Spartan notes: SJSU women’s hoops takes D-II team to woodshed

Nothing like a cupcake to open the season.

The San Jose State women’s basketball team opened its season Friday with a big win over Division II San Francisco State, reaching the 100-point mark for just the fourth time in the program’s history, winning 100-78.

The most important revelation of this game? Freshman forward Jasmine Smith, who led the Spartans in points with 25 and rebounds with 11, and added four steals along the way as well.

“Jasmine played hard and got after it tonight,” said coach Jamie Craighead following the game.  “She can jump twice before her opponent jumps once.”

Junior transfer Rebecca Woodberry, in her first official game with the Spartans, had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Oregon State transfer Classye James added 20 points, and last year’s top player, Ta’Rea Cunnigan, who was a preseason all-conference selection, had 17 points, with 13 of those coming in the second half.

San Jose State’s other two freshmen added points as well, with Tualatin, Ore., native Britta Hall adding 12 points and seven assists, and Bakersfield Garces Memorial graduate Rachol West scoring seven off the bench.

If the freshmen Smith, Hall and West continue to contribute like this for the Spartans, the could be formidable this season.

In other San Jose State sports news …

— The San Jose State women’s tennis invitational is going on this weekend. Teams involved are the Spartans, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Nevada with team matches running through Sunday. Check out scores from Friday and see the schedule for the remaining two days of play at the Spartan Tennis Courts.

— The San Jose State volleyball team is back in action against UNLV today at 2 p.m. at the Event Center. The Spartans are coming off a big come-from-behind win over San Diego State, which helped them earn their first winning streak of the season. The match is on the Mountain West Network and likely also simulcast online at theMW.com.

— Preview for the San Jose State-San Diego State football game will be up later today.

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