Spartans set for a tight battle against the Gaels

By Kavin Mistry

After a tough road trip, the Spartans return home this Saturday to face the Saint Mary’s Gaels, a team that has lost its last two games by five points or less.

SJSU is coming off of two blowout losses to #7 Mississippi State and Oregon last weekend in the Rainbow Wahine showdown.

Contrary to the result, the Spartans performed well against Hawaii on Friday before facing the two power five schools.

“We just take it day by day, game by game, trying to get better through our preseason and get ready for Mountain West Conference,” said head coach Jamie Craighead.

Without surprise, Dezz Ramos has quickly established herself as the Spartans go-to shooter once again and has delivered with big offensive performances.

“Just trying to take in what we didn’t do as well against all three teams and try to put it in practice and continue to work hard every day leading up to our game on Saturday,” Ramos said.

The biggest takeaway from Hawaii was the emergence of the shooting around Ramos. Junior Hallie Gennett scored a season-high 16 points and hit four threes against the Ducks.

“I think we’re just gonna continue to get better and better. We saw a lot of improvement in Hawaii and we played more as a team,” Gennett said. “So I think for me, it’s just fun to watch and see us grow over the season.”

While the Spartans have had their fair share of taking on top-ranked schools this season, a more even matchup is expected this weekend with both teams still searching for an identity early this season.

“We got to play a lot of people for a lot of minutes and I think collectively our group is getting better,” Craighead said. “I scheduled this year really tough and we didn’t expect to be 6-0 at this point, but we are getting better and that is what’s really important.”

The biggest offensive threat the Spartans will face is Megan Mckay, who is coming off of back to back double-double efforts, including a season high 25 points against Boise State.

“I think it’s another strong big team so like boxing out and making sure we that we rebound is gonna be a main focus for us,” Gennett said. “I just have to, mainly for me is stay high energy all the time and have a positive attitude and just continue to just keep getting in shape and working on my shot.”

SJSU will take on Saint Mary’s on Saturday at 4:30 p.m., part of an Event Center double-header with the men taking on Santa Clara at 7 p.m.

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