WBB Exhibitions Cal State San Marcos Friday
Nov. 3, 2016
SAN DIEGO -
The San Diego State women's basketball team will make its first appearance of the 2016-17 campaign with an exhibition in Viejas Arena against Cal State San Marcos on Fri., Nov. 4. Tip is set for 6:30 p.m. and live stats will be available on GoAztecs.com.
The teams' last meeting was fourth-year head coach Stacie Terry's debut as the Aztecs' head coach. Senior Ariell Bostick (Oakland, Calif.) scored a game-high 17 points in the contest, leading SDSU to a 77-45 win over the Cougars.
With Terry at the helm, SDSU returns nine letterwinners and three starters from a 2015-16 squad that posted a 12-19 overall mark, going 6-12 against Mountain West foes.
The Scarlet and Black will look to benefit from a season that sees them return 69.3 percent of their scoring from a year prior, due in large part to returning starters McKynzie Fort (Fontana, Calif.), Ariell Bostick (Oakland, Calif.) and Cheyenne Greenhouse (Riverside, Calif.). The trio accounted for 44.3 percent of the team's total points last season and 53.1 percent of its total steals.
The Aztecs will be led by Fort, a rising junior who received all-Mountain West honorable mention last season and earned a spot on the league's all-defensive team. She finished the season ranked sixth in the Mountain West with 14.4 points per game and was listed among the MW leaders in steals (t-3rd - 2.0/gm), free-throw percentage (6th - (.693)) and field-goal percentage (11th - (.462)).
SDSU also welcomes back five additional returners in seniors Aleiah Brandon (Corona, Calif.) and Kymberly Ellison (Columbus, Ga.), juniors Allison Brown (Anaheim Hills, Calif.), Geena Gomez (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Lexy Thorderson (Castle Rock, Colo.) and sophomore Arantxa Gomez Ferrer (Valencia, Spain).
In their first year on Montezuma Mesa are recent high school graduates Monique Terry (San Antonio, Texas), Baylee Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif.), Naomi Ekwedike (Lagos, Nigeria) and Abby Lowe (Stockport, England), signed to National Letters of Intent for the 2016-17 campaign. The four incoming freshmen will join University of Washington transfer Khalia Lark (Irvine, Calif.), a junior who enrolled at SDSU prior to the Spring 2016 semester.
Last week, San Diego State was picked to finish seventh in the Mountain West from a vote of the conference's 11 head coaches and select women's basketball media from around the conference. The Aztecs collected 126 points in the poll, topping Wyoming, with whom they tied for eighth in the conference standings last season, by three points (123). Three-time defending Mountain West champion Colorado State is expected to repeat as the league's top team, garnering 17 first-place points and 283 total points from the panel.
The Aztecs will have to contend with a challenging slate for the 2016-17 campaign. SDSU will face seven teams that advanced to the postseason, including conference foes Fresno State, New Mexico and Colorado State, all of which made appearances in the WNIT.
Following its regular season opener at UC Riverside on Fri., Nov. 11 at 5 p.m., San Diego State will have its home regular season opener on Mon., Nov. 14 against San Diego Christian at 6:30 p.m.
Season tickets are available for the Aztecs' 2016-17 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.