#AztecWBB Returns Home to Battle Air Force Saturday
Jan. 10, 2014
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State women's basketball team looks to end a three-game slide on Saturday when it plays host to Air Force at Viejas Arena. Opening tip is set for 2 p.m. PT, and the first 500 fans in attendance will receive a free @AztecWBB t-shirt. In addition, a live video stream via the Mountain West Network will be available on www.goaztecs.com.
The Aztecs (3-9, 0-2 MW) are coming off a 73-64 defeat to Boise State on Jan. 8 in their first Mountain West road game of the year. SDSU trimmed a 17-point second-half deficit to eight with 2:44 remaining, but could draw no closer.
The Aztecs were led by senior Danesha Long, who posted a career-high 14 points, while juniors Khristina Hunter (12 pts.) and Desi Culberson (11 pts.) reached double-digits as well. In addition, SDSU received eight rebounds from senior Cierra Warren, while freshman Ariell Bostick dished out five assists and came up with a game-high three steals.
Conversely, the Falcons (1-12, 0-3 MW) have dropped seven in a row, including a 77-43 defeat at home against Fresno State on Wednesday.
Warren is second in the Mountain West with a .548 field-goal percentage (63-115) and ranks 10th with 13.3 points per game. The SDSU center owns two of the top single-game performances in the MW this season (14 FGs at Sac State and 9-10 FGs at UCSB) and has eclipsed the 20 point-barrier on three occasions this year.
Long, meanwhile, who sank 9 of 11 foul shots at Boise on Wednesday, is now tied for eighth in the league with an .800 free-throw percentage.
As a team, SDSU tops the MW with a .427 field-goal percentage and ranks first in rebounding defense as well, allowing just 34.7 boards per game.
Elsewhere, the Aztecs rank among the league leaders for all games in rebounding margin (3rd - +2.8), blocked shots (5th - 3.1/gm) and steals (5th - 8.2/gm).
SDSU is 27-6 all-time against the Falcons, including a 14-2 mark in San Diego. The Aztecs have won six straight against Air Force and 14 of its last 16, including last year's sweep, when they posted a 68-46 home triumph, followed by a 73-55 victory on the road. In the latter contest, then-sophomore Chairese Culberson came off the bench to notch her first collegiate double-double with a career-high 15 points and 13 rebounds to help SDSU clinch its second straight MW regular-season title.
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