Women's Hoops Set to Host Boise State Saturday
Jan. 12, 2018
SAN DIEGO -- Fresh off an impressive road victory, San Diego State looks to keep the momentum rolling this weekend when it plays host to defending Mountain West tournament champion Boise State on Saturday, Jan. 13, beginning at 1 p.m. PT.
The Aztecs-Broncos clash has been designated Military Appreciation Day, with general admission tickets available for $4 to those patrons presenting a military ID. In addition to the national anthem, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band, based at Miramar MCAS, will perform a live set prior to tip-off. The first 300 fans in attendance on Saturday will also receive a free Aztec cap.
SDSU alumnus Chris Ello will handle the play-by-play responsibilities at Steve Fisher Court for a live video stream via the Mountain West Network/Stadium on GoAztecs.com.
SDSU snapped at two-game losing streak with a 75-65 victory at San José State on Wednesday. The Aztecs employed a timely 22-11 run in the second quarter to forge a 46-35 advantage by halftime -- a lead they would not relinquish.
Individually, SDSU was led by senior Geena Gomez, who scored 10 of her career-high 21 points during that pivotal second-quarter run, while fellow classmate McKynzie Fort narrowly missed a triple-double for the second game in a row, finishing with 19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
In addition, the Aztecs received solid contributions from seniors Khalia Lark and Cheyenne Greenhouse, who tossed in 11 points each, helping the Scarlet and Black put the brakes on a two-game losing streak.
Entering Saturday's contest, Fort occupies the second spot in the Mountain West with an average of 17.0 points for all games and ranks fifth in field-goal percentage (.497) and 10th in assists (3.6/gm). In addition, Gomez is tied for sixth in assists (4.0/gm) and ranks 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3). Despite missing the SJSU game, Lexy Thorderson still finds herself among the league leaders as well in three-pointers per game (6th, 2.4), three-pointers made (8th, 33) and three-point field-goal percentage (9th, .407).
As a team, SDSU is fourth in the conference with an average of 65.7 points allowed per game as well as rebounding margin (+1.3), but ranks sixth in scoring offense with 66.0 points per outing. In addition, the Aztecs remain among the middle of the pack in the MW in offensive rebounds (5th, 12.5/gm), field-goal percentage defense (5th, .398) and three-point field-goal percentage (7th, .331).
Boise State (9-7, 3-2 MW) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 75-66 victory over Fresno State at home on Wednesday night.
With the win, the Broncos find themselves in a four-way tie for third place in the Mountain West standings at 3-2, joining New Mexico, Colorado State and Fresno State.
Boise State and SDSU faced one common opponent during their respective non-conference schedules. The Broncos dropped a 72-52 decision to the University of San Diego at the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Nov. 17. However, the Aztecs managed a 77-76 upset of the Toreros at Steve Fisher Court on Nov. 29.
Boise State, which captured Mountain West tournament titles in 2015 and 2017, was picked to finish first in conference's preseason poll, earning 221 points and seven first-place votes, just ahead of Wyoming (216 pts, 6 first-place votes) and Colorado State (211 pts, 6 first-place votes).
Offensively, the Broncos are led by sophomore Riley Lupfer, a 2017 all-Mountain West Freshman honoree who occupies the eighth spot in the the conference with 14.6 points per game. The 5-9 guard is Boise State's top three-point threat, ranking second in the league with 3.3 triples per contest (53 overall) and sixth with a .442 clip from beyond the arc. She is also 10th this week with a .451 overall field-goal percentage.
Not to be outdone, junior Marta Hermida and senior Shalen Shaw find themselves among the MW leaders as well. Hermida enters the weekend at No. 3 in assists (4.7/gm), while Shaw ranks fifth in rebounds (7.6/gm).
The Broncos have also received a boost from sophomore A'Shanti Coleman, who is tied for fourth in the conference with an average of 1.0 blocks per game off the bench.
As a team, Boise State tops the MW in rebounding margin (7.5), which ranks 42nd in the nation.
In addition, the Broncos find themselves among the league leaders in several statistical categories, including scoring margin (2nd, +6.8) scoring offense (3rd, 69.9 ppg), scoring defense (3rd, 63.1 ppg), rebounding offense (3rd, 41.0/gm), field-goal percentage defense (3rd, .392), field-goal percentage (4th, .416) and three-pointers made (5th, 7.1/gm).
Collectively, Boise State is also fifth in the MW in free-throw percentage (.699) and ranks eighth in three-point accuracy (.322).
Following its encounter with the Broncos, San Diego State will make a quick trip to the Central Valley to battle Fresno State on Wednesday, Jan. 17. Game time is set for 7 p.m. PT.