#AztecWBB Set for Home Clash with Utah State Saturday
Jan. 24, 2014
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State women's basketball team closes out its brief two-game homestand on Saturday when it battles Utah State at Viejas Arena. Opening tip is slated for 2 p.m. PT, and a live video feed via the Mountain West Network will be available on www.goaztecs.com.
The Aztecs (6-10, 3-3 MW) are coming off a convincing 88-65 victory over San José State on Wednesday, while the Aggies (8-9, 2-4 MW) dropped a 73-67 decision at home to UNLV.
Against the Spartans, senior Cierra Warren recorded career highs of 31 points and 14 rebounds for her third double-double of the year. Her scoring total represented just the fifth 30-plus point effort in the Mountain West so far this season and the first for SDSU since Courtney Clements tallied 31 points against UCSB in the first round of the WNIT last year. In addition, freshman Ariell Bostick finished with 16 points, while sophomore Deajanae Scurry notched a career-best 13 points to go with a season-high eight rebounds in the win.
Warren enters the weekend ranked second in the MW with a .555 field-goal percentage (91-164) and occupies the fifth spot with 14.5 points per game. The Aztec 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 five occasions this year.
As a team, SDSU tops the MW with a .426 field-goal percentage overall and ranks first in rebounding defense as well, allowing just 34.8 boards per game.
Elsewhere, the Aztecs rank among the conference leaders for all games in rebounding margin (2nd - (+5.1)), offensive rebounding (4th - 14.8/gm), steals (5th - 8.0/gm) and field-goal percentage defense (5th - (.396)).
SDSU and USU met three times during a four-year span between 1980 and 1983, but have not played one another since. The Aggie women's basketball program was dormant from 1987-2003.
The Aztecs captured all three aforementioned encounters and established the program record for most points scored in a single game in a 132-64 rout of USU on Dec. 16, 1983, in San Diego.
Upon restoring their program, the Aggies were previously affiliated with the Big West (2003-05) and Western Athletic Conference (2005-13) before joining the MW this season.
Following Saturday's game, the Aztecs will have a week off before traveling to Colorado State on Saturday, Feb. 1, for a Mountain West clash, starting at 2 p.m. MT/1 p.m. PT.