San Jose State Spartans women's basketball


The San Jose State Spartans women's basketball team represents San José State University in NCAA Division I college basketball as a member of the Mountain West Conference.

San Jose State Spartans
2020–21 San Jose State Spartans women's basketball team
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UniversitySan Jose State University
First season1895–96
Head coachApril Phillips (1st season)
ConferenceMountain West
LocationSan Jose, California
ArenaProvident Credit Union Event Center
(Capacity: 5,000)
ColorsGold, white, and blue[1]
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours

Conference regular season champions
1978, 1979


The women's basketball program at San Jose State University, then San Jose Normal School, began in 1895. By 1968, San Jose State College established its first intercollegiate-sponsored women's basketball team that became formally established in the 1971–72 season with the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.[2]

Carolyn Lewis became head coach at San Jose State in 1974.[3] In 1975, the women's basketball program offered its first scholarship.[2]

Sharon Chatman succeeded Lewis as head coach in 1976, the year the team joined the Northern California Athletic Conference.[4] In Chatman's 10 seasons as head coach, she compiled a 143–121 record and led the Spartans to NorCal championships in 1978 and 1979 and the AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament every year from 1978 to 1981.[5] In 1982, San Jose State women's athletics programs moved from the AIAW to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the women's basketball team moved from the NorCal Conference to the NorPac Conference.[6]

Chatman posted losing records during each of her final three seasons (1983–1986), and the team continued to post losing records throughout the six-season tenure of Tina Krah from 1986 to 1992 and coach Karen Smith's first season in 1992–93. Krah was 17–143 as head coach.[7] San Jose State women's basketball joined the men's basketball program in the Pacific Coast Athletic Association (now the Big West Conference) in 1986, Krah's first season. In 1993–94, Karen Smith led the Spartans to their first winning season since 1982–83.[8] This would be the only winning season in Karen Smith's tenure, during which San Jose State moved from the Big West to the Western Athletic Conference in 1996.

Janice Richard replaced Smith in 1999, and the Spartans' next winning season would be in 2001–02 with a 17–11 record.[9] Richard also led the Spartans to two straight winning seasons in 2004 and 2005.[10] Lamisha Augustine became the first San Jose State women's basketball player drafted to the WNBA in April 2006, when the Sacramento Monarchs selected Augustine in the third round of the 2006 WNBA draft.[11] In August 2006, Richard took a medical leave of absence to seek treatment for breast cancer.[12]

Assistant coaches Greg Lockridge and Derrick Allen served as interim head coaches for the 2006–07 season, a season in which the Spartans fell from 13–15 the previous season to 5–27.[13] Lockridge was head coach for the first six games (posting an 0–6 record), and Allen took over for the last 21 games (going 5–21).[7] The university placed Lockridge on paid administrative leave on November 30, 2006,[14] a week after a San Jose Mercury News report that leading scorer Amber Jackson transferred after "difficulty in dealing with" Lockridge.[15]

In April 2007, San Jose State hired former Lynn University head coach Pam DeCosta as the Spartans' head coach.[16] DeCosta served as head coach for four seasons, during which she posted a 13–106 record.[7]

Tim La Kose became the women's basketball head coach in April 2011 after ten seasons as head coach at Cal State Bakersfield. Under La Kose, the Spartans improved to 11–19 in 2011–12, following a 2–27 season.[7] The Spartans had another 11–19 season in 2012–13, their final season in the WAC.[7] San Jose State athletics programs joined the Mountain West Conference on July 1, 2013.[17]

On August 30, 2013, during the first week of the fall semester, La Kose resigned, citing personal reasons.[18] Athletic director Gene Bleymaier hired Sacramento State head coach Jamie Craighead on September 16, to replace La Kose.[19] San Jose State had its third straight 11–19 (5–13 MWC) season under Craighead in 2013–14.[7] In Craighead's second season, the team improved to 15–17 (7–11 MWC).[20] Entering the Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball Tournament as the #8 seed, San Jose State made the semifinals by upsetting #1 Colorado State in the second round. This marked the first time in tournament history the #8 seed beat the #1 seed.[21] On January 21, 2015, Ta'rea Cunnigan broke the San Jose State career scoring record previously set by Ricky Berry (1,768 in 1988).[22] Cunnigan ended her career with 2,062 points.[23]

All-time record vs. current Mountain West teamsEdit

As of the conclusion of the 2016–17 NCAA Division I women's basketball season:

Opponent Won Lost Percentage Streak
Air Force 10 2 .833 Won 4
Boise State 11 19 .367 Lost 5
Colorado State 3 14 .176 Lost 5
Fresno State 22 54 .289 Won 1
Nevada 28 21 .571 Lost 1
New Mexico 1 8 .111 Lost 2
San Diego State 8 20 .286 Won 3
UNLV 6 30 .167 Lost 1
Utah State 9 16 .360 Lost 1
Wyoming 3 7 .300 Lost 2
Totals 101 191 .346


Head coachesEdit

  • Carolyn Lewis (1974–1976)
  • Sharon Chatman (1976–1986)
  • Tina Krah (1986–1992)
  • Karen Smith (1992–1999)
  • Janice Richard (1999–2006)
  • Greg Lockridge (2006, interim)
  • Derrick Allen (2006–2007, interim)
  • Pam DeCosta (2007–2011)
  • Tim LaKose (2011–2013)
  • Jamie Craighead (2013–2022)
  • April Phillips (2022–present)

Conference affiliationsEdit


  1. ^ "2020–21 San Jose State Spartans Men's Basketball Quick Facts" (PDF). January 14, 2021. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  2. ^ a b 2015-16 media guide, p. 78.
  3. ^ "Senior associate director of athletics and Senior Women's Administrator Carolyn Lewis announces retirement from athletics program effective September 30". San Jose State Spartans. March 1, 2003. Archived from the original on August 30, 2003. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  4. ^ 2014-15 media guide, p. 82.
  5. ^ "Former pros, one coach, NCAA Championship teams to be feted at 2004 San Jose State University Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremonies". San Jose State Spartans. September 10, 2004. Archived from the original on January 6, 2005. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  6. ^ Harris, Pat Lopes (May 4, 2012). "SJSU Accepts Mountain West Membership Offer". San Jose State University. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d e f 2014-15 media guide, p. 68.
  8. ^ 2014-15 media guide, pp. 81-84.
  9. ^ 2014-15 media guide, p. 87.
  10. ^ 2014-15 media guide, p. 88.
  11. ^ "Augustine Selected as the 41st Player in the WNBA Draft". San Jose State Spartans. April 5, 2006. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  12. ^ "Janice Richard to Take Medical Leave of Absence". San Jose State Spartans. August 30, 2006. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  13. ^ 2014-15 media guide, pp. 88-89.
  14. ^ Almond, Elliott (December 1, 2006). "SJSU interim coach on leave". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  15. ^ "SJS' Jackson had conflict with coach". San Jose Mercury News. November 23, 2006. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  16. ^ "Pam DeCosta Named Women's Basketball Head Coach". San Jose State University. April 11, 2007. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  17. ^ "San Jose State Joins The Mountain West Conference". San Jose State Spartans. July 1, 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  18. ^ "Tim La Kose Resigns As Women's Basketball Coach". San Jose State University. August 30, 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  19. ^ "Jamie Craighead Named San José State Women's Head Basketball Coach". San Jose State Spartans. September 16, 2013. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  20. ^ "San Jose State Spartans Official Athletic Site". Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  21. ^ "Spartans Slay Top Seed Colorado State 64-55; On To MW Semifinal". San Jose State Spartans. March 10, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  22. ^ "Cunnigan Breaks SJSU Scoring Record In 88-78 Win Over Boise State". San Jose State. January 21, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  23. ^ "Ta'rea Cunnigan". San Jose State Spartans. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  24. ^ "2017–18 San Jose State Spartans Women's Basketball Media Guide". Athletics at San José State University. Retrieved 22 January 2018.

External linksEdit

  • Official website