Women's Hoops Begins MW Tournament against Nevada

March 3, 2018

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• The Aztecs finished the regular season in a three-way tie for eighth place with Utah State and Air Force at 5-13. Since they went 0-3 against those teams, they will be the No. 10 seed in the Mountain West Tournament. San Diego State's first round game will be Monday at 4:30 p.m. PT against No. 7 seed Nevada, the team the Aztecs closed out the regular season against. If the Aztecs advance, they will take on the No. 2 seed, UNLV, Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m. All MW Tournament games take place at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center.

• All MW Tournament games will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network. Additionally there will be live audio on the Aztec Radio Network (XTRA 1360 AM) with Chris Ello calling the action courtside.

• The Aztecs fell at Nevada 84-72 Friday evening, SDSU shot an efficient 50 percent from the field, but the Wolf Pack scored 24 points off of Aztec turnovers and outscored San Diego State 50-34 in the paint.

McKynzie Fort led the Aztecs with 19 points and Geena Gomez continued her stellar senior season with 16. Baylee Vanderdoes chipped in 13 points, on 5-for-5 shooting, which set a new career-high.

McKynzie Fort now has 1,683 career points, good for third on the Aztecs' all-time scoring list. Next up is Falisha Wright (1992-95) with 1,733 career points.

• Entering the week, Fort occupies the fifth spot in the Mountain West with an average of 16.1 points per game. She is also third in minutes (34.6/gm), fourth in field-goal percentage amongst qualified players (.460) and ninth in steals (1.5/gm). In addition, senior Geena Gomez (11.1 ppg) is seventh in three-point accuracy (.385) is eighth in assists (3.8/gm).

• The Aztecs have set a program record for season attendance. The Aztecs had 22,069 fans over their 16 games for an average of 1,379. This breaks the total and average attendance records set in 2007-08, when the Aztecs drew 14,730 fans for an average of 1,133 per game.

• Collectively, the Aztecs are slotted sixth in the MW in three-point field goal percentage (33.9) and in three-pointers made (6.7/gm). They also rank fifth in rebounding margin (-0.4) and in rebounds per game (37.2).

• As a team, SDSU is averaging 64.8 points per game while yielding 68.8 on the defensive side of the ball. In addition, the Aztecs are shooting 39.2 percent from the floor and 33.9 percent from three-point territory.

All-Time Series vs. Nevada

• Friday's game will be the 20th meeting between the two schools.

• Neither team has won two in a row in the series since 2014 when the Wolf Pack won two straight.

• The Aztecs have met the Wolf Pack in the Mountain West Tournament three times, facing off three straight years from 2013-15. San Diego State went 2-1 in those games.

• The Aztecs split the season series with Nevada this year, with the home team winning both games. SDSU won 75-72 Feb. 10 and Nevada beat the Aztecs last Saturday 84-72.

• Since Nevada joined the Mountain West in the 2012-13 season, the Aztecs are 7-6 against Nevada.

• Their first meeting was in 1984, a big 90-44 win for the Aztecs on their home floor.

Scouting the Wolf Pack

• Nevada finised the regular season 14-15 overall and 7-11 in conference play.

• They finished the season with wins over UNLV and San Diego State.

• Nevada has lost eight of their past 11 games.

• Teige Zeller is second in the conference in rebounds (8.8/gm) and field-goal percentage (.503). She leads the team with 14.0 points per game.

• T Moe is second in the Mountain West in free-throws made and attempted.

• Nevada is third in the conference in rebound margin (+4.1).

• They are tenth in the MW in field goal percentage defense (.436) and last in three-point field goal defense (.387).

• Head coach Amanda Levens is in her first year as Nevada's Head Coach. She had spent the previous five years as the Associate Head Coach at her alma mater, Arizona State. Prior to her time at ASU, she was the head coach at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville for four years.

Aztecs Mountain West Tournament History

• The Aztecs are 14-14 all-time in the MW Tournament and 2-1 against Nevada.

• They have won at least one game in the tournament in five of the past six seasons.

• From 2008-2013, they claimed two MW Tournament championships (2010 & 2012) and were runners-up three times (2008, 2009 & 2013).

• Overall, the Aztecs are 26-24 in conference tournaments.

Noting the Nevada Game

Najé Murray set a new career-high with eight rebounds. The 5'6" freshman guard is averging 7.5 rebounds the past five games.

Baylee Vanderdoes set a new career-high with 13 points. She went 5-for-5 from the floor becoming the first Aztec this season to have a perfect shooting percentage.

• The Wolf Pack scored 50 points in the paint, the most the Aztecs have allowed this season.

• The Aztecs shot 50 percent or better from the field for the fourth time this season, although this was the first time the Aztecs accomplished this feat and didn't pick up the W.

• San Diego State went 6-for-10 from behind the three-point arc, their highest three-point field goal percentage in a game this season.

• Nevada scored 54 points in the second half, the most the Aztecs have allowed this season.

Abby Lowe played just five minutes but had a team-high and career-high two steals.

Geena Gomez has scored in double-digits in ten of the past 11 games, averaging 14.5 points per game in that span.

Geena Gomez and Khalia Lark remain the only two Aztecs to start all 29 games this season.

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