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Aztec Basketball To Defend Its Home Court Saturday vs. DePaul In NCAA First Round

Gabrielle Clark will play her first NCAA tournament game this Saturday against DePaul.
Gabrielle Clark will play her first NCAA tournament game this Saturday against DePaul.

March 18, 2009

SDSU NCAA Game Notes vs. DePaul in PDF Format Get Acrobat Reader

Aztec Basketball To Defend Its Home Court vs. DePaul In NCAA First Round
The San Diego State women's basketball team earned its first trip to the postseason in 12 years, garnering one of 33 at-large bids to the 2009 NCAA Women's Basketball Championships. The Aztecs will be playing in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1997, and the seventh time overall in program history. SDSU earned a No. 10 seed and will face No. 7 seed DePaul in the first round on Saturday, March 21, at 5 p.m. PT at Cox Arena.

The winner of the SDSU-DePaul contest will take on the winner of the No. 2 Stanford vs. No. 15 UC Santa Barbara game on Monday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m. for the chance to advance to the Sweet 16 and a spot in the Berkeley regional, March 28 and 30.

San Diego State is one of three Mountain West Conference schools to earn bids to the championships. Utah received the league's automatic bid, while TCU was another at-large pick. The MWC has had at least three teams go to the tournament in each of the last four seasons.

The Aztecs' last trip to the postseason came in head coach Beth Burns' first stint on Montezuma Mesa, as she directed the team to NCAA tournament appearances in 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1997. SDSU has also played in the NCAAs in 1984 and 1985, when it advanced to the regional semifinals.

The Aztecs (23-7) are coming off a loss to Utah in the championship game of the Mountain West Conference tournament last week in Las Vegas, but finished the season 14-0 at Cox Arena and has won 16 straight on its home floor overall, ranking as the eighth-longest streak in the country.

Both of Saturday's games, as well as Monday's potential second-round contest, will be televised live on ESPN2. Chris Ello will have the live audio call on Xtra Sports 1360 for SDSU's game with DePaul. Live stats for all contests are also available on

Game No. 31 - vs. DePaul (23-9)
-Sat., March 21, 2009; 5 p.m. PT
-Cox Arena (12,414), San Diego, Calif.
-TV: The game will be shown live on ESPN with Allen Hopkins (play-by-play) and Brenda VanLengen (color) calling the action. -Other live media: A link to Xtra Sports 1360AM, as well as live stats, will be available on
-SDSU head coach: Beth Burns, 4th year of 2nd stint at SDSU, 17th overall; Doug Bruno, 24th year at DePaul, 26th overall
-Series record: First Meeting
-Last Meeting: N/A