Aztec Women's Basketball Pulls Away From Colorado State, 59-38
Jan. 30, 2010
SAN DIEGO -
The San Diego State women's basketball team broke open a four-point game with a 21-3 run midway through the second half to pull away from visiting Colorado State, 59-38, Saturday at Viejas Arena. The Aztecs (13-6), who won their 14th consecutive Mountain West Conference home game, are now tied with Brigham Young and TCU for first place in the MWC at 5-2. New Mexico is just a ½ game back at 5-3.
SDSU forced 35 Ram (11-9, 3-4 MWC) turnovers, the most against an Aztec team since Air Force had 38 miscues in San Diego on March 8, 2008 (54 games), and held CSU to just 27.3 percent shooting (12-for-44). San Diego State also had a season-high 16 steals.
Senior Jené Morris (San Francisco, Calif.) led all scorers with 19 points, including 12 in the second half. Morris also added four rebounds and three steals in 27 minutes. Senior Quenese Davis (Sacramento, Calif.) had a good all-around game with eight points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals, while juniors Jessika Bradley (Sacramento, Calif.) (three blocks, career-high four steals) and Paris Johnson (San Diego, Calif.) each had eight points and a game-high seven rebounds.
San Diego State led for most of the first half and by as much as seven at 15-8 when Bradley drained a jumper with 9:11 left. Colorado State went on 8-0 run, however, to take the 16-15 lead with 4:05 remaining on a pair of Chatilla van Grinsven free-throws. The Aztecs answered with a 7-0 run to head into intermission with a 22-16 lead.
In the second half, a lay-up by Kim Mestdagh brought the Rams to within four at 29-25 with 14:01 remaining. SDSU responded with the 21-3 run, with 10 of the 21 points coming from Morris, to take a commanding 50-28 lead with 4:35 left. CSU never got closer than 18 as San Diego State won its fifth straight in the series.
San Diego State and Colorado State combined to commit 61 turnovers on the night, while the Rams had the slight edge in rebounding (34-33) and steals (17-16). The Aztecs had 15 assists to CSU's seven.
Mestdagh, who had her streak of consecutive games with a 3-point field goal snapped at 27, led Colorado State with 11 points and six rebounds.
San Diego State travels to Air Force for a Wednesday game beginning at 7 p.m. MT.