San Jose, Calif. – Following its victory over the Utah State to open Mountain West play, the San José State women’s basketball looks for two-in-a-row when they play at Colorado State on Saturday afternoon.
San José State Spartans (4-8, 1-0 MW)
Colorado State Rams (8-4, 0-1 MW)
Saturday, December 30, 2017 - 2:00 p.m. (MT)
Fort Collins, Colo. (Moby Arena - 8,745)
QUICK LOOK AT COLORADO STATE
This will be the Rams 13th game of the year. Colorado State (8-4) lost its conference opener to Boise State, 62-58, on Thursday night. This season in Moby Arena, the Rams have a 6-4 record. They are scoring 64.0 points a game and giving up 56.8. Colorado State is shooting .428 from the floor and .330 from three-point range while holding opponents to a .337 clip, including .250 from beyond the arc.
Colorado State’s top scorer is Grace Colaivalu (5-7, RFr., G) at 9.9 points per game. Colaivalu also leads her squad in assists (3.9/g) and steals (1.3/g). Annie Brady (6-1, Jr., F) leads the team in rebounds at 7.3 per game and blocked shots (0.8/g).
Ryun Williams is in his sixth season leading the Rams’ program. He brought a 115-46 record at Colorado State into this season.
EVEN IF IT’S NOT FREE...WE’LL TAKE THREE
Making 9.1 three-pointers per game, the Spartans rank second in the Mountain West and rank 27th in the nation. In nine of the team’s 12 games they have launched at least 20, in seven games they have hit at least nine and in five have reached double digits makes, including MW season-highs in attempts (39) and makes (13) against Portland State. In addition, San José State is 23rd in the nation in total threes (109), 44th in three-point attempts (298) and 51st in three-point field goal percentage (36.6).
LADD CLIMBING THE SJSU CAREER LISTS
Entering the Colorado State game, Myzhanique Ladd (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) ranks in the top-25 of 13 SJSU career categories. She is 10th in free throws (238), 16th in free throw attempts (314) and 8th in free throw percentage (.758).
Ladd ranks 21st in rebounds (483), 7th in offensive (193) & 22nd and defensive boards (290). She is 12th in starts (75), 15th in assists (199), 23rd in steals (111), 22nd in three-point attempts (161) and 21st in makes (48), T23rd in games (103) and 13th in minutes (2,575).
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 79 points through 12 games, is now 51 from the mark. With a minimum of 18 more games this season, Gennett needs to average 2.8 points per game to reach 1,000. At her career scoring average of 9.0/g, she is projected to reach 1,000 on January 17 at Nevada.
Ladd, who has scored 142 points through 12 contests, has 778 in her Spartans’ career. She needs to average 12.3/game to reach the milestone. It may be a tall order based on her career 7.6 ppg average, but in 2017-18 she has upped her production to 11.8 ppg. Entering this evening’s game Ladd is 34 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 11.8 from 8.4.
Taylor Turney (So., PG, Henderson, Nev.) averaged 4.3 ppg last year and now leads the team at 14.3/g. Her 87.8 FT% ranks third in the MW and 28th in the nation & vs. USU (12/28) she scored a career-high 24 points.
Analyss Benally (So., G, Shiprock, N.M.) leads SJSU with 25 3-ptrs and ranks T6th in the MW at 2.1/g. In 12 games she is more than 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) a co-captain, 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 728 3-pt attempts, 14th with 6.93 3-pt attempts/game and 25th with 227 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 (6.7/g) and the team with 19 steals (1.5/g - T9th in the Mountain West). She is second on the team with 38 assists (3.3/g) which is 11th in the MW.
Megan Anderson (Fr., G, Fresno, Calif.) is shooting 48.6% from 3-pt range, highest on the team and 2nd in the MW. First collegiate start was against Nebraska (12/17) & scored a season-high 14 pts vs. Utah State.
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 3rd in the MW in blocks/g with 1.2.
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.