Aztec Women's Basketball Earns Third Straight Win Over UNLV, 68-50
Feb. 27, 2008
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State women's basketball team used a strong team effort Wednesday to claim its third straight victory over UNLV, 68-50, at Cox Arena. The Aztecs had three players score in double-figures to help the squad match its conference win total from a year ago, improving to 5-9 and 14-12 overall. The Lady Rebels, meanwhile, dropped to 8-18 on the year and are 4-9 in the MWC.
"UNLV is big, strong and athletic, and we did a great job keeping their offense out of rhythm," SDSU head coach Beth Burns said. "Quenese (Davis) did a good job running our team and we felt we had an advantage inside with our one-two punch in Paris (Johnson) and (Allison) Duffy. I'm happy that both of them relaxed and were able to deliver."
True freshman Paris Johnson (San Diego, Calif.) notched her best scoring effort thus far in conference play, scoring 20 points to go with eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Aztec sophomore guard Jené Morris (San Francisco, Calif.) had 19 points, including 11 in the first half, and also added six assists and all three of the team's three-pointers. Redshirt freshman Allison Duffy (Lakeside, Calif.) was the third SDSU player in double-figures with 14 points and was second in rebounding with seven. Sophomore point guard Quenese Davis (Sacramento, Calif.) had nine assists, seven points and five rebounds, while junior LaSandra Dixon (Azusa, Calif.) recorded a career-high four assists and five rebounds in her third start of the year.
The game featured nine ties and four lead changes, with San Diego State owning a three-point advantage at the half, 31-28, after trailing by as many as five points early.
The Aztecs held onto their lead until the 11:40 mark of the second half, when Shamela Hampton's three-point play put the Lady Rebels up by one 41-40. After three tie scores over the next minute and a half, a jumper by Johnson put SDSU ahead for good, sparking an 11-0 Aztec run to go up by 11 at 56-45.
UNLV would cut its deficit down to nine a minute later, but the Aztecs outscored the Lady Rebels 12-3 over the remaining four minutes to come away with the 68-50 victory.
UNLV was led by Sequoia Holmes' 19 points, while Hampton had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out.
San Diego State plays its final road game of the regular season Saturday when it travels to Colorado State for a 2 p.m. MT contest at Moby Arena. The Aztecs will then play their final home outing a week from Saturday when they play host to Air Force also at 2 p.m. PT.