San Jose, Calif. – The San José State women’s basketball team looks to end a four-game skid as it wraps up its nonconference schedule against the Southern Oregon Raiders on Wednesday night in The Event Center.
San José State Spartans (2-8)
Southern Oregon Raiders (11-1)
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. (PT)
San Jose, Calif. (The Event Center - 5,000)
QUICK LOOK AT SOUTHERN OREGON
This will be the Raiders 13th game of the year. Southern Oregon (11-1), a member of the Cascade Collegiate Conference, comes into The Event Center on a four-game wining streak. On the road this year, the Raiders have a 8-0 record and in those eight wins their average margin of victory is 14.4 points. They are scoring 76.4 points a game and giving up 65.0. Southern Oregon is shooting .391 from the floor and .325 from three-point range while allowing opponents to hit at a .429 clip, including .304 from beyond the arc.
Southern Oregon’s top scorer is Remi Mejia (5-5, Sr., G) at 17.1 points per game. Destinee Jones (5-8, Jr., F) leads the team in rebounds at 4.4 per game. At 3.8 assists, Toria Bradford (5-5, Sr., PG) leads the squad in assists. Mejia is also the leader in steals (2.8/g). Nitteayah Barfield (6-1, Sr., C) has five blocked shots or 0.4 per game.
Alex Carlson is in his third season leading the Raiders’ program. He brings a 60-7 record at Southern Oregon into this season.
IF IT’S FREE...WE’LL TAKE THREE
Making 8.7 three-pointers per game, the Spartans rank second in the Mountain West and rank 29th in the nation. In seven of the team’s ten games they have launched at least 20, in five have hit at least nine and in three games reached double digits makes, including MW season-highs in attempts (39) and makes (13) against Portland State. In addition, San José State is 35th in the nation in total threes (87), 41st in three-point attempts (252) and 87th in three-point field goal percentage (34.5).
LADD CLIMBING THE SJSU CAREER LISTS
Entering the Nebraska game, Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) ranks in the top-25 of 13 SJSU career categories. She is 12th in free throws (231), 16th in free throw attempts (306) and 9th in free throw percentage (.755). Ladd ranks 21st in rebounds (470), 7th in offensive (187) & 24th and defensive boards (283). She is 13th in starts (73), 15th in assists (199), 23rd in steals (111), 24th in three-point attempts (152) and makes (45) and 25th in games (101) and 14th in minutes (2514). 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.
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 20 more games this season, Gennett needs to average 3.4 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 13 at Air Force.
Ladd, who has scored 120 points through nine contests, has 756 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. Entering this evening’s game Ladd is 56 points from tying Pam Pember (812 career points) and moving into the program’s top-25 in career scoring.
SPARTANS ROSTER SECOND YOUNGEST IN DIVISION I
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.
LEWIS RESPONDS TO STARTING ASSIGNMENT
Cydni Lewis (Fr., F, Long Beach, Calif.) got her second start of the season in the game against Nebraska and provided a lift for the team. She scored the squads first seven points en route to nine overall, led the team with 10 rebounds, three blocks and had a steal. The blocks and rebounds were season-highs.
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 13.6/g. Her 87.5 FT% ranks third in the MW and 38th in the nation.
Analyss Benally (So., G, Shiprock, N.M.) leads SJSU with 21 3-pts and ranks 7th in the MW at 2.1 3-ptrs/g. In ten 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) set a career-high with 11 points at #19/19 Oregon State and then broke it with 12 points against Nebraska.
Hallie Gennett (Sr., F, Post Falls, Idaho) ranks 11th among active Division I players with 720 3-pt attempts, 11th with 6.99 3-pt attempts/game and 26th with 222 3-ptrs made.
Mikaylah Wilson (Fr., F, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) has made eight starts 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 (6.4/g) and the team with 18 steals (1.8/g - T4th in the Mountain West). She is second on the team with 33 assists (3.4/g), which is 9th in the MW.
Megan Anderson (Fr., G, Fresno, Calif.) is shooting 43.5% from 3-pt range, second highest on the team and 4th in the MW. She made her first collegiate start against Nebraska (12/17).
Cydni Lewis (Fr., F, Long Beach, Calif.) has a season-bests with 10 rebounds and three blocks against Nebraska (12/17).