Women's Basketball Honors 2016-17 Team at Year-End Banquet

April 7, 2017

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The San Diego State women's basketball team honored its 2016-17 group at the annual end-of-the-year banquet, held at SDSU's Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center.

The Aztecs' seniors, Ariell Bostick, Aleiah Brandon and Kymberly Ellison were individually honored by head coach Stacie Terry for their contributions to the program and were presented with a frame replica of their jersey.

Arantxa Gomez Ferrer was honored as the team's Tammy Blackburn Award recipient. Named after SDSU alum Tammy Blackburn, the award is giving annually by the coaching staff to the student-athlete who best displays loyalty, effort, athletic prowess and approaches every day with the attitude of togetherness. The sophomore from Valencia, Spain returned this year from a season-ending knee injury suffered midway through her freshman year to play in 28 games, starting the final seven contests of the season.

Gomez Ferrer logged 20-or-more minutes in four games, including a season-high 25 against UC Santa Barbara, while averaging 11.5 minutes per game. An aerospace engineering major, she tied for the team lead with nine blocks, getting two in three games and recorded a season-best six points in a win against Utah State (2-15-17).

Junior Lexy Thorderson was named the team's Most Improved. The Castle Rock, Colo., native helped the Aztecs engineer the program's best 3-point shooting season, spending most of the season among the league's top three in 3-point field goals made. In the SDSU single-season list, her 66 made threes on 192 attempts each rank fourth, and she finished the year with the Mountain West's second-most made long balls, averaging 2.4 per game.

In a win against UNLV, Thorderson drilled seven treys, tying her for the third-most in a single SDSU game. On the season, the hospitality and tourism management major started 18 of 28 games played, averaging 25.7 minutes per game, the team's third most, and logging 30-or-more minutes seven times.

Classmate McKynzie Fort took home Most Valuable Player honors. She became just the fourth Aztec to garner a spot on an All-Mountain West team each of her first three seasons at San Diego State after collecting an All-Mountain West first team nod this year. The only Aztec to start all 30 games, Fort finished the year in the league rankings: second in points per game (15.9), ninth in free throw percentage (.784), 11th in field goal percentage (.436), 12th in minutes played per game (31.9) and 13th in assists per game (2.5). Additionally, the Fontana, Calif., native was 116-for-148 from the free throw line, tied for the eighth-most made in SDSU single-season history.

A kinesiology with a fitness specialist concentration, Fort reached the career 1,000-point mark at San José State (1-11-17), the 21st Aztec and eighth SDSU third-year to accomplish the feat, after notching season highs in points (29) and rebounds (11) for her second-career double-double.

Season tickets are available for the Aztecs' 2017-18 home schedule and start at just $60. Tickets can be purchased through GoAztecs.com, over the phone by calling (619) 283-7378, or by visiting Qualcomm Stadium's Window E between 9 a.m. PT and 5 p.m. PT. 

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