#AztecWBB Ready to Battle CSU in MW Opener Thursday
Jan. 1, 2014
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State women's basketball team begins its quest for a third straight Mountain West regular-season championship this week when it locks horns with Colorado State on Thursday, Jan. 2, at Viejas Arena. Game time is set for 6 p.m. PT, and a live video stream via the Mountain West Network will be available at www.goaztecs.com.
The Aztecs (3-7) kick off their MW schedule at home for the fourth year in a row. The last time SDSU opened conference play on the road came on Jan. 6, 2010, when it defeated New Mexico, 61-39.
The Aztecs are coming off an 84-67 setback at the hands of North Carolina State on Monday in the finals of the San Diego Surf `N Slam. SDSU held a 23-19 first-half lead, but was unable keep pace with the hot Wolfpack, who shot 13-for-28 from three-point range.
For the third consecutive game, the Aztecs received double-digit scoring efforts from four players, including 14 points apiece by Khristina Hunter and Cierra Warren. In addition, the SDSU cause was aided by all-tournament honoree Danesha Long, who tossed in 12 points, while Deajanae Scurry finished with 10. The last time the Aztecs had four players reach double figures in three straight games occurred in December of 2009, against Pepperdine, Long Beach State and Loyola Marymount.
Warren leads the Mountain West with a .604 field-goal percentage (55-91) and ranks eighth with 13.9 points per game. The SDSU center has eclipsed the 20 point-barrier on three occasions this season. As a team, SDSU tops the MW with a .433 field-goal percentage and ranks first in rebounding defense as well, allowing just 34.8 boards per game.
The Aztecs were picked to finish third in the MW preseason poll behind Fresno State and Wyoming, respectively, while the Rams landed in the seventh spot. However, CSU closed out its non-conference slate with four straight wins to raise its record to 8-3 on the year.
SDSU captured both meetings against CSU last year to grab a 27-18 lead in the all-time series and owns a 16-6 mark against the Rams in San Diego. The Aztecs have faced CSU just once in a MW opener, dropping a tough 68-65 decision at Fort Collins on Jan. 5, 2006.
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