The San José State women’s basketball team attempted a season-high 43 three-pointers and made just 11, as they dropped its third straight game by double-digits to Saint Mary’s College, 85-64.
Overall, the Spartans (2-5) shot 24-of-79 from the field on 30 percent shooting.
“Can’t hit shots, can’t win games… it was bad all around,” head coach Jamie Craighead said.
Defensively, SJSU gave SMC (4-4) just about every opportunity to knock down shots — especially inside — as 52 of the Gaels’ 85 points came from inside the paint.
Powered by Megan McKay, who finished with 21 points on 9-for-11 shooting, SMC quickly exposed the interior of the Spartans defense.
The Gaels shot 72 percent (13-for-18) in the opening quarter, with 24 of the team’s 27 points coming in the paint and McKay accounting for 10 of them.
Heading into the second frame trailing 27-18, SJSU continued to struggle from the field as they tallied 18 points again while SMC added onto its lead to take the 52-36 halftime advantage.
The second half was a mirror image of the first, as the Gaels continued their efficient performance while the Spartans had no answers.
“We just didn’t come ready to compete,” Craighead said. “I don’t know how you can compete against Mississippi State (ranked No. 6 in the AP Top 25) but you can’t come in on your home court and compete against Saint Mary’s.”
Dezz Ramos finished with a team-high 16 points for SJSU, despite a 6-for-17 shooting night.
The Spartans will stay close to home as they’ll face the University of San Francisco Tuesday night before a two-game road trip against Nebraska (Dec. 9) and South Dakota (Dec. 11).