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#AztecWBB Opens Two-Game Homestand vs. SJSU Wednesday

Alyssa Lawrence and the Aztecs are gearing up to face SJSU on Wednesday at home.
Alyssa Lawrence and the Aztecs are gearing up to face SJSU on Wednesday at home.

Jan. 21, 2014

Get Acrobat Reader Game Notes vs. San José State

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State women's basketball team revives its long-dormant rivalry with San José State on Wednesday at Viejas Arena to open a two-game homestand. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT, and a live video stream via the Mountain West Network will be available on www.goaztecs.com.

The Aztecs (5-10, 2-3 MW) saw their modest two-game winning streak snapped last Saturday with a disappointing 74-59 defeat on the road at UNLV, while the Spartans (8-9, 2-4 MW) have won two straight, including a 74-68 upset at home over Wyoming.

Against the Lady Rebels, junior Khristina Hunter scored 18 points on a career-high tying nine field goals, while senior Danesha Long tallied 12 points, including a pair of treys. However, SDSU's leading scorer Cierra Warren was limited to six points after experiencing early foul trouble.

Still, Warren enters the week ranked second in the MW with a .566 field-goal percentage (81-143) and occupies the ninth spot with 13.4 points per game. The SDSU center owns two of the top single-game performances in the league this season (14 FGs at Sacramento State and 9-of-10 FGs at UCSB) and has eclipsed the 20 point-barrier on four occasions this year.

On the strength of her 9-for-13 effort from the floor at UNLV, Hunter now ranks fifth in the MW with a .486 field-goal percentage, while Long is sixth in three-point accuracy (.395) and is tied for 10th in free-throw percentage (.800).

As a team, SDSU tops the league with a .430 field-goal percentage overall and ranks first in rebounding defense as well, allowing just 34.1 boards per game. Elsewhere, the Aztecs rank among the conference leaders for all games in rebounding margin (2nd - (+4.2)) and offensive rebounds (5th - 13.9/gm).

SDSU has not faced the SJSU since the two sides played a non-conference home-and-home series in 2000 and 2001. The Spartans captured both contests, posting a 59-54 triumph in San José, followed by a 65-62 victory in San Diego.

Despite those setbacks, the Aztecs have dominated the all-time series, maintaining a 16-4 lead in 20 meetings overall, including an 8-1 mark in San Diego. In addition, SDSU's 16 wins over the SJSU have been secured by an average margin of 24.4 points.

Wednesday's game marks the first against SJSU as a Mountain West adversary. The two schools squared off twice annually as Big West foes from 1986-90 and as Western Athletic Conference members from 1997-99.

Following Wednesday's tilt, the Aztecs will play host to another MW newcomer when Utah State pays a visit to Viejas Arena on Saturday, Jan. 25, beginning at 2 p.m. PT.

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