Women's Hoops Edged At Home

December 29, 2010

San Jose, Calif.----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, Wednesday night against Mount Saint Mary's at The Event Center.

Despite leading for most of the first 20 minutes, San Jose State dropped to 0-12 on the season, while Mount Saint Mary's improved to 2-9.

After the Mountaineers tipped the first layup to open the game, the Spartans took control and led for the next 15 minutes. San Jose State's largest lead, 23-16, came during the 6:05 mark of the first half. In the final four minutes both teams traded baskets and evened the score four different times. The Spartans went into the locker room down 32-30.

San Jose State shot 31.4% to the Mount's 44.0% from the field, but held the advantage in rebounds (20-18) and steals (5-0) in the first half.

"The first half was good and I thought they came out ready to play," stated head coach Pam DeCosta. "They (SJSU) did what we asked them to do, but made some mistakes down the stretch that I think cost us a little bit of momentum heading into the locker room."

The Mount scored four-straight to open the second half, but the Spartans answered with seven-straight to take the lead 37-36 at 16:23. The Mount reclaimed the lead as Selina Mann rolled off the next seven points making it 43-37 with 13:25 remaining.

San Jose State chipped away at the deficit with a 7-0 run to trim the margin to 51-49 with 7:25 left thanks to five points from Newton, but would only come within three points from hurdling the Mountaineers in the remaining game.

Both teams would eventually trade foul shots in the final two minutes and with 10 seconds remaining, Newton nailed a trey at the buzzer, but that was not enough for San Jose State.

"Coming out in the second half, we came out flat," added DeCosta. "I was really proud of them for fighting in the last five minutes and playing with that sense of urgency, but they need to do that the whole entire game."

Newton recorded a career-high 22 points, while junior Sara Plavljanin notched 16 points. Broaden produced her first-career double-double leading the team with 10 boards and adding 14 points.

"We have to keep working on our defense. We are scoring better than we did in the beginning of the year but we can't let teams come in and shoot 50% from the field," said coach DeCosta.

San Jose State held the edge in shooting 52.2% to the Mount's 50% from the field in the second half.

The Mountaneers were led by Selina Mann's 26 points. Mary Dunn and Jessie Kaufman both finished with six rebounds.

San Jose State will head into the New Year playing its cross-town rival Santa Cara at The Event Center on Sunday, January 2. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

MOUNT SAINT MARY'S 72, SAN JOSE STATE 69

MOUNT SAINT MARY'S (2-9)
MANN, Selina 7-11 10-13 26; LONERGAN, Tara 6-11 1-1 13; CHRISTIE, Ashley 3-8
2-2 9; ANDRESSON, Sandra 3-6 2-2 8; KAUFMAN, Jessie 2-6 2-2 7; GUERRIERO,
Kelly 1-2 2-2 5; DUNN, Mary 1-4 2-4 4; GROSSETT, Kayla 0-1 0-0 0. Totals
23-49 21-26 72.

SAN JOSE STATE (0-12)
Newton, AJ 6-13 6-9 22; Plavljanin, Sara 6-14 1-2 16; Broaden, Myesha 5-10
4-5 14; Sumler, Sayja 2-9 3-4 8; Johnson, Brittany 2-7 0-0 5; Solia, Leonie
2-2 0-0 4; Johnson, Liz 0-0 0-0 0; Williams, Marisa 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 23-58
14-20 69.

Mount Saint Mary's............ 32 40 - 72
San Jose State................ 30 39 - 69

3-point goals--Mount Saint Mary's 5-15 (MANN, Selina 2-4; CHRISTIE, Ashley
1-5; GUERRIERO, Kelly 1-2; KAUFMAN, Jessie 1-4), San Jose State 9-22
(Newton, AJ 4-9; Plavljanin, Sara 3-8; Sumler, Sayja 1-2; Johnson, Brittany
1-3). Fouled out--Mount Saint Mary's-None, San Jose State-Sumler, Sayja.
Rebounds--Mount Saint Mary's 30 (DUNN, Mary 6; KAUFMAN, Jessie 6), San Jose
State 35 (Broaden, Myesha 10). Assists--Mount Saint Mary's 12 (CHRISTIE,
Ashley 4; MANN, Selina 4), San Jose State 10 (Sumler, Sayja 4). Total
fouls--Mount Saint Mary's 16, San Jose State 19. Technical fouls--Mount
Saint Mary's-None, San Jose State-None. A-179