#AztecWBB-Fresno State Part II Set for Saturday
Feb. 28, 2014
SAN DIEGO - With the regular season winding down, the San Diego State women's basketball team opens a two-game homestand on Saturday when it welcomes Fresno State to Viejas Arena for an important Mountain West battle, starting at 2 p.m. PT. A live video feed via the MW Network will be available on www.goaztecs.com.
Winners of two straight, the Aztecs (11-17, 8-7 MW) are coming off a satisfying 77-63 victory at San José State Wednesday as four players produced double-digit scoring totals, including sophomore Deidra Smith and junior Khristina Hunter, both of whom finished with double-doubles. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs (17-10, 11-7 MW) have captured five in a row, including a 78-72 overtime win at Boise State on Wednesday to take over sole possession of second in the conference race.
Smith registered a career-high 20 points and 12 rebounds in her third collegiate start against SJSU, while Hunter totaled 16 points and 14 boards of her own. In addition, seniors Cierra Warren and Danesha Long contributed 16 points and six rebounds apiece, while junior Chairese Culberson notched a season-best eight rebounds and four assists.
As a team, SDSU maintained a whopping 60-28 advantage in rebounds and outscored the Spartans by a sizeable 50-24 margin in the paint, moving into sixth place in the MW standings with three games to go.
Warren tops the MW in overall field-goal percentage (.560) and ranks fourth in scoring (15.3 ppg), eighth in blocked shots (1.1/gm) and 12th in rebounds (6.3/gm). The Aztec center is tied for the top single-game performance in the league this season with 14 FGs at Sacramento State and has eclipsed the 20 point-barrier on eight occasions.
In addition, Hunter finds herself among the league leaders, occupying the fifth spot in field-goal percentage (.489) and the seventh position in rebounds (7.0/gm), while Long ranks eighth in free-throw percentage (.789).
As a team, SDSU tops the MW in both rebounding defense (33.3/gm) and rebounding margin (+8.0), with the latter ranking 21st in the nation. Elsewhere, the Aztecs find themselves among the top half of the league for all games in field-goal percentage (3rd - (.425)), rebounding (3rd - (41.3/gm)), and scoring defense (5th - (68.8 ppg).
SDSU owns a 25-12 lead in 37 varsity meetings against Fresno State. However, the visiting team has emerged triumphant in the last three encounters. In addition, the Aztecs have not beaten the Bulldogs in San Diego since Jan. 30, 1999, when both schools were members of the Western Athletic Conference.
Saturday's contest will highlight National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Montezuma Mesa. For the seventh straight year, the event will be held in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education and will give fans the opportunity to meet and greet student-athletes from several of SDSU's 12 women's athletic programs. The concourse outside of Viejas Arena will open at 12:30 p.m., and will include special pre-game activities, followed by the Aztecs-Bulldogs clash. The SDSU women's hoops squad will also remain on hand to sign free posters after the game.
Following Saturday's engagement, San Diego State will close out its 2013-14 regular-season schedule on Tuesday, March 4, when it plays host to UNLV to Viejas Arena. Game time is set for 6 p.m. PT. Prior to opening tip, the Aztecs will conduct Senior Night festivities, celebrating the accomplishments of Cierra Warren and Danesha Long.
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