SDSU Women's Hoops Rallies From A 14-Point Second-Half Deficit To Beat Eastern Washington
Jan. 7, 2005
SAN DIEGO - Sophomore Michelle Elliott (Pasco, Wash.) had a career-high 25 points and the San Diego State Aztecs used a 27-9 run over the final 11:58 to down visiting Eastern Washington, 63-59, in its final non-conference women's basketball game before the start of Mountain West Conference play. The Aztecs, who trailed by as many 14 points in the second half, improved to 5-7 overall, while the Eagles dropped to 7-5 in 2004-05, following the two schools' first-ever meeting Friday night at Cox Arena.
Elliott was 7-for-14 from the field, including 4-of-6 from the three-point line, and added a team-high four steals in 35 minutes of action. The 25 points are the most by an Aztec in a game since Jamey Cox also scored 25 on Feb. 1, 2003, at Air Force.
The come-from-behind victory marked SDSU's first when trailing at the half in its last 19 opportunities, dating back to a 51-40 win at UC Irvine on Dec. 2, 2003. It also was the Aztecs' second victory this season when trailing by 10 points or greater.
Eastern Washington held a slim one-point lead at 31-30 at the half, but would increase its advantage all the way out to 14 points (50-38) at the 11:58 mark. Elliott, however, ignited a fierce rally, as the Aztecs went on an 11-0 run to get to within five points at 52-47 with just under seven minutes left.
A steal and a lay-up by the Eagles pushed their lead back out to seven points, but a bank shot by Casey and back-to-back three pointers by Elliott and sophomore Jessica Huettl (Eau Claire, Wis.) equalized the game at 57.
A pair of free throws put Eastern Washington up 59-57, but SDSU, which led for only 2:54 in the game, tied the score at 59 on Elliott's two free-throws with 1:30 remaining. After an Eagle turnover, Aztec freshman Kate Eveland (Southlake, Texas) nailed two free throws to put her team up for good at 61-59.
Eastern Washington had a chance to tie or take the lead on its next possession, but Jamie Chicane was whistled for an offensive foul with only seven seconds left, as junior Veronica Shaw (Phoenix, Ariz.) stepped into the lane to take the charge.
The Eagles then fouled Elliott, who converted a pair of free throws to end up with 16 of SDSU's final 29 points. The Aztecs made 11 of their final 12 free-throw attempts down the stretch to seal the victory.
Eastern Washington, which had won six of its last seven and seven of its last nine games entering tonight's contest, was led by Chicane, who had 16 points and nine rebounds.
San Diego State begins Mountain West Conference play next Saturday, as the Aztecs finish out a four-game homestand against UNLV at 4 p.m. at Cox Arena.