Women's Basketball Preview:
San Jose Calif.----San Jose State women's basketball (0-10) will host the Aggies of UC Davis (8-2) of the Big West Conference on Tuesday, December 21. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at The Event Center.
The Spartans are still in search for their first 2010-11 win, while the Aggies hope to extend their winning streak to three.
Fans can view free live stats for the San Jose State-UC Davis game at SJSUSpartans.com. To follow, click on the live stats link on the home page.
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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. Air time for the UC Davis broadcast on KSJS is 6:30 p.m. (PST). Fans out of the area can listen on the website at www.ksjs.org.
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 two hours 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 UC Davis:
UC Davis, which finished 21-11 overall last season and advanced to the Women's National Invitational Tournament for the second time in three years, return four starters and ten letterwinners to this year's squad. Head coach Sandy Simpson, UC Davis' all-time winningest women's basketball coach (227-144), will retire at the end of the upcoming 2010-11 season.
The Aggies won their second straight game last weekend and five in the past six, improving to 8-2 overall; its best start since the 2001-02 season when it was also 8-2. Their five starting players have started in all 10 games to see 1,234 minutes of action. Paige Mintun leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.8 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game. A close second, Vicky Deely averages 11.2 points per game and averages 5.2 rebounds per game.
The Series With The Aggies:
Since the first contest back in 1976, the series between the two California schools is dead-even at 5-5. The Spartans are riding a four-game winning streak against the Aggies. The most recent Spartan victory, 70-58, came in 2004 at The Event Center.
Brittany Johnson notched her second double-double of the year, while three San Jose state players scored in double-figures, in a 73-64 loss against Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Saturday night. With four lead changes in a back-and-fourth game, the Spartans found themselves down by as much as 26 points at 14:03 in the second, but closed the gap to three points with two minutes remaining in play.
AJ Newton, Sayja Sumler, and Marisa Williams scored a season-high 30 points from the bench as San Jose State finished shooting 40% to the Mustangs' 42.1%. The Spartans 47-point second-half is the highest this season. Newton led the Spartans in scoring with 19 points, followed with 16 points from Brittany Johnson and 15 points from Sara Plavljanin. Johnson's team-leading 10 boards gave her a double-double, her second of the season.
Home Sweet Home:
After playing seven of eight games on the road (11/15-12/11), San Jose State will host its next seven of eight games at The Event Center. During the home span, the Spartans host one Big West Conference game, one Northeast Conference, one West Coast Conference, and four Western Athletic Conference games.
First Career Double-Doubles:
One Spartan this season recorded a couple double-doubles. The latest, Brittany Johnson tallied 16 points and ten rebounds against Cal Poly on Saturday, December 18. Johnson also notched 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 56, 5.6 per game. She grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds against San Francisco. Myesha Broaden grabbed 37 rebounds and Dominique Hamilton trails with 36.
Dishing Out The Round Ball:
AJ Newton leads the team in assists with 26 and dished out six assists at University of the Pacific (11/19). Liz Johnson and Sara Plavljanin produced 15 this season.
Stealing The Game:
Brittany Johnson grabbed 13 steals this season. Johnson snatched a season-best three at San Francisco and versus Washington. Sara Plavljanin, Liz Johnson and Sayja Sumler follow with 11 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 ten games played this year, San Jose State has used nine different starting lineups. Brittany Johnson is the only Spartan to have started all 10 games this season. AJ Newton has started eight and Sara Plavljanin has started seven. Myesha Broaden has five, while Dominique Hamilton, Leonie Solia, and Sayja Sumler notched four. Rounding out with three starts is Liz Johnson and Monique Coble has a pair.
2010-11 Media Guides:
San Jose State women's basketball media guides are now available! To purchase, call the San Jose State Athletics Ticket Office at 408-924-SJTX (7589). The 2010-11 media guide is available for $10.00.
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 Mount Saint Mary's at The Event Center on Wednesday, December 29 at 7:00 p.m.