San Jose State
Last season: Overall: 11-19, 6-8 (Tied for fourth place in the Western Athletic Conference)
Coach: Tim La Kose, second season at San Jose State, 358-171 in 19 seasons.
Key Players: Sophomore guard
Ta'Rea Cunnigan (11.6 points); transfer junior guard
Chereese Thomas (14 points, 4.8 assists, 7.5 rebounds).
Scouting Report: Last season was a big turnaround for the Spartans. WAC Coach of the Year La Kose and his staff coached SJSU to its best finish in the WAC since 2006 with a group of players not accustomed to his up-tempo style. The main loss is
Brittany Johnson (16th in the nation in scoring) who set the Spartans' single-season scoring and free throw records (603 points, 158 FTs). The Spartans have recruited plenty of fire power to account for the loss of Johnson. That includes 6-1 forward
Emily Schill, a freshman from Tecoma, Victoria, Australia, (who averages a double-double). Another new face is Oregon State transfer
Classye James, a sophomore guard who starred at Archbishop Mitty.
-- P.J. BROWN