Women's Basketball Preview:
San Jose Calif.----San Jose State women's basketball (0-12) will ring in the New Year hosting cross-town rival Santa Clara (3-10) of the West Coast Conference on Sunday, January 2. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at The Event Center.
Fans can view free live stats for the San Jose State-Santa Clara women's basketball 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. Marcus Gonzalez and Cole Gunnere will be calling the women's basketball play-by-play. Air time for the Santa Clara broadcast on KSJS is 1:30 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 Santa Clara:
The Broncos are led by third-year head coach Jennifer Mountain. The team brings back three returning starters: senior power forward Lena Gipson, junior point guard Alyssa Shoji and sophomore shooting guard Meagan Fulps. All three were honored All-WCC players a year ago. The 2009-10 team finished WCC play with just one league win but shocked the league by winning twice at the postseason tournament, advancing into the semifinals with a 5-27 overall record.
Meagan Fulps (12.2 ppg., 3.1 rpg.) and Lena Gipson (11.3 ppg., 11.5 rpg.) anchor the team in points and rebounds. The Broncos have won 3 of 5 games including an overtime win, 73-65, at Cal Poly on December 30.
The Series With The Broncos:
San Jose State and Santa Clara women's basketball will meet for its 42nd time in the longstanding series. Santa Clara holds the edge in the all-time series 22-19. The Spartans defeated the Broncos 75-64 last year at Santa Clara.
Freshman AJ Newton scored a San Jose State season-high 22 points and junior Myesha Broaden recorded a double-double as the Spartans fell short in a one-possession decision, 72-69, December 29 against Mount Saint Mary's at The Event Center.
Despite leading most of the first 20 minutes, the Spartans went into the locker room down 32-30. San Jose State held the edge in shooting 52.2% to the Mount's 50% from the field in the second half, but would only come within three points from hurdling the Mountaineers in the remaining game.
First Career Double-Doubles:
Two San Jose State players this season recorded their first-career double-doubles. The latest, Myesha Broaden, grabbed 10 rebounds and tipped in 14 points versus Mount Saint Mary's on December 29. Brittany Johnson notched two double-doubles this season, one agasint Cal Poly (16 points, 10 rebounds) on December 18 and at San Francisco (11 points, 11 rebounds) on November 15.
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Grabbing The Round Ball:
Brittany Johnson leads the Spartan team in rebounding with 5.1 per game. She grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds against San Francisco. Myesha Broaden averages 4.7 rebounds and Sayja Sumler trails with 4.6 rebounds per game.
Dishing Out The Round Ball:
AJ Newton leads the team in assists with 28 and dished out six assists at University of the Pacific (11/19). Liz Johnson produced 20 and Sara Plavljanin dished out 19 this season.
Stealing The Game:
Sayja Sumler grabbed a team-high 17 steals this season. Sumler snatched a season-best six against Mount Saint Mary's. Brittany Johnson and Sara Plavljanin each produced 14, while Liz Johnson and Leonie Solia follow with 12 steals this season.
Get That Out Of Here:
On defense, Brittany Johnson and Myesha Broaden are trying to keep the ball out of opponents hands as they lead the Spartans with seven blocked shots. Johnson recorded a season-high two blocks against Weber State and Broaden knocked down two shots against Mount Saint Mary's.
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 twelve games played this year, San Jose State has used nine different starting lineups. Brittany Johnson is the only Spartan to have started all 12 games this season. AJ Newton and Sara Plavljanin have both started nine. Myesha Broaden has seven, Sayja Sumler trails with six, while Dominique Hamilton, Leonie Solia, and Liz Johnson notched four. Rounding out with a pair of starts is Monique Coble.
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 Vegas:
The 2011 Western Athletic Conference Tournament will be held March 9-12 in Las Vegas, Nev., at the Orleans Arena.
The Spartans will open conference play at home as they welcome Western Athletic Conference foe Louisiana Tech on Thursday, January 6 at The Event Center. Tip-off is scheduled at 5:00 p.m. Following the women's game the San Jose State men's basketball team will host Boise State at 7:30 p.m.