Women's Basketball Preview:
San Jose Calif.----San Jose State women's basketball (0-9) will host the Mustangs of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (3-5) of the Big West Conference on Saturday, December 18. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at The Event Center.
The Spartans are searching for their first non-conference win of the 2010-11 season, while the Mustangs are looking to recover after dropping their last five of six games.
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KSJS (90.5 FM, San Jose) originates San Jose State University basketball broadcasts. Nolan Rak calls the women's basketball play-by-play. There will be no air time for the Cal Poly game.
Women's Basketball Ticket Prices:
Tickets for all San Jose State home women's basketball games are $5 for adults, $3 for youth 12 and under, and free admission to all students with a valid SJSU ID. Also, groups of 20 or more can buy discounted tickets of $3 per person. The ticket office opens one hour prior to tip-off at The Event Center or can be purchased by calling the San Jose State Athletics Ticket Office at 408-924-SJTX (7589).
Scouting Cal Poly:
Head coach Faith Mimnaugh returns for her 14th year bringing back 13 letterwinners that posted an 18-11 record last season and earned a second seed at the Big West Conference Basketball Tournament. She also welcomes in four newcomers to the squad. Leading the returners is Big West Player of the Year Kristina Santiago and all-conference selection Rachel Clancy.
After dropping five consecutive games, the Mustangs rolled past the University of San Francisco on December 15, 80-55, to improve to 3-5. Rachel Clancy leads the team in scoring with 16.1 ppg., 6.5 rpg., and 3.6 apg.
The Series With The Mustangs:
San Jose State controls the all-time series 9-4. Three out of four Mustang wins were registered in the last three contests ('97, '98, '99) breaking San Jose State's four-game winning streak from 1996-98.
San Jose State trailed 33-10 at the half and fell 64-27 in Saturday's contest at Denver. The Spartans were led by Sara Plavljanin with eight points followed with Sayja Sumler's six. Sumler saw a team-leading 34 minutes of action, appearing in her first game since November 19 where she suffered a lower back injury.
The Spartans were held to 23.8% shooting (10-of-42) from the floor, 0-of-6 from three-point range, and made 7-of-11 at the free throw line for 63.6%.
Home Sweet Home:
After playing seven of eight games on the road (11/15-12/11), San Jose State will host its next eight of nine games at The Event Center. During the home span, the Spartans host two Big West Conference games, one Northeast Conference, one West Coast Conference, and four Western Athletic Conference games.
First Career Double-Doubles:
One Spartan this season recorded their first collegiate double-double. The latest to do this was Brittany Johnson who had 11 points and 11 rebounds at San Francisco on November 15, 2010.
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Grabbing The Round Ball:
Brittany Johnson leads the Spartan team in rebounding with 46, 5.1 per game. She grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds against San Francisco. Myesha Broaden and Dominique Hamilton each grabbed 36.
Dishing Out The Round Ball:
AJ Newton leads the team in assists with 24 and dished out six assists at University of the Pacific (11/19). Liz Johnson dished out 13 assists, while Sara Plavljanin produced 12 this season.
Stealing The Game:
Brittany Johnson grabbed 12 steals this season. Johnson snatched a season-best three at San Francisco and versus Washington. Sayja Sumler and Liz Johnson follows with ten steals this season.
Get That Out Of Here:
On defense, Brittany Johnson is trying to keep the ball out of opponents hands as she leads the Spartans with five blocked shots. She recorded a season-high two blocks against Weber State and produced one at San Francisco, Pacific and at Alaska Anchorage.
Racking Up The Frequent Flyer Miles:
With close to 21,000 miles of travel this season, the Spartans are projected to log 19,697 air miles and 1,301 miles of ground transportation in 2010-11.
In nine games played this year, San Jose State has used eight different starting lineups. Brittany Johnson is the only Spartan to have started all nine games this season. AJ Newton has started eight and Sara Plavljanin has started six. Myesha Broaden, Dominique Hamilton, and Sayja Sumler notched four, while Britney Bradley and Leonie Solia started three. Rounding out with a pair of starts is Monique Coble and Liz Johnson.
Sumler Back In Action:
Sayja Sumler, a four-year starter who leads the team in minutes (2,808), played and started against the Denver Pioneers, her first game since suffering a lower back injury against the University of the Pacific (11/19). Sumler played a game-high 34 minutes, swiped three steals, grabbed five rebounds, and finished with six points.
WAC Tournament Held In Sin City:
The 2011 Western Athletic Conference Tournament will be held March 9-12 in Las Vegas, Nev., at the Orleans Arena.
The Spartans will host UC Davis on Tuesday, December 21 at 7:00 p.m.