Women's basketball remains perfect at home with 85-66 win over Loyola-Chicago at the Events Center. Cricket Williams is just 154 points away from 1,000 in her career.

San Jose State Events Center, SJSU, CA. -— Junior guard Cricket Williams 23 points led a trio of San Jose State women's basketball players to score double-figure points in Thursday's 66-65 win over the visiting Loyola-Chicago Ramblers at the Event Center.

Juniors Jessica Kellogg and Tatiana Taylor were the other two players to score more than ten points in the game.

After suffering back-to-back road losses, the Spartans (3-4) were looking to take control of the game from the opening tip off, but it was the Ramblers (1-8) scoring the first basket. The lead would change twice more before San Jose began to take control of the game midway through the first half.

Williams scored 11 consecutive points for the Spartans in a span of three minutes in the first half, giving the Spartans a 10-point lead heading into the break. Williams finished with 23 points and six assists, Kellogg finished with 15 points and Taylor had 10 for the Spartans.

"We needed this win to get back on track," said San Jose State head coach Janice Richard. "After our last game, we knew we had to make some changes and give all the players a role and responsibility on the court. We saw lot of good things from our ladies tonight and I think we have an excellent shot of winning our next game."

The Spartans came out to win in the second half. A pressure defense and Loyola-Chicago shooting 32.4 percent (11-34) in the half let the Spartans build a 23-point lead in the final minutes of the game.

As a team the Spartans shot 60.3 percent from the floor. The Ramblers barely led the rebounding battle, 32-31, although the Spartans led on defensive rebounds 22-17.

Three Rambler players also finished in double-figures. Freshman guard Mandy Mennella led the Ramblers with 17 points and seven assists, hitting 4-of-5 from beyond the three-point arc. Junior guard Jenetria Harden had 15 points and sophomore guard Ciara Henderson had 11 points.

San Jose State leaves for Cedar City, Utah to face the Southern Utah Thunderbirds on Saturday, December 21 for a 7:00 p.m. game.

The team will take a break and return home to cross-town rival Santa Clara at the Event Center on Monday, Dec. 30.

The game will be broadcast on KSJS (90.5 FM) with the pregame show beginning at 6:45 p.m. and tip off at 7:00 p.m.

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