Aztec Women's Basketball Unable To Complete The Comeback At BYU, 73-63
Jan. 23, 2010
PROVO, Utah - The San Diego State women's basketball team cut a 14-point first-half deficit down to only two points at the half, but the visiting Aztecs were never able to gain the lead, falling to Brigham Young, 73-63, Saturday afternoon at the Marriott Center. With the loss, SDSU dropped to 12-6 overall and 4-2 in league action, while the Cougars improved to 13-4 and 4-1 in MWC play.
San Diego State had four players finish in double-figure scoring, including senior Jené Morris (San Francisco, Calif.), who had a game-high 17 points and the team's only 3-pointers of the afternoon. Fellow senior Quenese Davis (Sacramento, Calif.) had 13 points and seven assists, while Allison Duffy (Lakeside. Calif.) and Paris Johnson (San Diego, Calif.), who recorded her 1,000th career point in the first half, both added 10 apiece.
Aztec junior Jessika Bradley (Sacramento, Calif.) pulled down seven of the team's 27 total rebounds and also had a pair of blocked shots. Morris and Davis finished with three of SDSU's 11 total steals on the afternoon.
BYU made three of the first four baskets of the game, including a 3-pointer to start, for the quick five-point lead at 7-2. SDSU cut it to a three-point deficit, but a hot Cougar offense made seven of its first 10 shots for a nine-point advantage and eventually went up by double-figures at 20-9.
The Aztecs later trailed by as many 14 heading into the second media timeout, before getting back-to-back Duffy lay-ups to trail by 10 at 24-14. The visitors continued their scoring run to nine unanswered and after a BYU jumper, ended up outscoring the Cougars 12-4 to come all the way back to within just four points at 28-24. SDSU had a chance to head into the locker room at least tied or ahead with a made basket, but Coco Davis' (Sacramento, Calif.) 3-pointer with seconds left failed to go in as the Aztecs still were down by only a pair at 33-31.
BYU came out of the halftime break by bumping the lead back up to nine points right away, as the Aztecs missed their first four shots before two lay-ups by Bradley and Duffy broke the drought to come back to three at 40-37.
San Diego State was within one on two occasions, but another BYU run meant it led by nine with 11:44 remaining in the game. Down the stretch, the Aztecs trailed by as few as five points with over a minute left, but the Cougars made seven of their eight free throws to claim the 73-63 win.
SDSU outshot BYU, making 45.6 percent of its field goals, but the Cougars owned a +12 margin in rebounding department and was 20-for-23 (87 percent) at the charity line.
BYU had five players score 10 or more points, including forward Kristen Riley, who tallied a double-double with 16 points on 5-for-11 shooting, and 11 boards.
San Diego State has a bye in its conference slate on Wednesday, before playing host to Colorado State on Saturday at 2 p.m. PT at Viejas Arena.