#AztecWBB Gears Up for Senior Night vs. UNLV Tuesday
March 3, 2014
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State women's basketball team closes out the home portion of its 2013-14 regular-season schedule on Tuesday when it entertains UNLV at Viejas Arena. Game time is set for 6 p.m. PT, and a live video feed via the MW Network will be available on www.goaztecs.com.
Prior to opening tip, the Aztecs will conduct a special ceremony celebrating the accomplishments their own Danesha Long (Long Beach, Calif.) and Cierra Warren (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) as part of Senior Night festivities.
SDSU (11-15, 8-8 MW) is coming off a tough 67-63 setback at the hands of Fresno State at home on Saturday, while UNLV (11-15, 8-8 MW) snapped a three-game slide with an 87-43 conquest of Air Force. The Aztecs and Lady Rebels are currently tied for sixth place in the conference standings with two games left as tournament seedings for the upcoming Reese's Mountain West Championship remain up for grabs.
Against Fresno State, SDSU was led by Warren's 21-point effort, while Long and juniors Khristina Hunter (Fairfield, Calif.) and Chairese Culberson (Oakland, Calif.) finished with 10 points each. Hunter just missed out on her fifth double-double of the year after tying for game-high honors with nine rebounds, while adding three assists and three steals.
Warren tops the MW in overall field-goal percentage (.556) and ranks fourth in scoring (15.5 ppg), eighth in blocked shots (1.2/gm) and 11th in rebounds (6.2/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 nine occasions. In addition, Hunter finds herself among the league leaders, occupying the fifth spot in field-goal percentage (.485) and the seventh position in rebounds (7.0/gm), while Long ranks sixth in free-throw percentage (.784).
As a team, SDSU tops the MW in both rebounding defense (33.4/gm) and rebounding margin (+7.6), with the latter ranking 26th in the nation. Elsewhere, the Aztecs find themselves among the top half of the league for all games in offensive rebounds (2nd - 15.5/gm)), field-goal percentage (3rd - (.424)) and total rebounds (4th - (41.0/gm)).
SDSU and UNLV will be meeting for the 49th occasion, which represents the Scarlet and Black's second-most frequent rivalry behind New Mexico (52 games). The Aztecs own a slim 25-23 lead against the Lady Rebels all-time; however, UNLV claimed a 74-59 victory in Las Vegas earlier on Jan. 18 to snap SDSU's six-game winning streak in the series.
The Aztecs have also captured seven straight vs. the Lady Rebels in San Diego, including an 86-50 triumph a year ago in front of a national television audience. SDSU suffered its last defeat to UNLV in "America's Finest City" on Feb. 15, 2006, when it dropped a 64-48 decision.
Following Tuesday's contest, San Diego State will head to The Pit in Albuquerque for a return engagement with New Mexico on Friday, March 7. Game time is set for 7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT. The Aztecs defeated the Lobos 53-48 in the last meeting between the two schools on Feb. 22 in Viejas Arena.