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#AztecWBB to Close Out Regular Season at New Mexico

Deidra Smith and the Aztecs will travel to New Mexico for their regular-season finale on Friday.
Deidra Smith and the Aztecs will travel to New Mexico for their regular-season finale on Friday.

March 6, 2014

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SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State women's basketball team puts the finishing touches on its regular-season schedule on Friday when it travels to the Land of Enchantment to face New Mexico at The Pit in Albuquerque, N.M. Game time is set for 7 p.m. MT (6 p.m. PT), and a live video feed via the Mountain West Network, as well as a live audio stream will be available on www.goaztecs.com.

Despite an on-going battle with injuries, the Aztecs (12-15, 9-8 MW) have won four of their last six, including a 64-63 thriller over UNLV at home Tuesday on Senior Night, while the Lobos (10-18, 5-12 MW) came away with a 76-62 triumph at Air Force.

Against the Lady Rebels, sophomore Deajanae Scurry hit the go-ahead layup with 27 seconds remaining, while junior Khristina Hunter added two free throws with five ticks left on the clock to secure the win. SDSU was led by senior Cierra Warren's 17 points, while Hunter (11 pts, 9 rebs) and sophomore Deidra Smith (10 pts) also reached double figures.

With the victory, the Aztecs clinch the No. 6 seed in next week's Reese's Mountain West Championship and will square off against Air Force in its first-round matchup on Monday, March 10, starting at 7 p.m. PT.

Individually, Warren tops the MW in overall field-goal percentage (.551) and ranks fourth in scoring (15.6 ppg), sixth in blocked shots (1.2/gm) and 13th 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 rebounds (7.1/gm) and the seventh position in field-goal percentage (.485), while senior Danesha Long ranks seventh as well in free-throw percentage (.789).

As a team, SDSU tops the MW in both rebounding defense (33.1/gm) and rebounding margin (+7.7), with the latter ranking among the top-25 in the nation. Elsewhere, the Aztecs find themselves among the top half of the league for all games in field-goal percentage (2nd - (.424)), offensive rebounds (2nd - 15.5/gm)) and total rebounds (4th - (40.9/gm)).

San Diego State has played New Mexico more than any other team in program history, with the Lobos maintaining a 27-25 lead in the all-time series. The Aztecs have captured the last seven meetings, including a 53-48 come-from-behind victory at Viejas Arena on Feb. 22. SDSU has also taken six straight from UNM in Albuquerque; however, the Scarlet and Black has swept just two MW opponents this season, San José State and Air Force.

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