SDSU Women's Hoops Routs Brigham Young 62-39 For First Conference Win of 2008
Jan. 23, 2008
SAN DIEGO - Senior Shanna Demus (Palmdale, Calif.) and sophomore Jené Morris (San Francisco, Calif.) each scored 17 points to lead the San Diego State women's basketball team to its first victory over BYU since the 2001 season, 62-39, Wednesday at Cox Arena. With the win, the Aztecs improved to 10-7 overall and 1-4 in the Mountain West, while the Cougars dropped to 8-8 and 2-2 in league action.
"I couldn't be prouder of our team after what we experienced the last couple of weeks," SDSU head coach Beth Burns said. "Everybody came out on fire and did exactly what our game plan dictated. I challenged Q (Quenese Davis) and Jené (Morris) before the game and they really spearheaded things for us."
Demus had a season-high 17 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the floor, including a 3-for-5 performance from beyond the arc, while also tallying a team-best five steals. Morris scored 11 of her 17 points in the first half and had four of the Aztecs' 17 steals on the night. SDSU sophomore Quenese Davis (Sacramento, Calif.) finished with nine points, seven assists, five boards and four steals in 32 minutes of action. Freshman center Paris Johnson (San Diego, Calif.) led the Aztecs in rebounding with nine for the second game in a row to go with three blocked shots.
San Diego State got off to a quick start, jumping out to an 8-0 lead before BYU could score its first points of the evening following a steal in the back court by Mindy Nielson at the 14:46 mark. The Aztecs responded with a three-pointer by Demus, which kick started a 9-0 run, as SDSU led by 15 just a little over eight minutes into the game.
The home team's lead would grow to as many as 27 points at 37-10, before heading into the half up by 26 at 37-11. SDSU forced 21 BYU turnovers in the first 20 minutes of play and the Cougars shot just 15 percent from the field on 3-for-20 shooting.
Brigham Young more than doubled its shooting percentage in the second half, but SDSU's advantage still grew to as many as 35 points on two occasions at 55-20 and 59-24. The Cougars ended the night on a 15-3 run in the final seven minutes, but was only able to get to within 23 points, as the Aztecs claimed a 62-39 win, their first in the two schools' last 14 meetings.
BYU did not have a player score in double-figures, as Cassie King had eight for the Cougars, who had a season-high 31 turnovers and were held to their second-fewest points of the year.
SDSU heads back on the road for a Saturday evening game at UNLV, beginning at 7 p.m. PT at Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. The contest will be televised live on The Mtn.