#AztecWBB, UNM Set to Renew Acquaintances Saturday
Feb. 21, 2014
SAN DIEGO - With just five games remaining in the regular season, the San Diego State women's basketball team will square off against New Mexico for the first time in 2014 on Saturday at Viejas Arena, starting at 2 p.m. PT. In addition to live stats, a live video feed via the Mountain West Network will be available on www.goaztecs.com
Despite having four players reach double-digit point totals for the second straight outing, the Aztecs (9-14, 6-7 MW) were stymied in their bid to win consecutive road games for the first time this year after falling at Utah State by a 79-69 count on Wednesday.
Against the Aggies, senior Cierra Warren scored 17 points and posted a game-high three blocks to lead SDSU, while fellow classmate Danesha Long (11 points, 10 rebounds) and junior Khristina Hunter (10 points, 13 rebounds) recorded double-doubles. In addition, the Aztecs received a valuable contribution from freshman Chloe Johnson, who tallied career-highs of 13 points and five field goals, including three from beyond the arc in her third straight start.
Meanwhile the Lobos (9-15, 4-9 MW) occupy the ninth position in the conference standings, two games behind SDSU with five left to play. UNM is coming off a 65-58 victory over UNLV at home on Wednesday to snap a three-game losing streak.
Entering the weekend, Warren tops the MW in overall field-goal percentage (.559) and ranks fifth in scoring (14.9 ppg), eighth in blocked shots (1.0/gm) and 12th in rebounds (6.1/gm). The SDSU 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 seven occasions.
In addition, Hunter finds herself among the league leaders, occupying the sixth spot in field-goal percentage (.485) and the seventh position in rebounds (6.7/gm).
As a team, SDSU tops the MW in both rebounding margin (+6.3) and rebounding defense (34.1/gm). Elsewhere, the Aztecs are third in the league for all games with a .421 field-goal percentage and rank sixth in field-goal percentage defense (.414) and steals (7.5/gm).
SDSU has faced the Lobos more than any other team in program history, with New Mexico maintaining a 27-24 lead in the all-time series. However, the Aztecs have captured the last six meetings, winning by an average margin of 22.8 points. SDSU has also taken three straight from UNM at Viejas Arena and is 10-10 overall against its long-time rival in "America's Finest City."
Following Saturday's clash, the Aztecs will make their first trip to Silicon Valley since 2000 when they battle San José State in a road tilt on Wednesday, Feb. 26, starting at 7 p.m. PT. SDSU emerged with an 88-65 victory in its previous meeting with the Spartans at Viejas Arena on Jan. 22.
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