#AztecWBB Awaits Rematch with Boise State Wednesday
Feb. 4, 2014
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State women's basketball team will face its second straight conference contender on Wednesday when it welcomes Boise State to Viejas Arena. Opening tip is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT, and a live video stream courtesy of the Mountain West Network will be available on www.goaztecs.com.
The Aztecs (7-11, 4-4 MW) are coming off a disheartening 95-48 defeat last Saturday at first-place Colorado State, which drained a whopping 19 three-pointers to sweep the season series for the first time since 2006.
Senior Danesha Long (16 points, 5 rebounds) and freshman Ariell Bostick (15 points, 5 rebounds) were the lone bright spots for SDSU against the Rams, who won for the 12th time in their last 13 outings. However senior Cierra Warren, the reigning MW Player of the Week, was bottled up at CSU on Saturday, posting six points and three rebounds as the Aztecs shot just 29 percent from the field (17-59).
Still, Warren enters the week ranked second in the MW overall in field-goal percentage (.550), fifth in scoring (14.4 ppg) and 13th in rebounding 6.2/gm). 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 six occasions this year.
As a team, SDSU tops the MW in rebounding defense, allowing just 34.6 boards per game, and ranks second in field-goal percentage (.422), rebounding margin (+5.1) and offensive rebounding 15.1/gm). Elsewhere, the Aztecs find themselves sixth in the league in scoring defense (69.2 ppg), field-goal percentage defense (.408) and steals (7.8/gm).
Meanwhile, The Broncos (12-8, 7-2 MW) have been hot of late, winning six in a row to take over second place in the Mountain West standings, just a game in back of Colorado State.
The Aztecs will be looking to avenge a 73-64 loss at Boise in the first meeting between the two schools this year on Jan 8. SDSU, which trailed by as many as 17 points in second half, trimmed the deficit to eight at 66-58 with under three minutes to play, but could draw no closer as Boise State registered its first-ever victory over the Scarlet and Black in six tries. The 73 points also represented the highest total for the Broncos against the Aztecs all-time after averaging 47.2 points in five previous encounters.
SDSU has captured all three contests in San Diego, including an 86-45 conquest in the 2012-13 regular-season finale. The Aztecs were also 58-41 winners on Leap Day in 2012 and 54-51 victors in December 2005, when Boise State was a member of the Western Athletic Conference.
Following Wednesday's contest, San Diego State will head to the Silver State to battle Nevada on Saturday, Feb. 8, staring at 4 p.m. PT.