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#AztecWBB Falls in Road Tilt at Boise State, 73-64

Desi Culberson was one three Aztecs to reach double figures at Boise State on Wednesday.
Desi Culberson was one three Aztecs to reach double figures at Boise State on Wednesday.

Jan. 8, 2014

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BOISE, Idaho - The San Diego State women's basketball team suffered its third loss in a row and second straight to open Mountain West play, falling to Boise State by a 73-64 count on the road Wednesday night at Taco Bell Arena.

With the defeat, SDSU slips to 3-9 overall and 0-2 in conference action, while the Broncos notched their first-ever win over the Scarlet and Black in six tries to move to 6-7 on the year and 1-1 in the MW.

Two of the Aztecs' nemeses this season, three-point field-goal defense and turnovers, once again proved pivotal as Boise State connected on 9 of 21 shots from beyond the arc and scored 29 points off 24 SDSU miscues to key its victory.

Despite sinking a season-high 23 free throws on 31 attempts (74.2 percent), the Aztecs were forced to play from behind for much of the game after the Broncos broke a 14-14 deadlock with a timely 25-12 run over the last 10 minutes of the first half to take a 39-26 lead into the locker room.

Individually, SDSU was paced by senior Danesha Long (Long Beach, Calif.), who recorded a career-high 14 points, including a 9-for-11 effort at the charity stripe, while juniors Khristina Hunter (Fairfield, Calif.) and Chairese Culberson (Oakland, Calif.) surpassed the double-digit scoring plateau with 12 and 11 points, respectively. The Aztecs' leading scorer Cierra Warren (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) tied for game-high honors with eight rebounds, but was limited to just 1 of 9 field goals and finished with just five points on the evening.

Conversely, Deanna Weaver was a one-person demolition crew for the Broncos, tallying a game-high 25 points, highlighted by a 5-for-9 performance from three-point territory to go with eight boards and two steals. In addition, Miquelle Askew contributed 13 points and five rebounds, while Yaiza Rodriguez handed out a game-best six assists.

The two sides battled through four ties and three lead changes in the first 9:43 of the game before a Weaver triple put Boise State ahead for good at 17-14 with 10:01 remaining in the period. The Broncos gradually increased the margin to 11 as a pair of Rodriguez free throws provided the host school a 30-19 advantage at the 3:50 mark.

A three-pointer by Culberson and a Hunter basket served as bookends to a quick 7-2 SDSU spurt that narrowed the gap to 32-26 with 1:34 left before intermission. However, the Aztecs imploded at this juncture, committing a foul and three straight turnovers, while the Broncos promptly scored seven straight points, capped by a Weaver layup, to build a 39-26 bulge at the half.

After the break, Boise State kept the visitors at bay and methodically extended the margin to 17 at 62-45 with 6:08 to go in the game following a three-pointer by Keiahnna Engel and a pair of Askew foul shots.

SDSU fashioned a 13-4 run over the next 2:24, featuring six straight free throws by Long to pull within 66-58 by the 2:44 mark, but could draw no closer. Moments later, Rodriguez hit one of two foul shots and quickly drained a jumper after a crucial steal by Engel to extinguish the Aztecs' remaining hopes.

San Diego State returns to the hardwood on Saturday, Jan. 11, when it plays host to Air Force in a MW clash at Viejas Arena. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. PT.