#AztecWBB Gearing Up for Road Clash at Fresno State
Jan. 14, 2014
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State women's basketball team opens a two-game road trip on Wednesday when it heads to the Central Valley to face Mountain West leader Fresno State. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. PT, and a live video stream via the Mountain West Network will be available on www.goaztecs.com.
The Aztecs (4-9, 1-2 MW) are coming off their most complete game of the year with a resounding 72-39 triumph over Air Force at home last Saturday, while the Bulldogs (10-5, 4-0 MW) were winners over Colorado State, 60-50, in their last outing.
Against Air Force, SDSU was led by junior Khristina Hunter, who logged her third collegiate double-double with a career-high tying 20 points on 9-of-18 shooting to go with a personal-best 17 rebounds. In addition, freshman Ariell Bostick posted a career-high 17 points off the bench, while Cierra Warren reached double figures with 11 points, all in the first half.
In addition to points, the Aztecs limited the Falcons to several opponent team lows for the year, including field goals (14), field-goal percentage (.269), assists (10), free throws (4) and steals (4).
Individually, Warren is second in the Mountain West with a .557 field-goal percentage (68-122) and ranks 13th with 13.1 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.
As a team, SDSU tops the MW with a .426 field-goal percentage and ranks first in rebounding defense as well, allowing just 34.5 boards per game.
Elsewhere, the Aztecs rank among the league leaders for all games in rebounding margin (3rd - (+3.7)), scoring defense (5th - 66.9 ppg), blocked shots (5th - 3.1/gm) and steals (5th - 8.4/gm).
Despite maintaining a 24-12 lead in the all-time series, SDSU dropped two of three during the 2012-13 campaign to Fresno State, which was making its Mountain West debut. The two sides emerged triumphant on each other's court in the regular season, with the Bulldogs capturing an 80-72 win at Viejas Arena, before the Aztecs turned the tables with a 74-49 conquest in Fresno. However, Fresno State put a damper on one of the most successful campaigns in SDSU program history with a 76-70 victory in the finals of the Mountain West Championship.
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