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San Jose State rally against San Francisco comes up short in 79-71 loss

Trailing by as much as 20, San Jose State rallied to within two scores in the fourth quarter but could not go further than that.

SAN FRANCISCO -- In the start of a three-game road trip, San Jose State Spartans women's basketball lost their fourth straight game on Tuesday night 79-71 to the San Francisco Dons.

Dezz Ramos scored 28 points and had three rebounds and three assists for the Spartans. MyMy Ladd had 14 points and five rebounds, and Jasmine Smith had 10 points and four rebounds.

For the Dons, Anna Seilund had 22 points and a rebound. Rachel Howard added 13 points and eight rebounds, Claudia Price had 12 points and five rebounds, and Michaela Rakova had 11 points and seven rebounds.

San Francisco started on a 15-2 run in the first 7:09. Other than a Ramos jumper, the San Jose State offense committed three turnovers and missed eight field goals in that time span.

For most of the second quarter, San Jose State was able to contain San Francisco. After Hallie Gennett rebounded the second of two missed free throws by Smith, Gennett made an assist to Andrea Kohlhaas, who hit a layup that pulled San Jose State within 29-20. However, Kohlhaas later made a bad pass that Seilund stole and converted on a layup to restore San Francisco's double-digit lead.

Poor shooting and mistakes continued to define San Jose State heading into halftime. Making her debut with San Jose State and wearing a facemask due to a nose injury, freshman guard Analyss Benally bricked a wide open three-point shot and airmailed another within the final 90 seconds as San Francisco went into halftime with a 42-24 lead.

Price scored on a tip-in to stretch San Francisco's lead to 44-24 in the first minute of the third quarter, and San Francisco maintained a 60-41 lead after three quarters.

Even when down 19, San Jose State would not give up. A 7-0 run pulled San Jose State within 60-48 with 8:13 left and forced San Francisco to call a timeout. Following a Howard layup, Baird further chipped into the deficit by scoring on a layup and and-one free throw for a 62-51 score. Rachol West later blocked a layup by Kalyn Simon. The San Jose State bench became its loudest all night after Ladd hit a layup and drew the foul. Ladd made the free throw to pull San Jose State within 66-57.

San Francisco stayed ahead thanks to two steals inside the final 3:30 and was up 74-62 with just over two minutes to go, only to give up seven unanswered points to San Jose State. After two Ramos free throws, San Francisco committed a shot clock violation, after which Ramos hit a jumper. On the ensuing rebound, Howard was whistled for a hard foul on Ladd away from the ball. Baird eventually hit a three to pull San Jose State within 74-69 with just over a minute left.

Ramos then quickly fouled Simon, who made one of two free throws. After letting the ball roll through half court, Ramos picked up the ball and raced to the basket only to miss a rushed layup attempt. Simon then grabbed the rebound and passed deep to Howard, who hit an uncontested layup to ice the game.

In contrast to giving up a season-high .603 field goal percentage on Saturday against Saint Mary's, San Jose State gave up a .406 field goal percentage to San Francisco. San Jose State had 34 rebounds to San Francisco's 42, in contrast to the 24-49 rebounding deficit to Saint Mary's. San Jose State also attempted a season low 13 three-pointers, right after attempting a season high 43 shots beyond the arc against Saint Mary's.

"We've got to eliminate offensive rebounds for the opposing team, and we've got to hit easy shots," said San Jose State head coach Jamie Craighead in a postgame interview at the San Jose State campus later that evening, as seen in a YouTube video posted by San Jose State.

Craighead also said that she would like Ramos to attack the rim more instead of settling for jump shots.

San Francisco normally plays at the on-campus War Memorial Gym, but this game was held at Kezar Pavilion as the front end of a doubleheader with the men's team and a "Legends of Kezar" promotional night honoring the 1955 and 1956 San Francisco men's basketball teams that won national championships. Kezar Pavilion was the original home of San Francisco Dons basketball before December 1958.

The fourth in a row, this loss drops San Jose State to 2-7. Two more road games follow, on Dec. 9 at Nebraska and Dec. 11 at South Dakota before San Jose State wraps up non-conference play on Dec. 18, at home against Division II Cal State Stanislaus. 

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