Women's Hoops Hosts Two Games This Week

San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State Spartans women's basektball team hosts two games this week before taking eight days off from competition for the holidays.  They welcome the United State Air Force Academy on Monday and Cal State Fullerton on Thursday.

vs. Air Force (4-6, 0-0 Mountain West)
Monday, December 19, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
The Event Center, San Jose, Calif.
Radio coverage at 90.5 KSJS and live stats available at

vs. Cal State Fullerton (4-5, 0-0 Big West)
Thursday, December 22, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
The Event Center, San Jose, Calif.
Live stats available at

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KSJS (90.5 FM, San Jose) originates San Jose State women's basketball home broadcasts.  Jeff Bowe and Alex Scott call the women's basketball play-by-play.

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).

With its 74-53 win at Santa Clara on Saturday, San Jose State won its first road game in nearly two years.  The Spartans last road win came in January of the 2009-10 season. Who did they beat?   On January 2, 2010 San Jose State traveled to the Leavey Center and defeated the Santa Clara Broncos 75-64.

The Spartans 21-point victory at Santa Clara was the largest winning margin by a Spartans women's basketball team since the 2005-06 season. That year they beat Utah State 70-49 in the Event Center. It is also San Jose State's largest road win since the 2003-04 season when the Spartans won at Sacramento State 70-39.

Head coach Tim La Kose earned his first road win leading the Spartans to a 73-54 win at Santa Clara.  In the program's 36 year history, he is the first San Jose State women's basketball coach to defeat the Bay Area rival on his first try.

At Santa Clara, senior guard Sara Plavljanin equaled her career-high in points (28) and set a career-high with seven 3-pointers which was one shy the SJSU single game-record.  The seven 3s were a visitor's record in The Leavey Center.  Plavljanin shot .714  (10-of-14) from the field including .78 0 (7-of-9) from behind the 3-point arc while serving as the teams primary ball handler.

In tits 74-53 win at Santa Clara, the Spartans shot .537 from the field (29-of-54), which is the highest single-game shooting percentage since the 2004-05 season.  Against Nevada in that year, San Jose State hit 58.2 percent of its field goal tries (32-of-55) in a 76-63 win in the Event Center.

With 18 points against Santa Clara, senior forward Brittany Johnson has opened the season with 10 straight double-digit scoring games and dating back to last season has a streak of 11 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.  Including two games at the end of the 2006-07 season, White scored in double-digits in 14 straight games.

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

The Air Force Academy (AFA) played at Minnesota on December 7 and lost 81-46 for their third consecutive loss on the road.  The Falcons finished last season with a 9-22 overall record, 3-13 in conference play.

AFA has two players who are averaging double figure scoring so far this season; junior guard Alicia Leipprandt (17.6 ppg, 2.2 apg) and Dymond James, a junior forward (11.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg).

As a team, the Falcons are averaging 61.1 points per game while shooting .372 from the field.  Chosing to try to score closer to the hoop they have hoisted just 43 3-pointers this year and have made just 11 of those attempts for a .256 shooting percentage.
Head coach Andrea Williams is in her second season leading the Air Force Academy's women's basketball program.  Last season, as the ninth-seed, she led the squad to just their second Mountain West Conference tournament win in program history, defeating fourth-seed Colorado State, 66-63.

HISTORY: Spartans vs. Falcons
The Spartans and Falcons have met three times, with San Jose State holding a 2-to-1 lead in the all-time series.  The last matchup was in the 1998-99 season at Air Force.  The Falcons took that meeting 83-46.  The other two games were played in 1996-97 with San Jose State taking 78-62 and 85-52 victories.

The Titans, a member of the Big West Conference, enter this week with a 4-5 record and will play at San Francisco on Tuesday night before heading down the penninsula for their meeting with the Spartans.

Fullerton defeated Nevada 76-74 on December 10 to end a five-game losing streak.  The Titans finished last season with a 9-21 overall record, 5-11 in conference play and lost 73-70 in the first round of the Big West Tournament to Cal Poly.

Fullerton's offense is led by  senior guard Megan Richardson (16.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg).  Lauren Chow, a senior guard, and sophomore guard Alex Thomas are both averaging 7.8 points per game. Mya Olivier, a sophomore forward, is the team's top rebounder at 7.3 boards per game.

As a team, the Titans are averaging 63.9 points per game while shooting .359 from the field with Richardson, the No. 2 scorer in the conference, pacing the team.
Head coach Marcia Foster is in her third season leading the Cal State Fullerton's women's basketball program.  She had compiled a 24-38 record entering this season.

HISTORY: Spartans vs. Titans
The Spartans and Titans have met 35 times, with San Jose State coming away with just nine wins dating back to their first meeting in the 1977-78 season.  The Spartans took three of the first four matchups, but beginning in the 1984-85 season and running through their second meeting of the 1992-93 season, Fullerton ripped off 15-straight wins.  The streak ended with an 85-68 win for San Jose State.  The teams met last year in Fullerton and the Titans downed San Jose State 76-45.