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Aztec Women's Basketball Drops Another MWC Road Game At UNLV, 66-59

Paris Johnson scored a season-best 19 points against UNLV.
Paris Johnson scored a season-best 19 points against UNLV.

Feb. 13, 2010

Box Score

LAS VEGAS - The San Diego State women's basketball team cut a 10-point second-half deficit down to just two with under a minute remaining, but UNLV made 25 of its 41 free-throw attempts, including six in the final minute, to claim a 66-59 victory Saturday at Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. With the loss, San Diego State, which had an early 16-point lead, dropped its third in a row to fall to 14-9 overall and 6-5 in league play, while UNLV improved to 12-13 and 5-6 in conference action.

SDSU junior Paris Johnson (San Diego, Calif.) had a season-high 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting to go with nine rebounds, while senior Jené Morris (San Francisco, Calif.) posted 17 points and four assists. Aztec senior Quenese Davis (Sacramento, Calif.) tallied her second consecutive double-double with a season-best 10 assists and 10 points before fouling out. Junior Jessika Bradley (Sacramento, Calif.) had nine boards, but was held scoreless after attempting only two shots.

The Aztecs opened the game with great energy on both ends of the court, racing out to a 10-0 lead, as UNLV missed its first six shots from the field before finally getting on the scoreboard with a free-throw at the 15:20 mark. The Lady Rebels didn't make a field goal until almost six minutes into the game and SDSU's advantage grew to 16 with the score 23-7 on a Johnson lay-up.

UNLV got right back in the game by capitalizing on the Aztecs' 16 first-half turnovers and cold shooting, coming all the way back to take the lead on the second of two free throws by Jamie Smith at 26-25 with under a minute remaining. Quenese Davis countered by making two free throws herself to give the Aztecs a 27-26 edge at the break.

San Diego State finally broke through with its first field goal since the 7:54 mark of the first half on a Johnson lay-up three minutes into the second half. The two sides traded leads until UNLV used an 8-0 run to build its largest lead of the afternoon at four points and then went up by six at 50-44 and later 10 points at 56-46.

The Aztecs cut the double-figure deficit down to six points at 56-50 and later were down by just four with 53 seconds remaining on a Coco Davis (Sacramento, Calif.) 3-pointer from the right angle. The Lady Rebels made a free throw, but Quenese Davis banked in a difficult leaning jumper off the glass and was fouled to draw SDSU to within two at 61-59.

That would be as close as the visitors would get, as UNLV made five of its final six shots at the charity stripe to preserve the 66-59 victory.

The Aztecs shot 39 percent from the field and had 20 assists on their 23 baskets, but the Lady Rebels owned a +9 advantage on the glass, including 22 offensive boards, and had 14 steals. SDSU also matched its season-high with 26 turnovers and managed only one steal.

UNLV was led by Smith, who had 14 points, 15 boards and eight steals, while India Chaney had 16 points and six rebounds in 26 minutes.

San Diego State next plays a Tuesday night contest with TCU, as the first place Lady Frogs come to Viejas Arena for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off. The game will be shown live on The Mtn.