San Jose, Calif. - On a night when the team shot 52 percent from the floor and three players hit double-figures in scoring, the San Jose State women's basketball team cruised to a 68-53 victory over the Air Force Falcons (4-7) in the Event Center.
The Spartans (3-8) hit 26-of-50 shots from the field and for the second game in a row shot over 50 percent. They hit a season-high 53.7 percent (29-of-54) in their 74-53 win over Santa Clara last Saturday.
"One of the things we focus on is shooting over 50 percent every game," head coach Tim La Kose said. "We've done it the last two games and come away with wins. It's not a coincidence."
Brittany Johnson scored a game-high 22 points and was one of three Spartans to pull down nine rebounds. Myesha Broaden and Rachel Finnegan also had nine boards as San Jose State dominated the Falcons 49-to-28 in rebounding.
Ta' Rea Cunnigan equaled her season-high with 16 points and Brea Matthews set a career-best with 10.
Danielle Sorrer, who led the Falcons with 11 points, hit the first bucket of the game and gave Air Force their only lead of the night. Sara Plavljanin then hit a three to give the Spartans a lead they would never relinquish.
Over the next eight minutes San Jose State went on a 17-4 run led by eight points from Cunnigan and six from Johnson. With 8:09 to play before the half the Spartans enjoyed a 20-6 advantage.
The teams traded buckets for the rest of the half with the Spartans ending the first 20 minutes on a 6-to-0 run capped off by a beautiful back-door play and layup by Marisa Williams. San Jose State took a 38-18 lead in the locker room.
For the half, the Spartans outscored Air Force 20-to-6 in the paint and had an 11-to-0 advantage in second-chance points.
San Jose State extended their lead to a high of 26 points, 52-26, midway through the second half and cruised to the 68-53 final score. Air Force struggled from the field all night, shooting 29 percent (20-of-68) for the game.
The win was the 350th of head coach Tim La Kose's career and his third as the Spartans head coach, but not all was rosy.
"We gave the ball away too much," said La Kose, whose team committed 34 turnovers. "We also didn't do a good enough job in breaking (Air Force's) press. Brittany had a good night, but if we executed correctly, she could have scored 40 points tonight."
San Jose State hosts Cal State Fullerton on Thursday, December 22, before taking a one week break for the holidays. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in the Event Center.
Air Force Academy vs San Jose State
12/19/11 7:00 p.m. at San Jose, Calif., The Event Center
At San Jose, Calif., The Event Center
SAN JOSE STATE 68, AIR FORCE ACADEMY 53
AIR FORCE ACADEMY (4-7)
SORRERA, Danielle 4-10 2-4 11; LEIPPRANDT, Alicia 4-12 1-1 9; BOHANNON, Kami
3-7 2-2 8; WILSON, Austyn 2-9 1-2 6; O'NEIL, Megan 3-4 0-1 6; IVEY, Michelle
2-8 2-2 6; BLAGOWSKY, Jimi 1-5 0-0 3; JEFFERY, Forrest 1-2 0-0 2;
SATTERFIELD, Jamela 0-4 2-2 2; SALAS, Jacko 0-2 0-0 0; THOMPSON, Camille 0-5
0-0 0. Totals 20-68 10-14 53.
SAN JOSE STATE (3-8)
Johnson, Brittany 9-13 4-5 22; Cunnigan, Ta'rea 6-10 4-5 16; Matthews, Brea
4-11 0-2 10; Plavljanin, Sara 2-4 1-2 7; Broaden, Myesha 2-5 2-2 6; Woods,
Nanea 1-2 1-2 3; Finnegan, Rachel 1-1 0-1 2; Williams, Marisa 1-2 0-0 2;
Coble, Monique 0-0 0-2 0; Carlson, Christina 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 26-50 12-21
Air Force Academy............. 18 35 - 53
San Jose State................ 38 30 - 68
3-point goals--Air Force Academy 3-13 (WILSON, Austyn 1-5; BLAGOWSKY, Jimi
1-1; SORRERA, Danielle 1-2; JEFFERY, Forrest 0-1; SALAS, Jacko 0-1;
THOMPSON, Camille 0-1; LEIPPRANDT, Alicia 0-2), San Jose State 4-10
(Plavljanin, Sara 2-4; Matthews, Brea 2-4; Broaden, Myesha 0-2). Fouled
out--Air Force Academy-None, San Jose State-None. Rebounds--Air Force
Academy 28 (SATTERFIELD, Jamela 8), San Jose State 49 (Finnegan, Rachel 9;
Broaden, Myesha 9; Johnson, Brittany 9). Assists--Air Force Academy 14
(SORRERA, Danielle 4), San Jose State 13 (Cunnigan, Ta'rea 5). Total
fouls--Air Force Academy 20, San Jose State 17. Technical fouls--Air Force
Academy-None, San Jose State-None. A-351