Aztec Basketball Defeats Cal State Fullerton 76-45 In Front of Record Crowd
Dec. 2, 2007
SAN DIEGO - In front of a Cox Arena record crowd of 2,397, the San Diego State women's basketball team kicked off its month-long homestand Sunday with a 76-45 victory over visiting Cal State Fullerton at Cox Arena. The Aztecs had five players score in double-figures to help the team move to 6-1 on the season for its best start since the 1992-93 campaign. The Titans, meanwhile, dropped to 1-5 on the year, losing their sixth straight against the Aztecs.
"Our goal defensively was to try to take their top two scorers, Toni Thomas and Lauren Chow, out of the game and make the rest of the team try to beat us," Aztec head coach Beth Burns said. "We did that about as well as we could have today which is really exciting as we head into the rest of our non-conference season. Offensively, we had some mismatches inside with Allison (Duffy), Paris (Johnson) and Shannon (Clay). I was also thrilled with Quenese's (Davis) floor game with 12 assists against three turnovers. Her inside game was really the difference-maker."
SDSU sophomore point guard Quenese Davis (Sacramento, Calif.) posted her first double-double of the season and the third of her career with 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting, and a career-high 12 assists. Her 12 assists are the most by an Aztec since Shannon Lee had 14 helpers against Illinois State on Nov. 24, 2000.
Four other Aztecs logged double-figures in points, including redshirt freshman Allison Duffy (Lakeside, Calif.), who matched her career-best with 15 points, and freshman center Paris Johnson (San Diego, Calif.), who added 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Jené Morris (San Francisco, Calif.) was the fourth starter in double-figures with 10 points, while junior LaSandra Dixon (Azusa, Calif.) matched her career-high with 10 points off the bench.
Cal State Fullerton owned three, one-point advantages in the opening two minutes of the game, including at 5-4 on a layup by Ashley Richie. The Aztecs took the lead on a Quenese Davis bucket, but a Toni Thomas free-throw equalized the game at six points apiece. SDSU broke out of that tie with a 13-0 run and led by as many as 21 points, before heading into the locker room up 19 at 41-22.
Duffy opened the second half with each of San Diego State's first three baskets, as the host led by 25 with 17:47 remaining. The Aztec advantage reached 30 points on a three-pointer from Coco Davis (Sacramento, Calif.) at the 9:37 mark and peaked at 38 points at 76-38, before SDSU finished the afternoon with its second victory of 30 points or more this season at 76-45.
San Diego State shot a season-best 55.7 percent from the field and limited Cal State Fullerton to an opponent season-low 45 points. The Aztecs also forced 27 turnovers, had 21 assists and made four of their seven shots from beyond the arc.
The Titans were led by Thomas, who tallied 15 points and six rebounds, while Richie recorded 13 points in 35 minutes.
San Diego State plays host to rival USD on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Cox Arena, before taking an almost two-week break for final exams.