#AztecWBB Travels to Air Force Saturday
Feb. 14, 2014
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State women's basketball team looks to put the brakes on a two-game losing skid Saturday when it travels to the Front Range of the Rockies to battle Air Force at Clune Arena. Opening tip is set for 1 p.m. MT (Noon PT), and a live video stream via the Mountain West Network will be available on www.goaztecs.com.
The Aztecs (8-13, 5-6 MW) put together a valiant comeback effort in their last outing on Wednesday at home against Wyoming, but still found themselves on the wrong side of a 69-60 score. SDSU sliced a 20-point deficit down to five with under two minutes remaining, but could pull no closer. Meanwhile, the Falcons (1-21, 0-12 MW) dropped an 84-71 decision to San Jose State at home.
Despite posting their second-lowest turnover total of the year (9) against the Cowgirls, the Aztecs lost for the first time this season after committing fewer miscues than the opposition.
Individually, SDSU was led by senior Cierra Warren, who tossed in 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting, while fellow classmate Danesha Long and junior Khristina Hunter finished with 10 points each. Freshmen Chloe Johnson and Alyssa Lawrence also logged valuable minutes, combining for 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Warren tops the MW in overall field-goal percentage (.557) and ranks fifth in scoring (14.6 ppg) and ninth in both rebounds (6.4/gm) and blocked shots (1.0/gm). The Aztec center owns the top single-game performance in the league this season with 14 FGs at Sacramento State and has eclipsed the 20 point-barrier on six occasions.
In addition, Hunter finds herself among the league leaders, occupying the eighth spot in field-goal percentage (.471).
As a team, SDSU tops the MW in both rebounding margin (+5.4) and rebounding defense (34.2/gm).
Elsewhere, the Aztecs are third in the league for all games with a .421 field-goal percentage and rank sixth in scoring defense (69.7 ppg), field-goal percentage defense (.413), blocked shots (2.9/gm) and steals (7.8/gm).
SDSU holds a 28-6 lead in the all-time series, including a 12-4 mark at the Academy. The Aztecs have won seven straight against Air Force and 14 of their last 16, including a 72-39 triumph at Viejas Arena on Jan. 11. The Falcons last defeated San Diego State on Jan. 19, 2011, when they posted a narrow 61-58 victory at Clune Arena.
After closing the month of January with a 4-1 stretch, the Aztecs have hit a snag as the calendar turned to February, dropping three of four to slip to seventh place in the conference race with a 5-6 record. SDSU has been outscored during that span by an average margin of 16 points (78.2-62.0) and has allowed opponents to shoot 44 percent (51-116) from three-point range.