W. Hoops Hosts Play4Kay Game Saturday vs. Colorado State
Feb. 23, 2017
SAN DIEGO -
San Diego State returns to Viejas Arena to face Colorado State in its annual Play4Kay game on Sat., Feb. 25, benefitting the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Tip against the Rams is set for 2 p.m.
As part of this Saturday's contest, the Aztecs will be wearing special pink uniforms, while the first 500 fans in attendance will receive a free pink headband. Fans will also have the opportunity to receive autographs from the Aztec women’s basketball team following the game.
In its last game, SDSU battled Fresno State until the clock ran out, shutting out the Bulldogs from a field goal for over six minutes in the fourth quarter, but ultimately fell in a defensive juggernaut, 59-50, against its Mountain West foe Fresno State Wednesday night in Save Mart Center.
Colorado State (21-6, 13-2 MW) is receiving votes in the AP Top 25 Poll, and for good reason. The Rams became the first women's or men's Mountain West team to clinch at least a share of the conference title in four straight seasons with its narrow 58-55 win over New Mexico on Feb. 22. Colorado State wins the regular season crown with a win in any of its remaining contests. Colorado State's success this season can be attributed to its stellar defensive play. The team is third nationally and tops the conference by allowing just 52.6 points per game. The Rams are also incredibly disciplined, averaging 11.7 turnovers per game to lead the league and rank ninth in NCAA Division I, and is assessed 13.0 fouls per game, the fifth fewest in the country.
San Diego State and Colorado State will meet for the 53rd time, and the second time this season. In the teams' meeting earlier this year, the Scarlet and Black out-rebounded one of the best defensive teams in the nation, 40-27, but was stymied by league-leading Colorado State, 60-43. Khalia Lark matched a career high with 12 boards in the contest, and the team got 11 offensive rebounds in the first half to the Rams' two first-half offensive boards. This game is expected to be a battle from beyond the 3-point arc. In conference games, SDSU is second with 7.9 long balls per game, while the Rams are fourth with 7.0 threes per MW game.
SDSU's final regular season road game is up next, a 7 p.m. (MT) contest at Air Force on Tues., Feb. 28.