figures in every game and has had 20+ points in six of the Spartans' nine games.

The Broncos, a member of the West Coast Conference, enter this week with a 6-4 record.

Santa Clara played at Seattle on Tuesday night and lost 80-62 for their third consecutive loss on the road. The Broncos finished last season with a 11-19 overall record, 6-8 in conference play and defeated the Spartans 44-37 in the Event Center.

SCU has three players who are averaging double figure scoring so far this season; senior guard Alyssa Shoji (16.9 ppg, 3.5 apg); Ruta Zurauskyte, a junior center (12.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg) and junior guard Meagan Fulps (12.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg). As a team the Broncos are averaging 76.0 points per game while shooting .442 from the field including .401 from behind the 3-point line.

Head coach Jennifer Mountain is in her fourth season leading the Santa Clara women's basketball program. Her overall record entering this season was 20-73.

HISTORY: Spartans vs. Broncos
The Spartans and Broncos have met 42 times over the years, with San Jose State trailing 19-to-23 in the all-time series.

This series is punctuated by two long winning streaks. The Spartans took the first 11 meeting, but have dropped 18 of the last 20 including 12 straight from the 1990-91 season to the 2002-03 season. San Jose State's only two wins in the last 20 years against Santa Clara were 75-62 (2003-04) and 75-64 (2009-10) both at Santa Clara.