MWC Roundup: San Jose State women’s hoops win preseason opener

William Jessup hung around, but ultimately coach Jamie Craighead’s debut on the bench of San Jose State was a winner as the Spartans beat the Warriors 104-76 on Tuesday night in a game that counts for little more than a warmup for the regular season.

Jasmine Smith had a double-double, getting 18 points and 19 rebounds and Ta’Rea Cunnigan added 19 points and played an integral role in keeping the scoring going in the first half.

San Jose State’s Rebecca Woodberry led all scorers with 23 points, going 8 for 13 from the field and 4 for 7 from 3-point range.

The real fun begins for San Jose State next Friday against D-II San Francisco State at home.

Read more about the game here.

Around the conference

— Congratulations, San Jose State offense, you can add got a defensive coordinator fired to your list. Wyoming canned defensive coordinator Chris Tormey on Tuesday , WyoSports.net reports, after the Cowboys gave up 103 points over the last two games, losses to archrival Colorado State and to San Jose State, and have generally been awful this season.

At 4-4 and with games against Fresno State, Boise State and Utah State all looming after their bye week, the Cowboys have to find a way to stop the bleeding on defense if they want to be bowl eligible. They need to win at least one of those to be 6-6 (assuming they beat Hawaii also.)

D-Line coach Jamar Cain takes over as defensive coordinator for Wyoming.

— Spartans star quarterback David Fales missed practice on Tuesday with an illness, the Merc reports. His status for Saturday’s game is not in doubt: He will play.

— If it wasn’t enough that San Diego State is opening up its kicker position to competition, Fresno State is too. Well, only on kickoffs, reports Robert Kuwada of the Fresno Bee, which will be between punter Garrett Swanson, who handled said duties last year, and freshman kicker Colin McGuire, who has been doing it this year only 12 touchbacks in 52 kickoffs this season and none in the last two games.

if there’s one easy and obvious weakness for the Bulldogs, it’s kickoff coverage: Fresno State is allowing 26.3 yards per return, which ranks 117th of 125 teams in the FBS.

— Boise State will be without defensive end Dillon Lukehart for the first half of Saturday’s game against Colorado State after he was ejected for targeting.

— The Broncos and Nevada played one of the most memorable games of 2010, but after that point began a decline for both programs, writes Mark Anderson of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Boise will emerge from sanctions that took away nine scholarships this year, and the program has been wracked with injuries this season, leaving them with their worst mark at this point in the year since 2001 and worst of the Chris Peterson era.

Nevada’s woes might be longer term, at least if you listen to the quotes coming out of Reno. “There is a myth out there that I inherited a well-oiled machine,” Wolf Pack coach Brian Polian told the Gazette-Journal.

— After needless confusion and consternation, New Mexico will retire Brian Urlacher’s No. 44 in a ceremony at the game against Air Force on Nov. 8, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

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