Spartans look to knock off the Dons in The City

By Ryan Vermont

San Jose State head coach Jamie Craighead was not pleased with her team’s performance on Saturday against a (at the time) sub-500 Saint Mary’s side.

The Spartans’ (2-6) allowed the Gaels to make 60 percent of their shots in the contest and couldn’t’ stop the opposition down low letting in 26 of a possible 28 field goals.

“We absolutely didn’t do anything on the defensive end that we talked about in our game plan,” Craighead said postgame.

The Spartans, who knew they had several difficult games on their non-conference schedule, thought a win against the Gaels was up for grabs.

“We just didn’t come ready to compete. I don’t know how you can compete against Mississippi State, but you can’t come in on your home court and compete with Saint Mary’s,” Craighead said.

In just its second game back from Hawaii, SJSU will try to flip the script as they script as it travels an hour north to face the University of San Francisco in Kezar Pavilion this evening. The Dons (4-4) are an even 3-0 at home on the early season.

USF enters Tuesday’s game against the Spartans on the heels of back-to-back losses against Fresno State and the University of North Dakota.

Through eight games, Rachel Howard is the Dons’ leading scorer (14.5/g), rebounder (5.5/g) and is second on the team in assists.

In her first season coaching the Dons is Molly Goodenbour, a two time national champion as a player at Stanford who last was the head coach of California State University Dominguez Hills. She led the program to a 77–44 record in four years.

In last year’s matchup between SJSU and USF, the Dons came out on top 82-78.

The game against the Dons is tonight at 6 p.m.


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