W. Hoops Looks to Snap Losing Skid Saturday vs. Nevada
Feb. 9, 2018
SAN DIEGO -- San Diego State wraps up their two-game homestand Saturday (Feb. 10) when they take on the Nevada Wolfpack at Steve Fisher Court. Tip off is set for 1:00 p.m. PT. This will be the the Aztecs' annual Play4Kay Game to highlight breast cancer awareness.
Saturday's game will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network. SDSU alumnus Chris Ello will call the action courtside..
SDSU suffered its fourth straight defeat in a 66-60 home loss to Fresno State on Feb. 7. The Aztecs held a nine-point lead late in the third quarter, but committed five turnovers down the stretch and allowed the Bulldogs to finish the game on a 12-2 run.
McKynzie Fort nearly had a triple-double with eight points, 10 rebounds and a career-high nine assists. Fort crept closer to third place on the Aztecs' all-time scoring list. The Fontana, Calif., native has amassed 1,581 points in a Scarlet and Black uniform and needs just 18 more to surpass current SDSU player of development Paris Johnson for the No. 3 spot in program history.
Entering Wednesday's contest, Fort occupies the third spot in the Mountain West with an average of 16.6 points. She is also ninth in assists (3.9/gm) and tenth in field-goal percentage (.468). In addition, senior Geena Gomez (9.7 ppg) is tied for seventh in assists (3.9/gm), tenth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3) and eighth in three-point accuracy (.373). Freshman Najé Murray (9.3 ppg) is tied for ninth in triples made (1.8/gm).
Collectively, the Aztecs are slotted fourth in the MW this week in three-pointers made (7.0/gm) while ranking fifth in rebounding offense (37.8/gm), rebounding defense (37.3/gm) and rebounding margin (+0.5).
As a team, SDSU is averaging 64.9 points per game while yielding 68.1 on the defensive side of the ball. In addition, the Scarlet and Black is shooting 39.3 percent from the floor and 33.2 percent from three-point territory.
Following Saturday's encounter, San Diego State hits the road, playing at Wyoming Wednesday evening and at UNLV Saturday afternoon.
Saturday's meeting will mark the 18th meeting between the two schools, with Nevada holding a 9-8 advantage in the all-time series. The Aztecs have lost four of the past six meetings with Nevada, including a 88-65 setback February 11, 2017 in Reno. The Aztecs are 5-2 against the Wolfpack in San Diego, winning three of their last four games inside Viejas. Since Nevada joined the Mountain West in the 2012-13 season, the Aztecs are 6-5 against Nevada. Their first meeting was in 1984, a big 90-44 win for the Aztecs on their home floor.
Like the Aztecs, Nevada is in the midst of a four-game losing streak. On Wednesday, they lost a close one at UNLV 77-75. Before that they lost at home to Wyoming (65-62), at Fresno State (68-55) and to Colorado State in Reno (65-59). Nevada sits a game ahead of the Aztecs in the Mountain West standings in seventh place with a 4-7 MW record. Nevada and SDSU faced one common opponent during their respective non-conference schedules. The Wolfpack knocked off Santa Clara at home 52-41 on Dec. 16 while tha Aztecs fell to the Broncos 48-34 on their home floor two days earlier.
Offensively, Nevada has a balanced scoring attack with six players averaging between eight and 13.4 points. They are led by Teige Zeller's 13.4 ppg and she also hauls in a team-best 8.4 rebounds per game. In addition, Jade Redmon and Camariah King average 9.7 ppg coming off the bench.
Collectively, Nevada is third in the Mountain West in all rebounding categories: rebounding margin (+4.9), rebounding defense (34.5 pg) and rebounding offense (39.3 pg). They are also third in the conference in assists per game (14.3) and turnover margin (+1.2). However, Nevada is ninth in scoring defense (68.7) and field goal percentage defense (.439). They are last in the conference in three point defense, allowing opponents to hit 39.3 percent of their shots from three-point territory.
Head coach Amanda Levens is in her first year as Nevada's Head Coach. She had spent the previous five years as the Associate Head Coach at her alma mater, Arizona State. Prior to her time at ASU, she was the head coach at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville for four years.