Women's Basketball Opens Tomey Era With A 72-65 Exhibition Win

Nov. 8, 2002

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SAN DIEGO - Behind senior Jamey Cox's game-high 20 points, the San Diego State women's basketball team erased an early 12-point deficit, rallying to defeat Strakonice, 72-65, in an exhibition game Friday at Cox Arena. The exhibition game was the Aztecs' first under new head coach Jim Tomey.

San Diego State trailed for much of the first half, falling behind for the first time at 4-5. Strakonice then used its height advantage to jump out to a 12-point lead at 27-15. The Aztecs, however, would manage to get to within seven points at the half by going on an 8-3 scoring run.

SDSU kept the momentum out of the locker room, tying the score at 36-36, before taking a two-point lead at 38-36 on a lay-up by senior forward Valencia Howard (Richmond, Calif.) at the 14:18 mark. The two sides then traded leads before a three-pointer by Cox (Waterloo, Iowa) gave the Aztecs the lead for good at 42-39. SDSU would later post a double-digit lead of its own, going up by as many as 11 points at 69-58 with 2:15 left in the game.

Strakonice, which made its first stop of a seven-game exhibition tour, got the Aztec lead down to as little as six points, but ended up running out of time as Cox finished out the game by making one of two free throws.

Cox, who scored 14 of her 20 points in the second half, was helped on the offensive side by Howard, who finished with 13 points, and freshman guard Veronica Shaw (Phoenix, Ariz.), who tallied 11 points and five assists in her Aztec debut.

Strakonice had four players reach double-digits, including leading scorer Jana Kleckova, who had 18 points, including three, three-point field goals.

SDSU continues its exhibition schedule with a game against the West Coast All-Stars on Monday, Nov. 18, at Cox Arena. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.

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