SDSU Women's Basketball Earns First Victory 80-65 Over CS Stanislaus
Nov. 30, 2004
SAN DIEGO -
Aztec sophomore Michelle Elliott scored 18 points and freshman Kate Eveland added 17 as the San Diego State women's basketball team turned an 11-point first-half deficit into a 80-65 victory Tuesday over visiting Cal State Stanislaus. With the win, SDSU improved to 1-1 on the year, while the Warriors fell to 0-3 after the non-conference contest at Cox Arena.
"When we fell behind, we talked about energy, we talked about competing harder and we just talked about trying to take over the game with our defense," SDSU head coach Jim Tomey said. "I think the team responded to the challenge even though there was a little bit of frustration with the ball not going in (the basket) early. We hung in there, we defended well enough to keep ourselves close and then when the ball started to fall, every part of our game started to pick up."
Elliott (Pasco, Wash.) finished with a game-high 18 points, with 13 coming in the second half, and added five rebounds in only 22 minutes of action. Elliott went 6-for-10 from the field, including 2-of-3 on three-point attempts. Eveland (Southlake, Texas) also shot 60 percent from the field for a season-high 17 points and also had four steals. Eleven players scored for SDSU, which forced 25 turnovers and had 16 steals.
The Aztecs' 80 points are the team's most in their last 61 contests since scoring 83 in a win over Air Force on Feb. 21, 2002.
The NCAA Division II Warriors surprised the Aztecs by opening the night with four three-pointers in the first 6:35 to take one of its two, 11-point leads at 18-7. After CS Stanislaus' second 11-point advantage at 22-11, SDSU went on a 6-0 run to close the deficit to five points and then finished out the first half with a 13-2 run to lead by two at intermission, 35-33.
The Warriors retook the lead on the first play of the second half on a three-pointer by Jacquelynn Packard, but the Aztecs responded with a 28-6 run to take its largest lead of the game with 9:50 remaining and the score 63-42.
Cal State Stanislaus would get as close as 15 points on two occasions, but SDSU's 45-point second half was too much, as the Aztecs claimed the 80-65 victory.
Packard and Gwendolyn Page each had 14 points for Cal State Stanislaus, while Jasmin Wright had a double-double (10 pts., 10 reb.) in the loss.
SDSU continues its first homestand of the season Saturday with a 2 p.m. non-conference contest against Northern Colorado at Cox Arena.