Basketball Season Over For SJSU Men and Women

Both the men and Women of Sparta end their basketball seasons with losses in the WAC tourney. The men won their WAC tourney opener against Rice, while the women had a fantastic season!

TULSA, Okla. -- Top-seeded Hawaii easily moved past San Jose State 71-56 in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament Today.

Hawaii (25-5) will play Friday against the winner of Nevada-Southern Methodist.

San Jose State (10-22) was within 32-27 at the half, but Hawaii went on an 8-0 run to start the second half.

The Warriors' lead crested at 48-30 on a 3-pointer by Campbell, who was constantly left open on the perimeter as San Jose concentrated on English and Savovic.

Brandon Hawkins led San Jose State with 17 points and Marion Thurmond had 16 points and 14 rebounds.

Savovic had a season-high 11 rebounds for Hawaii, which limited San Jose State to 32.3 percent shooting (20-of-62).

The men of SJSU won a WAC tourney game for the first time since joining the WAC conference, and now it's to to re-build for next season.

TULSA, Okla. -- The San Jose State women's basketball team ran out of last-gasp wonders against Tulsa on Wednesday, losing 66-63 in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament.

The fourth-seeded Spartans, who had erased a seven-point deficit in the final 52 seconds to beat the fifth-seeded Golden Hurricane earlier this season, nearly did it again. Trailing 64-58 with 50.2 seconds left, Elea A'Giza scored on a layup. Atari Parker stole the ensuing inbounds pass and hit a three-pointer from the right corner to make it 64-63 with 35 seconds to go.

San Jose State (17-11) then waited for one of Tulsa's not-so-good free-throw shooters to handle the ball but finally had to foul one of its best -- Carla Morrow -- with 10.3 seconds left. Morrow made both attempts.

The Spartans had two final chances. On the first, A'Giza traveled bringing the ball up the court with seven seconds left. Morrow was fouled again, but she missed, got the rebound and was called for traveling, leaving the Spartans with a final possession and 2.1 seconds.

Cricket Williams raced up the sideline and appeared to be tripped by Tulsa's LeAnn Upshaw as Williams attempted a desperation heave from 40 feet, but no call was made.

``You hope to get that call, but you don't expect it in that situation,'' SJSU Coach Janice Richard said.

Tulsa (17-12) will face top seed Louisiana Tech in a semifinal Friday.

San Jose State brought a six-game winning streak into the contest, and Parker and Williams were brilliant early -- combining for 23 points as the Spartans built a 37-24 lead. Tulsa's Leela Farr was equally impressive, consistently driving to the basket and converting or drawing fouls. She ignited a 15-2 run that tied the score at 39, then hit a layup as time expired to give the Golden Hurricane a 41-40 lead going into the locker room.

``She was really aggressive going to the basket, and we didn't do a very good job of reacting to that,'' Richard said of Farr. ``She hasn't done it that much in the past. I thought we did a better job in the second half.''

Farr finished with 23 points and Becky Heidotten added 13, including a short jumper on an assist from Upshaw that capped a late 8-2 run and gave Tulsa a 64-58 advantage.

Parker paced the Spartans with 22 points, and Williams had 16. Williams also tallied six assists but committed six turnovers as Tulsa made her pay when she ventured inside the lane.

``They were banging me every time,'' Williams said. ``I know what I have to do to get ready for next year.''

Richard said that a flu bug that went through her team recently took its toll. San Jose State shot 50 percent in the first half but 23.3 percent in the second half.

Congratulations to the women of Sparta, and mostly to head Coach, Janice Richard, for being named the WAC coach of the year.

The future looks bright for Spartan Womens Basketball indeed!

The SJ Mercury News contributed to this story.


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