Aztec Basketball Overcomes Slow Start For 55-37 Win Over Air Force
Feb. 7, 2009
USAF Academy, Colo. - The San Diego State women's basketball team got off to a sluggish start, but used a 17-1 run at the end of the first half and the start of the second to fight to a 55-37 win Saturday at Clune Arena. With the victory, head coach Beth Burns got her 200th win at SDSU, as the Aztecs improved to 16-5 overall and 7-2 in conference action, while the Falcons fell to 4-18 and 0-9 MWC play.
Junior guard Quenese Davis (Sacramento, Calif.) had an outstanding all-around game, posting a career-high 22 points and a team-best seven rebounds and seven assists. Sophomore Paris Johnson (San Diego, Calif.) had 13 of her 15 points in the second half, while freshman forward Candace Chambers (Seattle, Wash.) scored a career-high six points all in the first half.
Junior Jené Morris (San Francisco, Calif.) had five steals but was held to just two points. Sophomore Coco Davis (Sacramento, Calif.) tallied four steals and three assists and Johnson and Jennifer Layton-Bailes (Sacramento, Calif.) each had five rebounds apiece.
Neither team started off the game with the hot hand, as the two sides combined for just five points through the first media timeout, with a Quenese Davis triple being the Aztecs' only field goal. Air Force scored the next three points to take a 5-3 advantage.
After making just one of its first nine shots, SDSU's Quenese Davis tied the game with a lay-up to make it 5-5, but Falcon Raimee Beck scored her team's six-straight point to put the home team back ahead 8-5.
San Diego State trailed by as many as five at 10-5, but used a 10-1 run in the final 3:26 to head into the locker room up by five at 22-17.
The Aztecs continued to shutout the Falcon offense out of the break, as Air Force went without a field goal for over eight minutes until Beck finally broke through with the lay-up at the 16:09 mark and the score 29-19 in SDSU's favor.
The Falcons used free throws and a pair of triples to get back into the game, closing to within just four at 39-35. A Quenese Davis lay-up restored order and the Aztecs ended the outing with on a 14-2 run to claim the 55-37 win and tie their highest MWC win output (7) in league history.
The Aztecs had 10 steals in the first half alone and ended the afternoon with 16. Air Force outrebounded SDSU by 10, but shot just 20.8 percent from the field and made only three field goals in the second half.
The Falcons were led by Beck's 14 points, while Stevie Puentes had eight points.
San Diego State returns to Cox Arena for a match-up with first-place Utah on Wednesday at 7 p.m. PT. Chris Ello will have the live audio call on SDSU's official website, www.goaztecs.com.