San Jose, Calif.---The San Jose State women's basketball team sent its three seniors out on a high note, defeating the Utah State Aggies 70-49 Saturday, March 4 at The Event Center. The Spartans improved to 13-14 overall and an even 8-8 in the WAC, while the Aggies fell to 3-23 and 2-14 in the WAC.
CLOSING OUT THEIR CAREERS WITH A WIN
"This was an outstanding game for our seniors [forward Lamisha Augustine, guard Anetero Uiagalelei, and guard Sabrina Murphy] to be able to close out their careers at The Event Center," head coach Janice Richard said.
The Spartans shot 49 percent from the field to the Aggies' 25 percent. They also led them in rebounds (42-36), assists (16-6), blocks (2-1), and steals (9-4).
"We played great defense and were also able score on the other end, which is exactly what you want your team to do every game," Richard said.
The Aggies led briefly at the beginning of the game, but the Spartans got up 9-7 at 14:33 in the first half and never looked back. They got their biggest lead of the game at 3:57 in the second half, when freshman guard Myosha Barnes hit free throws to make it 62-40 San Jose State.
1-2 PUNCH HITS AGGIES HARD
The Spartan tandem of Augustine and sophomore forward Amber Jackson continued their dominating play. Jackson led all scorers with 25 points and 14 rebounds, including 12 defensive rebounds, for her twelfth double-double of the season. Augustine followed with 24 points and 12 rebounds, for her ninth double-double of 2005-06. Jackson was also 5-6 from the free throw line.
"This was a good win," Jackson said. "Not including these last two games, we struggled a little bit, so it was nice to get the wins going into the WAC [Western Athletic Conference] tournament.
Augustine agreed that it was a nice way to end final regular season as a Spartan.
"Tonight was a lot of mixed emotions," she said. "It's hard to be ending my college career, but I also want to go on to the next level and see what that's like. And the season's not over yet."
All three seniors were honored before the game. The Spartans will next take on Nevada, a team that they swept during the regular season, in the first round of the WAC tournament Wednesday, March 8 at Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nevada at 6 p.m. PST.
Men's hoops loses regular season finale at Utah State, 61-58
Alex Elam shared game-high scoring honors with 19 including five three-pointers.
Logan, Utah----- Center Cass Matheus made a pair of two-shot free throws in the final 77 seconds leading Utah State University to a 61-58 come-from-behind win over San Jose State University in the men's basketball regular-season finale for both teams.
The Aggies (21-7, 11-5 WAC) made 21-of-24 free throw tries including 14-of-16 in the second half. The Spartans (6-24, 2-14 WAC) made only 3-of-8 from the line and missed the front end of a pair of 1-and-1 free throw opportunities when they had a 56-52 late in the game.
"We had one or two plays with an absolute chance to make that would have won the game. Matt (Misko) and Jared (Cozad) had a chance to extend the lead," said San Jose State coach George Nessman about the Spartans' missed free throw tries with 3:43 and 3:09 to go, respectively, that could have increased the lead to as many as eight points.
"It's disappointing. We had a great chance to win and didn't do it. I don't know how many times that's happened. I've lost count."
THREE-POINTERS GET SPARTANS THE SECOND-HALF LEAD
Trailing 36-29 at halftime, San Jose State took its first lead of the second half, 48-45, with a 12-2 rally on four consecutive three-point baskets. Carlton Spencer, who finished with 17 points hit three three-pointers in a row, and Alex Elam, who was 5-of-7 from three-point range, nailed one to give San Jose State a lead with 10:24 remaining.
The Spartans built several six-point leads and led until Matheus made his first pair of free throws with 1:17 to go giving Utah State a 59-58 lead. With 34 seconds remaining, Matheus, a 67 percent free throw shooter, made two more for the game's final points.
"We had defended the heck out of them and then had some defensive breakdowns (in the final two minutes). We fouled them three times and that was the difference in the game," Nessman added. The Spartans limited the Aggies to 36.7 percent shooting from the field. Jaycee Carroll, Utah State's second-leading scorer, was limited to a season-low 4 points on 2-of-9 shooting.
San Jose State had its chances to send the game into overtime. The Spartans matched a season-high with nine three-point baskets, but missed four three point tries during three possessions in the final 16.8 seconds.
"We were very fortunate to win. Huge free throws by Cass. We were in deep trouble, but it's a win," said Utah State coach Stew Morrill.
Elam, who scored San Jose State's final points with 1:56 to with a field goal in the lane, shared game-high scoring honors with Utah State forward Nate Harris at 19 points. The Spartan swingman made a season-high five three-pointers on seven tries, but was did not get a chance to shoot a three-pointer at the end of the game. Aggie reserve forward Chaz Spicer was the game's only other double-figure scorer scoring all 14 of his points in the first half.
NESSMAN SUMS IT UP
"To be in the situation that we're in and to consider the situation Utah State is in, for our guys to come here and go toe-to-toe with this team, an outstanding team that belongs in the NCAA Tournament, shows the progress our program is making, and shows the worthiness of our team. It's hollow, but amongst our team, we really know it's true. We are way better than our record," said the San Jose State coach, whose team dropped its eighth straight and played its ninth game decided by four points or less.
The Spartans return to action, Thursday afternoon, March 9, when it faces Utah State in a quarterfinal round game of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in Reno. Game time is 2:30 p.m. (PST)
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