Aztec Basketball Shuts Down New Mexico 61-39 In 2010 Mountain West Conference Opener
Jan. 6, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE - The San Diego State women's basketball team outscored host New Mexico 36-19 in the second half to cruise to a 61-39 victory Wednesday night in both schools' 2010 Mountain West Conference opener at The Pit in Albuquerque, N.M. With the victory, the Aztecs have won two straight on UNM's home court and have claimed three in a row vs. the Lobos for the first time since 1995, moving to 9-4 on the year. New Mexico, which scored its second-fewest points in the 41 all-time meetings, dropped to 8-5 in 2009-10.
"I'm really pleased with how we're continuing to improve and gain more confidence," said SDSU head coach Beth Burns. "Jené really stepped up when we needed her to when we got into a little bit of foul trouble ... Our ability to get stops on defense enabled us to get our transition game going, which is when we're (at our) best."
Aztec senior Jené Morris (San Francisco, Calif.) scored 13 of the team's 25 first-half points and ended the night 10-for-17 from the field for 25 points to go with five assists and three steals. Junior Paris Johnson (San Diego, Calif.) had 12 points and three blocked shots, while senior Quenese Davis (Sacramento, Calif.), who was limited to 11 minutes in the first half, ended up notching her seventh straight game in double-figures with 10 points and a team-best six assists.
SDSU junior Jessika Bradley (Sacramento, Calif.) led the effort on the boards, posting a game-high 12 for her fifth game in double-figure rebounding, while the team's fifth starter, junior Coco Davis (Sacramento, Calif.), had seven rebounds herself.
The first half proved to be a tale of different stories for each team, as the Aztecs committed 13 turnovers and conversely, New Mexico hit only 9-of-30 shots from the field (30 percent).
SDSU made the first bucket of the game, but the Lobos responded for the first of three ties, including at 10-10 at the 10:53 mark. The Aztecs broke out of that tie with their first 3-pointer of the night by Quenese Davis and extended their lead out to five points on a Johnson lay-up.
UNM used a 6-0 run to gain its final advantage in the first half at 16-15. The Lobos, however, would only tally four more points the rest of the way, as SDSU took a 25-20 lead heading into the locker room.
New Mexico managed to get back to within a single possession after the break, scoring the first three points to close the gap to 25-23. SDSU moved back out to an eight-point lead on back-to-back jumpers by Johnson and a basket by Quenese Davis. The Aztec lead would grow to 10 points at 35-25, before dropping back to seven points on a Lobo three-pointer.
After that, Morris and her fellow co-captain Quenese Davis took over, combining to score the game's next 13 points which was a part of a 17-0 run, as SDSU went up by 22 and won by the same margin at the buzzer, 61-39.
New Mexico, which entered the night averaging 63.7 points an outing, shot 26.8 percent from the field, making only six field goals in the second half. SDSU owned a +10 margin in the rebounding department (40-30), posted 17 assists and shot 49 percent for the game, including a 57.1 mark in the second half.
The Lobos did not have a player score in double-figures as Amy Beggin finished with eight points.
San Diego State returns to Viejas Arena for its 2010 MWC home opener on Saturday, when Wyoming comes to town for a 2 p.m. PT tip-off.