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#AztecWBB Set to Face Air Force at MW Tourney

Khristina Hunter and the Aztecs are gearing up for Air Force in their MW tournament opener on Monday.
Khristina Hunter and the Aztecs are gearing up for Air Force in their MW tournament opener on Monday.

March 9, 2014

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SAN DIEGO - The sixth-seeded San Diego State women's basketball team opens the 2014 Reese's Mountain West Championship on Monday as the Aztecs square off against No. 11 seed Air Force in a first-round clash beginning at 7 p.m. PT. All SDSU women's basketball games at the MW tournament will be broadcast live over the air by ESPN 1700 AM, with Jack Cronin handling play-by-play responsibilities at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev. In addition, a live video stream via the Mountain West Network will be available on www.goaztecs.com.

The Aztecs are coming off a 62-46 loss at New Mexico on Friday to finish the regular season with a 12-16 overall record and a 9-9 mark in conference play. SDSU tied UNLV for sixth in the MW standings, but despite the setback, the Aztecs held on to the No. 6 seed by virtue of their split with the Lady Rebels and a victory over Fresno State on Jan. 15. Meanwhile, the Falcons (1-27, 0-18) dropped a 75-44 decision at Boise State on Friday.

Against the Lobos, SDSU was led by senior Danesha Long, who notched her third career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while fellow classmate Cierra Warren (13 pts.) and junior Khristina Hunter (10 pts.) reached double figures as well. Warren tops the MW in overall field-goal percentage (.551) and ranks fourth in scoring (15.5 ppg), sixth in blocked shots (1.2/gm) and 15th in rebounds (6.1/gm). The Aztec center tied for the top single-game performance in the league during the regular 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 (7.0/gm) and the seventh position in field-goal percentage (.468), while Long ranks eighth in free-throw percentage (.789).

As a team, SDSU tops the MW in both rebounding defense (33.0/gm) and rebounding margin (+7.8), 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 offensive rebounds (2nd - 15.5/gm)), field-goal percentage (3rd - (.422)) and total rebounds (4th - (40.8/gm)).

For the third time this season, San Diego State and Air Force will battle one another. The Aztecs captured both encounters during the regular season, emerging with a 72-39 win at Viejas Arena on Jan. 11, followed by a 77-66 come-from-behind victory at the Academy on Feb. 15. With the addition of newcomers San José State and Utah State, The MW Championship has been revamped include three games with the six lowest-seeded teams during the first round. In addition, the four surviving squads from the quarterfinals will have two days to prepare for the semifinal round.

If San Diego State defeats Air Force, it would advance to the quarterfinal round where it would square off against third-seeded Nevada on Tuesday, March 11, starting at 8:30 p.m. PT. The Aztecs faced the Wolf Pack just once during the regular season, dropping an 84-65 decision on Feb. 8 in Reno, Nev.