Women's Hoops Closes 2011 Hosting Brown

San Jose, Calif. - After winning two of their last three games, the San Jose State Spartans women's basektball team finishes off the 2011 calendar year with a New Year's Eve tilt against the Bears of Brown University.

vs. Brown (6-4, 0-0 Ivy League)
Saturday, December 31, 2011, 2:00 p.m.
The Event Center, San Jose, Calif.
Radio coverage at 90.5 KSJS and live stats available at www.sjsuspartans.com

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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).

Saturday's game is just the second time in the 37-year history of the Spartans women's basketball program that San Jose State will welcome the new year with a game on New Year's Eve. The previous time it happened was in the 1985-86 season when the Spartans lost a road game to cross-town rival Santa Clara 60-45.

San Jose State's matchup against Brown will be just the eighth time in its history that it has faced an Ivy League opponent. The Spartans hold a combined 4-3 record against Columbia, Cornell, Harvard and Yale, but have never faced Brown, Dartmouth, Penn and Princeton.

Senior forward Brittany Johnson has scored in double-figures in each of the Spartans 12 games this season which ties her with Natalie White who started the 2007-08 season with 12 double-digit efforts. In the last 10 years, the only players to start a season with more are Lamisha Augustine who in 2005-06 ripped off 15 double-figure scoring games and Cricket Williams who began 2002-03 with 16 straight.

With seniors Brittany Johnson (19.3 ppg) and Sara Plavljanin (13.6 ppg) and freshman Ta'Rea Cunnigan (11.1 ppg), the Spartans have three players averaging double-figure scoring. Not since the 2005-06 season, when Brittany Helm (14.8 ppg), Brittany Powell (11.6 ppg) and Natalie White (11.6 ppg) averaged double-digit scoring have the Spartans had such a diverse attack.

Through 12 games the Spartans are averaging 62.8 points per game. That is the highest average since the 2005-06 season when, through 12 games, San Jose State averaged 66.0 points per contest.­

The Bears, a member of the Ivy League, enter this week with a 6-4 record. They will play at Dominican on the 29th before taking on the Spartans on the New Year's Eve.

Last time out, on December 7, Brown hosted Vermont and defeated the Catamounts 61-57 for their third consecutive win. The Bears finished last season with a 10-18 overall record, 6-8 in conference play.

Brown has two players who are averaging double figure scoring so far this season; junior guard Sheila Dixon (14.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg) and Hanna Passafuime, a senior guard (13.6 ppg, 2.7 apg).

As a team, the Bears are averaging 60.5 points per game while shooting .390 from the field.

Head coach Jean Marie Burr is in her 24th season leading Brown's women's basketball program. Her career record stood at 289-330 entering this season.

HISTORY: Spartans vs. Bears
This is the first meeting between these two programs.