San Jose, Calif. – After wrapping up nonconference play with an overtime win against Southern Oregon and a few days off for the Christmas holiday, the San José State women’s basketball team opens Mountain West play Thursday evening against the Utah State Aggies in the Event Center.
San José State Spartans (3-8)
Utah State Aggies (2-9)
Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. (PT)
San Jose, Calif. (The Event Center - 5,000)
QUICK LOOK AT UTAH STATE
This will be the Aggies 12th game of the year. Utah State (2-9) comes into The Event Center on a three-game skid. On the road this year, the Aggies have a 1-6 record, and in their six losses the average margin of defeat is 15.8 points. They are scoring 61.6 points a game and giving up 72.6. Utah State is shooting .389 from the floor and .280 from three-point range while allowing opponents to hit at a .434 clip, including .362 from beyond the arc.
Utah State’s top scorer is Olivia West (5-6, So., G) at 16.7 points per game. Shannon Dufficy (6-2, So., G/F) leads the team in rebounds at 8.9 per game. Eliza West (5-5, So., PG) leads the squad in assists (4.2/g) and steals (1.4/g) and Deja Mason (6-4, Jr., C) has 20 blocked shots (1.8/g).
Jerry Finkbeiner is in his sixth season leading the Aggies’ program. He brought a 72-85 record at Utah State into this season.
IF IT’S FREE...WE’LL TAKE THREE
Making 8.8 three-pointers per game, the Spartans rank second in the Mountain West and rank 29th in the nation. In eight of the team’s 11 games they have launched at least 20, in six game they have hit at least nine and in four have reached double digits makes, including MW season-highs in attempts (39) and makes (13) against Portland State. In addition, San José State is 40th in the nation in total threes (97), 51st in three-point attempts (278) and 80th in three-point field goal percentage (34.9%).
LADD CLIMBING THE SJSU CAREER LISTS
Entering the Utah State game, Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) ranks in the top-25 of 13 SJSU career categories. She is 10th in free throws (237), 16th in free throw attempts (313) and 9th in free throw percentage (.757). Ladd ranks 21st in rebounds (478), 7th in offensive (190) & 23rd and defensive boards (288). She is 12th in starts (74), 15th in assists (195), 23rd in steals (111), 22nd in three-point attempts (159) and makes (47), 25th in games (102) and 14th in minutes (2543). 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 73 points through nine games, is now 57 from the mark. With a minimum of 19 more games this season, Gennett needs to average 3.0 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 17 at Nevada.
Ladd, who has scored 138 points through 11 contests, has 774 in her Spartans’ career. She needs to average 11.9/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 12.5 ppg. Entering this evening’s game Ladd is 38 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.
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 12.5 from 8.4.
Taylor Turney (So., PG, Henderson, Nev.) averaged 4.3 ppg last year and now leads the team at 13.5/g. Her 88.6 FT% ranks third in the MW and 25th in the nation.
Analyss Benally (So., G, Shiprock, N.M.) leads SJSU with 23 3-pts and ranks T8th in the MW at 2.1 3-ptrs/g. In 11 games she is approx. 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 10th among active Division I players with 725 3-pt attempts, 14th with 6.97 3-pt attempts/game and 26th with 225 3-ptrs made.
Mikaylah Wilson (Fr., F, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) has made nine starts in 2017-18, which ties MyMy Ladd for 2nd most by a freshman in Coach Craighead’s five seasons at SJSU. (Britta Hall - 27 in 2013-14).
Danae Marquez (Fr., PG, Fresno, Calif.) leads the freshman in scoring (6.6/g) and the team with 19 steals (1.7/g - T7th in the Mountain West). She is second on the team with 38 assists (3.5/g), which is 10th in the MW.
Megan Anderson (Fr., G, Fresno, Calif.) is shooting 46.4% from 3-pt range, highest on the team and 5th in the MW. She made her first collegiate start against Nebraska (12/17).
Cydni Lewis (Fr., F, Long Beach, Calif.) scored the game-winner at the buzzer vs. Southern Oregon (12/20) & had season-bests with 10 rebounds and three blocks against Nebraska (12/17).
Alexis Harris (So., C, Palo Alto, Calif) set career-high with 9 rebs & 4 blocks vs. Southern Oregon (12/20) and ranks 2nd in the MW in blocks/g with 1.3.
Heleyna Hill (Fr., G, Santa Cruz, Calif.) scored the first bucket of her college career against Southern Oregon.
Courtesy Clark (Fr., G, Sacramento, Calif), after three games out, returned to lineup vs. Southern Oregon.