Aztec Basketball Sweeps By BYU 59-47 For 10th Conference Win
Feb. 25, 2009
The Aztec women's basketball earned its first win in Provo since 1995, defeating the host BYU Cougars, 59-47, Wednesday evening at the Marriott Center. With the victory, SDSU improved to 19-6 overall and 10-3 in conference action, sweeping the regular-season series with BYU for the first time in the history of the Mountain West Conference. The Cougars dropped to 17-8 overall and 7-6 in conference action following the loss.
Junior guard Quenese Davis (Sacramento, Calif.) became the San Diego State all-time career assists leader, tallying eight helpers on the night to give her 456, surpassing Falisha Wright (448), who she was tied with entering the game. Davis also scored 13 points in the game - all in the first half - and added four rebounds.
Junior Jené Morris (San Francisco, Calif.) led the team in scoring with 16 points, including a pair of triples. Sophomore Coco Davis (Sacramento, Calif.) had seven assists and classmate Jerica Williams (San Diego, Calif.) tallied nine points all from beyond the arc. Center Paris Johnson (San Diego, Calif.) had a team-best seven rebounds and three blocked shots but was limited to only seven points on 3-for-11 shooting.
The host Cougars started the night with a quick 4-0 lead on a free throw and three-pointer, before the Aztecs got on the board at the 16:54 mark on a jumper from senior Jennifer Layton-Bailes (Sacramento, Calif.). Morris knotted the game at four with a lay-up and, following a BYU jumper, Quenese Davis put SDSU ahead for the first time on a triple at 7-6.
The game was tied on two more occasions, but the Aztecs came out of the last one at 14-14 on a 13-2 run to go up by 11 points and headed into the break up by 12, 32-20.
After the two sides traded buckets to start the first half, SDSU went on a 9-0 run on back-to-back Johnson lay-ups and a fastbreak basket and triple from Morris to take its largest lead of the evening at 43-22.
The Aztecs were up by as many as 26 points with 7:57 remaining, before both teams began to empty out their benches. The Cougars cut their deficit by more than half with under a minute left, but SDSU was able to keep its advantage in double-figures for the 59-47 victory.
San Diego State shot under 40 percent (37.3) for the first time in nine games, but BYU made only 31.5 percent of its field-goal attempts. The Aztecs also knocked down eight three-pointers and matched a season-low with 11 turnovers.
BYU did not have a player finish in double-figure points, as Mindy Nielson, Keilani Moeaki and Jenteal Jackson all finishing with six apiece.
San Diego State will play its final regular-season home game of the season this coming Saturday, as the Aztecs play host to TCU at 2 p.m. PT at Cox Arena. Chris Ello will have the audio/video call on SDSU's official website, www.goaztecs.com.