Spartans Begin Last Two Non-Conference Games With Nebraska

Dec. 15, 2017

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San Jose, Calif. – The San José State Spartans women’s basketball team opens a three-game homestand, which will take it into its Mountain West schedule, with a match-up against the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Sunday afternoon in The Event Center.

The Last Meeting
San Jose State61
December 9, 2016
Lincoln, Neb.
Spartans Battle Nebraska But Fourth Quarter Is The Difference
The San Jose State women’s basketball team battled all night and trailed the University of Nebraska by eight points after three quarters, but a double-digit run to open the fourth proved to be the difference in an 83-61 loss for the Spartans.

San José State Spartans (2-7)
Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-3)

Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. (PT)
San Jose, Calif. (The Event Center - 5,000)

Entering the Nebraska game, Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) ranks in the top-25 of 13 SJSU career categories.   She is 13th in free throws (225), 18th in free throw attempts (298) and 9th in free throw percentage (.755). Ladd ranks 21st in rebounds (466), 7th in offensive (185) & 24th and defensive boards (280). She is 13th in starts (72), 15th in assists (194), 24th in steals (110), three-point attempts (150) and makes (45) and 25th in games (100) and 14th in minutes (2483). If she continues at her current pace, she will finish her Spartans career in the top-10 in games, starts, minutes, offensive rebounds, free throws, free throw attempts and free throw percentage.

This will be the Cornhuskers 11th game of the year. Nebraska (7-3) comes into the game on a three-game wining streak including an 89-84 double overtime win at Drake two Saturday’s ago. On the road this year, the Huskers have a 3-1 record and in those three wins their average margin of victory is 10 points. They are scoring 69.2 points a game and giving up 62.7. Nebraska is shooting 406 from the floor and .336 from three-point range while allowing opponents to hit at a .351 clip, including .296 from beyond the arc.

Nebraska’s top scorer is Taylor Kissinger (6-1, Fr., G/F) at 14.0 points per game. Maddie Simon (6-2, Jr., F) leads the team in rebounds at 7.5 per game. Hannah Whitish (5-9, So., G), the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week, and Jasmine Cincore (5-10, Sr., G) lead the squad in assists (5.0/g) and steals (2.0/g), respectively.   Kate Cain (6-5, Fr., C) has 34 blocked shots or 3.4 per game and has earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week three times this year.

Amy Williams is in her second season leading the Huskers’ program. She brings a 7-22 record at Nebraska and 103-66 five-year record at the Division I level into this season.

Overall, San Jose State is 0-4 against the current make up of Big Ten Conference schools. The Spartans are 0-1 against Nebraska, Iowa, Rutgers and Wisconsin. The average margin of victory has been 15.3 points with Nebraska’s 22-point, 83-61, win last year equaling SJSU’s worst defeat and a 72-67 loss to Wisconsin in 1988-89 the closest.

Making 9.2 three-pointers per game, the Spartans rank third in the Mountain West and rank 20th in the nation. In seven of the team’s nine games they have launched at least 20 and in five have hit at least nine and in three of those reached double digits, including MW season-highs in attempts (39) and makes (13) against Portland State.   In addition, San José State is 25th in the nation in total threes (83), 40th in three-point attempts (233) and 73rd in three-point field goal percentage (35.5).

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.

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 62 points through nine games, is now 68 from the mark. With a minimum of 21 more games this season, Gennett needs to average 3.2 points per game to surpass 1,000. At her career scoring average of 9.1/g, she is projected to reach 1,000 on January 6, in The Event Center, against New Mexico.

Ladd, who has scored 108 points through nine contests, has 744 in her Spartans’ career. She 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 12.0 ppg.

Hallie Gennett
(Sr., F, Post Falls, Idaho) ranks 9th among active Division I players with 718 3-pt attempts, 11th with 7.04 3-pt attempts/game and 23rd with 222 3-ptrs made.

Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) has led the team in scoring against its “biggest” opponents. She had 19 at #19/19 Oregon State and 11 at #8/7 UCLA. In the past year her scoring average is up to 12.0 from 8.4.

Taylor Turney (So., PG, Henderson, Nev.) averaged 4.3 ppg last year and now leads the team at 14.4/g. Her 48.0% shooting leads the team, as does her 90.6 FT% (MW rank 9th & 2nd, respectively).

Analyss Benally (So., G, Shiprock, N.M.) leads SJSU with 20 3-pts and ranks 5th in the MW at 2.2 3-ptrs/g. In nine games she is close to half way to the program’s sophomore record for 3-ptrs in a season (47 - Kari Steele, 1994-95).

Fieme’a Hafoka (So., G, Kihei, Maui) knocked down 3-of-4 from 3-pt range at #19/19 Oregon State on her way to a career-high 11 pts.

Mikaylah Wilson (Fr., F, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) has made seven start in 2017-18, which is the third most by a freshman in Coach Craighead’s five seasons at SJSU. (Myzhanique Ladd - 9 in 2014-15 & Britta Hall - 27 in 2013-14).

Danae Marquez (Fr., PG, Fresno, Calif.) leads the freshman in scoring (6.1/g) and the team with 18 steals (2.0/g - #3 in the Mountain West). She is second on the team with 33 assists (3.7/g), which is T8th in the MW.

Megan Anderson (Fr., G, Fresno, Calif.) scored 11 pts in her first game (vs. #8/7 UCLA) and is shooting 43.5% from 3-pt range, second highest on the team and 6th in the MW.

Alexis Harris (So., C, Palo Alto, Calif.) recorded career-bests with 8 points & 5 rebs vs. CSUN.